New York

Milo Yiannopoulous' book deal cancelled over child abuse comments

US publisher Simon & Schuster cancelled Milo Yiannopolous' book deal on Monday after a video emerged of the far-right blogger defending sex with children.

Trump advisor Conway admits "Bowling Green massacre" mistake

Kellyanne Conway, adviser to US President Donald Trump, on Friday admitted making an error after she spoke of a "Bowling Green massacre" which never occurred during a television interview.

Ukraine 'absolutely satisfied' with US support on Crimea

Ukraine's Permanent Representative to the UN said Wednesday that he was "absolutely satisfied" with the support of the US on the issue of Crimea.

UNICEF launches 3.3-billion-dollar appeal for 2017

In order to help more than 48 million children in need in 48 countries, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) launched an appeal on Tuesday for donations of 3.3 billion dollars in 2017.

UN backs Gambia's new president Adama Barrow

The UN Security Council voted unanimously on Thursday to back Gambia's new president, Adama Barrow, and called for a peaceful transition of power.

Scientists say 2016 was warmest on record, for third consecutive time

Last year was the warmest since recordkeeping began in 1880, US government scientists said Wednesday, making 2016 the third year in a row to break records.

France's Le Pen visits Trump Tower - but doesn't meet with Trump

French far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen did not meet Thursday with president-elect Donald Trump during a stop in Trump Tower in New York.

Amazon plans to create more than 100,000 new jobs in the US

The world's largest online retailer Amazon plans to create 100,000 new jobs in the US over the next 18 months.

'You are fake news' - Trump bashes media over publication of dossier

"Since you're attacking us can you give us a question?" a reporter from broadcaster CNN called out as US president-elect Donald Trump took questions at a rare press conference.

Trump admits Russia hacked Democrats, hits back at allegations

US president-elect Donald Trump admitted Wednesday that he thought the hacking of Democratic Party officials during the presidential campaign was committed by Russia, as he used a rare news conference to attack media outlets for reporting that the Kremlin may have damaging information about him.

"NO WAY!" Trump says of Toyota plans to build plant in Mexico

US president-elect Donald Trump on Thursday denounced Japanese carmaker Toyota's plans to build a new factory in Mexico and export cars built there to the United States.

Deutsche Bank pays 95 million euros to settle tax avoidance suit

Embattled German lender Deutsche Bank has settled another of its US lawsuits after agreeing a 95-million-dollar payment, state prosecutors said.

Mexican politician protests in Trump Tower against border wall

A Mexican politician and activist protested Wednesday in Trump Tower against president-elect Donald Trump's proposal to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.

Tesla misses sales targets for 2016

Electric car manufacturer Telsa missed its ambitious sales target for the year, the company said Tuesday after markets closed.

Trump threatens General Motors over imports from Mexico

US president-elect Donald Trump criticized the country's largest car manufacturer General Motors via Twitter on Tuesday over the company's imports from Mexico.

Obama: Serving as president a "privilege"

In a New Year's Day message 19 days before handing the reins to his successor Donald Trump, US President Barack Obama said Sunday the presidency has been a "privilege."

Times Square NYE party goes as planned, aside from Mariah Carey gaffe

An estimated 1 million revellers packed into New York's Times Square on Saturday amid heightened security measures for a New Year's Eve party that passed without incident

US reporter freed after detention of more than two days in Istanbul

A reporter for the Wall Street Journal was arrested and detained in Turkey for two-and-a-half days without contact with his family or employer, the newspaper said Saturday.

"Star Wars" spinoff "Rogue One" top US box-office rankings

A year after "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" dominated North American cinemas, the latest spinoff of the series is the box-office champion for the year-end holidays.

Shock US abstention allows UN condemnation of Israel over settlements

The United States allowed UN Security Council passage of a resolution Friday demanding a halt to Israel's settlement activity in the West Bank, exposing an unusual rift between the two allies.

Security Council extends Liberia deployment for final time

The UN Security Council on Friday extended for the final time the UN peacekeeping deployment to the west African country of Liberia.

UN Security Council rejects weapons embargo for South Sudan

The UN Security Council on Friday rejected a resolution to impose sanctions and a weapons embargo on South Sudan, which has been embroiled in a years-long civil war.

UN report: three-quarters of human traffic victims are women

Nearly three-quarters of human trafficking victims worldwide are girls and women, according to a United Nations report released Wednesday.

UN Security Council votes to send observers to Aleppo

The UN Security Council voted unanimously Monday for a compromise measure to send observers to the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo.

Failures over Syria, South Sudan weigh on outgoing UN chief

The international community's failure to stop the bloodshed in Syria, the risk of genocide in South Sudan and the fear that the Paris climate agreement might not be implemented weighed on outgoing UN chief Ban Ki-moon as he considered his legacy on Friday.

UN Security Council drops reference to LGBT rights in tribute to Ban

The UN Security Council dropped a reference to outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's work on promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights after an objection by Russia.

Monsanto shareholders approve 66-billion-dollar Bayer merger

German pharmaceutical giant Bayer on Tuesday cleared a major hurdle in its quest to swallow up US titan Monsanto, as the controversial agriculture giant's shareholders voted in favour of a merger worth 66 billion dollars.

NYC mayor: residents shouldn't have to pay for Trump's security

Residents of New York City shouldn't have to foot the bill for added security around the residence of president-elect Donald Trump, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.

Donald Trump named Time magazine's Person of the Year

Time magazine named US president-elect Donald Trump as the 2016 Person of the Year, a pick that its editor called a "straightforward" choice given the way he has shaken up US society before even taking office.

Electric car manufacturer Tesla recalls charging adapters

US electric car manufacturer Tesla on Tuesday issued a recall of charging adapters for its electric cars which could be in danger of melting from overheating.

Trump says Japan's Softbank will invest 50 billion dollars in US

US president-elect Donald Trump said Tuesday that Japanese telecommunications giant Softbank will invest 50 billion dollars in the United States.

Russia blocks UN resolution for ceasefire in Aleppo

Russia blocks a resolution in the UN Security Council for a one-week ceasefire in the hard-fought northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

Fiat scion briefly detained on fake kidnap claims, US prosecutors say

A member of the Italian family that controls the car giant Fiat-Chrysler was briefly detained by New York authorities after trying to collect ransom through a fake kidnapping scheme, prosecutors confirmed to dpa Wednesday.

UN Security Council tightens sanctions on North Korea

The UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution tightening sanctions on North Korea on Wednesday in response to the country's latest nuclear test conducted in September.

Facebook accidentally deletes some of founder Zuckerberg's posts

The social media website Facebook accidentally deleted posts by its founder Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday, including two messages he had posted concerning the spread of fake news on the website and their role in the US presidential elections.

Trump cancels, then reschedules, meeting with New York Times

A meeting between Donald Trump and the New York Times will take place later Tuesday, both sides say hours after the president-elect had called off the talks in the latest twist to his contentious relationship with the media.

Trump slams "Hamilton" again, Pence says not offended by comments

US vice president-elect Mike Pence told a US broadcaster Sunday that the boos and cheers he received from the audience during a Broadway performance were "what freedom sounds like."

Four killed in medical plane crash in US state of Nevada

A patient and three crew members were killed after a medical plane crashed in the US state of Nevada, the company operating the aircraft said Saturday.

Trump calls for apology after Broadway actors' protest to US VP-elect

US president-elect Donald Trump called for an apology from the cast of the hit Broadway show Hamilton on Saturday after the actors expressed their anxiety to his deputy Mike Pence, who was attending a performance.

Trump agrees to 25-million-dollar settlement in Trump University case

US president-elect Donald Trump and prosecutors reached a 25-million-dollar settlement in the Trump University fraud case, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Friday.

Hate crimes have "spiked" in US since elections, NY official warns

Hate crimes have "spiked" across the United States, including in the state of New York, since the presidential elections last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.

New York shares hit by volatility in the wake Trump's shock win

Shares on Wall Street were hit by a wave of volatility Wednesday amid the global market turmoil sparked by Donald Trump's shock win in the US Presidential race.

Trump vows to be president for "all Americans"

President-elect Donald Trump vows to serve as a leader for "all Americans" and calls for the country to "bind the wounds of division" after a contentious presidential campaign.

"The Simpsons" to make history as longest-running TV series

The hit animated TV series "The Simpsons" will stay on the air for at least another two seasons, television broadcaster Fox said Friday, to become the longest-running scripted television series ever.

Climate accord goes into effect in "historic day for the planet"

An agreement to limit global temperature rise caused by greenhouse gas emissions to below 2 degrees, adopted during a UN summit in Paris last year, entered into force on Friday.

Over 600,000 children in Haiti dependent on aid after hurricane

More than 600,000 children in Haiti are dependent on humanitarian aid, UNICEF said Friday, one month after Hurricane Matthew pounded the Caribbean island nation.

US judge: "Substantial" progress towards VW 3-litre settlement

The US judge in the Volkswagen emissions test scandal said Thursday that the company had made progress in addressing remaining legal challenges involving its three-litre diesel engine vehicles.

Thomson Reuters to cut 2,000 jobs

Financial data provider and news service Thomson Reuters is embarking on a major restructuring that will include the elimination of about 2,000 positions worldwide, the company announced Tuesday.

UN humanitarian chief sounds alarm over crisis in Yemen

The UN humanitarian chief said Monday that fighting in Yemen has created a "catastrophe" that has put more than 21 million people in need of some form of humanitarian assistance.

Russia loses re-election bid for UN Human Rights Council

Russia failed to gather enough votes at the UN General Assembly on Friday to be elected to serve a further three-year term on the UN Human Rights Council, losing its re-election bid to Hungary and Croatia.

Twitter cuts more jobs, ends Vine app in pursuit of profitability

The social media service Twitter will lay off about 9 per cent of its workforce worldwide, the company announced Thursday.

US abstains for first time from UN vote condemning Cuban embargo

The United States abstained for the first time in 24 years from a vote in the UN General Assembly urging an end to Washington's embargo on Cuba on Wednesday.

HRW decries Russia and Saudi Arabia's candidacy for UN rights body

Russia and Saudi Arabia's re-election to serve on the UN Human Rights Council would undermine the body's credibility due to the poor human rights track records of the two countries, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Expert: UN avoiding responsibility for Haiti cholera is a "disgrace"

The reluctance of the United Nations to accept responsibility for allegedly causing the 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti was a "deeply flawed" approach and a "disgrace," a UN human rights expert said Tuesday.

Volkswagen files recall plan for 3-litre cars in emissions case

Volkswagen on Monday met a deadline for submitting a revised recall plan for 3-litre engine diesel cars caught up in its emissions scandal, but no details were released.

AT&T to buy Time Warner in 85.4-billion-dollar deal

Telecommunications giant AT&T on Saturday said it would buy entertainment group Time Warner in a deal worth 85.4 billion dollars, to create one of the world's biggest media companies.

Final decision on VW settlement expected within week

Volkswagen seems well on the way to get final approval on a proposed settlement in the emissions test scandal, but the judge in the case said at a court hearing on Tuesday it could take up to another seven days before his definite order.

Trump calls Saturday Night Live portrayal of him "hit job"

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to vent his anger about the portrayal of him on US sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live.

UN General Assembly appoints Antonio Guterres as next UN chief

Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres is set to start a five-year term as UN secretary general in January after the UN General Assembly formally approved him for the job on Thursday.

Russian resolution on Syrian ceasefire fails at UN Security Council

A Russian-drafted resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Syria fails to gather enough votes to pass at the UN Security Council.

TTIP negotiations to continue through US elections

The European Union and the United States will continue negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement despite the forthcoming change in US leadership, negotiators said Friday.

UN to vote on Aleppo ceasefire resolution, Russia threatens to veto

France called on the UN Security Council on Friday to take a vote on a resolution demanding an end to hostilities in Syria, including the grounding of all military aircraft in the northern city of Aleppo, but Russia threatened to cast a veto.

Sweet deal: Mars buys out Warren Buffett's shares in Wrigley

Mars Chocolate, maker of Snickers, M&Ms and several other well-known chocolate bars, announced Thursday it would take full control of Wrigley, known for chewing gum and chewy fruit candies.

A humanist, "doer" and a realist: Guterres chosen to head UN

No one foresaw in the late 1960s that the young student doing social work in Lisbon would someday become the UN high commissioner for refugees.

"Unstoppable" Paris climate accord to come into force on November 4

The Paris Climate Agreement will go into effect on November 4 after the final threshold for its entry into force has been reached, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday.

Portugal's Antonio Guterres set to become next UN chief

Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres is set to become the next head of the United Nations after he emerged Wednesday as the favoured candidate among UN Security Council members.

Monsanto reports smaller losses weeks after Bayer deal

US agriculture giant Monsanto saw its losses narrow in its first financial results since it agreed to a takeover offer from German pharmaceutical company Bayer, the US firm said Wednesday.

UN has no evidence of chemical weapons use in Sudan's Darfur

The United Nations has no evidence that the Sudanese government has used chemical weapons against civilians in the country's Darfur region, a top UN official said Tuesday, noting, however, that the UN does not have access to the areas in question.

Trump slips on the Forbes billionaire list

Donald Trump's fortune has shrunk by 800 million dollars to 3.7 billion dollars, according to the Forbes list of billionaires on Thursday.

Study: Paris climate commitments won't meet emissions target

Countries will need to double or triple their commitments made under the Paris Climate Agreement to keep the global temperature increase under the target 2 degrees Celsius, leading climate scientists said Thursday.

Amnesty: Sudan has used chemical weapons against civilians in Darfur

The Sudanese government has likely conducted at least 30 chemical weapons attacks against civilians in the country's Darfur region this year, a report by the human rights watchdog Amnesty International said Thursday.

MSF: UN Security Council fails to protect war-zone hospitals

The UN Security Council has "plainly failed" to stop attacks against hospitals and medical staff in war zones, despite a resolution passed in May that called for their protection, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said.

Trump's Muslim ban: A timeline of shifting positions

With national security a focus of Monday's US presidential debate, Donald Trump may once again have to defend his plan to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country, which he says will prevent terrorist attacks.

First Trump-Clinton debate set to draw sky-high number of viewers

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton face off Monday in a presidential debate that could be the most-watched in US history, with the high-stakes showdown expected to attract up to 100 million viewers.

Russia: Bringing peace to Syria is "almost impossible"

A US-Russia brokered ceasefire in Syria could not yield results towards a political solution because of "sabotage" by moderate opposition groups in Syria that the US failed to exert influence over, says Vitaly Churkin, Russian ambassador to the UN.

Western countries blame Russia for Syrian escalation

The United States, Britain and France blame Russia for the recent escalation in fighting in Syria, especially in the northern city of Aleppo, during an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council that the three countries called for.

UN Syria envoy calls on US and Russia to salvage Syria ceasefire

The United States and Russia still have a "tiny window of opportunity" to salvage the now broken-down ceasefire deal in Syria, UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura says, warning that trust in their intention to solve the crisis was "seriously broken."

Philippines to the UN: "Have faith in our democracy"

The United Nations and its member states should "have faith" in the democratic system of the Philippines to handle its domestic affairs, including its war on drugs, said Perfecto Yasay, Philippine secretary for foreign affairs, on Saturday.

Syria reaffirms cooperation with UN chemical weapons investigation

The Syrian government was ready to "continue its cooperation" with international investigators on the use of chemical weapons, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Saturday, noting that his country had eliminated all such weapons.

North Korea: Nuclear tests are "righteous self-defensive measures"

North Korea defended its recent testing of nuclear warheads and ballistic technology at the UN General Assembly on Friday, calling them "righteous self-defensive measures" to preserve the country's sovereignty from outside interference.

Iran calls on US to rectify failures to implement nuclear deal

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani called on the United States on Thursday to fully comply with its obligations under the nuclear deal, warning that failing to do so will "further erode the credibility" of Washington.

Palestinians push for UN Security Council resolution on settlements

The Palestinians were in "extensive consultations" to pass a resolution at the UN Security Council on Israel's continued settlement activity, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said at the UN General Assembly on Thursday.

Poroshenko: Russia is waging an undeclared war against Ukraine

Russia is waging an undeclared, hybrid war against Ukraine with the use of a "terrorist component," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

Japan: UN must thwart North Korea's nuclear weapons ambitions

The United Nations must come together to thwart North Korea's efforts to develop nuclear weapons, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday.

"The war in Colombia has ended," Santos tells UN

The UN General Assembly erupted in applause as Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos declared on Wednesday that the conflict between his government and the leftist rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had come to an end.

UN to investigate Syria aid convoy deaths, other "atrocities"

The United Nations plans to carry out a "vigorous," independent investigation into an attack on an aid convoy in Syria this week that killed 21 people, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday.

Obama and Ban joke about retirement plans during UN luncheon

US President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon saluted each other and shared retirement jokes Tuesday at a luncheon marking the last time both leaders would participate in the UN General Assembly in their current roles.

Countries increase pledges for refugees during US-hosted UN summit

Countries pledged to increase their humanitarian spending, double the number of resettled refugees and improve refugees' access to work and school during a high-level summit on Tuesday hosted by US President Barack Obama.

Obama, Ban appeal for compassion and action over walls and division

US President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Tuesday on the global community to do more to address international crises, from the war in Syria and the refugee crisis to North Korea's nuclear programme.

Refugees top Obama's agenda at final UN General Assembly appearance

US President Barack Obama will Tuesday deliver his final speech to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) which will provide one of his final chances to burnish his legacy.

Mexican president to UN: "No barrier" can stop migration

Barriers cannot stop the movement of migrants and the fusion of cultures, said Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the United Nations on Monday.

New York bombing suspect captured after shoot-out with police

A suspect wanted in connection with a New York City bombing was captured Monday after a shoot-out with police in nearby New Jersey.

More rights for migrants with new deal, declares UN's Ban

Refugees and migrants will have improved rights, particularly in the areas of education and employment, if a new international agreement on migration is upheld, said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Monday.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, of New Jersey sought over NYC Chelsea bombing

Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, is being sought for questioning about the explosion in New York City's Chelsea neighbourhood on Saturday, the FBI says.

Bomb experts accidentally detonate explosive device in New Jersey

One of several explosive devices discovered in a suspicious package at a train station in the north-eastern US state of New Jersey detonated early Monday as bomb experts were working to defuse it, the FBI said.

Asylum applications to OECD countries doubled to 1.65 million in 2015

Some 1.65 million people applied for asylum in the world's most developed nations in 2015

New York beefs up security, scours surveillance videos after bombing

As many as 1,000 additional security forces were patrolling the streets of New York City on Sunday after a powerful blast set off in a garbage bin injured 29 people in Manhattan's hip neighbourhood of Chelsea the night before.

New York mayor says no terrorism link in blast that injured 29; second device found blocks away

A powerful blast injured 29 people in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan and a second suspicious device was found blocks away, New York police said Sunday.

25 people injured after explosion rocks NYC's Chelsea neighbourhood

At least 25 people sustained non-life-threatening injuries after an explosion rocked New York City's Chelsea neighbourhood Saturday night, the New York City Fire Department said.

Yezidi victim of Islamic State appointed as UN goodwill ambassador

A Yezidi woman who had been raped, tortured and sold into sexual slavery by the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq was appointed UN goodwill ambassador for the dignity of survivors of human trafficking on Friday.