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Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/18/18, 11:05 am

Kofi Annan, the grandson of tribal chiefs in Ghana who rose through the ranks of the United Nations to become the first black African secretary-general, has died of an unspecified illness. He was 80.

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Palace coup

International | With migration vote against U.S. pick, Europe grips the helm of global agencies
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/18/18, 11:54 am

In some ways it’s no surprise the international community rejected Ken Isaacs, the Samaritan’s Purse vice president and Trump nominee to lead the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The Washington Post and others ran a steady campaign against Isaacs after digging up several of his tweets deemed anti-Muslim. 

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U.S. to leave UN human rights council

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 6/19/18, 02:39 pm

The Trump administration plans to announce Tuesday the United States’ departure from the United Nations Human Rights Council. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley threatened the withdrawal last year, complaining that the 47-member council was biased against Israel. She warned the United States would leave the council if it did not end its systematic scrutiny of Israel and alleged Israeli rights abuses against Palestinians.

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