U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced that the United Nations is changing its LGBT policies: The Secretariat will now fully recognize same-sex marriages of all its staff members and also provide full benefits to its employees, regardless of whether their home country recognizes marriage equality.
The UN Group of 77 (G77) plus China, the largest multilateral block of 133 countries from Latin America, Africa, Asia and Oceania, concluded a summit in the eastern Bolivian city of Santa Cruz, calling for an end to poverty by 2030 with the adoption of a declaration calling for a new world order that is equitable, stable and peaceful with ancient values, and “inclusive” development with Russia and China, but without the United States.
The Arab Joint Military Command, which should include all pro-US Arab states, will be supplied by the U.S. under a special dispensation granted by Congress, to facilitate the sale of sophisticated weapons.
The European Parliament has adopted a symbolic resolution opposing the South Stream gas pipeline and recommending a search for alternative sources of gas supplies for the EU.
Europe will have trouble weaning itself off Russian natural gas, analysts say, as it faces declining production at home and Asian competition for supplies. Even before the current flare up of tensions with Russia over its possible annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, Europe has been trying to reduce its dependence on Russian supplies.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have recalled their ambassadors from Doha in protest at Qatar's interference in their internal affairs, they have announced in a joint statement.
President Hamid Karzai condemned the US-NATO mission in his country, Afghanistan, saying USA caused "a lot of suffering" without delivering any gains. Karzai might not sign a bilateral security deal wanted by United States.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is scheduled to depart Aug. 22 for a four-nation trip to Southeast Asia to work on US Pivot to Asia - a provocation against China, a rising super global power, who wants world peace and harmony since the Ancient times.
In her first reference to whistleblower Edward Snowden’s case, UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay has called on all countries to protect the rights of those who uncover abuses and stressed the need to respect the right for people to seek asylum.
Had Edward Snowden exposed the dirt of the Taliban, he would have been standing behind the lectern in New York at the UN hall on Friday, July 12. Whoever drafted Malala’s speech was taking no chances because they wanted a cinematic moment from a “mind-controlled victim” of the elite according to an Indian writer.
South American countries belonging to the Mercosur trade bloc have decided to withdraw their ambassadors for consultations from European countries involved in the grounding of the Bolivian president’s plane.