UN General Assembly

More than 60 countries sign new UN arms trade treaty

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attends a special event to mark the opening for signature of the Arms Trade Treaty. Photo: Xinhua

More than 60 countries on Monday signed a landmark conventional arms trade treaty, but the United States held back from joining the first wave of signatories while Russia and China are expected to stay out of the accord.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Palestinian UN status likely to be debated in November

President of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly Vuk Jeremic at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday. Photo: Xinhua

The United Nations is likely to hold a debate on whether to upgrade the Palestinians’ UN status to a sovereign country in mid-November the president of the UN General Assembly said.

4 Oct 2012 - 12:11pm

India clashes with Pakistan at UN

Indian Foreign Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna shakes hands with United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before a meeting at the Waldorf Astoria hotel during the 67th United Nations General Assembly on Monday. Photo: AP

India’s external affairs minister took on Pakistan at the United Nations for raising the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir.

2 Oct 2012 - 11:59am

UN states backing rebels 'aiding terror', says Syrian FM

Walid Muallem, the deputy prime minister and foreign minister of Syria, addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly on Monday. Photo: Xinhua

Syria’s foreign minister on Monday accused the United States, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey of supporting “terrorism” by funneling arms, money and foreign fighters to rebels seeking to topple President Bashar al-Assad while the UN chief decried killings and rights abuses by Assad’s government.

2 Oct 2012 - 12:54pm

Korean Peninsula could face 'thermonuclear war', North tells UN

North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Pak Kil-yon addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday. Photo: AP

US policy toward North Korea has made the Korean Peninsula the most dangerous place on the planet because a “spark” there could ignite a nuclear war, a senior North Korean official told the UN.

3 Oct 2012 - 10:26am

Thein Sein would ‘accept’ Suu Kyi as Myanmar president

Myanmar leader Thein Sein addresses the UN General Assembly on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Myanmar leader Thein Sein has said in an interview he would accept democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi as president if elected, but added he could not alone amend rules that bar her from power.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Indonesia seeks rules of road for South China Sea

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told the UN General Assembly that Asean was engaged in “earnest negotiations” for a legally binding code of conduct in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP

Indonesia is circulating among Southeast Asian nations a draft code of conduct for the South China Sea, hoping for progress before a regional summit in November, its foreign minister said on Tuesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China calls Diaoyus sacred territory in 'tense' Japan talks at UN

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi with UN chief Ban Ki-moon. Photo: AP

China claimed islands at the core of a row with Japan as its “sacred territory” in talks between the two countries on Wednesday, as neither side showed signs of backing down.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Talking points

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Court to hear bid to challenge C. Y. victory

25 Sep 2012 - 3:07am

Talking points

Kowloon Mosque’s chief imam, Muhammad Arshad. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Muslim leaders to discuss protest in Central

22 Sep 2012 - 3:14am