- UN warns 20,000 children are trapped in Iraq's Fallujah Updated: Jun-01-16 3:20 am
BAGHDAD - The U.N. children's fund on Wednesday issued a stark warning to Iraqi troops and Islamic State militants in the battle for Fallujah to spare the children, the most vulnerable among the tens of thousands of civilians who remain trapped by the fighting for control of this city west of Baghdad.
- Western Sahara independence movement leader Abdelaziz dies Updated: May-31-16 8:44 pm
ALGIERS, Algeria - Mohamed Abdelaziz, the head and co-founder of the Polisario Front independence movement in the Western Sahara, died Tuesday after a long illness, the group said. He was in his late 60s.
- Israel fills UN hall for anti-BDS conference Updated: May-31-16 7:52 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Over 1,500 students filled the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday for a conference sponsored by the Israeli mission on how best to combat a movement on many U.S. campuses calling for a boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians.
- Mediterranean Sea disasters leave more than 1,000 dead Updated: May-31-16 5:46 pm
GENEVA - The treacherous Mediterranean Sea crossing from Libya to Italy claimed the lives of at least 1,083 migrants over the past week - mostly because barely seaworthy smuggling boats foundered and sank despite calm seas and sunny skies, a migration agency said Tuesday, citing new accounts from survivors.
- UN renews South Sudan sanctions Updated: May-31-16 11:40 am
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council has voted to renew sanctions on a number of individuals allegedly obstructing a peace agreement in South Sudan, where tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced by over two years of fighting between the government and rebels.
- UN envoy: Libyan forces should fight IS, not each other Updated: May-31-16 11:15 am
PARIS - The U.N. envoy for Libya on Tuesday urged rival factions there to unite against the Islamic State group and stop fighting each other.
- Gaza's Hamas rulers execute 3 men convicted of murder Updated: May-31-16 6:38 am
- New FIFA official Fatma Samoura arrives in Zurich Updated: May-30-16 12:20 pm
ZURICH - FIFA's new top administrator, United Nations official Fatma Samoura, has met staff in Zurich for the first time and will start work on June 20.
- UN health agency rejects Rio Olympics postponement call Updated: May-28-16 6:40 am
BERLIN - The World Health Organization says there is "no public health justification" for postponing or canceling the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of the Zika outbreak.
- UN: Syria impedes humanitarian aid to besieged Updated: May-27-16 5:48 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Deliberate interference, most notably by the Syrian government, continues to hinder the delivery of humanitarian aid to the more than half million people trapped in besieged areas by the country's nearly four-year-old civil war, a top United Nations Official said Friday.
- The Latest: UN reports 'spike' in Iraqis fleeing to Syria Updated: May-27-16 9:01 am
BEIRUT - The Latest on the fighting in Syria (all times local):
- Cyprus president ready for peace talks after UN spat over Updated: May-27-16 7:58 am
NICOSIA, Cyprus - Talks to reunify the ethnically divided island of Cyprus appear to be back on track after its president said he's ready to pick up where things left off following a halt after a perceived attempt to diplomatically upgrade the island's breakaway Turkish Cypriot north.
- At UN climate talks some worry about Brexit, Trump impacts Updated: May-26-16 4:22 pm
BONN, Germany - Climate negotiators ended their first talks after last year's landmark Paris Agreement on Thursday with some delegates expressing concern about the potential impact of upcoming votes in the U.S. and Britain.
- UN envoy to Syria: Peace talks not set to resume for weeks Updated: May-26-16 2:55 pm
GENEVA - The U.N. envoy for Syria plans a resumption of peace talks "as soon as feasible" between the government and opposition, but he set no new date and expects that it will "certainly not" come within the next two to three weeks, his office said Thursday.
- WHO: Nearly 960 killed in attacks on hospitals in 2 years Updated: May-26-16 11:36 am
WASHINGTON - Nearly 960 people have been killed worldwide in attacks on medical facilities in conflicts over the past two years, the World Health Organization said in a report Thursday that highlighted an alarming disrespect for the protection of health care in war by both governments and armed groups.
- UN envoy says radically more must be done for Mideast peace Updated: May-25-16 7:19 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Palestinians in Gaza are growing ever more desperate and unless "radically more" is done to address the situation, it is only a matter of time before there is another escalation of violence, the U.N.'s top Mideast envoy told the Security Council on Wednesday.
- UN lifts last sanctions on Liberia in sign of support Updated: May-25-16 6:59 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to lift the last remaining sanctions on Liberia in a sign of support for the government's progress toward peace after two civil wars.
- UN health agency gets OK for revamp of emergency response Updated: May-25-16 6:58 pm
GENEVA - Stung by failures in its response to Ebola, the World Health Organization is revamping how it responds to emergencies to become nimbler, more reactive and more operational in "one of the most profound transformations" ever at the U.N. health agency.
- Russia accuses Turkey of supplying Islamic State extremists Updated: May-25-16 5:42 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Russia has accused Turkey of supplying the Islamic State extremist group with components for improvised explosive devices.
- The Latest: US diplomat overjoyed at Ukraine pilot's release Updated: May-25-16 2:00 pm
KIEV, Ukraine - The Latest on Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko (all times local):
- Taiwan minister hopes to work with China on health issues Updated: May-25-16 11:34 am
GENEVA - Taiwan hopes to work with China to help improve the health of people "on both sides of the Taiwan Strait" and is engaging more with the world to fight viruses like Zika, MERS, Ebola and dengue, the Taiwanese health minister said in an interview Wednesday.
- Slovak foreign minister Lajcak a candidate for UN's top post Updated: May-25-16 11:06 am
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia - Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak has become an official candidate for the post of U.N. secretary-general to replace Ban Ki-moon.
- Italy, Netherlands and Sweden vie for Security Council seat Updated: May-24-16 11:49 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden all made their cases on Tuesday for why they should be elected to a non-permanent seat on the United Nations' most powerful body.
- UN happy Africa's rapid reaction force about to be reality Updated: May-24-16 6:22 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. peacekeeping chief said Tuesday that the United Nations - which has 80 percent of its peacekeepers deployed in Africa - is very happy that the African Union's long-awaited rapid reaction force will become a reality in July.
- UN laments absence of G-7 from key humanitarian summit Updated: May-24-16 1:46 pm
ISTANBUL, Turkey - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday criticized the leaders of the world's wealthiest countries for failing to attend a pivotal humanitarian summit in Turkey which culminated with a long list of commitments and question marks over their implementation.