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South Korea Pays Iran’s U.N. Dues, Letting It Back In

South Korea’s government on Friday paid $18 million toward Iran’s delinquent United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly dues using Iranian funds frozen in South Korea by U.S. sanctions meant to discourage Tehran’s nuclear proliferation, Yonhap News Agency reported on Sunday.

Iran's President President Ebrahim Raisi remotely addresses the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in a pre-recorded message, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 at UN headquarters. (Eduardo Munoz/Pool Photo via AP)

U.N. Defers Decision on Letting Taliban Join

The United Nations (U.N.) said Wednesday it “deferred” a decision on allowing Afghanistan’s Taliban entry to the intergovernmental organization’s General Assembly, effectively denying the group U.N. membership for now.

TOPSHOT - A Taliban fighter stands guard as Muslim devotees offer Friday noon prayers at the Aba Saleh Almahdi mosque in Dasht-e-Barchi in Kabul on October 1, 2021. (Photo by Hoshang Hashimi / AFP) (Photo by HOSHANG HASHIMI/AFP via Getty Images)

World Bank Looking for Way to Fund Taliban’s Afghanistan

The World Bank is “exploring ways” to bypass U.S. sanctions on the Taliban so that it may redirect roughly $500 million from an Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) to United Nations (U.N.) aid agencies, Reuters reported on Monday citing “people familiar with the plans.”

An armed Taliban fighter escorts veiled women as they march during a pro-Taliban rally outside the Shaheed Rabbani Education University in Kabul on September 11, 2021. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images)

Boko Haram Takes UNICEF Worker Hostage

The Nigerian terror group Boko Haram released video footage on Monday appearing to show four male hostages in their custody in northeastern Nigeria, one of whom said he was an employee of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Nigeria’s Premium Times reported.

Abubakar Shekau, the leader of one of two Boko Haram factions, from a video published on November 9, 2018

Report: W.H.O. Ebola Response Staff ‘Traded Sex for Water’ in Congo

An independent commission appointed by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) published a report on Tuesday revealing rampant sexual abuse of locals by at least 21 W.H.O. staffers responding to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from August 2018-June 2020, with one of the accused allegedly offering a woman sex in exchange for water.

A woman washes her hands from a tank of water bearing a World Health Organization (WHO-OMS) sticker, as a prevention against Ebola virus after a Pentecost mass at the Church of Christ on May 20, 2018 in Mbandaka, northwest of DR Congo. - The Democratic Republic of Congo is preparing …

U.N. Echoes Taliban PR: Calls for ‘Inclusive’ Afghanistan

The United Nations Security Council echoed the Taliban’s call for an “inclusive” Afghanistan in a statement on Monday, calling for an “inclusive and representative” new government that includes “the full, equal and meaningful participation of women.” The U.N. also urged the Taliban

KABUL, AFGANISTAN - AUGUST 13 : Displaced Afghan women and children from Kunduz pray at a mosque that is sheltering them on August 13, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Tensions are high as the Taliban advance on the capital city after taking Herat and the country's second-largest city Kandahar. (Photo by …

U.N. Addresses China Genocide, Triggering Outrage from Beijing

China’s state-run Global Times on Thursday accused the U.S. of “usurping the U.N.’s name” by participating in a virtual U.N. event on Wednesday designed to encourage the U.N. to act on Beijing’s alleged human rights abuses against Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in China’s western Xinjiang region.

Uyghurs and other members of the faithful pray during services at the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in western China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, as seen during a government organized visit for foreign journalists, Monday, April 19, 2021. Under the weight of official policies, the future of Islam appears precarious …