President Barack Obama turned to two advisers who have been with him since his days as a U.S. senator to round out his second-term foreign policy team, giving him trusted loyalists who share his inclination to respond to crises through international coalitions.
The annual United Nations General Assembly in New York has long been a magnet for world leaders great and small, so it’s hosted some performances that are memorable more for entertainment value than for their import.
South Korea and Australia were elected to two-year terms on the United Nations Security Council, strengthening the hand of the U.S. with two Pacific allies as it faces tensions with China and North Korea.
United Nations special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi offered the grimmest picture yet of Syria’s descent into chaos, leaving little doubt that diplomatic paths have been exhausted as the conflict drags on indefinitely.
Human-rights abuses by North Korea may constitute crimes against humanity, said Marzuki Darusman, the United Nations investigator who uncovered violations in the totalitarian state ranging from torture to arbitrary detention.
The slaughter of children and women in the Syrian town of Houla, reminiscent of past massacres that provoked the United Nations to step in, has failed to budge Russia into stepping away from its only Mideast ally.
The rebels battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been seeking recognition, money and resources for months. Now that they’ve started making significant progress toward ousting him, they might get some.