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US criticises Africa for 'failure' on famine threat

2017-07-20 10:45

The US ambassador to the United Nations is sharply criticising African nations for what she calls their "collective failure" to respond to the threat of famine facing over 14 million people.

What Africa should demand from the next United Nations secretary general

2016-10-03 12:20

Africa should focus on the feasible reforms of the UN and de-emphasise its demand for improved representation on the Security Council voting reforms, given the complex politics around these issues.

UN: $40bn needed to aid people in war, disasters

2016-01-17 08:26

A United Nations-appointed panel says an estimated $40bn is needed annually to help the fast-growing number of people needing humanitarian aid as a result of conflicts and natural disasters.

SA recalls 50 peacekeepers from DRC for 'security' breaches

2015-09-24 16:15

Dozens of South African peacekeepers serving in the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo are being recalled home for security breaches, the military says.

UN states agree post-2015 sustainable development agenda

2015-08-03 12:47

The UN 193-member states have agreed on an agenda for the world’s sustainable development over the next 15 years that pledges to leave no-one behind.

Climate talks seek way to historic Paris pact

2014-12-01 18:15

The world's nations have gathered in Lima, Peru, in a renewed push for a deal to roll back carbon emissions threatening future generations.

UN aid chief Amos to step down

2014-11-26 21:54

UN aid chief Valerie Amos plans to step down at the end of March after more than four years in the position, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced.

UN assembly calls for action on national debt

2014-09-10 13:45

The UN General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a resolution that calls for adoption of a new legal framework to restructure national debts.

Karzai frustrates US with Taliban talks demand

2014-01-25 16:25

President Hamid Karzai has signalled that a deal to allow US troops to stay in Afghanistan was close to collapse as the Nato combat mission withdraws after a decade of fighting the Taliban.

Corruption: UK suspends aid to Malawi

2013-11-19 14:04

Britain has reportedly frozen its aid support to Malawi in a move likely to have a catastrophic effect on the country’s ability to provide basic services, a report says.

 

Wife of Orlando nightclub shooter arrested

2017-01-16 22:50

The wife of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen has been arrested by the FBI at her home in California.

Violent extremism mushrooming - UN

2016-04-06 06:28

Countries must urgently co-operate to halt the spread of violent extremism around the globe, the UN has said ahead of a high-level conference focused on preventing dangerous radicalisation.

6 experts vie for top UN climate science job

2015-10-04 14:05

Six candidates are vying to become head of the UN’s top authority on climate change science, seeking to narrow down uncertainties about future warming to guide a trillion-dollar shift to greener energies.

Trillions of dollars needed for UN anti-poverty plan

2015-08-04 12:16

The price tag for a bold global new anti-poverty agenda comes to between $3.5 and $5tn annually over the next 15 years, part of a United Nations' "to-do list" for the world.

UN warns Britain of 'xenophobia'

2015-07-30 20:54

Britain risks a "xenophobic response" to the migrant crisis in the French port of Calais after Prime Minister David Cameron promised to deport more migrants who enter Britain illegally, the UN has warned.

Climate rhetoric faces the devil in the detail

2014-11-28 08:57

Politically sidelined since a 2009 UN summit almost ended in a bustup, climate change has resurfaced as a priority but faces a brutal test at talks opening in Lima on Monday.

Fearless Zim leading in serving blacks' interests – Mugabe

2014-09-29 19:57

Zimbabwe is the only country that is leading in empowering and serving black people’s interests, President Robert Mugabe has reportedly said.

4 Palestinians killed after Gaza truce begins

2014-08-01 11:03

Gaza officials say the lull in fighting after a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas was broken after less than two hours when Israeli tank fire killed at least four Palestinians.

$1.2bn of cocaine though W Africa each year

2013-12-19 08:56

The UN says an estimated $1.2bn worth of cocaine transits through West Africa each year, and the Security Council is expressing “deep concern” about the drug trade’s increasing links in to terrorist groups.

Sri Lanka criticises UN rights chief visit

2013-09-03 13:10

Sri Lanka's powerful Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has complained that a visit of the UN human rights chief to the island nation was influenced by propaganda from Tamil rebels.

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