In a UN Security Council briefing, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said the streets in Iraq could "boil over" if political leaders were unable to end a political stalemate that has gripped the country for over seven months.
The number of people facing hunger rose to 193 million last year as conflict, climate change and economic crises ravaged people's livelihoods, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization said Wednesday.
In the World This Week, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres tries to negotiate humanitarian corridors in Ukraine while on a visit to Kyiv. French President Emmanuel Macron's re-election honeymoon period proves short-lived, with the focus quickly turning to June legislative elections. And Tesla founder Elon Musk makes a $44 million offer for social media platform Twitter.
The imprisonment and political exclusion of former President Lula da Silva was a violation of his rights, the UN has said. Lula is currently leading in polls for October's presidential election.
Germany has been in focus this week after lawmakers in the Bundestag on Thursday overwhelmingly backed a decision to send heavy weapons to Ukraine. Meanwhile, as Russia cut off gas supplies to EU member states Poland and Bulgaria over their refusal to pay for the fuel in roubles, Germany remains heavily reliant on Russian gas imports – more so than the EU average. We speak to Parliamentary State Secretary at the Ministry for Economy and Climate, Franziska Brantner, a German MP with the Green Party.
In a long-standing battle over maritime borders, the ICJ has reprimanded Colombia for violating Nicaragua's sovereign rights. Managua has already scored a major victory over Bogota at the court over the issue.
While rich countries borrowed at low rates and saved their economies, poorer nations have spent billions servicing debt. The war in Ukraine will only worsen the pressures on core product prices, officials warn.
Officials say an ongoing drought in the East African country is the worst in a decade. Hundreds of thousands of children could starve if a famine sets in.
The United Nations is appealing for emergency funds for an operation to prevent an oil spilling in the Red Sea from a tanker moored off Yemen.
Papers react to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's speech to the UN, with some agreeing that the Security Council's veto power is preventing the body from fulfilling its mission. In France, the death of a Jewish man in a Parisian suburb is prompting reactions on the campaign trail, despite there being no evidence so far that it was provoked by anti-Semitism. Finally, we look at a call for candidates to count penguins at a post office in Antarctica.
The Houthis and Saudi-backed government have agreed to a cease-fire to coincide with Ramadan. The eight-year war has caused a humanitarian crisis.
As the global rights watchdog Amnesty International unveils its annual report, the group's Secretary General Agnès Callamard joined us for Perspective. In the report, she accused Russia of turning humanitarian corridors in Ukraine into "death traps" – a tactic she says was used in Syria and Chechnya. Callamard also hit out at the UN Security Council for failing to "act adequately in the face of atrocities".