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UN rights chief cites ‘need’ to assess rights in Xinjiang

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations’ human rights chief on Friday cited the need for an “independent and comprehensive assessment” of the rights situation in China’s Xinjiang region, while emphasizing that activists, lawyers and rights defenders face unfair charges, detention and trials in China. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said her office … Read more

UN chief extends Lebanon’s Hariri tribunal for two years

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary General has extended the U.N.-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of Lebanon’s former prime minister Rafik Hariri for two years and reaffirmed the United Nations’ commitment to support its work in bringing to justice those responsible for major crimes, the United Nations said Thursday. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said … Read more

U.N. nuclear chief says Iran to grant ‘less access’ to program

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran will begin to offer United Nations inspectors “less access” to its nuclear program as part of its pressure campaign on the West, though investigators will still be able to monitor Tehran’s work, the U.N. atomic watchdog’s chief said Sunday. Rafael Grossi’s comments came after an emergency trip to Iran in which … Read more

U.N. nuclear chief in Iran as it threatens watchdog’s cameras

TEHRAN, Iran — The head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog met Sunday with Iranian officials in a bid to preserve his inspectors’ ability to monitor Tehran’s atomic program, even as authorities said they planned to cut off their surveillance cameras at those sites. Rafael Grossi’s arrival in Tehran comes as Iran tries to pressure … Read more

Head of UN nuke watchdog meets Iran nuclear chief in Tehran

The New York Times Democrats Beat Trump in 2020. Now They’re Asking: What Went Wrong? Democrats emerged from the 2020 election with full control of the federal government and a pile of lingering questions. In private, party leaders and strategists have been wrestling with a quandary: Why was President Joe Biden’s convincing victory over Donald … Read more

U.N. nuclear chief arrives in Iran ahead of deadline

The New York Times Biden Tells Allies ‘America Is Back,’ but Macron and Merkel Push Back President Joe Biden used his first public encounter with America’s European allies to describe a new struggle between the West and the forces of autocracy, declaring that “America is back” while acknowledging that the past four years had taken … Read more

Pentagon chief urges immediate reduction in Taliban violence

The Daily Beast Do Fashion Weeks Have a Future, or Are Designers All on Their Own? Cindy Ord/GettyOne year ago this week, the last “normal” New York Fashion Week just wrapped. For five days, overtired designers showed their collections in front of cramped audiences. Those who scored front row invitations were practically sitting in each … Read more

UN nuclear chief to visit Tehran; Merkel presses Rouhani

BERLIN (AP) — The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog will travel to Iran this weekend in an effort to find a “mutually agreeable solution” that allows it to continue its inspections in the country, the organization said Wednesday. Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed Iran’s president for “positive signals” that would help resolve a … Read more