UN climate chief says 'door closing' on warming fix

46 minutes ago

The UN climate change chief has warned time is running out for meaningful action on global warming, citing the plight of low-lying Pacific nations facing ever rising seas.

UN to send investigators to Iraq to probe ISIS

2014-09-01 19:06

The UNHRC has condemned violations committed by Islamic State forces in Iraq that may amount to international crimes and agreed to send a mission to investigate them.

Syria army, rebels clash on Golan

2014-09-01 19:05

Syrian troops and Islamist rebels are fighting close to the armistice line with Israel in the Golan Heights, as the UN tried to free 44 peacekeepers.

Lesotho PM asks SADC to send peace force after 'coup'

2014-09-01 14:36

Lesotho's exiled PM has called on the southern African regional block SADC to send peacekeeping troops to his country, after claiming that the army had seized power in a coup.

32 UN peacekeepers rescued from Golan militants

2014-08-30 19:43

The UN says 32 UN peacekeepers have been rescued from Islamist militants who fired on their post on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, but another group of Filipino UN soldiers remain trapped.

UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

2014-08-29 12:45

The civil war in Syria has forced a record 3 million people out of the country as more than a million people fled in the past year alone.

UN to hold emergency meeting on Ukraine

2014-08-29 08:48

The UN Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting on the Ukraine crisis following reports that Russia had sent hundreds of troops to shore up separatists in east Ukraine.

South Sudan faces possible famine

2014-08-28 16:02

War-torn South Sudan faces possible famine next year, the UN chief in the country warns, as aid workers say the shooting down of a UN helicopter threatens efforts to save lives.

Mother of US journalist in Syria begs for his life

2014-08-28 11:10

The mother of a hostage American journalist has pleaded for his release in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings.

UN releases $1.5m to help DRC fight Ebola

2014-08-28 05:56

The United Nations has allocated $1.5m to help the Democratic Republic of Congo fight Ebola, just days after the country confirmed its first cases this year.

Islamic State commits war crimes says UN

2014-08-27 19:07

The United Nations has accused Islamic State insurgents of committing war crimes including amputations and public executions, sometimes in the presence of children.

UN aid convoy arrives in Gaza from Egypt

2014-08-27 17:52

A UN humanitarian aid convoy crossed into Gaza from Egypt for the first time since a blockade was introduced on the territory in 2007.

Hamas 'brought Israel to its knees': Iran

2014-08-27 14:03

Iran says Palestinian militants had emerged the victors and brought their Israeli foe "to its knees" during the bloody 50-day Gaza conflict.

Liberia: Dogs eat remains of Ebola victims

2014-08-26 14:48

Residents from a township in the Liberian capital of Monrovia have witnessed dogs eating the remains of dead Ebola victims.

Egypt presses on with Gaza truce efforts

2014-08-25 17:44

Israeli air strikes have killed at least five Palestinians in the Gaza Strip as militants keep up their rocket fire on southern Israel, while Egypt presses on with efforts to broker a durable truce.

Wildlife 'WikiLeaks' targets Africa poaching elite

2014-08-25 11:53

Poachers slaughtering Africa's wildlife with impunity are often shielded from police by connections, but a group of conservationists have turned to the anonymity of tip-offs to try to stem the killing.

36 000 homeless in Niger flooding

2014-08-24 11:59

At least 12 people have been killed and more than 36 000 made homeless in Niger due to flooding caused by heavy seasonal rainfall, the government says.

UN vows central role in fighting Ebola epidemic

2014-08-23 22:03

The United Nations has vowed to play a "strong role" in helping Liberia and its neighbours fight the deadly outbreak of Ebola in west Africa, which it said could take months to bring it under control.

Israel strike kills family of 5 in Gaza

2014-08-23 13:10

Israeli warplanes have pounded Gaza, killing five Palestinians from the same family, two of them children, as the war between Israel and Hamas enters a 47th day.

3 Palestinians killed in Israel attack on Gaza

2014-08-23 09:00

Three Palestinians have been killed by an Israeli air strike on central Gaza, medical officials say, as the bloody conflict between Hamas and Israel enters its 47th day.

UN's top Ebola official wants preparations for 'flare-up'

2014-08-22 10:04

The United Nations’ new pointman on Ebola says he is prepared for a possible flare-up of the epidemic in West Africa.

US missionaries beat Ebola

2014-08-21 20:42

Two American missionaries who contracted Ebola while treating patients in Liberia have left hospital after making a full recovery.

Hamas warns airlines not to fly into Tel Aviv

2014-08-21 09:31

A Hamas warning to foreign airlines to halt flights into Tel Aviv is to take effect on Thursday as a six-week war with Israel spirals into further bloodshed after truce talks collapsed.

UN launches aid operation for 500 000 in Iraq

2014-08-20 21:10

The UN refugee agency said it had launched a huge operation to bring desperately needed aid to half a million Iraqis driven from their homes by jihadist rebels.

China presses South Sudan over new violence

2014-08-20 12:39

China's foreign minister has pressed his South Sudan counterpart over renewed violence in the state, demanding an immediate ceasefire and dialogue in the country which is reliant on Chinese investment.


Deaths on both sides as Syrian rebels, govt clash

53 minutes ago

Syrian rebels have clashed with government troops in the Golan Heights, with a rights group saying there were casualties on both sides but did not have exact figures.

Both sides guilty in Iraq fight - UN debate

2014-09-01 19:05

Islamist fighters have carried out atrocities on "an unimaginable scale" in months of fighting with Iraqi forces who have also killed detainees and shelled civilian areas, a UN official says.

Iraq violence killed at least 1 420 in August

2014-09-01 14:37

At least 1 420 people were killed in Iraq in August, the UN say, as sectarian violence raged in the centre and north of the country.

Zuma, Lesotho leaders in talks after 'coup'

2014-09-01 10:02

President Jacob Zuma has reportedly summoned Lesotho's political leaders for emergency talks following an apparent coup in the landlocked kingdom.

Death toll in Ukraine fighting hits 2 593

2014-08-29 16:03

A total of 2 593 people, including civilians as well as Ukrainian and separatist combatants, have been killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine since it erupted in mid-April.

81 'blue helmets' stand firm against Golan militants

2014-08-29 10:04

Forty three peacekeepers from Fiji have been forced to surrender their weapons and were taken hostage near the Quneitra crossing, but 81 Filipino blue helmets "held their ground" and refused to disarm.

Syrian planes bomb border post near Israel

2014-08-28 17:24

Syrian jets have shelled rebel positions near a border crossing close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that was seized by rebels in some of the heaviest clashes in the strategic area this year.

Hollande: Assad cannot be ally against Islamic State

2014-08-28 14:21

President Francois Hollande says that opposition forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq should have more Western support, but President Assad could not be an ally against jihadists.

S Sudan army, rebels trade blame for downing UN helicopter

2014-08-28 08:59

South Sudan’s rebels and army have traded blame for shooting down a UN helicopter killing three crew and scuppering a day-old ceasefire deal, the fourth in eight months of war.

Libya warns UN of possible slide into civil war

2014-08-27 21:58

Libya has warned the UN Security Council that the chaotic North African state could descend into full-scale civil war if heavily armed warring factions are not disarmed.

Gunfight near Kenya UN leaves 3 dead

2014-08-27 19:06

A daytime gunfight outside an upmarket cafe near the UN headquarters in the Kenyan capital Nairobi has left three people dead.

UN: Crimes against humanity spread in Syria

2014-08-27 16:06

An independent UN commission says that the Syrian government has likely used chlorine gas to attack civilians and that the Islamic State group committed crimes against humanity.

Experts: Torture common in E Africa, DRC

2014-08-26 19:29

Human rights experts from five East African countries and DRC say despite progress in their countries in ratifying the UN Convention against Torture, human rights abuse is still prevalent.

Syria ready to fight 'terror' alongside US

2014-08-26 09:13

Syria says it is ready to work with the US to fight "terrorism" as the UN accused jihadists in Iraq of "ethnic and religious cleansing".

Teen dies of wounds sustained at Gaza war demo

2014-08-25 14:43

A Palestinian teenager wounded in clashes with the Israeli army three days ago has died, medical and security sources say.

Gaza operation to last as long as it takes -Netanyahu

2014-08-24 14:18

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that his Gaza offensive would continue as long as necessary, a day after an Egyptian call for a ceasefire and new truce talks.

Israeli airstrike levels 7-storey building in Gaza

2014-08-24 09:46

Israeli airstrikes have levelled a seven-floor office building and severely damaged a two-storey shopping centre in the Gaza Strip, signalling a new escalation in seven weeks of fighting with Hamas.

Iraq works to ease tensions after mosque attack

2014-08-23 14:45

Iraqi officials have worked to calm soaring tensions after the killing of 70 people at a Sunni mosque, as Washington branded the beheading of an American journalist a "terrorist attack".

Ebola: Philippines recalls troops from Liberia

2014-08-23 13:10

The Philippines have ordered 115 troops to return home from peace-keeping operations in Liberia, spurred by a worsening Ebola epidemic in West Africa that has killed almost 1 500 people.

UN rights chief slams Syria 'paralysis'

2014-08-22 22:38

More than 191 000 people have died in Syria, UN rights chief Navi Pillay says, hitting out at "international paralysis" on the nearly three-and-a half year conflict.

Monrovia crematorium cannot cope

2014-08-21 21:26

The crematorium in the Liberian capital Monrovia is struggling to deal with the dozens of Ebola victims whose bodies are being brought each day.

WHO officials to visit Liberian Ebola clinics

2014-08-21 17:08

Officials from the World Health Organisation are visiting two hospitals treating Ebola patients in Liberia, where authorities have sealed off entire neighbourhoods in an effort to stop the outbreak.

UN: Iran abiding with terms of nuke deal

2014-08-21 08:01

The UN nuclear agency says Iran is keeping commitments it agreed to with six world powers in a pact that temporarily caps its nuclear activities.

UN Ebola co-ordinator to visit West Africa

2014-08-20 14:08

The public health expert co-ordinating UN efforts to fight Ebola says that he's heading to West Africa to determine the best ways to support people, communities and governments affected by the deadly disease.

CAR to have 7 600 UN peacekeepers

2014-08-20 10:32

The initial UN force that takes over peacekeeping duties in Central African Republic from an African force will have 7 600 soldiers and police, the UN envoy to the country says.

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