The Latest: Bosnia asks COVID-19 vaccine be available to all

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 9 a.m. The chairman of Bosnia’s three-member presidency is urging the world’s nations at their first virtual U.N. meeting to make a coronavirus vaccine available to all of mankind. Sefik Dzaferovic said in his pre-recorded speech to the high-level General Assembly […]

The Latest: Trump takes aim at China in UN address

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the UN General Assembly (all times EST): 10 a.m. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says the United Nations must hold China “accountable” for failing to contain the coronavirus, which has killed about 200,000 Americans and nearly 1 million around the world. Trump is accusing China of not sharing […]

At UN, Trump raps China for virus as US deaths top 200,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged world leaders to hold China accountable for the spread of the coronavirus, in a video address to a scaled-down U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday as America’s death toll topped 200,000. Beyond criticizing China, Trump took aim at the very foundation of the United Nations by urging other leaders […]

UN assembly approves pandemic resolution; US, Israel object

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a wide-ranging resolution on tackling the coronavirus pandemic Friday over objections from the United States and Israel, which protested a successful last-minute Cuban amendment that strongly urged countries to oppose any unilateral economic, financial or trade sanctions. The 193-member world body adopted the resolution by […]

What a gift: Russia offers UN staff free virus vaccines

MOSCOW (AP) — What do you do when Vladimir Putin offers you Russia’s new coronavirus vaccine, for free? United Nations staff in New York and around the world are now facing that choice, after the Russian presidentoffered Tuesday to provide them the Sputnik-V vaccine in a speech to this year’s General Assembly marking the body’s […]

World leaders who skipped past UN meetings get their moment

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — He’s not recognized as a head of state by the country he’d be visiting. His diplomatic immunity is granted by the United Nations, not an unfriendly American administration that could decide to pick him up on drug-trafficking charges if he sets foot in the United States. Then there’s the $15 million […]

Pandemic retools diplomacy as world leaders gather virtually

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With COVID-19 still careening across the planet, the annual gathering of its leaders in New York will be replaced this year by a global patchwork of prerecorded speeches, another piece of upheaval in a deeply divided world turned topsy-turvy by a pandemic with no endpoint in sight. As U.N. Secretary-General Antonio […]

Venezuela’s Maduro blasts US in speech to world leaders

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro blasted United States sanctions in his address to the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, while avoiding any mention of a report accusing his government of crimes against humanity. In a lengthy, prerecorded speech that ran more than twice the allotted time, the socialist leader denounced what he […]

Asia Today: India sees 83,000 new cases, but numbers falling

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported more than 83,000 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, showing some decline after reaching a record a week earlier. The country has now confirmed more than 5.6 million cases. The health ministry also reported 1,085 new fatalities, raising the death toll to 90,020. India is expected to become the world’s […]

Virtual UN meeting saps NYC of yearly hubbub, cash infusion

NEW YORK (AP) — In a normal September, leaders of nations big and small would converge on New York this week, giving the United States’ largest city a chance to show itself off as a crossroads of the world. But this year, the usual lineup of presidents, premiers, monarchs and other dignitaries won’t be sweeping […]

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