Gunmen kill 20 in attack on S Sudan UN base

2014-04-18 14:08

At least 20 people were killed and another 70 injured by gunmen posing as peaceful protestors who stormed a UN base in South Sudan, the US ambassador to the world body said.

UN chief: 1m S Sudanese may face famine

2014-04-17 12:52

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned that up to a million people could face famine in conflict-torn South Sudan in the coming months unless the world takes immediate action.

Russia, Ukraine sit down for crisis talks

2014-04-17 10:46

Russia and Ukraine will sit down for talks in Geneva, seeking to ease the crisis in the former Soviet republic after the US warned Moscow it must make concessions or face fresh sanctions.

20 killed as Islamists rampage in Nigeria

2014-04-17 09:42

Suspected Islamic militants have struck for a fourth time in three days in Nigeria, killing 20 people including a traditional ruler in attacks in the northeast, officials say.

UN seeks $274m for CAR refugees

2014-04-16 15:12

The UN and aid groups have launched an appeal for $274m to help people fleeing the conflict in the Central African Republic.

Ukraine on the verge of civil war, Putin warns

2014-04-16 13:26

Russian leader Vladimir Putin has warned that Ukraine is on the verge of civil war, the Kremlin says after the Kieve government sent in troops against pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country.

Burundi demands UN apology

2014-04-16 11:49

Burundi’s government has demanded the UN provide evidence or apologise after an alleged UN report claimed it was arming young supporters.

Security Council sees grim images of Syrian dead

2014-04-15 21:44

France's ambassador says the members of the UN Security Council fell silent after viewing a series of ghastly photographs of dead Syrian civil war victims.

UN to see grim images of Syria dead

2014-04-15 09:12

The Security Council will meet privately to view projected slides of the Syria dead, who offer mute testimony to the savagery of a civil war in which more than 150 000 have died.

Japan says no decision on 2015-16 whaling

2014-04-14 10:49

Japan has insisted it had made no decision on whether to resume whaling in the Southern Ocean next year, after an environmental group says Tokyo intended to evade the ruling.

Russia, West lock horns at UN over Ukraine

2014-04-14 07:51

The UN Security Council has held emergency talks after Ukraine declared a "full-scale" military operation against pro-Russia forces, amid deadly clashes in its restive east.

UN panel: Cost of fighting warming modest

2014-04-13 22:11

The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest", but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases, the head of the UN's expert panel says.

Palestinians join Geneva Conventions on war

2014-04-11 14:57

The Palestinian Authority has formally signed up to the Geneva Conventions, which set down the rules of warfare and humanitarian operations in conflict zones.

Aid groups on emergency footing against Ebola

2014-04-11 10:38

International aid organisations have launched a series of emergency measures across west Africa in a bid to contain one of the worst ever outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus.

Sex rights still contentious - UN

2014-04-11 09:36

The UN population chief says many issues remain as contentious as they were 20 years ago, including sexual rights, abortion, sex education, lesbian and gay rights, and child marriage.

UN approves 12 000 strong force for CAR

2014-04-10 18:12

The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a nearly 12 000-strong peacekeeping force for CAR, which has been torn by mounting violence between Christians and Muslims.

'50 to 60% agreement' on Iran nuke deal

2014-04-10 08:07

Iran and the six world powers are in "50 to 60 percent agreement" on the shape of a nuclear deal meant to crimp Iran's nuclear arms push in exchange for ending sanctions.

3 600+ cases of sexual violence in DRC

2014-04-10 07:55

A new UN report says more than 3 600 women, children and men have been subjected to sexual violence in DRC over a 4-year period by the country’s defence and security forces or armed rebels.

UN staff shot in Somalia 'were experts in piracy'

2014-04-09 15:16

The two UN workers shot dead in central Somalia were working on the links between money transfer systems and piracy, the UN anti-drugs and crime agency.

Sudan expels UN agency chief

2014-04-09 13:01

Sudan has expelled the head of a UN agency in the country and accused her of interfering in domestic affairs, the foreign ministry says.

Japan kills 251 minke whales in final hunt

2014-04-09 07:35

Japan has killed 251 minke whales during the 2014 Antarctic hunt, in what is expected to be the last "research whaling" mission in the Southern Ocean after an international court ruling.

IPCC: World can curb carbon emissions

2014-04-08 13:40

The world, acting urgently, can curb carbon emissions enough to avert worst-case scenarios for climate change, UN experts say as envoys meet in Berlin to weigh the options for action.

Ban tells Rwandans 'never again'

2014-04-08 09:39

The UN chief has told a packed stadium of sombre and weeping Rwandans the world would “never again” let genocide tear their nation apart.

Concern over mass arrests of Somali refugees

2014-04-08 08:36

The UN refugee agency UNHCR has expressed concern over a wave of arrests of Somali refugees during the weekend in Nairobi.

'Shame still clings' to UN over Rwanda genocide

2014-04-07 14:04

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the world body is still wracked by shame over its failure to act against the genocide in Rwanda 20 years ago.


S Sudan oil-state battles 'grave' concern - UN

2014-04-17 14:58

The UN peacekeepers say they are "gravely concerned" at heavy fighting in South Sudan’s key oil state of Unity, after rebels seized the town of Bentiu in a renewed offensive.

CAR crisis risk to global security, says UN

2014-04-17 11:43

The UN refugee chief Antonio Guterres has warned that the conflict in Central African Republic could embroil the whole region and threaten global security.

'Broke' UN agency pleads for help in CAR

2014-04-17 09:42

Inter-communal violence is tearing CAR apart but the conflict is not getting attention or aid needed to save huge numbers of lives, the UN says.

UN expert berates Britain's 'sexist culture'

2014-04-16 19:11

A United Nations investigator warned that Britain had a "boys' club sexist culture" that was more pervasive than in other countries.

Brazil swaps World Cup publicity for carbon credits

2014-04-16 15:01

Brazil, looking to offset the carbon emissions related to the 2014 Soccer World Cup, says it wants holders of UN-backed carbon credits to swap them for publicity during the games.

Residents in CT still wait for dignity

2014-04-16 12:59

Despite promises made that the bucket toilet system would be eliminated, many residents in Cape Town still face indignity as they wait for acceptable toilet facilities.

South Sudanese flood into Ethiopia

2014-04-16 11:49

Up to 1 000 refugees from war-torn South Sudan are fleeing to Ethiopia each day, many of then on the brink of death, the UN says.

Ukraine struggles as east slips out of its control

2014-04-15 11:25

Over the past 10 days, more than a dozen government offices in eastern Ukraine have been taken over by pro-Russian forces, with most of the seizures following the same pattern.

Syria opposition has 'evidence' of gas attack

2014-04-14 14:14

Syrian opposition activists have posted video that they say shows an improvised chlorine bomb to back up claims that President Bashar Assad's forces used chemical weapons in two attacks.

Ukraine's east braces for anti-rebel operation

2014-04-14 09:46

Towns in eastern Ukraine have braced for military action from government forces after Kiev gave pro-Russian separatists a deadline to disarm and end their occupation of state buildings.

UN to hold emergency session on Ukraine

2014-04-13 22:14

The United Nations Security Council will meet for an emergency session to discuss the escalating crisis in eastern Ukraine.

SA crime down - UN report

2014-04-11 19:20

The UN's latest report on crime shows South Africa has halved its murder rate.

UN renews call for rights monitoring in W Sahara

2014-04-11 14:43

The UN chief has renewed his appeals for sustained human rights monitoring in the disputed territory of northern Africa’s Western Sahara.

North Korea denounces US 'double-standards'

2014-04-11 10:37

North Korea has accused the United States of hypocrisy for remaining silent over a South Korean missile test while condemning Pyongyang's recent launches.

UN concerned at political violence in Burundi

2014-04-11 08:56

Burundi is experiencing rising political violence and restrictions on political rights, the press and civil liberties in the run-up to 2015 elections, the UN has warned.

'Insecurity' prevents UN, EU mission to Darfur camp

2014-04-10 11:57

Instability in Sudan’s Darfur region has prevented top UN officials and European diplomats from visiting a camp where thousands have fled the worst fighting in a decade, officials say.

UN may approve force for CAR

2014-04-10 07:55

France is predicting that the UN Security Council will vote unanimously to authorise a 12 000-strong UN peacekeeping force for CAR.

Doctors Without Borders blasts UN in S Sudan

2014-04-09 18:56

In a blistering criticism of the UN mission in South Sudan, Doctors Without Borders has said that the mission is refusing to quickly move 21 000 displaced people to safer grounds.

MSF issues attack on 'shameful' UN in S Sudan

2014-04-09 14:21

A leading international aid agency has issued a stinging attack on the UN mission in South Sudan, accusing it of a “shameful attitude” and leaving thousands of displaced living in squalor.

UN 'to give green light' to CAR mission

2014-04-09 07:38

The Security Council of the UN is expected to adopt a resolution authorising the deployment to CAR in September of about 12 000 peacekeepers, diplomats say.

UN warns of drought crisis in Syria

2014-04-08 21:53

The UN's food aid agency warned that Syria was facing a drought that could put millions of people's lives at risk, compounding the impact of years of war.

Cyclone Ita may hit northern Aus

2014-04-08 13:13

A tropical cyclone currently intensifying in the Coral Sea may threaten coastal communities in northern Australia, the Australian bureau of meteorology says.

Rights group: No justice in CAR

2014-04-08 08:36

The United Nations director for Human Rights Watch has highlighted lack of justice in Central African Republic where Muslims are under attack.

Leaders weigh options to brake climate peril

2014-04-07 15:09

Government envoys and scientists have gathered under the UN banner in Berlin to hammer out a list of options for curbing carbon emissions driving dangerous climate change.

IPCC: Leaders must bridge their differences

2014-04-07 12:21

The UN's scientific panel on climate change has urged governments to 'exercise a high level of enlightenment' in order to bridge their differences over how to stave off the worst warming scenarios.

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