As world leaders prepared to gather at the United Nations General Assembly, African public health experts called on Thursday for action to speed up delivery of Covid-19 vaccines to their continent, where according to the World Health Organization, only 3.6 percent of people have been fully inoculated against the diseaseContinue Reading

Ricardo Alarcón, who was once Cuba’s leading diplomat, the third most powerful Cuban Communist after Fidel Castro and his brother Raul, and his country’s most prominent conciliator with the United States, died on Saturday in Havana. He was 84. His death was announced by the Cuban Foreign Ministry. No causeContinue Reading

Good morning. We’re covering violence and sanctions in the war in Ukraine, a possible choice for Hong Kong’s next leader and the struggle for rare pharmaceutical treatments in India. War moves east, as sanctions grow Ukrainians fled the contested regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, as Russia refocused to the eastContinue Reading

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution addressing the dire humanitarian situation in Ukraine on Thursday, passing the measure in an overwhelming vote that underscored Russia’s isolation. The resolution, drafted by France and Mexico and sponsored by over 90 countries, was approved by 140 countries — nearly two-thirds ofContinue Reading

This week, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations, Sergiy Kyslytsya, read out before the General Assembly what he said were text messages a Russian soldier sent to his mother moments before he was killed. They were obtained, he said, by Ukrainian forces after the soldier died. “Mama, I’m in Ukraine,”Continue Reading

ODESSA, Ukraine — Russian forces on Wednesday seized the first major Ukrainian city in their onslaught, the strategic port of Kherson, as they stepped up bombardment of civilian targets across the country, put other cities under siege and pushed to encircle and cut off the capital, Kyiv. Russian troops andContinue Reading

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on Wednesday condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with the support of 141 countries out of 193 and a standing ovation in the chamber. Russia voted against the measure, joined by Belarus, North Korea, Eritrea and Syria. The vote was symbolic and isContinue Reading

The United Nations on Thursday adopted an Israeli resolution that condemns denial and distortion of the Holocaust, the Nazi genocide that killed nearly six million Jews and millions of others. Adoption of the resolution by the 193-member General Assembly, co-sponsored by Germany and supported by the United States and RussiaContinue Reading

No official representing Myanmar will speak on Monday, the final day of the United Nations General Assembly plenary, U.N. officials said, in an apparent 11th-hour compromise that would deny a global platform to the country’s warring democratic and militarist factions. Myanmar’s credentialed U.N. ambassador, U Kyaw Moe Tun, was scheduledContinue Reading

No official representing Myanmar will speak on Monday, the final day of the United Nations General Assembly plenary, U.N. officials said, in an apparent 11th-hour compromise that would deny a global platform to the country’s warring democratic and militarist factions. Myanmar’s credentialed U.N. ambassador, U Kyaw Moe Tun, was scheduledContinue Reading