UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is counting on former mayor Michael Bloomberg "to work for humanity" in his new job as United Nations Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.
Ban made the comments Friday as he welcomed Bloomberg to U.N. headquarters for the first time since his appointment on Jan. 31.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea is rejecting a U.N. commission's report that it committed crimes against humanity, calling it an "extremely dangerous" political provocation.
An unnamed North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman claims the panel was U.S.-orchestrated and that Washington should mind its own business.
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s human rights office says it is "deeply concerned" about the high number of executions in Iran this year.
The Geneva-based office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights says at least 80 people have been executed in the past seven weeks, seven of them publicly.
BEIRUT (AP) — A United Nations spokesman says the relief agency supporting Palestinian refugees has resumed food distributions inside the rebel-held district of the Syrian capital that has suffered from crippling shortages of food and medicine for months.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Western and Arab nations supporting a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding immediate access everywhere in Syria to deliver desperately needed humanitarian aid are calling for a vote this week, even though diplomats say Russia is opposed to key provisions including a pledge of "further steps" for non-compliance.