Earlier this month, the United States lost its vote in the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Israel suffered a similar fate as a result of a pair of laws affecting the status of the countries after Palestine was accepted as a member.
A November 13 press release issued by the UNODC — the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime — stated that opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan rose 36 percent in 2013, which is a record high. Additionally, opium production amounted to 5,500 tons, up by 49 percent since 2012.
Speaking during talks conducted in Vienna by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) — the UN’s nuclear watchdog — Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on October 28 that Iran will offer a “new approach” toward settling the ongoing controversy over his nation’s nuclear fuel enrichment program.