EU to set deadline for climate change goals

2014-03-20 09:58

European Union leaders are preparing to set an October deadline for agreeing on the bloc's 2030 climate and energy goals, a draft document shows.

South Sudan violence persists despite cease fire

2014-02-12 18:28

Officials working to stop violence in South Sudan say that a cease fire signed in January appears not to be holding.

US: Iran's Geneva II absence won't harm nuclear talks

2014-01-23 07:57

The US says that Iran's absence from Syria peace talks will have no impact on the nuclear deal being brokered between Tehran and world powers.

Syria warring sides gather as Geneva II begins

2014-01-22 09:48

Nearly three years after the start of their fierce civil war, Syria's opposing sides will gather with world powers in Switzerland for the most serious effort yet to end the war.

Syria coalition won't go to talks with Iran

2014-01-20 12:11

Syria's main Western-backed opposition says it will not attend UN hosted peace talks in Geneva aimed at ending the country's civil war if Iran comes to the gathering.

Assad must be removed from power - Turkey

2014-01-07 10:09

The UN-hosted peace conference on Syria must work to remove Bashar Assad from power because of his culpability for tens of thousands of deaths, Turkey's PM says.

Thai PM survives no confidence vote

2013-11-28 08:33

Thailand's embattled prime minister has survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote as opposition protesters keep up their fight to try to topple her government.

Rajoelina seeks extension in office

2013-05-28 12:10

Madagascar strongman Andry Rajoelina has refused to resign, asking for more time before complying with a deal to step down ahead of elections.

Mali crisis: France pledges support

2012-10-09 15:02

France will provide logistical, political and material support for the UN-backed African military intervention in Mali, President Francois Hollande has promised.

UN chief calls for peace in Egypt

2011-11-26 11:28

UN leader Ban Ki-moon has renewed calls for Egypt's military rulers to ensure a "peaceful transition" after talks with the head of the military council.

Revolution of hope underway, says Ban

2011-09-08 14:06

The United Nations Secretary General Bani Ki-moon says "a revolution of hope" is taking place in North Africa and beyond, as he vowed the UN’s continued support for the voice of the people.


Iraq executes seven

2014-03-13 20:20

Iraq has executed seven people including three men convicted of the 1994 killing in Beirut of the father of a current MP.

No compromise at day 2 of Syria talks

2014-01-23 10:29

Syria's peace conference has moved into a second day with the warring sides showing no willingness to compromise as global powers seek to engineer talks on ending the bloodshed.

Minister: Only Syrians can remove Assad

2014-01-22 15:40

Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem directly addressing US Secretary of State John Kerry, says no one has the right to remove Bashar Assad except Syrians.

Iran absence at talks a 'mistake': Russia

2014-01-21 14:46

Russia has called the United Nations' decision to withdraw its invitation for Iran to attend this week's Syria peace conference a "mistake" that cast a shadow on the global body's reputation.

Donors pledge nearly $1.3bn for Syria

2014-01-15 19:15

Donors meeting in Kuwait have pledged nearly $1.3bn in humanitarian aid for victims of the Syrian war, which the UN chief said had left half the population in need of urgent help.

US: Iran may play a role in Syria peace talks

2014-01-06 12:19

The US has for the first time hinted that Iran may be able to play some kind of role at proposed talks to end the war in Syria.

Cautious SANDF stalls DRC force - report

2013-05-28 15:52

Deployment of a unique new UN combat force to the DRC is being delayed by logistical difficulties involving the SANDF, as well as reported caution by the military in the aftermath of the Central Africa debacle.

Israel plans a fatal blow to peace - Ban

2012-12-03 08:00

UN leader Ban Ki-moon has warned that if Israel implements its latest plan for new settlements, it would deal an "almost fatal blow" to any prospects for peace with the Palestinians.

African leaders fail to agree on Congo force

2012-08-09 07:30

African leaders failed to agree on the make-up of a proposed neutral force to tackle the insurgency in eastern Democratic of Congo, diplomats at a regional meeting said.

Kenya blast: Rescuers search for bodies

2011-09-13 11:47

Rescue teams are searching through the smoking ashes of a Kenyan slum razed after a pipeline burst into flames, with 92 charred bodies already found and the death toll still rising.

Stop attacks on civilians, Libya told

2011-05-11 13:07

The UN chief Ban Ki-moon says he has urged Libya’s prime minister to immediately stop attacks on civilians and called for a halt to the fighting in the country.

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