ARTICLES RELATING TO UN

Emergency UN Security Council meeting on Ebola

2014-09-16 05:00

The United States has called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on the Ebola crisis in West Africa, saying the situation on the ground is "dire" and getting worse.

UN takes on CAR peace role

2014-09-15 22:03

The United Nations has taken over peacekeeping operations in the war-torn Central African Republic, where thousands have been killed in more than 18 months of sectarian violence.

Obama to ask for $88m for Ebola effort

2014-09-15 17:34

President Obama plans to ask Congress to approve his request for $88m to fund a major Ebola offensive in West Africa that would include greater military involvement.

UN slams killing of Chadian peacekeeper in Mali

2014-09-15 08:58

The UN has condemned the killing of a Chadian peacekeeper in Mali, saying the such attacks won't alter the determination of the United Nations to support the Malian people in their search for peace.

Gaza children return to school after war

2014-09-14 13:12

Half a million Gaza children have made a delayed return to school after a devastating 50-day war with Israel that damaged hundreds of school buildings.

UN vows to 'stay the course' in Ebola-hit Liberia

2014-09-12 14:01

The UN has vowed its peacekeepers will not abandon Liberia and will "stay the course" despite the Ebola epidemic raging across the west African nation.

'More than 5 000 dead in Central African Republic'

2014-09-12 11:28

An Associated Press tally shows more than 5 000 people have died in the sectarian violence that has ravaged Central African Republic for nine months.

CT marathon gets UN nod

2014-09-11 22:01

The first Cape Town peace conference and expo has been endorsed by the UN's special advisor on sport for development.

UN vote vindicates debt fight - Argentina

2014-09-11 14:00

The government says its refusal to repay a group of US hedge funds, standing to profit from the country's debt, has been vindicated by UN support for bond reforms.

UN peacekeepers arrive in strife-torn CAR

2014-09-11 10:28

A new UN peacekeeping mission gets off the ground next week in the Central African Republic, one of Africa’s most fragile states, despite questions over what peace there is to keep.

S Leone expects to uncover 100s of hidden Ebola cases

2014-09-11 09:08

Sierra Leone says it expects to uncover up to 20% more Ebola victims when it imposes a nationwide curfew to find the dead and sufferers who have yet to go to hospital.

UN: Chopper which crashed in South Sudan shot down

2014-09-09 20:38

The UN mission in South Sudan says a preliminary investigation shows its helicopter that crashed in the country last month was shot down.

Israel illegally coerces migrants to leave: HRW

2014-09-09 16:19

Israel has illegally coerced almost 7 000 African migrants into returning to their home countries, where some face persecution, Human Rights Watch says.

East Ukraine city hit by shells during cease-fire

2014-09-09 14:38

Shelling has continued in Ukraine despite a cease-fire, injuring one woman, the city council of Donetsk says.

Expert: Over 12 000 foreign fighters in Syria

2014-09-09 08:37

A leading expert on terrorism says over 12 000 foreigners from 74 countries have gone to fight in Syria, 60-70% from other Middle Eastern countries and about 20-25% from Western nations.

Jihadists want to create house of blood: UN

2014-09-08 13:34

The jihadist militants who have seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria are intent upon creating 'a house of blood', the UN's new human rights chief says.

Kruger installs new gunfire detection system

2014-09-06 12:21

A new gunfire detection system installed in the Kruger National Park will help track potential rhino poachers.

One in 10 girls sexually abused worldwide: UN

2014-09-06 07:33

Around 120 million girls around the world, close to 1 in 10, have been raped or sexually assaulted by the time they turn 20, a new UN report has found.

EU pledges $181m to fight Ebola in West Africa

2014-09-05 14:43

The EU has promised $181m in assistance to bolster the overstretched health sectors of four West African nations struggling to halt the worst ever outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

US: Extremists could get Syria’s chemical weapons

2014-09-05 10:02

The United States has expressed concern that undeclared Syrian chemical weapons could fall into the hands of Islamic extremists.

Israelis worry with Syrian al-Qaeda on doorstep

2014-09-04 16:08
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For the first time in the Syrian civil war, al-Qaeda fighters are near Israel's doorstep, and Israelis who have long considered President Assad their bitter foe are now worried about something more ominous.

Rights groups call for South Sudan arms embargo

2014-09-04 14:44

South Sudanese rights groups have demanded an international arms embargo for their conflict-wracked nation, as millions of dollars worth of newly-bought weapons fuel an almost nine-month long civil war.

'Serious concern' on human rights in Thailand - UN

2014-09-03 08:54

The UN says it was "seriously concerned" about growing restrictions on human rights activists in Thailand after a string of curbs on freedom of expression in the junta-ruled nation.

Landmine kills African peacekeepers

2014-09-02 19:52

Four United Nations soldiers have been killed and another 15 wounded when the convoy they were travelling in struck a landmine in northern Mali.

 

Environmentalists criticise reef protection plan

2014-09-15 22:05

Environmentalists criticised a new Australian government plan released to protect the Great Barrier Reef in the face of UN concerns, saying it will not do enough to halt the marine park's decline.

UN withdraws many peacekeepers from Golan Heights

2014-09-15 19:49

The United Nations said it has withdrawn its peacekeepers from many positions on the Golan Heights because of escalating fighting in the war in Syria.

French jets to begin Iraq reconnaissance flights

2014-09-15 11:00

French aircraft will begin reconnaissance flights over Iraq, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says before a conference bringing together some 30 countries to discuss how to fight against ISIS militants.

Landmine kills Chadian peacekeeper in Mali

2014-09-15 06:04

A Chadian UN peacekeeper has been killed and several others injured when their vehicle struck a landmine in northern Mali, military sources in the country says.

Warmer air caused ice shelf collapse off Antarctica

2014-09-12 16:05

Warmer air triggered the collapse of a huge ice shelf off Antarctica in 2002, according to a report, that may help scientists predict future break-ups around the frozen continent.

Freed Fijian troops call home, and then celebrate

2014-09-12 11:37

First came the emotional calls home and then the celebrations as 45 Fijian peacekeepers held captive for two weeks by Syrian militants made it to safety.

In US, calls mount for major scale-up to Ebola crisis

2014-09-12 07:56

The world response to the deadly Ebola crisis in West Africa needs a major scale-up that should include military flights for delivering supplies, US lawmakers and leading doctors say.

UN envoy calls for Libya ceasefire

2014-09-11 21:44

The UN envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, has called for an immediate ceasefire in the chaos-hit country.

Israel likely committed Gaza war crimes - HRW

2014-09-11 14:41
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Israel is likely to have committed war crimes in Gaza, Human Rights Watch says, a day after the army announced five criminal investigations into incidents involving its forces.

Video released of kidnapped UN peacekeepers

2014-09-11 11:35

An al-Qaeda-backed militant group that seized 45 UN peacekeepers on the Golan Heights has posted a video in which the hostages, from Fiji, say they expect to be released soon.

Ukraine's displaced just want to go home

2014-09-11 10:27

For the Ukrainians who fled the war zones of the east, life has become a grim daily grind of battling red tape and trying to find food, jobs and shelter.

Panel of global leaders urges drug policy changes

2014-09-10 11:42

A 21-member international panel has urged a global overhaul of drug policies, calling for some drugs such as marijuana to be regulated, an end to incarceration for drug use and possession.

WHO adjusts conditions as staffers get Ebola

2014-09-09 17:23

WHO staff battling an Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone are working in larger quarters and no longer live with people from other agencies after a scientist with the UN group was infected.

Israel urges global spies to pool resources on IS

2014-09-09 16:18

Israeli defence minister Moshe Yaalon has called for world intelligence agencies to work together against the Islamic State jihadist group.

Ukraine death toll tops 3 000 if MH17 crash included

2014-09-08 17:25

The UN has said the number of people confirmed killed in the Ukraine conflict has risen above 3 000 if the victims of the MH17 plane crash are included.

Diplomatic row flares between Israel, New Zealand

2014-09-08 12:15

A diplomatic row has flared between Israel and New Zealand after officials from the South Pacific nation say their new ambassador was rejected by Israel because he's also an envoy to the Palestinian Authority.

Gazans dig deep after ceasefire as water shortage bites

2014-09-06 07:33

After two weeks with no water following Israel's 50-day offensive, Abu Osama took matters into his own hands, and like hundreds of others, sank a well beside his Gaza home.

Iran: Nuclear deal possible if world is 'sincere'

2014-09-05 18:09

A top Iranian negotiator says that a comprehensive nuclear agreement with the West remains possible before a November deadline, as long as world powers are sincere during upcoming talks.

Israel issues tenders for 283 homes in West Bank

2014-09-05 14:28
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Israel says it published tenders for 283 new homes in a West Bank settlement, just days after announcing its biggest land grab on occupied Palestinian territory for three decades.

Quarter million flee militia fighting in Libya

2014-09-04 21:17

The UN is reporting that Libya militia fighting has forced 250 000 to flee their homes.

$600m needed to fight Ebola in West Africa

2014-09-04 14:44

The United Nations (UN) says $600m in supplies is required to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, according to reports, as the death toll passes 1 900.

VIDEO: 'Hungry' Liberia Ebola patient flees quarantine

2014-09-03 13:05

An Ebola patient in Liberia escaped from an Ebola quarantine in Monrovia and sent people fleeing as he walked through a market in search of food. Watch the video.

UN chief 'outraged' at beheading of US journalist

2014-09-03 06:05

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the world was "outraged" at what appeared to be the beheading of a second US journalist in a video released by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants.

World losing battle to contain Ebola: MSF

2014-09-02 18:01

International medical agency Medecins sans Frontieres says the world was 'losing the battle' to contain Ebola as the United Nations warned of severe food shortages in the hardest-hit countries.

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