UN body says fewer are suffering from hunger in Asia-Pacific

2015-05-28 12:01

The UN's food body says the proportion of people suffering from hunger in the Asia-Pacific region has fallen by half in the last 25 years.

UN: Fewer hungry people in the world despite wars, poverty

2015-05-27 14:18

The UN says the number of hungry people around the world has dropped to 795 million despite natural disasters, ongoing conflicts and poverty.

'Alarming spike' in female suicide bombings in Nigeria

2015-05-26 16:16

The UN children's agency reports an "alarming spike" in suicide bombings by girls and women used by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria.

UN officials didn't follow up on CAR sex abuse claims for months

2015-05-26 11:04

For months, the UN’s top human rights officials knew about allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic, but they didn’t follow up, statements show.

UN chief urges dialogue in Burundi after politician's murder

2015-05-24 19:28

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged Burundi's government and its opponents not to let violence derail United Nations-sponsored talks.

Sanctions will worsen war: Kiir

2015-05-23 15:24

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has warned that proposed international sanctions will only worsen the civil war ravaging his country.

Aid groups raise fears of escalating violence

2015-05-21 16:29

Rape and killing driven by revenge is spiralling to new highs in South Sudan after months of fighting, aid groups say.

UN climate fund passes financing threshold with Japan deal

2015-05-21 14:29

The UN’s fund for climate aid to developing countries says it now has enough cash to kick off projects before a key climate summit in Paris.

UN chief says North Korea withdraws invitation visit

2015-05-20 12:28

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says North Korea has withdrawn its decision to let him visit a factory park in the country.

French, German leaders appeal for end to use of fossil fuels

2015-05-19 13:34

The leaders of France and Germany urged the world to 'decarbonise', to completely phase out use of fossil fuels this century as pressure grows to end carbon-dioxide emissions.


30 people killed as Saudi-led coalition hits Yemen forces

2015-05-27 14:19

A Saudi-led coalition has targeted the headquarters of Yemen's special forces in the capital, killing at least 30 people, medical officials say.

World must decarbonise - UN climate chief

2015-05-26 22:56

The UN climate chief says a decarbonised world is now irreversible, irrefutable.

Militants kill Bangladeshi UN peacekeeper in Mali's capital

2015-05-26 11:04

Militants have opened fire on two Bangladeshi peacekeepers in Mali’s Bamako, killing one, the second attack within days in the capital of what is considered the most dangerous UN mission in the world.

Burundi activists vow intensified protests

2015-05-25 08:43

Thousands of Burundian activists have mourned a murdered opposition leader at his funeral, vowing to intensify their protests against a bid by President Pierre Nkurunziza to seek a third consecutive term.

Liberia struggles with violence along insecure I Coast border

2015-05-24 12:22

In February last year a gang of men with machetes ambushed two villages in western Ivory Coast, disembowelling a soldier. The attack marked the brutal resumption of a campaign of violence blamed on militants crossing from Liberia.

UN chief calls for peaceful solution to sea disputes

2015-05-22 13:15

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for a peaceful solution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea, where China's assertiveness has alarmed its smaller neighbours.

Nobel laureate Malala urges world leaders to give all girls 12 years at school

2015-05-21 15:26

Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who won a Nobel peace prize for education campaigning, called on world leaders to give 12 years of free schooling to every child.

South Sudan fighting continues near major oilfield, 4 killed

2015-05-20 19:31

Four people have been killed after two mortar bombs hit a UN compound and a site housing civilians in the town of Melut, near South Sudan's Paloch oilfields, a state official says.

Migrant plan: Libya sends special envoy to talk with EU

2015-05-20 09:12

Libya says it has sent a special envoy to speak with the European Union about the EU’s proposed military operation to destroy the boats of migrant smugglers.

EU backs naval mission to end migrant crisis

2015-05-18 21:03

EU nations have approved plans for an unprecedented naval mission starting next month to fight human traffickers responsible for a flood of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya.

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