UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that without accelerated action 68 million girls could be subjected to female genital mutilation by 2030.
Syria's war has taken a new turn with the expected recapture of Raqa from the Islamic State, but world leaders gathered at the United Nations seem to be paying little attention.
NATO has condemned a UN treaty banning nuclear arms as unrealistic and warned that it risked undermining the international response to North Korea's atomic weapons programme.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded that Iraqi Kurds call off a weekend referendum on independence, hinting at consequences if they go ahead.
The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting to discuss an international response to North Korea's latest nuclear test, diplomats has said.
Born from the fires engulfing the Balkans in the 1990s, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia closes next month having tried and judged dozens of those behind Europe's worst atrocities since World War II.
Fifty-one countries are set to sign a new treaty outlawing nuclear weapons that has been fiercely opposed by the United States and other nuclear powers.
The first treaty to ban nuclear weapons is set for countries to sign at the United Nations.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned the world's leaders that the threat of a nuclear attack is at its highest level since the end of the Cold War.
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