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Betsy Pisik

Articles by Betsy Pisik

U.S. set to pay its debt to U.N.

The Obama administration said Wednesday it plans to pay off the remaining debts to U.N. peacekeeping operations accumulated since 2005. Published August 6, 2009

Arab states faulted over human rights

A U.N. assessment of security in the Arab world faults governments for curtailing the growth and development of their citizens. Published July 21, 2009

Madoff sentenced to term of 150 years

With Bernard Madoff under sentence to spend what likely will be the rest of his life in prison for perpetrating the largest Wall Street Ponzi scheme in history, the focus shifts to his victims' efforts to salvage whatever they can from the wreckage of the criminal enterprise. Published June 30, 2009

U.N. hits North Korea with tough sanctions

The U.N. Security Council on Friday approved stronger sanctions against North Korea for its recent nuclear-weapon and missile tests, expanding a mandate to search ships at sea or in port that sparked threats of retaliation from Pyongyang. Published June 13, 2009

U.N. Council punishes N. Korea for weapons tests

The U.N. Security Council on Friday punished North Korea for its recent nuclear weapon and missile tests, sparking threats of retaliation from Pyongyang for imposing deeper sanctions and a broad mandate to search ships at sea or in port. Published June 12, 2009

U.S. joins U.N. rights council

The United States ended three years of estrangement from the U.N. Human Rights Council on Tuesday, joining the body that often is criticized for giving voice to nations with a history of abusing their citizens, such as Libya, Zimbabwe and China. Published May 13, 2009

U.S. joins U.N. rights body

UPDATED: The United States ended three years of estrangement from the U.N. Human Rights Council Tuesday, joining the body that is often criticized for giving voice to nations with a history of abusing their citizens such as Libya, Zimbabwe and China. Published May 12, 2009

U.N. seeks Israeli 'reparations'

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday he would seek reparations from Israel for its bombardment of U.N. facilities during its January incursion into Gaza. Published May 6, 2009

WHO urges restraint with flu measures

The World Health Organization on Monday urged nations not to take extreme measures to combat the spread of a new flu strain, even as Mexico announced the end of its five-day shutdown of public gathering places and nonessential government services. Published May 5, 2009

Swine flu is ruled out in Calif. man's death

UPDATED: Officials said that swine flu has been ruled out as the cause of one of two recent deaths in California, the Associated Press is reporting. Published April 28, 2009

Foreign troops in Congo stir fury

Hundreds of lawmakers boycotted the National Assembly session in a dispute over the government's acceptance of foreign troops on Congolese soil. Published March 19, 2009

Prague seeks out U.S. missile stance

Czech President Vaclav Klaus said Monday that he is seeking a sign from President Obama as to whether the U.S. will uphold its agreement to deploy missile defenses in the Czech Republic and Poland. Published March 10, 2009

Pakistani girls seek better education

Roughly half of Pakistan's 173 million citizens know how to read, according to the CIA World Factbook. Sixty-three percent of the men are literate, compared with only 36 percent of the women. Published March 8, 2009

Vacancies slow U.N. corruption probes

An unusually high number of vacancies in the U.N. inspector general's office has left that body significantly understaffed, raising concerns about the world body's ability to detect fraud and other abuses even as the workload has swelled to include a myriad of procurement contracts. Published March 8, 2009