Member states of the United Nations
  • North Korean defectors' testimony at hearings in Seoul produces both brutal accounts of torture, rape and murder and reminder of previous failed crackdowns.

    In this Aug. 21, 2013, photo, Michael Donald Kirby, left, the chairman of the U.N. commission of Inquiry on human rights in North Korea, listens to Ahn Myung-chul, right, who worked as a guard and driver at several political prisoner camps in the 1990s before defecting to south, during the U.N. hearing in Seoul, South Korea.
    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2013, 1:32 AM EDT
  • In this Monday, May 20, 2013 photo, North Korean nurses say goodbye to representatives from foreign humanitarian agencies after a U.N. and North Korean government program to give vitamin supplements and deworming pills to children at a nursery school in Pyongyang, North Korea on Child Health Day. New international sanctions aimed at thwarting North Korea's nuclear weapons program are having unintended consequences: halting money transfers by foreign humanitarian groups working to help those most in need and

    New international sanctions aimed at thwarting N.Korea's nuclear weapons program are also halting money transfers by foreign humanitarian groups.

    LAST UPDATE : May 29, 2013, 11:23 AM EDT
  • President Barack Obama gestures as he answers a question during a news conference with Costa Rica President Laura Chinchilla at the National Center for Art and Culture in San Jose, Costa Rica, Friday, May 3, 2013.

    Avoiding the traditional discussion of drugs and violence, president uses meet with regional leaders to focus on common ground.

    LAST UPDATE : May 03, 2013, 10:14 PM EDT
  • The political chaos unleashed by a rebellion that overthrew the country's president of a decade has enabled elephant poachers to further their slaughter.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 25, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT