UN's Annan wants US, Europe to consider force in Darfur
The United Nations wants the United States and European countries to help form a tough mobile force that would stop the bloodshed, rape and plunder in Sudan's Darfur region, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Thursday.
Groups Demand Treaty to Ban International Gun Trade
As diplomats from around the world gather this week to lay the groundwork for a major June summit on arms control, leading rights advocacy groups are demanding that governments agree on a proposed treaty that would ban the illegal trade in guns.
UN must act to control deadly arms trade: campaigners
The United Nations must this week pave the way for a treaty to control the sale of small arms that were behind the deaths of one million people since member states last discussed the issue in 2001, campaigners said on Monday. Delegates from U.N. member states hold a preparatory meeting in New York on Monday ahead of a June conference on small arms.
U.S. No Longer Promoting Landmine Ban
In 1994, the United States was the first nation to call for the elimination of landmines that killed and maimed hundreds of thousands of innocent people around the world. But that was then. Today, Washington not only stands in opposition to an international treaty that bans the use and production of antipersonnel landmines, but intends to make new ones too.
U.S. Resurfaces Opposition to International Court
While senior United Nations officials and diplomats from other countries would like to see the International Criminal Court (ICC) playing an important role in the world community's efforts to deter attacks against innocent civilians during armed conflicts, the United States says no way.
Iraqis Glad 2005 Over, Dim Hopes for 2006
Despite the parliamentary elections last week and temporary ease in violence, Iraqis remain bitter about the outgoing year, and sceptical of 2006. The majority of Iraqis in Baghdad now fear the security forces, as dozens of people each week are ''disappeared" by police and soldiers around the city and new torture chambers have been discovered recently.
U.S. Nuclear Weapons Hypocrisy Highlighted as Int'l Conference Deadlocks in Week One
A month-long U.N. conference on halting the spread of nuclear weapons neared the end of its first week Friday deadlocked over how to strengthen the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
On Anniversary of Rwanda Genocide, Activists Demand Action on Darfur
Activists invoked this week's anniversary of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda to ratchet up calls for stronger action on what they termed another unfolding genocide neglected by the international community, this time in western Sudan's Darfur region.
Washington’s criminal war against Iraq enters its third year
Today begins year three of the US intervention in Iraq, with its tragic consequences for both the Iraqi and American people continuing to multiply.
UN Approves 10,000 Peacekeepers for Southern Sudan
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Thursday to authorize a 10,000-strong peacekeeping force for southern Sudan but remained deadlocked on any action for Darfur in the west.