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.

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.

UN chief congratulates Afghans on vote

2014-04-07 09:04

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has congratulated Afghans for the "momentous achievement" of their recent elections, calling for fairness and transparency as the counting process gets underway.

Ban slams 'appalling atrocities' in CAR

2014-04-04 17:17

The UN chief Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the drawn-out conflict in the CAR that has left thousands of people killed and over a million others displaced.

Residents of CAR capital flee after killings

2014-04-02 12:55

Hundreds of residents of the Central African Republic capital Bangui were still fleeing on Tuesday after an attack in which Chadian soldiers fired into a crowd, killing at least 24.

Ban urges Myanmar to ensure safety of workers

2014-03-31 22:02

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging Myanmar's government to ensure the safety of UN and international aid workers following attacks in the troubled Rakhine state.

60 UN staffers remain detained or in captivity

2014-03-26 08:44

The United Nations is marking a day of solidarity with the dozens of staffers around the world who remain in detention or in the hands of their abductors.

Follow Mandela’s lesson, Ban says

2014-03-22 07:38

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says racial discrimination remains “a dangerous threat” and is urging countries and people around the world to follow the lesson of Nelson Mandela.

Ban tells Putin of concern over Ukraine

2014-03-20 17:14

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has told President Vladimir Putin that he was "deeply concerned" by the crisis between Russia and Ukraine.

Ban Ki-Moon heading to Russia and Ukraine

2014-03-19 17:49

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has been preparing to set off for Russia and the Ukraine to encourage a peaceful settlement of the crisis threatening conflict.

Madagascar leader pushes to unblock aid flow

2014-03-18 09:17

Madagascar’s new president is meeting with IMF and World Bank officials this week in a bid to unblock the flow of aid to his impoverished country.

Peace, freedom, justice, angry Sudanese shout

2014-03-12 13:24

In the first major show of discontent since dozens of people were gunned down in anti-regime protests last year, protesters in Sudan have demanded peace, freedom and justice in their country.

CAR: Rival militia leaders vow to work for peace

2014-03-07 10:09

Leaders of rival militia responsible for a brutal cycle of death and revenge killings in the CAR have vowed to work for peace in an unprecedented meeting, a report says.

UN to hammer out details of plan on CAR

2014-03-06 10:21

The UN diplomats will begin hammering out the details of a peacekeeping plan for the Central African Republic, hoping to restore order to the strife-torn country.

Ban in S Leone to shut down peace mission

2014-03-05 10:34

The UN chief Ban Ki-moon has arrived in Sierra Leone to oversee the closure of the organisation’s peace mission, with the nation in recovery after a brutal civil war.

UN wants 10 000 soldiers for CAR

2014-03-04 07:54

The UN has recommended deploying 11 820 peacekeepers in strife-torn Central African Republic, including 10 000 soldiers and 1 820 police officers, to re-establish order.

UN chief calls for calm in Ukraine

2014-03-01 22:03

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for the immediate restoration of calm and dialogue to resolve the escalating crisis in Ukraine.

Heavy fighting near CAR airport

2014-02-20 08:32

Heavy fighting including rocket and grenade attacks has broken out near the airport in CAR, sparking fear and panic in a nearby displacement camp.

UN chief warns of partition in CAR

2014-02-12 13:23

The UN has raised the possibility that conflict-wracked CAR would be divided as a result of sectarian brutality and called for a robust international force to avoid mass atrocities.

Ban wants more troops in strife-torn CAR

2014-02-11 07:44

The UN chief Ban Ki-moon has spoken with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on increasing the number of European and African troops in CAR, the UN says.

UN chief denounces attacks on LGBT people

2014-02-06 15:09

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned attacks against homosexuals, touching on the gay rights issue in Russia that has overshadowed preparations for the Sochi Olympics.

UN: Syria children suffer cruel abuse in war

2014-02-05 15:02

Children enduring the war in Syria have suffered terrible abuses, with the government and allied militia responsible for many killings, maiming and torture, according to a grim UN report.

Syria must accelerate arms shipments: Watchdog

2014-01-31 14:37

The world's chemical watchdog has called for Syria to "pick up the pace" in shipping out its chemical weapons stockpile after a key deadline was missed.

Syria foes set to end talks, little progress

2014-01-31 10:37

Syria's warring sides are expected to wrap up their first peace talks without concrete progress on ending violence, a political transition or ensuring humanitarian aid.

Ban calls on African donors to fund CAR force

2014-01-29 07:42

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on African nations to give full financial support to peacekeeping forces in the CAR when donors meet this weekend.


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.

'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.

1994 genocide: Rwanda mourns the dead

2014-04-07 09:04

Rwanda is set to hold commemorations for the 20th anniversary of the genocide in which 800 000 died, a time of intense national grief, but overshadowed by renewed claims France was complicit in the killings.

UN to vote on force for CAR

2014-04-03 08:48

The president of the Security Council says a vote on a long-requested UN peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic is expected in the second week of this month.

Ban warns against aiding CAR militia

2014-04-01 07:46

The UN chief has warned against any support or facilitation of violence by armed groups in CAR after Chadian troops were accused of opening fire on civilians and killing at least 10 people.

UN lavishes rare praise on Sierra Leone

2014-03-27 11:06

The UN Security Council has lavished rare praise on Sierra Leone, a country once known for "blood diamonds" and rebels chopping limbs off innocent civilians.

Darfur catastrophe unfolding

2014-03-24 20:38

The situation in Darfur is beginning to deteriorate for the worse, and has gone back to the days of deepening crisis 10 years ago.

UN chief: Respect Ukraine's sovereignty

2014-03-21 16:06

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the Ukrainian crisis could only be resolved through a diplomatic solution that respected the territorial integrity of the splintered ex-Soviet state.

Sudan, South to resume border monitoring

2014-03-20 07:53

Sudan and South Sudan have agreed to reactivate a joint monitoring force along their contested border, a source says, as the southern government fights a rebellion.

Deadly Sudan shootout in Darfur city

2014-03-19 07:41

A Sudanese policeman has been killed in a shootout with gangsters in the North Darfur capital El Fasher, the governor says, in the latest sign of growing lawlessness in his state.

Sudan Islamists protest French role in CAR

2014-03-14 16:13

At least fundamental Muslim protesters in Sudan have gathered for the second week in a row to denounce France’s role in the CAR.

CAR 'emptied of Muslims'

2014-03-11 08:53

Violence in CAR has forced almost all of the country’s Muslim minority to flee amid fears the conflict could turn into ethnic cleansing, a top UN official says.

CAR: UN force needed for survival

2014-03-07 07:45

CAR’s foreign minister says a UN peacekeeping mission is urgently needed in his country to bolster French and African troops struggling to contain sectarian killing between Muslims and Christians.

Angola gives strife-torn CAR $10m in aid

2014-03-06 07:40

Angola has announced $10m in aid for the strife-torn Central African Republic, with a possible credit line in future, during a visit by Bangui’s president.

3 police killed in Bahrain bomb

2014-03-04 08:28

A bomb explosion in Bahrain has killed three police, including an Emirati, during confrontations with "rioters" near Manama, in the bloodiest attack since the 2011 uprising.

Ban cites Syria at Rwanda genocide memorial

2014-02-28 13:19

The UN chief Ban Ki-moon has drawn a parallel between Syria’s civil war and the Rwandan genocide, describing both conflicts as gross failures of the international community to stop deadly wrongdoing.

Cluster bombs used in South Sudan

2014-02-12 22:11

UN leader Ban Ki-moon has condemned what he says was the use of cluster bombs in the war in South Sudan.

'Ethnic cleansing' taking place in CAR

2014-02-12 09:41

"Ethnic cleansing" is being carried out against Muslim civilians in the CAR, with international peacekeepers unable to prevent it, Amnesty International says.

Syria, UN in Homs aid deal amid Aleppo fighting

2014-02-07 08:02

Aid operations are due to start in besieged areas of Homs Friday, a US official says, as Syria and the UN agree to hold a "humanitarian pause" on fighting in the devastated city.

UN leader issues call for Olympic truce

2014-02-06 11:58

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his appeal for warring parties around the world to lay down arms during the Sochi Olympics.

Ex-New York mayor to be UN climate envoy

2014-02-01 19:58

Diplomats say New York's former mayor Michael Bloomberg has been chosen by secretary general Ban Ki-moon to be a UN envoy for cities and climate change.

UN targets wildlife traders in Africa sanctions

2014-01-31 12:04

The UN Security Council has targeted illegal wildlife traffickers for sanctions in a pair of resolutions against African armed groups, a step conservationists called unprecedented.

AU to drum up support for CAR troops

2014-01-30 08:44

African leaders and Western diplomats will hold a pledging conference to raise cash for the African Union-led Misca mission in war-torn CAR, officials say.

13 killed in CAR, Muslims vulnerable

2014-01-28 07:51

At least 13 people have been killed in CAR as the top UN human rights officials warns of escalating reprisals against Muslims.

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