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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2022: All you need to know
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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2022: All you need to know

Every year on October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed to recognise the struggle and efforts made by those who, due to various circumstances, are forced to live below the poverty line (BPL). The term “poverty line” refers to the minimum level of consumption deemed adequate in a particular...

U.N. members vote overwhelmingly to condemn Russia’s annexation in Ukraine
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U.N. members vote overwhelmingly to condemn Russia’s annexation in Ukraine

United Nations — The United Nations General Assembly Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to condemn Russia’s so-called annexation of a large swath of Ukraine, and demanded that Russia withdraw its troops from those areas. Saudi Arabia was among the nations who voted in favor of the resolution. By a 143-5 margin, the General Assembly condemned Russia’s “attempted...

Venezuela, SKorea, Afghanistan lose vote for UN rights body
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Venezuela, SKorea, Afghanistan lose vote for UN rights body

UNITED NATIONS — Venezuela, South Korea and Afghanistan lost contested races for seats on the top U.N. human rights body in Tuesday by the General Assembly, which faced criticism for electing countries like Vietnam and Sudan, which have been accused of having abysmal human rights records. The 193-member assembly voted by secret ballot to fill...

UN assembly to meet on Ukraine hours after Russian strikes
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UN assembly to meet on Ukraine hours after Russian strikes

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. General Assembly was due to start debate Monday on whether to demand that Russia reverse course on annexing four regions of Ukraine, but the discussion came as Moscow’s most extensive missile strikes in months alarmed much of the international community anew. The assembly meeting, planned before Monday’s barrage, was intended...

Russia strikes Ukraine housing; detains refugees at border
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Russia strikes Ukraine housing; detains refugees at border

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian missiles hit apartment buildings in the southern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia on Thursday, killing at least seven people, with at least five others missing, in a region that Moscow has illegally annexed, a local official said. Two strikes damaged more than 40 buildings hours after Ukraine’s president announced that his...

Army officers appear on state TV in Burkina Faso to declare new coup
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Army officers appear on state TV in Burkina Faso to declare new coup

More than a dozen soldiers seized control of Burkina Faso’s state television late Friday, declaring that the country’s coup leader-turned-president, Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba, had been overthrown after only nine months in power. A statement read by a junta spokesman said Capt. Ibrahim Traore is the new military leader of Burkina Faso, a...

‘An inspiration’: Tributes to UK’s late queen at UN meeting
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‘An inspiration’: Tributes to UK’s late queen at UN meeting

UNITED NATIONS — This year’s U.N. General Assembly meeting of world leaders came on the heels of another event that reverberated internationally — the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, followed by both an outpouring of tributes and sometimes bitter reflection on the colonialist empire that came to an end during her seven decades on...

GLIMPSES: One prime minister, many quotable quotes
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GLIMPSES: One prime minister, many quotable quotes

UNITED NATIONS — So you’re paying attention to the tectonic geopolitical issues at the U.N. General Assembly, and many of them are addressed in carefully calibrated and crafted diplospeak. Then, suddenly, someone like Ralph Gonsalves steps up to the podium. In an ocean of speakers from around the world — from the driest of the...

China and Russia see the U.S. in their crosshairs at United Nations
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China and Russia see the U.S. in their crosshairs at United Nations

United Nations — As the U.N. General Assembly winds to a close on Monday, the focus on the horrific images of death and destruction in Ukraine during hundreds of world leaders’ speeches underscored the inability of the United Nations to prevent or to end the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  Although President Biden announced large new aid...

They said it: Leaders at the UN, in their own words
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They said it: Leaders at the UN, in their own words

UNITED NATIONS — Many leaders saying many things about many topics that matter to them, to their regions, to the world: That’s what the U.N. General Assembly invariably produces each year. And each year, certain voices dominate. Here, The Associated Press takes the opposite approach and spotlights some thoughts — delivered universally from the rostrum...