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

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

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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Amid Christian complaints from Iraq, Pence promises quick relief action

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

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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Trump meeting with UN chief: Handshake or showdown?

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

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

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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An American family trapped amid Assad’s brutal attacks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Amid Pence promises, persecuted Iraqi Christians still in perilous limbo

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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Despite Pence promises, persecuted Iraqi Christians still in perilous limbo

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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Obama ambassador’s testimony on intelligence unmasking raises new questions

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

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

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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