Washington said the 47-nation council has shown 'chronic bias' against Israel
The United States has withdrawn from the United Nations' top human rights body accusing it of “chronic bias” against Israel, in a move that was criticised by human rights groups and described as regrettable by foreign leaders. The decision to pull out of the UN Human Rights Council was announced on 19 June by Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN. “We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organisation that makes a mockery of human rights,” she said alongside US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington.
Parliament in Skopje ratifies the agreement opening the door to EU and NATO accession
Setting aside almost three decades of confrontation, Greece and Macedonia signed on 17 June an agreement on the new name of the former Yugoslav republic, thus paving the way for its possible accession to the EU and NATO, news wires reported.
Ivan Duque of the centre-right Democratic Centre party was elected Colombia's next president on 17 June, after promising to roll back the fragile peace treaty between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a deal which has divided the South American nation in recent years.
Kim and Xi discuss closer cooperation, denuclearisation
Kim Jong-un ended last Wednesday his third visit to China this year, a week after the historic summit in Singapore where he and Trump signed a joint declaration pursuing complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. Amid lingering questions over Pyongyang's real willingness to denuclearise and an escalating trade war between the US and China, Kim's two-day trip was intended to reinforce the idea that Beijing remains a key player and main ally of his country.