Dame Margaret Anstee grew accustomed to accusations that she was a prostitute and to being mistaken for her male deputy’s secretary. She doesn’t hold it against anyone: There weren’t many women diplomats at the United Nations when she started work there in 1952.
With Russia’s support clearing the way, the United Nations Security Council adopted the first legally binding resolution calling for increased access for humanitarian aid in Syria and threatening unspecified punitive action against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Ukraine’s acting President Oleksandr Turchynov said Russian troops are “directly involved” in the growing conflict in the Crimea and called for support from the UN and other international organizations.
Families separated by the Korean War more than 60 years ago held tearful reunions as the two Koreas seek to lower tensions that have remained high since the North detonated a nuclear device last February.
The failure of the first round of Syrian peace talks to achieve even their most modest goal -- allowing humanitarian access to the city of Homs -- threatens to derail the effort to end the country’s civil war.
For most of the last few days, there was a question whether Syrian peace talks scheduled to begin tomorrow in Switzerland would happen at all. They will -- a last-minute invitation to Iran has been rescinded -- so now negotiators can move on to a more productive question: how the talks can succeed.