UN demands protection for hospitals in conflicts

2016-05-03 20:28

The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution demanding that all parties to conflicts protect medical personnel, hospitals and medical facilities against violence and attacks.

UN urges return to full operation of Western Sahara mission

2016-04-29 21:59

The UN Security Council is calling for the urgent return of the UN peacekeeping mission in the disputed Western Sahara to its full operation in a rebuke to Morocco which expelled most of its civilian staff to protest a comment by the UN secretary general

Syrian opposition group urges unity in peace talks

2016-04-26 18:56

A Syrian opposition group tolerated by Damascus, says it has asked the UN to merge all opposition factions into one delegation at the next round of peace talks.

UN prosecutor opens early probe into Burundi atrocities

2016-04-25 16:07

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has opened a preliminary probe into atrocities in Burundi over the last year, saying violence in the African nation has reportedly left more than 430 people dead and forced 230 000 to flee their home.

China, US join record UN signing of Paris climate deal

2016-04-22 22:18

A record 175 countries, including the world's top polluters China and the United States, have signed the Paris climate deal, boosting hopes of quick action on combating global warming.

Little help for survivors of CAR abuses

2016-04-20 19:10

Young survivors of sexual violence by peacekeepers in Central African Republic say they've received little help even as the international community pledges to do more.

14 000 people to elect next Somali parliament this year

2016-04-20 08:46

Somalia's president says the Horn of Africa nation, which is grappling with violent extremists, has agreed that an electoral college with almost 14 000 people will elect members of parliament.

Ban slams 'deeply worrying' attacks on refugees

2016-04-19 20:52

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has denounced rising attacks on migrants and refugees, calling for "political will" to resolve the root causes of Europe's worst migration crisis in decades.

30 dead, hundreds wounded as Taliban attack rattles Kabul

2016-04-19 15:19

At least 30 people were killed and hundreds wounded when a Taliban truck bomb tore through central Kabul, triggering a fierce firefight, a week after the insurgents launched their annual spring offensive.

Israeli-Palestinian shouting match at UN Security Council

2016-04-18 21:01

A UN Security Council debate has turned into a shouting match between the Israeli and Palestinian ambassadors, who exchanged cries of "Shame on you!" over ongoing violence.


Rebel rocket fire kills 4 civilians in Syria's Aleppo

2016-05-03 14:01

Rebel rocket fire on government-held districts of Syria's Aleppo has killed at least four civilians but an AFP correspondent reported no regime air strikes on rebel areas as ceasefire efforts intensify.

UN chief urges end to 'madness' of nuclear weapons testing

2016-04-27 19:59

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called for the US, China and other nuclear-armed states to end the "madness" of atomic testing by finally ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which turns 20 this year.

ICC to investigate Burundi political violence

2016-04-26 05:32

A UN estimate says at least 430 people have been killed in the past year after President Nkurinziza launched his election campaign.

Darfur votes for five-state status quo

2016-04-23 18:37

Sudan says almost 98% of voters favoured maintaining war-torn Darfur as five states in a referendum that faced international criticism and an opposition boycott.

Algeria official in Libya in fresh support for unity govt

2016-04-20 22:11

Algeria hopes to reopen its Libya embassy soon, the country's minister of Maghreb affairs as he visited Tripoli in the latest show of support for the UN-backed government.

Egypt blasts UN chief over case of rights groups

2016-04-20 16:58

Egypt has blast the UN chief for calling for a fair trial for two prominent rights activists accused of illegally receiving foreign funds for their NGOs.

Tusks, poached wildlife goods burn

2016-04-19 20:53

Around 2 000 illegally trafficked elephant tusks and hundreds of finished ivory products erupted in a ball of fire as Cameroonian authorities conducted what was believed to be one of the largest burnings of poached wildlife goods in African.

World's nations urged to look beyond war on drugs

2016-04-19 20:52

World governments gathered at the UN have been urged to move away from repression in tackling the drug problem, end the use of the death penalty for drug offences and step up treatment.

Libya parliament postpones vote

2016-04-19 07:41

Libya's parliament has postponed a vote of confidence on a new UN-backed unity government seeking to assert its authority.

UN urges backing for Libya unity govt

2016-04-17 22:07

The United Nations' Libya envoy urged lawmakers to back a unity government as he landed in Tripoli on the eve of a crucial confidence vote.

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