NEW YORK (AP) — A free e-book collection allows fans of Tracy Chevalier, JoJo Moyes and more than 40 other writers to read early excerpts of their upcoming books.
African ambassadors to UN blast Trump remark as ‘racist’
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The African group of ambassadors to the United Nations has issued an extraordinary statement condemning the "outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks" by President Donald Trump and demanding a retraction and apology.
Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power has shared the statement on Twitter, saying: "Whoa. I've never seen a statement like this by African countries directed at the United States."
My favorite example of chutzpah used to be the man who killed his parents and then, at his murder trial, threw himself on the mercy of the court as an orphan. Hilarious in the way of black comedy, it denotes a complete lack of self-awareness.
Last week, I got an even better example.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted out, “The days of America looking the other way from the Iranian regime’s oppression are over. America stands with the Iranian people.”
Supreme Court justices celebrate Harvard Law bicentennial
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Several justices on the nation's highest court are in Massachusetts to celebrate the bicentennial of Harvard Law School.
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has been joined by Justices Anthony Kennedy, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Neil Gorsuch and retired Justice David Souter at Thursday's event on campus. They are all Harvard Law School alumni.
Obama-era officials to discuss national security at Harvard
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University will be hosting a discussion on national security with four Obama-era officials and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.
The school says students can attend the Monday event as part of a program hosted by Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a university think tank.
Sources: Loretta Lynch to meet with Hill Russia investigators next week
Loretta Lynch, former President Barack Obama's attorney general who has long been a target of Republicans, is scheduled to meet with Capitol Hill investigators next week as part of the Russia inquiries, according to sources briefed on the matter.
Lynch is expected to voluntarily meet next week with both the House and Senate intelligence committees and could also meet with the Senate judiciary committee, sources said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional probes into Russian meddling in Congress (all times local):
Former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power has met with investigators on the Senate intelligence committee.
Former US Ambassador Samantha Power writing a memoir
NEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power is writing a memoir about her transition from writing a Pulitzer Prize-winning condemnation of foreign policy to becoming a leading public advocate for the government.
Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that it had acquired Power's "The Education of an Idealist." A release date has not yet been determined.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is recalling the death and suffering of more than 1 million Armenians during the final years of the Ottoman Empire, without describing it as genocide.
Such a declaration would anger Turkey, whose cooperation Trump seeks in Syria.
Trump says in a statement that the World War I-era killing of Armenians represents one of the 20th century's worst mass atrocities, and a "dark chapter" in history.
“Is there no execution of a child that gets under your skin? Is there literally nothing that shames you?” the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations at the time, Samantha Power, asked at the U.N. in December.
Her question was directed at Syria and its backers Russia and Iran, and concerned the ferociously brutal recapture of the city of Aleppo by government forces in Syria’s civil war. There was no answer.
US envoy urges Trump not to cut UN funding and lose clout
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power is urging the Trump administration not to cut funding to the United Nations, warning it would be "extremely detrimental" to U.S. interests and only benefit countries like China and Russia.
In her final press conference Friday, Power said "we lead the world, in part, by leading at the United Nations."
US lashes out at Russia at UN _ and Russia goes after Obama
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, in one of her last appearances at the U.N. Security Council, lashed out at Russia on Tuesday for invading and annexing Ukraine's Crimea peninsula and carrying out "a merciless military assault" in Syria.
Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin shot back by accusing the Obama administration of "desperately" looking for scapegoats for its own failures in Iraq, Syria and Libya.
At first it seems the opposing political cheering sections are trying to drown out each other with cries of "sabotage!" and "hero!"
As each of the loudest shouts their frenzied slogans, it's obvious that the most fearful are the most virulent.
Surely, the Donald Trump supporters don't really believe anything President Obama does right now to try to stymie the goals of the president-elect will have the mark of permanency, do they?
US ambassador meets goal _ visiting 189 UN missions
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Samantha Power has completed a personal goal she set when becoming the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in August 2013: She has visited the missions of the 189 countries the United States has diplomatic relations with — and she recommends that her successor Nikki Haley does the same.
Her last courtesy call Friday morning was to the two-room mission of the Pacific island kingdom of Tonga.
Vote on Israel could spur further action _ or trouble for UN
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. green light that allowed the U.N. Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem could spur moves toward new terms to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But it also poses dangers for the United Nations with the incoming Trump administration and may harden Israel's attitude toward concessions.
US rebukes Israel and allows UN condemnation of settlements
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States has given its biggest rebuke in recent history to longstanding ally Israel, allowing the U.N. Security Council to condemn its settlements and continuing construction in Palestinian territory as a 'flagrant violation' of international law.
Instead of casting a veto to support Israel, as it almost always does on council resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the U.S. abstained.
UN Security Council rejects arms embargo on South Sudan
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council defeated a U.S.-sponsored resolution that would have imposed an arms embargo and targeted sanctions on South Sudan on Friday, rejecting arguments that it would help diminish fighting and avoid mass atrocities.
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South Sudan arms embargo ‘not productive,’ Japan envoy says
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A Japanese official says an arms embargo on South Sudan is "not productive," even as the United States pushes Japan and other U.N Security Council members to impose one amid warnings of possible genocide.
Okamura Yoshifumi, special adviser to Japan's prime minister, spoke after visiting South Sudan, where Japan has 350 U.N. peacekeepers.
U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon this week said South Sudan will head toward genocide unless immediate action is taken on an arms embargo.
The Latest: US envoy wants UN monitors in Aleppo quickly
BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says member nations must ensure the urgent deployment of United Nations monitors to former rebel-held areas in eastern Aleppo, citing reports of people dying of exposure overnight waiting for evacuation.
US supports French proposal for independent Aleppo monitors
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Friday she favors a French-drafted U.N. resolution calling for independent international monitors to oversee the evacuation of civilians and rebel fighters from war-torn Aleppo. But Russia's ambassador was not as quick to embrace the plan, saying "it takes weeks to deploy observers."
The Latest: Syrian envoy at UN hails ‘liberation of Aleppo’
BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):
Syria's U.N. ambassador is hailing "the liberation of Aleppo" and rejecting allegations that his country's military has carried out revenge attacks and executions of civilians.
US envoy to UN sees security risk if refugees not rescued
PARIS (AP) — As Western nations dig in to protect their own citizens, their territory and their way of life, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations warned on Wednesday that a security challenge may await them down the road if they fail to do their share in sheltering refugees today.
Samantha Power said that from the United States to Europe to the Middle East "no one was ready" for the crisis.
The Latest: US envoy: Nations need to absorb migrants now
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The Latest on the migrant situation in Europe (all times local):
The United States' U.N. ambassador says Western nations may face a security challenge down the road if they fail to do their share in sheltering arriving refugees now.
Obama’s UN envoy refers to Armenian genocide
WASHINGTON (AP) — Has the Obama administration quietly recognized the World War I-era killing of Armenians as genocide?
The term has long been taboo for U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama, who have instead talked of mass atrocity and historical tragedy. But Obama's U.N. ambassador last week went further than her boss by describing the event as genocide.
A look at the last 4 US ambassadors to the United Nations
President-elect Donald Trump's choice for United Nations ambassador, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, has limited foreign policy experience. That's in contrast to other U.N. ambassadors who had deep roots in international affairs at the time of their nominations.
A look at the backgrounds of the four most recent U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations:
Sen. Gillibrand, UN ambassador in NY to discuss refugees
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is expected in Buffalo to meet with refugees and discuss their challenges.
Samantha Power is scheduled to be part of a round table discussion with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Tuesday. They will be joined by refugees and representatives from resettlement agencies in the region.
US accuses 13 Syrians of responsibility for attacks, torture
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States on Monday accused 13 Syrian commanders and prison officials of responsibility for attacks on cities, residential areas and civilian infrastructure as well as acts of torture.
The Latest: US names Syrian officers accused of attacks
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is naming five Syrian commanders allegedly responsible for carrying out military assaults on cities, residential areas and civilian infrastructure since 2011, saying "one day they will be held accountable."
US seeks sanctions on South Sudan rebel leader, army chief
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is seeking to impose sanctions on South Sudan's rebel leader, army chief of staff, and information minister for fueling conflict and obstructing peace in the world's newest nation.
UN extends mandate of Syria chemical weapons inspectors
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Inspectors charged with determining who is behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria will have another year to do their work after the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to approve a one-year extension of their mandate Thursday.
Investigators from the Joint Investigative Mechanism, or JIM, have determined that the Syrian government was behind at least three attacks involving chlorine gas and the Islamic State group was responsible for at least one involving mustard gas.
US abstains in UN vote on Cuba embargo for the first time
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States abstained for the first time in 25 years Wednesday on a U.N. resolution condemning America's economic embargo against Cuba, a measure it had always vehemently opposed.
The U.S. was joined in abstaining by Israel, the only other country to vote against the embargo resolution in the General Assembly last year. When the vote — 191-0 with two abstentions — was shown on the electronic board, diplomats from the 193 U.N. member states burst into applause.
World leaders to focus on refugee crisis and Syria at UN
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — World leaders meeting at the United Nations starting Monday will be trying to make progress on two intractable problems at the top of the global agenda — the biggest refugee crisis since World War II and the Syrian conflict now in its sixth year which has claimed over 300,000 lives.
World leaders to focus on refugee crisis and Syria at UN
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — World leaders meeting at the United Nations starting Monday will be trying to make progress on two intractable problems at the top of the global agenda — the biggest refugee crisis since World War II and the Syrian conflict now in its sixth year that has claimed over 300,000 lives.
The Latest: Russian UN envoy says Syria deal in trouble
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria, where the U.S. military says it may have unintentionally struck government forces. (all times local):
Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin says the U.S. airstrike that apparently struck Syrian government troops has put "a very big question mark" over the future of the U.S. and Russian-brokered cease-fire agreement in Syria.
Obama aims to define his global leadership in last UN speech
WASHINGTON (AP) — In one of his last major appearances on the world stage, President Barack Obama will try to define how his leadership has made the planet safer and more prosperous when he gives his farewell speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.
UN chief calls Netanyahu ethnic cleansing comment outrageous
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's insistence that Palestinians want the "ethnic cleansing" of Jews in the West Bank "unacceptable and outrageous."
Ban told the U.N. Security Council that he wanted to be absolutely clear: "Settlements are illegal under international law."
UN chief says he’s never seen tensions so high in Koreas
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday he has never seen tensions on the Korean peninsula as high as they are today and he called on the Security Council to take urgent action to prevent "provocative actions" by North Korea.
US ambassador ‘outraged’ over South Sudan harassment
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, says she is "outraged" that South Sudan's government has harassed civil rights activists who met with a U.N. Security Council delegation during a visit to the young nation.
US says ‘excessive use of force’ against Ethiopia protesters
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says her country has raised "grave concerns" about what it calls excessive use of force against protesters in Ethiopia.
Ambassador Samantha Power spoke to reporters late Sunday as the U.N. Security Council ended a visit to South Sudan. It moves on to Ethiopia on Monday for talks with African Union officials.
Under pressure, South Sudan agrees to 4,000 new peacekeepers
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan has agreed to the deployment of a 4,000-strong regional protection force approved by the U.N. Security Council after first rejecting the peacekeepers as a violation of its sovereignty.
Sunday's announcement came after the Security Council met with South Sudan President Salva Kiir during a rare visit to the turbulent East African country.
Address rape victims of South Sudan hotel rampage, US says
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is calling for an independent commission to take testimony from rape victims of a rampage by South Sudanese soldiers at a hotel compound popular with foreigners.
Ambassador Samantha Power spoke Saturday as the U.N. Security Council visited the country on the brink of renewed civil war. Fighting in the capital, Juba, in July killed hundreds.
UN diplomats arrive in South Sudan, threaten arms embargo
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The U.N. Security Council arrived Friday in South Sudan's capital to threaten an arms embargo and sanctions if the government rejects a plan to bring in another 4,000 peacekeepers.
The rare visit focuses on the council's decision to deploy the peacekeepers with a strengthened mandate to protect civilians after numerous reports of rapes and attacks by government troops after renewed fighting erupted in Juba in July.
US predicts UN will swiftly condemn North Korea launches
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power predicted that the Security Council will swiftly condemn North Korea's latest ballistic missile launches following an emergency meeting Wednesday of the U.N.'s most powerful body.
Power told reporters after the closed meeting there were "strong condemnations across the board" from all 15 council members, which she found encouraging.
Her assessment was echoed by Japan's ambassador, Koro Bessho, who said he was...
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations granted accreditation to the Committee to Protect Journalists on Monday, overturning a committee's rejection and giving the group the right to promote press freedom at the Human Rights Council and other U.N. bodies.
The 54-member Economic and Social Council approved CPJ's application for consultative status — first made in 2012 — by a vote of 40-5 with 6 abstentions. Russia, China, Zimbabwe, Vietnam and Rwanda opposed the...