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United Nations/U.N.

This is a deviation from AP Style.

Rule:

Use the full name of a United Nations agency on first reference, followed by context or description about the agency as needed. Use the abbreviation or a description on subsequent references.

Rationale:

Precise descriptions avoid assumptions about a reader’s knowledge of a topic and promote reader clarity.

United States/U.S.

This is a deviation from AP Style.

Rule:

Use U.S. as an abbreviation for United States, with periods, in headlines and on second reference.

Rationale:

Consistent references ensure reader clarity.