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The U.S. and the U.N vote about the embargo against Cuba: Abstaining is winning.

Under ordinary circumstances, when U.S. foreign policy toward another country that is codified by Congress is under attack at the UN General Assembly, it is logical for American diplomacy to rise to that strategy's defense. But, this is no ordinary time, and the U.S. Show More Summary

The U.S. Just Stopped Defending Its Cuba Embargo at the U.N.

In an annual tradition now in its 25 th year, the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly voted today to condemn the U.S. embargo on Cuba. But things were a little different this year as, for the first time, the United States abstainedShow More Summary

United States Abstains From UN Vote Condemning Embargo on Cuba

For the first time in almost 25 years, the U.S. has opted to abstain from an annual United Nations General Assembly vote condemning the United...

United Nations Pushes Abortion on Unborn Children of Refugees and Migrants

The United Nations General Assembly during the first ever Summit for Refugees and Migrants adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants which “expresses the political will of world leaders to save lives, protect rights and share responsibility on a global scale.” The Declaration includes commitments “to address current issues and to prepare the […]

U.S. to abstain from U.N. vote calling for end to Cuba embargo

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday will for the first time abstain from a United Nations General Assembly vote on a resolution calling for an end to a U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said.

Geek Fuel is like comic-con delivered to your door

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Geek Fuel is a subscription delivery service that caters to those of us that love comics, gaming, and general geek culture. Every month, Geek Fuel will assemble a box of goodies with a value of $50 or over. The specific items are a mystery,...Show More Summary

World's top bodies representing the social and natural sciences vote to pursue a merger

(International Council for Science) At an extraordinary General Assembly of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and a General Assembly of the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the two organizations' members voted (overwhelmingly/by a narrow margin) that the two organizations should merge. Show More Summary

United Nations to be Led by Socialist, Islamic Refugee Advocate

While the Clinton/Trump election cycle has pretty much taken the cake for worst election of the year, the United Nations General Assembly isn’t far behind with its confirmation of a

Assembly Plant Favored by Bankrupt Automakers Can Be Yours

The former General Motors Wilmington Assembly Plant, which cranked out Saturns, Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs before falling victim to economic and corporate forces, is looking for a new owner. This time, however, it wants a buyer that isn’t a luxury plug-in electric car maker that folds before a single vehicle can leave the factory. Show More Summary

Virginia, Meet Paris. Things Will Never Be the Same

After Republicans in Virginia’s General Assembly shut down the McAuliffe administration’s work on implementing the EPA Clean Power Plan last winter, Governor McAuliffe decided on an end run. He issued Executive Order 57, directing administration officials to recommend ways to reduce carbon pollution from the state’s power plants.

Australia digs itself deeper into nuclear disarmament policy hole

Later this month, the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly will vote on a draft resolution that will 'convene a UN conference in 2017, to negotiate a legally-binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination'. Show More Summary

NC Senator Speaks Out About Democrat Hate Brewing in the Tarheel State

Bob Rucho is a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly. On Tuesday, Senator Rucho penned his thoughts regarding the firebombing of an Orange County, North Carolina Republican headquarters. Over the past three and a half...Show More Summary

The Power of Innovation to Save Moms and Babies

Last month at the United Nations General Assembly, I was pleased to see a good deal of attention dedicated to the important goal of achieving universal health coverage, with a particular emphasis on the health of mothers and children. Show More Summary

Most Palestinians support Abbas’s claim that Britain is to blame for the Israeli occupation, poll finds

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JERUSALEM — At last month’s gathering of the U.N. General Assembly, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas placed the responsibility for the 50-year-long Israeli occupation of his people squarely on the shoulders of the British. “Yes, 100 years have passed since the notorious Balfour Declaration, by which Britain gave, without any right, authority or consent from anyone, the […]

Malawians are missing their president. The last time that happened, the president was dead.

After attending the United Nations General Assembly last month, Malawi President Peter Mutharika has yet to return home. Malawians are wondering where he is and why he has been away so long. Some Malawians are even joking about their president’s absence using the hashtag #BringBackMutharika, which trended on Twitter in Malawi. Hi President Obama @POTUS, […]

Incoming U.N. chief: Syrians' sufering "breaks my heart"

United Nations General Assembly elects Portugal's former prime minister as ninth secretary-general

Portugal's Antonio Guterres elected as next U.N. secretary-general

The 193 U.N. member states have elected Portugal's former prime minister, Antonio Guterres, by acclamation as the next secretary-general of the United Nations.  General Assembly President Peter Thompson introduced the resolution, announced that members wanted it to be approved by acclamation, and...

General Assembly appoints Guterres as next UN chief

UN General Assembly votes unanimously to appoint Portugal's Antonio Guterres as next secretary-general.

Malawians Have Taken To Social Media To Find Their President Missing In The U.S.

Worried Malawians are trying to find their leader. President Peter Mutharika left Malawi on Sept. 15 to attend the United Nations General Assembly and has not been seen since. The meeting in New York City ended on Sept. 26, but Mutharika hasn’t returned home. Show More Summary

United Nations appoints Portugal's Guterres as next U.N. chief

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The 193-member United Nations General Assembly appointed former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres on Thursday as the ninth secretary-general of the world body for five years from Jan. 1, 2017.

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