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{FD} Anti-Trump UN human rights agency chief quietly opens up US offices

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The United Nations’ chief human rights agency in Geneva, headed by one of the President Trump’s most vocal critics, has quietly established a new beachhead in Washington and laid plans for another in San Francisco. Continue reading

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{FD} Harsh anti-Trump UN human rights report on US ‘extreme poverty’ cherry-picks data, assumptions, examination shows

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A United Nations report on extreme poverty in the U.S., which has sparked strong denunciations from the Trump administration as being “inaccurate, inflammatory, and irresponsible,” is marred by carefully cherry-picked and suppressed data, unsourced neg… Continue reading

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{FD} Amid Christian complaints from Iraq, Pence promises quick relief action

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Irked by delays in getting promised direct U.S. aid to desperate — and dwindling — communities of Christians and minority Yazidis in northern Iraq shattered by genocidal ISIS attacks, Vice President Pence has ordered USAID Administrator Mark Green to h… Continue reading

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{FD} Months after Pence promise, Iraqi Christians say they are ‘worse off’

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Seven months after Vice President Pence vowed to stop funding “ineffective” United Nations-led recovery efforts in northern Iraq and provide U.S. support directly to persecuted Christians and other minorities who suffered ISIS-directed genocide, and ar… Continue reading

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{FD} Trump meeting with UN chief: Handshake or showdown?

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When United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres meets with U.S. legislators and President Donald Trump this week, one of the big questions will be whether he can guarantee the sweeping U.N. reforms promised last year — as “absolutely essential” … Continue reading

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{FD} US warning at the UN: ‘The world must see justice done’ on Syria

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As President Donald Trump on Monday warned he soon would be making “major decisions” to respond “forcefully” to murderous suspected chemical attacks against civilians in the rebel-held Syrian town of Douma, the stakes for the United Nations in the made… Continue reading

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{FD} Cybersecurity fiasco: Interior Department computers trying to talk to Russia, inspectors say

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Three years after Chinese hackers stole security clearance files and other sensitive personal information of some 22 million U.S. federal employees, cyber-defenses at the Department of Interior were still unable to detect “some of the most basic threat… Continue reading

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{FD} An American family trapped amid Assad’s brutal attacks

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As the Assad regime continues to defy a Feb. 24 United Nations Security Council-mandated ceasefire in the Damascus suburbs known as eastern Ghouta, at least one American citizen and her family are huddled in a small basement in the enclave, terrified o… Continue reading

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{FD} Trump Administration moves to get tougher on sexual abuse by humanitarian workers

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The Trump administration is cracking down on humanitarian aid organizations that can’t address sex abuse issues. Continue reading

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{FD} Reform or else: Rich donor countries threaten money cutoff to end sexual abuse in aid organizations

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Rich countries that donate the lion’s share of money to U.N. operations are demanding action on continued reports of sexual abuse in aid organizations. Continue reading

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{FD} UN support for cholera-stricken Somalia includes raw sewage runoffs, hazardous waste dumps

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More than a year after United Nations peacekeepers were condemned by their own auditors for heedlessly dumping  sewage,  untreated waste water, garbage, medical waste and other dangerous materials in a wide array of war-torn countries, the same horrifi… Continue reading

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{FD} After pulling out of UN migration talks, US supports world body’s refugee effort

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The Trump administration, which pulled out of talks last week on a United Nations-sponsored Global Compact on Migration, is quietly staying the course on a proposed Global Compact on Refugees that aims to stem the worst crisis the world has seen since … Continue reading

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{FD} Post-Trump, UN climate pact supporters switch to a state and local strategy

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Backers of the United Nations-sponsored Paris climate agreement are switching strategies after the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the deal, by dramatically stirring up grassroots forces. Continue reading

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{FD} Showdown looms for billion-dollar UN cancer controversy over weed killer

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An important legal showdown is looming for an obscure, United Nations-related research agency that is claiming that the active ingredient in the world’s most popular herbicide, marketed in the U.S. by Monsanto as Roundup, is “probably carcinogenic to h… Continue reading

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{FD} Showdown looms for billion-dollar U.N. cancer controversy over weed killer

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An important legal showdown is looming for an obscure, United Nations-related research agency that is claiming that the active ingredient in the world’s most popular herbicide, marketed in the U.S. by Monsanto as Roundup, is “probably carcinogenic to h… Continue reading

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{FD} Amid Pence promises, persecuted Iraqi Christians still in perilous limbo

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Hundreds of thousands of persecuted Christians, Yazidis and other minorities driven from battered northern Iraq are still in a perilous limbo, as humanitarian groups struggle to make sense of a new Trump Administration initiative rolled out after Vice … Continue reading

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{FD} Despite Pence promises, persecuted Iraqi Christians still in perilous limbo

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Hundreds of thousands of persecuted Christians, Yazidis and other minorities driven from battered northern Iraq are still in a perilous limbo, as humanitarian groups struggle to make sense of a new Trump Administration initiative rolled out after Vice … Continue reading

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{FD} Obama ambassador’s testimony on intelligence unmasking raises new questions

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Congressional testimony by President Barack Obama’s former ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, about the “unmasking” of U.S. citizens’ names she requested in hundreds of foreign intelligence intercepts by the National Security Agency, has… Continue reading

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{FD} Obama EPA did not do background checks on hundreds of cyber-contractors, watchdog warns

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Hundreds of contractors holding important information security jobs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have for years been working as high-level operators of its computer systems without the appropriate security background checks — a situation… Continue reading

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{FD} EPA awarded $540M in cyber contracts without verifying if contractors got proper training, auditors say

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The Environmental Protection Agency awarded more than $540 million worth of often-sensitive information security contracts during the last two years of the Obama administration without learning whether the contractors now doing the jobs have gotten special “role-based” training required for their tasks, according to an internal audit report. Continue reading

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{FD} Cholera, aid shortfalls plague desperate refugees of conflict

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Starvation, conflict and displacement threaten millions of people in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia, but there is another looming nightmare: rising waves of epidemic disease, especially cholera, made worse by the constant movement of refugees … Continue reading

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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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{FD} 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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