Ban seeks action on Syria sieges, barrel bombs

2015-02-20 12:31

Denouncing a business-as-usual approach to Syria, the UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called for urgent action to lift sieges on civilians and to end barrel bomb attacks.

Ukraine truce holds despite flashpoint town shelling

2015-02-16 10:55

Shelling and mortar fire has thundered around a flashpoint town in east Ukraine despite a new, shaky ceasefire largely observed along the rest of the frontline.

UN wants 1 000+ more peacekeepers for CAR

2015-02-05 22:21

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has asked the Security Council for 1 030 more peacekeepers for CAR after the mission was left overstretched when infrastructure and senior officials had to be protected in Bangui.

UN chief backs African force to fight Boko Haram

2015-01-31 14:04

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed an African Union proposal to set up a regional five-nation force of 7 500 troops to fight Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants.

Boko Haram a clear danger, says UN chief

2015-01-30 12:08

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says Nigeria’s militants Boko Haram is “a clear danger to national, regional and international peace and security”.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon to address AU summit

2015-01-27 08:42

UN chief to address African Union summit in Addis Ababa later this week and host Ebola meeting

Schools in Guinea closed amid Ebola to reopen

2015-01-16 14:51

All schools in Guinea are set to open after being closed amid the deadly Ebola outbreak, Guinea’s health minister says.

UN chief slams 'intolerant' India over gay sex ban

2015-01-13 11:45

The UN chief Ban Ki-moon has accused India of fomenting intolerance with its ban on gay sex amid uproar over a ruling party minister’s plans to make homosexuals "normal".

Tanzanian girls return after escaping genital mutilation

2015-01-12 13:02

Hundreds of Tanzanian schoolgirls have returned home after spending three months hiding in safe houses to escape genital mutilation, a report says.

UN ramps up pressure on DRC over rebel offensive

2015-01-09 14:16

The UN Security Council has urged President Joseph Kabila to sign a military plan for a joint offensive with UN troops to drive out Hutu rebels in eastern DRC.


Sierra Leone hunts infected as Ebola crisis hits 'turning point'

2015-02-19 07:44

Sierra Leone has launched a door-to-door search for "hidden" Ebola patients as the head of the UN announced the world is at a "critical turning point" in the crisis.

UN demands ‘immediate withdrawal’ of Yemen rebels

2015-02-16 08:45

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution demanding that Shi’ite rebels immediately relinquish control of Yemen's government.

Nigeria repels fresh Boko Haram assault

2015-02-02 06:05

Nigeria's military has repelled a Boko Haram assault on the key city of Maiduguri as violence raged across the country's northeast just two weeks before national elections.

Don't cling to power, UN chief tells African leader

2015-01-30 12:46

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has told African leaders gathered for an annual summit to not cling to power and respect the wishes of their people.

UN chief: Boko Haram to top discussions at AU meet

2015-01-29 14:19

A spokesperson for the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he will be attending the AU heads of state summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and that the threat posed by Boko Haram in Nigeria will be a focus.

UN chief alarmed by flare-up in Ukraine fighting

2015-01-19 14:55

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced alarm over fierce fighting around the Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine and called for an immediate end to the violence.

UN wants release of AU-led South Sudan inquiry

2015-01-13 13:12

A senior UN rights official have voiced concern that an AU commission of inquiry report on the bloodshed in South Sudan won’t come up for discussion at an upcoming AU summit.

UN condemns surge in Nigeria killings

2015-01-12 14:09

The UN chief Ban Ki-moon has condemned recent attacks by Islamic militants that killed hundreds of people in Nigeria, which holds elections next month.

Haiti pays tribute to quake victims

2015-01-12 12:48

Haiti marks the fifth anniversary of the massive and deadly earthquake that ravaged an already desperately poor nation, against the backdrop of ongoing epidemic and political crisis.

Muslim cop among Paris attack victims - UN

2015-01-09 10:30

The last of the 12 victims slain in the terror attack on the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo was a Muslim police officer, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says.

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