A vote on a Security Council resolution demanding a 30-day humanitarian cease-fire is delayed over the timing of a halt to fighting.
A ferocious bombing campaign by government forces targets hospitals, apartment blocks and other civilian sites, killing and wounding hundreds.
Proponents of the review insist companies be held accountable for their activities in the settlements, arguing that those activities can contribute to injustices against Palestinians.
The most troubling feature of a recent mishmash of a talk by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the intent to keep U.S. troops in eastern Syria for the long haul.
Some are languishing in overcrowded refugee camps, while others have been sold into slavery, according to U.N. officials.
A U.N. representative condemns the government's use of force against demonstrators and reports that more than 80 have been arrested.
The reduction amounts to about 5 percent of the United Nations' operating budget, which does not include peacekeeping or some humanitarian appeals.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said she would not let "the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of."
Guatemala becomes the first nation to follow the lead of President Trump in ordering the change. Its president, Jimmy Morales, has not announced a time frame for the move.