Rocket fired at Israel from Gaza Strip

2014-12-19 16:03

The Israeli military says a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel in the first such attack since September.

SA on track for millennium goals - Zuma

2014-12-19 14:17

South Africa is on track to achieve most of the United Nations millennium development goals by the 2015 deadline, President Jacob Zuma says.

UN mission to bring peace to DRC 'has stalled'

2014-12-19 10:57

The multinational effort to bring peace to the war-torn east of DRC is in danger of failing, the International Crisis Group has warned.

Israeli minister: Palestine has declared war

2014-12-18 12:00

Israeli intelligence minister Yuval Steinitz says that the Palestinian-pushed draft resolution submitted overnight to the UN Security Council is a declaration of war.

1 million facing hunger in Ebola-hit countries

2014-12-18 09:31

Border closures, quarantines and crop losses in West African nations battling the Ebola virus could lead to as many as one million people going hungry, UN food agencies say.

Denmark wants more of Arctic seabed

2014-12-16 15:55

Seeking to demarcate its territory in light of increasing Arctic exploration, Denmark has requested formal recognition from the UN for an extended area of continental shelf.

DRC president calls for UN to begin withdrawal

2014-12-15 21:43

The DRC's president says the United Nations should start withdrawing from the country where a peacekeeping mission has been based for 15 years.

Denmark may get energy-rich Arctic waters

2014-12-15 14:38

Denmark will lay claim to energy-rich, but contested territory around the North Pole by submitting data to the UN which it says demonstrates the area is an extension of its continental shelf.

Factbox: What was agreed at Lima climate talks

2014-12-15 10:25

UN climate negotiations have wrapped up in Lima with a modest agreement about the building blocks of a deal due to be agreed in Paris next year.

South Sudan's civil war worsening, enters 2nd year

2014-12-15 08:38

War in South Sudan is worsening with 'extreme violence' and growing hunger, rights groups warn one year since the start of conflict in which tens of thousands have died.

Deal reached at UN climate talks in Peru

2014-12-14 10:09

After late-night wrangling at UN talks in Peru, negotiators have reached a watered-down deal that sets the stage for a global climate pact in Paris next year.

Palestinian official's death 'disturbing'

2014-12-13 09:00

The UN's human rights chief has said the circumstances of the death of a senior Palestinian official while manhandled by Israeli soldiers this week were "disturbing".

Australia's 'macho' PM blasts sexism

2014-12-12 09:45

Australia's prime minister Tony Abbott, who was famously accused of misogyny by former leader Julia Gillard, has suggested sexism is behind the criticism of his female chief-of-staff.

UN approves International Day of Yoga

2014-12-12 05:00

The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution proclaiming 21 June as International Day of Yoga.

UN sees increased global economic growth

2014-12-11 10:41

The United Nations is seeing the world economy growing by more than 3% in 2015 and 2016, with Nigeria expected to take a lead in the African continent.

Pakistan's Malala, global icon of girls' education

2014-12-10 13:46

Schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai's courageous fightback from being shot by the Taliban has transformed her into a symbol for human rights and a campaigner in global demand.

Australia pledges $165m to UN climate fund

2014-12-10 10:11

Australia has bowed to international pressure and pledged $165m to the UN-backed Green Climate Fund to mitigate the impact of global warming on poor countries.

CAR's fragile peace a year after mass killings

2014-12-08 10:17

A year after the savage violence that engulfed the CAR, what people remember most about the hatred that bubbled over into a killing frenzy is the smell, as hundreds of bodies littered the streets.

Sierra Leone seeing 80-100 new Ebola cases daily

2014-12-06 11:02

Sierra Leone says between 80 and 100 new cases of Ebola are being reported every day and it desperately needs over 1 000 beds to treat victims.

Clash in CAR kills 4, wounds several

2014-12-05 21:15

Communal clashes have left four people dead and more than a dozen wounded at Bambari in the unstable CAR, announces UN mission Minusca.

Sudan puts tighter controls on UN peacekeepers

2014-12-05 10:52

Sudan has imposed tighter controls on a massive, troubled UN peacekeeping force while trying to pressure it to leave the country, and it claims allegations of a mass rape in Darfur have been found to be not true.

Deforestation may be directly causing Brazil’s drought

2014-12-04 13:56

Sao Paulo’s worst drought in 80 years can be directly attributed to the decades of deforestation of the surrounding Amazon, experts warn.

US warns South Sudan about sanctions

2014-12-04 07:51

The US has warned South Sudan’s foreign minister that the UN sanctions could be the punishment for people who stand in the way of that country achieving peace after a year of conflict.

UN calls for fresh Libya talks to end crisis

2014-12-03 21:06

The UN mission to Libya says it will call fresh talks between warring factions in an attempt to end months of violence and political deadlock in the country.


Ban kicks off tour of Ebola-hit west Africa

2014-12-19 14:45

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has arrived in Liberia on the first stop of a visit to Ebola-ravaged west African countries for a first-hand assessment of global efforts to fight the epidemic.

$5.4bn pledged for Gaza, only a fraction delivered

2014-12-19 13:17

Two months after donors pledged $5.4bn to help rebuild Gaza after the war between Israel and Hamas, Palestinian, UN and other officials say barely 2% of the money has been transferred.

UN chief heads to West Africa for Ebola

2014-12-18 12:20

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading to West Africa to demonstrate the UN's solidarity with the countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak, and to see for himself how the world is responding.

DRC ex-rebels found in Uganda refugee camp

2014-12-18 11:02

Around 1 000 ex-fighters from a DRC rebel group have been found in a Ugandan refugee camp, a day after fleeing moves to repatriate them, the Ugandan army says.

Palestine pushes UN to end Israeli occupation

2014-12-17 09:48

Palestine is to push a draft UN resolution demanding an end to Israeli occupation despite warnings the US is ready to veto the measure.

Tens of thousands dead in South Sudan conflict: UN

2014-12-16 09:10

Tens of thousands of people have died in South Sudan during one year of warfare and the country's leaders are putting their 'personal ambitions' ahead of the young nation's future, the UN says.

UN: South Sudan war fuelled by personal ambitions

2014-12-15 21:43

The UN secretary general has said that the personal ambitions of South Sudan's leaders are jeopardising the nation's future.

South Sudan activists release first war victims list

2014-12-15 12:55

The first names of some of the tens of thousands killed in South Sudan have been released, which includes a 14-month old toddler and a 105-year old grandmother.

Palestinians push UN bid as Kerry meets Netanyahu

2014-12-15 10:17

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet the Israeli prime minister, two days before Palestinians push for a draft UN resolution to end the Israeli occupation.

UN chief applauds Lima climate deal

2014-12-14 22:22

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has applauded a global climate deal signed in Lima and urged countries to commit to tough negotiations taking place in Paris next year.

UN climate talks deadlocked

2014-12-13 22:04

Already well into overtime, UN climate talks have reached a standstill as developing countries rejected a draft deal they said would allow rich countries to shirk their responsibilities to fight global warming and pay for its impacts.

Kerry to climate talks: No excuses, get to work

2014-12-12 14:44

Secretary of State John Kerry has tried to spur slow-moving UN climate talks, telling nations to stop bickering over who is to blame for global warming and to shun the cheap route of high-polluting coal.

Clock ticks as climate talks grapple with carbon cuts

2014-12-12 08:30

Environment ministers are facing mounting time pressure to shape a blueprint for a global pact on climate change with ground-breaking carbon curbs at its core.

Refugees alive and well, says North Korea

2014-12-11 13:59

North Korea has released a fresh video on Thursday purportedly showing nine young defectors in an apparent bid to refute claims that they had been executed or imprisoned.

Lebanon's mountain of trash gets a makeover

2014-12-11 09:52

Lebanon’s ‘mountain of trash’ has marred the beautiful city of Sidon for years, but now an ambitious project is putting an end to the towering nightmare.

UN study: Nearly 500 000 homicides per year

2014-12-10 20:45

UN agencies have urged governments to start implementing violence prevention measures if they want to bring down the annual number of violent deaths from nearly half a million.

Ebola still 'flaming' in parts of Sierra Leone, Guinea

2014-12-10 11:01

The UN's Ebola czar has hailed widespread progress in the fight against the deadly virus, but warned the outbreak is still surging in western Sierra Leone and northern Guinea.

Namibia first to submit climate report

2014-12-08 20:40

Namibia is the first developing country to submit its biennial climate change mitigation report to the UN Framework Convention in Climate Change, its ministry of environment and tourism announced says.

Revenge killings in CAR leave at least 14 dead

2014-12-06 12:55

At least 14 people have been killed in tit-for-tat sectarian violence in Central African Republic, and hundreds of Christians have sought shelter in the main church in the central town of Bambari.

Australia won't give to UN Green Climate Fund

2014-12-05 22:15

Australia will continue to directly pay for climate change mitigation in vulnerable South Pacific island nations through its aid budget rather than donate to the UNs' Green Climate Fund.

UN peacekeeper in Liberia tests positive for Ebola

2014-12-05 13:55

The United Nations peacekeeping force in Liberia says one of its members has been infected with Ebola.

Gambia rebukes Guinea for silence over Ebola grant

2014-12-05 09:08

Gambia has rebuked Guinea over its "bizarre attitude" to diplomacy, accusing its near neighbour of refusing to say thank you for a $500 000 donation to its Ebola response.

Groups urge climate fund to exclude fossils

2014-12-04 08:35

Groups are demanding stronger rules on climate finance to poor countries after a report drew attention to Japan’s funding of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting global warming.

2014 poised for hottest year

2014-12-03 21:07

This year may end as the hottest on record, the UN's weather agency says as it recounted a tale of rising seas, crippling droughts and floods.

Peru: Deforestation on the rise, up 80% from 2001

2014-12-03 13:24

Destruction of the Peruvian Amazon is rising after expanding over more than 145 000 hectares last year – an 80% jump from the start of the century, the government says.

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