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UN launches blitz reform campaign as ‘absolutely essential’ protection against Trump Administration

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United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres is on a blitz campaign to streamline the U.N.’s underperforming bureaucracy, give more authority to its outlying branches, and greatly expand his ability to shuffle money around in the U.N.’s regular biennial budget (just part of its total cost)—all in the next 18 months. Continue reading

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UN war on sexual abuse in Central African Republic still a shambles, internal study shows

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Despite years of “zero tolerance” of the sexual abuse crisis by United Nations’ peacekeepers, the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic is still a bureaucratic shambles when it comes to recording, investigating and keeping track of those crimes, according to a U.N. internal report. Continue reading

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Aid groups bypass UN in joint call to prevent mass starvation

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As disease outbreaks raise the danger for as many as 20 million people faced with famine and mass starvation in a clutch of strife-torn African and Middle Eastern countries, some of the world’s largest non-government aid organizations are issuing a rare collective call for private relief donations over the next two weeks, alongside a longer-range, multibillion-dollar United Nations appeal that is so far less than half funded. Continue reading

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Peacekeeper battalion in Central African Republic challenges UN ‘war’ on sexual abuse

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United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who in March vowed an all-out war on the plague of sexual abuse by U.N.-sponsored peacekeepers in vulnerable, strife-torn nations, is apparently locked in a major, closed-door chapter in that campaign—a struggle he so far does not appear to have won. Continue reading

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U.N. agency’s dealings with North Korea on nerve gas chemical spark more concern

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A United Nations agency’s go-it-alone decision to facilitate an international patent application from North Korea for production of the embargoed chemical sodium cyanide—used in making nerve gas —continues to spark concern among close observers of U.N. sanctions against the rogue regime, nearly a week after the U.N. body dismissed the issue as outside the bounds of  U.N. sanctions resolutions. Continue reading

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UN agency helps North Korea with patent application for banned nerve gas chemical

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For more than a year, a United Nations agency in Geneva has been helping North Korea prepare an international patent application for production of sodium cyanide — a chemical used to make the nerve gas Tabun. Continue reading

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Coal miners’ health care bailouts riddled with dubious expenses, audit says

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Between 2011 and 2015, the Obama administration paid nearly $1 billion into health care funds of the United Mine Workers of America, including tens of millions of dollars to unverified and sometimes dubious beneficiaries and undocumented union administ… Continue reading

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Amid global donor fatigue, UN asks new billions for famine relief

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Amid dire predictions of mass starvation, the United Nations is calling on the developed world to pour billions of dollars into humanitarian relief in Africa, starting with Yemen, where a two-year civil war and drought have displaced more than 3 milli… Continue reading

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Is UNICEF helping all the child victims of peacekeeper sex abuse?

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An investigation by the Swedish public television network SVT has reopened the issue with charges that the U.N.’s child relief agency UNICEF failed to follow up with care and support for some of the handful of children mentioned in the original investigative report of the so-called Sangaris scandal. Continue reading

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Syria’s conflict: More war crimes, more peace talks-and more radicalization by Russian design

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Amid a hailstorm of poison gas attacks, Russian cluster bombings, and displacements of tens of thousands of refugees—all actions judged by the United Nations to be war crimes—Syria’s long-running civil war has returned to extreme levels of brutality, even as U.N. officials continue to place wan hopes on a near-comatose peace process in Geneva. Continue reading

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Beyond ‘apartheid’–U.N. commission pushes legal and propaganda offensive against Israel

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A just-published United Nations report that claims to find Israel guilty of the “crime of apartheid,” is only one element of a broader legal and propaganda offensive being pushed by an obscure U.N. Continue reading

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Turkey shuts down US aid group Mercy Corps as relations with Washington deteriorate

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In the increasing welter of warfare in northern Syria, one of the biggest U.S.-based humanitarian organizations operating in the area has become collateral damage, at least temporarily—and perhaps a sign of worsening relations between the government of Turkey and the Trump Administration. Continue reading

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Ignoring UN, Russia and Assad continue Syrian chemical weapons and bombing attacks labeled war crimes

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Ignoring a United Nations report that decried the use in Syria of chemical weapons, targeted air attacks on civilians and forced deportations, Russian and Assad regime air forces are steadily continuing the same illegal tactics while U.N.-sponsored pe… Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Amid U.S. immigration uproar, UN set to pick new special advisor on migration as focus for next effort

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Amid the furor over the Trump Administration’s temporary refugee ban and immigration restrictions, the United Nations is preparing to announce a new top-level official position to advise on international migration issues, internal sources have told Fox News. Continue reading

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Trump’s hard-nosed executive order asks what U.N. money is going for-and is it worth it?

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The Trump Administration intends to take a hard-nosed approach to one of the frustrating mysteries left behind by the Obama Administration: Just exactly how much money does the U.S. give to the United Nations, what is the money going for—and is it worth it? Continue reading

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Will UN’s sudden tweak to whistleblower policy fend off defunding?

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United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has sharply changed course on a policy that critics say would clamp down on U.N. employees who blow the whistle on wrongdoing. Continue reading

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Former UN Secretary General’s nephew, accused of bribery, worked for firm that is UN landlord

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The nephew of former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, arrested for an alleged bribery and money laundering scheme, worked as a broker at a real estate firm that is also the U.N.’s landlord, and where the U.N. Secretariat spent more than $9 million on office space last year alone. Continue reading

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New whistleblower policy could give move to defund the UN a boost

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Six months after a United Nations watchdog report suggested better protection for UN whistleblowers, the global bureaucracy is about to produce a policy that could make a bad situation for those employees a lot worse. Continue reading

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Is a costly UN computer mega-project turning around?

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The biggest high-tech fiasco in United Nations history — the creation of a computerized management system known as Umoja — is likely to cost another $104 million beyond its current $439 million budget before it is finished at the end of 2018 — a ful… Continue reading

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UN apologizes for Haiti’s cholera epidemic without noting it brought the disease

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United Nations Secretary Ban Ki-moon has ended—sort of– six years of UN stonewalling over Haiti’s mammoth cholera epidemic with a weak apology. Continue reading

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While Assad bans aid deliveries, UN tells agencies to cut back Syria funding requests

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The United Nations is quietly urging its agencies and non-governmental organizations operating in Syria to scale back their multibillion-dollar requests for aid for next year by more than 20 percent, according to an internal document examined by Fox News. Continue reading

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Blood and war: How a UN agency cooperates with Assad

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EXCLUSIVE: The United Nations’ World Health Organization, which claims “impartiality and independence from external sources and authorities” in its operations, has been quietly cooperating with Syria’s murderous Assad regime in one of the ugliest aspects of its civil war: the weaponization of blood. Continue reading

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Haiti cholera scandal: US bolsters UN wall of denial, legal investigator says

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The United Nations’ wall of denial about its responsibility for causing Haiti’s 6-year-old cholera epidemic is stronger than ever — and a U.N. human rights expert has put the focus directly on the Obama administration for helping to keep the barrier in place. Continue reading

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Autocratic UN agency head broke rules with sensitive cybersecurity contract award, report shows

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“The head of a low profile but important United Nations agency based in Geneva bent the organization’s rules and steered an ultrasensitive cybersecurity contract to a company headed by a business acquaintance, according to a heavily redacted UN report obtained by Fox News. Continue reading

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While the UN talks, new tide of Iraqi refugees threatens to drown relief efforts

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The first swells of a mammoth new refugee flood are starting to overwhelm international relief efforts in northern Iraq, as more than a million residents in and around the Iraqi city of Mosul are beginning to flee before a vicious battle is joined betw… Continue reading

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Syrian aid workers break with UN relief effort over its Assad ties

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Scores of Syrian non-government humanitarian agencies working in the battered country have suspended their coordination with the United Nations, whose relief efforts, they charge, are controlled by the brutal Bashar Al-Assad regime. Continue reading

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As cholera ravaged Haiti, UN peacekeepers around the world made a mess

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United Nations peacekeeping missions around the world for years poured untreated or untested sewage into public waters or agricultural lands in some of the most ravaged countries they protect, failed to dispose safely of wastewater, sewage and garbage,… Continue reading

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UN stonewall on Haiti cholera epidemic starts to crumble

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The United Nations’ wall of denial concerning its responsibility for Haiti’s six-year-old cholera epidemic—and claims of diplomatic immunity regarding the consequences– appears to be crumbling. Continue reading

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Amid Haiti cholera epidemic, UN peacekeepers spill sewage and ignore water treatment, says internal report

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While the United Nations touted its efforts in Haiti aimed at ending the world’s worst modern cholera epidemic — a calamity many experts assert the U.N. itself caused — U.N. peacekeepers were blatantly violating their own sanitary rules for containing the disease, according to an internal U.N. report that was suppressed for months. Continue reading

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Assad, Russia go on the offensive in Syria while UN sees ‘very positive’ discussions

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The long running civil war in Syria appears to be entering a new and even grimmer stage, with troops loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad intensifying a widespread offensive on the city of Aleppo and elsewhere, including, according to residents, renewed … Continue reading

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As UN pushes radical Sustainable Development Goals, scientists are trying to make sense of them

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EXCLUSIVE: Less than a year after the United Nations embraced the all-encompassing, socialist-oriented agenda known as the Sustainable Development Goals, scientists are just beginning to try to figure out what the new goals may entail, how they can eve… Continue reading

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Fraud? What fraud? Watchdogs find UN in ‘a state of near denial’ about internal corruption

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EXCLUSIVE: The United Nations, which spends tens of billions of its member states’ dollars annually, apparently has a simple approach to dealing with fraud in its sprawling operations – ignore it. Continue reading

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Aid groups accuse U.N. of siding with Assad as Aleppo siege looms

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Escalating Russian and Syrian regime air attacks and a virtual cut-off of supplies to the northern Syrian city of Aleppo are threatening to make the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II even more disastrous, according to aid groups, many of wh… Continue reading

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As refugees suffer, UN throws a grandiose humanitarian summit

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While tens of millions of people endure displacement, starvation and violent death from long-running wars and unexpected disasters, the United Nations is hosting an international humanitarian summit, hoping to shake up a tottering global aid system. Continue reading

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Frustration growing as UN agency keeps scandal report under wraps

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A tug-of-war is being waged at the World Intellectual Property Organization to decide if 188 member nations will ever get to read a United Nations report on alleged wrongdoing by Francis Gurry, the agency’s autocratic director general, who has been accused among other things of ordering illegal break-ins of the offices of his own staffers. Continue reading

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UN sex-abuse scandal: rising congressional outrage, and more revelations

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Anger and outrage in Washington over sexual abuse by United Nations and other international peacekeepers has reached a new boiling point, with more ugly revelations of assault surfacing even as members of both Houses of Congress pondered ways — includ… Continue reading

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