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  • Lost Gun Rights Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

    LYONS: Small-arms treaty, big Second Amendment threat

    In a little-noticed action, the U.N. General Assembly on April 2, 2013, adopted by "majority vote" an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) with the objective of regulating the international trade in conventional arms from small arms to major military equipment.

  • **FILE** Andriy Parubiy, Secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, speaks to lawmakers during a session of the parliament in Kiev on March 13, 2014. (Associated Press)

    Ukraine's top security official: Individual sanctions in Russia not enough

    U.S. lawmakers are increasingly concerned about Russian troop movements on the border with Ukraine and the prospect of an additional land grab, as both houses of Congress voted to slap sanctions on Russia and extend loan guarantees to Ukraine.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Crimea incursion evidence of U.N. impotence

    The Russian incursion into the sovereign country of Ukraine — an intrusion that allowed the vote for Crimea to secede — is another step in Russia's quest to restore the USSR.wa

  • President Obama gestures during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday, May 13, 2013, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, where they talked about subjects ranging from Syria's civil war to preparations for a coming summit in Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Obama: Benghazi cover-up charges a partisan 'sideshow'

    President Obama on Monday angrily denied a cover-up by his administration in downplaying the role of terrorism in the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and accused Republican lawmakers of carrying out a partisan "sideshow" by investigating it.

  • **FILE** Palestinian supporters of Hamas wave flags during a rally in the West Bank city of Tulkarem on Dec. 14, 2012, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the militant group. (Associated Press)

    Diplomat: Palestinians to oppose Israeli settlements

    Palestinians will oppose Israel nonviolently if the Jewish state proceeds with plans to build settlements between Jerusalem and the West Bank, the top Palestinian official in Washington said Friday.

  • ** FILE ** Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the press about the Palestinian bid to the U.N. during a visit to an exhibition marking 35 years since Egyptian president Anwar Sadat's visit to Israel at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Gali Tibbon, Pool)

    PRUDEN: The peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians to nowhere good

    Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians can’t go anywhere good. Both Arab and Jew know it. President Obama poses as the honest broker, but he too knows that talk of a lasting resolution of differences is 100-proof moonshine.

  • Illustration: U.N. gun grabbing by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    EDITORIAL: Gun ban back on Obama's agenda

    That didn't take long. Less than a day after President Obama's re-election, the administration breathed new life into the United Nations' previously comatose treaty regulating guns.

  • World Briefs: Former Italian leader names envoy to Sahel

    Former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi has been named U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's special envoy for the troubled Sahel region of Africa.

  • Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi speaks Sept. 25, 2012, at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. (Associated Press)

    Morsi: Won't rest until Syrian war ends

    Egypt's new President Mohammed Morsi, making his debut on the global stage at the United Nations, said Wednesday that he will not rest until the civil war in Syria is brought to an end.

  • Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. (AP Photo)

    Muslim-led nations seek global ban on insults of Muhammad

    As the U.N. General Assembly convenes this week in New York, several leaders of mostly Muslim nations are suggesting that the world body consider sanctions on blasphemy, amid widespread protests against an amateur movie that denigrates Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

  • ** FILE ** President Obama addresses the U.N. General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Events in Muslim world bear on Obama's speech at United Nations

    A year after President Obama largely defused a diplomatic showdown at the United Nations over Palestinian statehood, his difficulties with the Muslim world are multiplying rapidly as he prepares to address the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (right) talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the arrival ceremony for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vladivostok, Russia, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Jim Watson, Pool)

    Clinton: Deep differences with Russia on Syria

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday acknowledged deep differences with Russia over how to handle the crisis in Syria, saying she would continue to try to persuade Moscow to back increased international pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad, even if such a step is unlikely.

  • Illustration by Tom Trouw

    KAMINSKI: Time to suspend Syria from the U.N.

    The United Nations estimates that since the Syrian uprising began a year ago, more than 9,000 Syrians have been killed. A recent assessment by Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Elliot Abrams puts the total number of Syrian refugees at almost a half-million. Worse, it appears that Syrian president Bashar Assad's forces are continuing to torture, imprison and kill Syrian civilians.

  • U.N. marks week seeking interfaith links

    The role of religion in promoting links and dialogue across cultures and across continents moved into the spotlight earlier this month as the U.N. General Assembly marked the second annual World Interfaith Harmony Week.

  • ** FILE ** Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks during the 66th session of the U.N. General Assembly at the world body's headquarters in New York on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Andrew Burton)

    Americans walk out during Iran president's anti-U.S. speech

    American diplomats led a walkout at the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad issued a sweeping attack on the United States and major Western European nations, calling them "arrogant powers" ruled by greed and eager for military adventurism.

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