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Betsy Pisik

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Bashir defies arrest warrant

Sudanese President Omar Bashir, freshly indicted by an international war-crimes tribunal for atrocities in Darfur, plans to test the court's authority with a business trip to Qatar. Published March 5, 2009

Rights court indicts Sudanese leader

An international tribunal on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, the first time a sitting leader has been formally charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity. Published March 4, 2009

U.S. to skip racism summit

The Obama administration is unlikely to attend an upcoming U.N. conference on racism after U.S. diplomats unsuccessfully tried to change language offensive to Israel and other countries, a senior U.S. official said Friday. Published February 28, 2009

U.S. likely to skip 'racism' conference

The Obama administration is unlikely to attend an upcoming U.N. conference on racism after U.S. diplomats tried but failed to change language offensive to Israel and other countries, a senior U.S. official said Friday. Published February 27, 2009

Tribunal to seek Syria's help

The U.N. Tribunal for Lebanon faces an early test after it opens on Sunday - whether Syria will cooperate in the court's probe of the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Published February 25, 2009

Kerry given letter for Obama from Hamas

A senior United Nations official in Gaza gave Sen. John Kerry a letter from an adviser to the militant Islamic group Hamas without informing Mr. Kerry of the letter's origin, a spokesman for the senator said Friday. Published February 21, 2009

Picasso tapestry from U.N. to London

"Guernica," Pablo Picasso's jolting antiwar masterpiece, soon will leave the United Nations for a safer berth in London, but whether it will return depends on one of America's wealthiest families. Published February 16, 2009

U.S. eyes bid for U.N. rights council

The Obama administration is weighing a bid to join the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC), a decision that would reverse Bush administration policy and underline a more favorable U.S. attitude toward international organizations. Published February 10, 2009

American U.N. staffer abducted

Gunmen kidnapped an American who works for the United Nations in Pakistan on Monday and killed his driver - the latest in scores of attacks on U.N. staffers around the world. Published February 3, 2009

American kidnapped in Pakistan

Gunmen kidnapped an American who worked for the United Nations in Pakistan on Monday and killed his driver -- the latest in scores of attacks on U.N. staffers around the world. Published February 2, 2009

Peace summit group focuses on rights

The path to peace will be impossible to navigate without a more caring brand of capitalism, democracy, expanded human rights and the rule of law, said speakers Friday at a "World Summit for Peace." Published January 31, 2009

Susan Rice offers Obama promise of 'cooperation'

Newly arrived U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice on Monday pledged that the Obama administration would support broad U.N. goals to relieve global poverty and disease and work to improve the troubled U.N. peacekeeping mission in Darfur. Published January 27, 2009

Rice at U.N. pledges cooperation

Newly arrived U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice on Monday pledged that the Obama administration would support broad U.N. goals to relieve global poverty and disease, and work to improve the troubled U.N. peacekeeping mission in Darfur. Published January 26, 2009

Sea of humanity revels in history

They came in the hundreds of thousands, bundled in coats and hats, to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama. Published January 20, 2009

Civil rights icon Fauntroy retires

Civil rights activist and Baptist preacher Walter E. Fauntroy said farewell Sunday to the church he has called home for nearly 50 years, exhorting hundreds of parishioners and well-wishers to live "always hoping, trusting and loving one another." Published January 18, 2009

Obama nominee promises full-court press

Susan Rice, who shares with President-elect Barack Obama skills on the basketball court, showed off her diplomatic moves Thursday at a Senate confirmation hearing to be U.S. envoy to the United Nations. Published January 16, 2009

Israel kills key Hamas leader

UPDATED: Israel killed a top Hamas leader and pushed into the heart of Gaza City on Thursday in what was described as the fiercest day of attacks in its offensive against the militant Islamist group. Published January 16, 2009

President Bush overrules Rice on Gaza

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was visibly frustrated when the White House told her to veto a resolution demanding a Hamas-Israeli cease-fire - a resolution she had spent three days negotiating. Published January 12, 2009

U.N. calls for 'immediate' Gaza cease-fire

The U.N. Security Council on Thursday night called for "an immediate, durable, fully respected cease-fire" in the Gaza Strip, leading to the eventual withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Palestinian territory. Published January 9, 2009