Population of hard-to-reach Syrians hits 5 million

2016-06-23 22:32

About five million Syrians now live in besieged or difficult-to-reach areas, nearly a million more than previously estimated, says UN emergency relief co-ordinator Stephan O'Brien.

Former UN General Assembly chief dies amid bribery case

2016-06-23 10:40

Former UN General Assembly President John Ashe of the twin-island Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda has died in the US as he was facing criminal charges in a bribery case.

Gambia admits prominent activist died in detention

2016-06-18 21:41

Gambian authorities have acknowledged that prominent opposition activist Solo Sandeng died after his arrest in April, Human Rights Watch and the slain campaigner's lawyer says.

ASEAN ministers raise South China Sea concerns

2016-06-14 16:20

An unusually strongly worded communique issued by foreign ministers says countries in South-East Asia have "serious concerns" over recent events in the disputed South China Sea.

Record number of refugees need to be resettled - UN

2016-06-13 18:13

The United Nations says it will try to resettle a record 170 000 refugees urgently in need of a new home next year as it grapples with an unprecedented displacement crisis.

WATCH: UN concerned about 'Israel's excessive use of force'

2016-06-13 14:04

Israel's occupation is the main trigger of humanitarian needs among Palestinians in the West Bank, according to the UN.

Boko Haram displaced face food crisis

2016-06-10 21:06

A report says at least 10 people are "starving to death" every day in a camp in northeast Nigeria for people displaced by Boko Haram violence.

Troops find bodies of handcuffed ISIS fighters

2016-06-10 18:00

A Libyan media official says pro-government forces have found the handcuffed bodies of ISIS militants inside army barracks in Sirte.

S Korea sends boats to repel Chinese fishermen

2016-06-10 15:41

South Korea has sent military vessels to repel Chinese fishing boats illegally harvesting prized blue crabs near the disputed sea boundary.

Syria approves aid convoys to all 19 besieged areas - UN

2016-06-09 18:04

Syria has given approval for humanitarian convoys to reach all of the country's 19 besieged areas by the end of this month, the UN said but warned that "approval... does not mean delivery".


Uganda to be out of Somalia 'by 2017'

2016-06-23 21:50

Uganda, the largest contributor to an AU mission fighting jihadists in Somalia, will pull out its troops from next year, the head of the military says.

MSF says UN failed to protect civilians in South Sudan

2016-06-22 09:05

Doctors Without Borders says the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan failed to protect civilians during a February attack on a base in the northern city of Malakal, where at least 25 people were killed.

Palestinians negotiating sea border with Egypt

2016-06-17 22:41

Palestinians say they have started negotiations with Egypt to determine the boundaries of their undersea territory, which could be used as a first step to determining the sea borders of a Palestinian state.

UN calls for Libya's feuding forces to unite against ISIS

2016-06-14 07:18

UN Security Council unanimously approves a resolution calling on Libya's feuding militias and security forces to unite and strengthen national security forces to defend the country from "terrorism."

Libya's UN envoy condemns torture, killing of prisoners

2016-06-13 16:27

The United Nations envoy to Libya has condemned the torture and killing of 12 people after their release from a militia-run prison.

Countries commit to double AIDS treatment

2016-06-11 15:07

Countries have committed to nearly doubling the number of people who receive life-saving HIV treatment over the next five years, as a UN conference devoted to ending the epidemic drew to a close.

UN criticises Israel over 'collective punishment'

2016-06-10 18:02

The Israeli army's decision to block Palestinians from entering Israel following a deadly attack in Tel Aviv may amount to collective punishment, says the UN.

First aid in years reaches Daraya

2016-06-10 15:41

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent says it has delivered aid to Daraya for the first time since Damascus came under siege.

Ban slams Saudis for 'undue pressure' over child rights blacklist

2016-06-09 23:30

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has rebuked Saudi Arabia and its allies for resorting to "undue pressure" to remove the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen from a blacklist of child rights violators.

UN: Ireland's abortion ban is cruel, discriminatory to women

2016-06-09 14:39

UN human rights experts have found that Ireland's abortion ban subjects women to discriminatory and cruel treatment.

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