UN General Assembly approves former Chile president as rights chief Aug 11, 2018 0 245 12345 ReutersUNITED NATIONSThe United Nations General Assembly approved on Friday the appointment of former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as the world body's new human rights chief.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of Bachelet on Wednesday. She will replace Jordan's Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, who is stepping down at the end of the month after a four-year term in the Geneva-based job.Guterres said Bachelet will take office"at a time of grave consequence for human rights.""Hatred and inequality are on the rise. Respect for international humanitarian and human rights law is on the decline. Space for civil society is shrinking. Press freedoms are under pressure,"he told reporters on Friday. Bachelet, who was tortured under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, was the first woman to be president of Chile, one of the region's most developed economies.A former pediatrician, Bachelet first served as president from 2006 to 2010, and was popular for her government's welfare policies and steady economic growth during her tenure.Bachelet then led UN Women, which supports gender equality and the empowerment of women, between 2010 and 2013. She returned to Chile and served again as president from 2014 to March this year. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES NASA begins countdown to launch of first spacecraft to 'touch Sun' Aug 11, 2018 0 199 Two police among four fatally shot in Canada gun violence Aug 11, 2018 0 218 Wildfire menaces thousands in S California city Aug 11, 2018 0 562 Americans view Russia as bigger threat than Iran: Poll Reuters washington Americans view Russia as a greater threat than Iran, Reuters/Ipsos opinion polls showed, as the Trump administration this week reintroduced sanctions on Tehran and slapped new ones on Moscow. While .. Peru's new president spurns opposition proposals on referendum PUCALLPA: Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra has rejected calls to include measures proposed by opposition lawmakers in a national anti-corruption referendum that would bar them from serving consecutive terms in .. Half million Venezuelans fleeing crisis enter Ecuador Geneva: More than half a million Venezuelans have crossed into Ecuador this year, the UN said Friday, after Quito declared a state of migration emergency triggered by the crisis engulfing Venezuela. Colombia and .. Judge holds Trump adviser Stone's ex-aide in contempt WASHINGTON: An associate of longtime Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone refused to appear before a grand jury on Friday following a subpoena from US Special Counsel Robert Mueller and was found in contempt, the Washington .. Anniversary of Charlottesville rally puts city, DC on edge Reuters Charlottesville Joan Fenton knows she will not make much money at her Charlottesville gift shop this weekend, when the downtown district will be virtually locked down for the anniversary of last year's ..