- Experts identify cases of Syria chemical attacks to probe Updated: Feb-12-16 7:11 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The international body charged with establishing who is responsible for chemical attacks in Syria says it has identified at least five potential cases for investigation - four where chlorine gas was allegedly used against rebel-held areas and one involving mustard gas.
- The Latest: Aid group says over 100,000 have fled Aleppo Updated: Feb-12-16 3:29 pm
BEIRUT - The Latest on the conflict in Syria and international diplomatic efforts to end the violence (all times local):
- 5 killed in UN base attack in Mali; 3 killed near Timbuktu Updated: Feb-12-16 2:04 pm
BAMAKO, Mali - Militants attacked a U.N. base in northern Mali on Friday, killing at least 5 peacekeepers and wounding 30 others, a U.N. official said.
- WHO: Zika vaccines at least 18 months away from broad trials Updated: Feb-12-16 1:43 pm
GENEVA - Possible Zika vaccines are at least 18 months away from large-scale trials, the World Health Organization said Friday as it advised pregnant women to consider delaying travel to areas where the mosquito-borne virus has turned up amid concerns it may be linked to abnormally small heads in newborns.
- Bach: 'No intention' by any countries to pull out Updated: Feb-12-16 9:12 am
LILLEHAMMER, Norway - IOC President Thomas Bach said Friday that no countries intend to pull out of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro over concerns about the Zika virus.
- Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week Updated: Feb-12-16 1:37 am
MUNICH - Diplomats trying to secure a cease-fire for the civil war in Syria fell short early Friday in organizing a truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in a week's time. The deal appeared to be the result of a compromise between the United States, which had wanted an immediate cease-fire, and Russia, which had proposed one to start on March 1.
- France consulting on new UN resolution on Burundi violence Updated: Feb-11-16 11:14 pm
UNITED NATIONS - France is consulting U.N. Security Council members on the text of a new resolution that would strengthen international involvement in Burundi and Britain says it could include "a policing element."
- Britain hopes UN will agree soon on tough NKorea sanctions Updated: Feb-11-16 9:44 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Britain's United Nations ambassador says he hopes the U.N. Security Council will agree as soon as possible on a resolution imposing tough new sanctions on North Korea in response to its recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.
- Official: Hamas prevents senior UN staffer from leaving Gaza Updated: Feb-11-16 1:42 pm
- Canada says will seek United Nations Security Council seat Updated: Feb-11-16 1:32 pm
TORONTO - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his country will seek a United Nations Security Council seat as vacancies come up.
- FIFA candidate Ali queries Salman's role in Bahrain protests Updated: Feb-11-16 11:13 am
GENEVA - FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali has questioned the role of election rival Sheikh Salman in not protecting Bahrain players who alleged abuses after pro-democracy protests in 2011.
- The Latest: Russia has held important talks with US on Syria Updated: Feb-10-16 4:03 pm
BEIRUT - The Latest developments on the war in Syria and the tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence (all times local):
- UK's Cameron blasts UN panel's ruling on WikiLeaks' Assange Updated: Feb-10-16 12:25 pm
LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron told Parliament on Wednesday that a U.N. panel's finding that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been wrongfully detained is "ridiculous." Assange responded quickly by accusing Cameron of libel.
- Turkish leaders lash out at UN demands to open border Updated: Feb-10-16 12:16 pm
KILIS, Turkey - Turkey's leaders lashed out Wednesday at the United Nations and others who are pressing the country to open its border to thousands more Syrian refugees, accusing them of failing to shoulder the refugee burden or stop the Russian bombings that have triggered the exodus.
- India launches campaign for deworming millions of children Updated: Feb-10-16 8:58 am
NEW DELHI - Millions of Indian children are getting deworming treatment in a massive national campaign to prevent parasitic worms from infecting them and impairing their mental and physical development.
- Iraqi government says it fully recaptured Ramadi from IS Updated: Feb-09-16 3:15 pm
BAGHDAD - Iraqi government forces have regained full control of Ramadi after pushing Islamic State group fighters out of the city's outskirts, according to Iraqi security forces and the U.S.-led coalition. The announcement, more than a month after Ramadi was first declared liberated in December, underscores the slow nature of Iraqi ground operations despite heavy backing from U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.
- More than 1 million are besieged in Syria, new report says Updated: Feb-09-16 7:53 am
NEW YORK - More than one million Syrians are trapped in besieged areas, a new report says in a challenge to the United Nations, which estimates just half that amount and has been accused by some aid groups of underplaying a crisis.
- Egyptian lawyer to sue NJ borough over UN residence denial Updated: Feb-09-16 4:09 am
EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey - An attorney for the Egyptian government says they expect to sue after a northern New Jersey borough rejected plans to turn a building once owned by the Franciscan Friars into a residence for its mission in the United Nations.
- Japan's parliament condemns North Korea rocket launch Updated: Feb-09-16 2:12 am
TOKYO - Japan's parliament condemned North Korea's long-range rocket launch Tuesday, calling it a serious provocation against international peace and demanding that the communist nation immediately stop such activity.
- UN agency proposes greenhouse gas emissions rules for planes Updated: Feb-08-16 8:23 pm
WASHINGTON - A U.N. panel on Monday proposed long-sought greenhouse gas emissions standards for airliners and cargo planes, drawing praise from the White House and criticism from environmentalists who said they would be too weak to actually slow global warming.
- Syria attacks stir humanitarian response as thousands flee Updated: Feb-08-16 5:10 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N.'s emergency relief coordinator says his organization and humanitarian partners are working to provide food, water and medical aid as a Syrian government offensive in Aleppo sends tens of thousands fleeing toward the border with Turkey.
- UN condemns NKorea launch, pledges significant new sanctions Updated: Feb-07-16 11:41 pm
SEOUL, South Korea - The U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders called a banned test of ballistic missile technology and another "intolerable provocation." The U.N.'s most powerful body pledged to quickly adopt a new resolution with "significant" new sanctions.
- The Latest: Japan mulls sanctions after NKorea launch Updated: Feb-07-16 11:28 pm
SEOUL, South Korea - The Latest on North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket (all times local):
- UN chief: 34 groups now allied to Islamic State extremists Updated: Feb-05-16 11:03 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Thirty-four militant groups from around the world had reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State extremist group as of mid-December - and that number will only grow in 2016, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report Friday.
- Brazil considers reforming biosecurity law amid criticism Updated: Feb-05-16 10:19 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian officials will soon decide whether to amend the South American nation's rigid procedures for sharing Zika samples, the Cabinet chief's spokeswoman said Friday, as officials announced that they were sending a set of samples to U.S. researchers amid complaints of hoarding.