- UN calls for panel to identify Syria chemical weapons users Updated: Aug-27-15 7:14 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. chief proposed Thursday that a new international body to assign blame for chemical attacks in Syria's deadly conflict for the first time have the freedom to go anywhere and the support of all parties on the ground.
- Yemen says no talks with rebels until they lay down arms Updated: Aug-27-15 1:06 pm
CAIRO - The Yemeni government is not negotiating with Shiite Houthi rebels who control the capital and much of the north, and demands that they lay down their arms, Foreign Minister Riad Yassin said Thursday.
- Tennis' Djokovic has new title - UNICEF goodwill ambassador Updated: Aug-27-15 12:52 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Top-ranked tennis star Novak Djokovic has a new title - goodwill ambassador for the U.N. children's agency, UNICEF.
- Sudan says al-Bashir to visit China; invited to WWII parade Updated: Aug-27-15 11:19 am
UNITED NATIONS - Sudan says President Omar al-Bashir will soon travel to China.
- IAEA reports Iran broadly complying with nuclear accords Updated: Aug-27-15 11:03 am
WASHINGTON - Iran is broadly complying with agreements on curtailing its nuclear program, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported Thursday in its first update since last month's deal between Tehran and world powers. It noted concern, however, with an Iranian military site where nuclear weapons work may have occurred more than a decade ago.
- Kazakhstan to host international uranium bank Updated: Aug-27-15 9:43 am
MOSCOW - The International Atomic Energy Agency and Kazakhstan have signed an agreement to establish a low-enriched uranium bank in the Central Asian country, a move that supporters say could reduce concerns about nuclear weapons proliferation.
- South Sudan leader signs peace deal amid sanctions threat Updated: Aug-26-15 4:46 pm
JUBA, South Sudan - South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Wednesday signed a peace deal with rebels, more than 20 months after the start of fighting between the army and rebels led by his former deputy.
- UN refugee chief seeks better EU cooperation on migrants Updated: Aug-26-15 4:18 pm
GENEVA - The Europe Union's asylum system is "completely dysfunctional," the head of the U.N. refugee agency said Wednesday, urging the bloc to better coordinate its response to the influx of thousands of refugees fleeing violence in Africa and the Middle East.
- Palestinians, Vatican could raise UN flags before pope visit Updated: Aug-25-15 7:10 pm
UNITED NATIONS - In a move likely to upset Israel's government, the Palestinians and the Vatican are seeking to raise their flags at U.N. headquarters - just in time for Pope Francis' visit next month.
- UN: China arms firm sold $20M in weapons to South Sudan Updated: Aug-25-15 2:17 pm
UNITED NATIONS - A U.N. panel of experts said that a major Chinese state-owned arms supplier sold more than $20 million of weapons to South Sudan's government last year, several months into the country's deadly internal conflict.
- UN rights arm denounces executions in Iraq's Kurdish region Updated: Aug-25-15 2:01 pm
GENEVA - U.N. rights officials are denouncing the execution of a man and his two wives in Iraq's Kurdish region over the kidnapping and murder of two girls, saying they fear the self-ruled region may slide back toward use of the death penalty.
- UN to 'act immediately' if South Sudan doesn't sign deal Updated: Aug-25-15 1:44 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council says it is ready to "act immediately" if South Sudan's president doesn't sign a peace deal Wednesday.
- IAEA: Iran provides sizable amount of info for nuclear probe Updated: Aug-25-15 12:55 pm
VIENNA - The U.N. nuclear agency chief says Iran has provided a "substantive volume" of information for the agency's investigation of allegations that Tehran worked on nuclear arms.
- AP Interview: US eyes migration, poverty as pope trip themes Updated: Aug-25-15 10:49 am
ROME - The U.S. ambassador to the Vatican said Tuesday he expects Pope Francis will call on the U.S. to rediscover the fundamental values "that made our nation great" - especially its long history of welcoming foreigners - when he visits next month and becomes the first pope to address Congress.
- India, UN appeal for peace after 11 die in Nepal violence Updated: Aug-25-15 9:11 am
KATHMANDU, Nepal - India and the United Nations appealed for all parties to seek peace in Nepal, where hundreds of security forces on Tuesday were patrolling a western town after ethnic protesters demanding statehood attacked police a day earlier, leaving 11 people dead and many injured.
- Islamic State claims to kill 30 for sodomy, UN meeting told Updated: Aug-24-15 5:28 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for killing at least 30 people for sodomy, the head of an international gay rights organization said Monday at the first-ever U.N. Security Council meeting spotlighting violence and discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.
- UN to support initiatives by new Nigerian president Updated: Aug-24-15 2:35 pm
ABUJA, Nigeria - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with President Muhammadu Buhari Monday and promised solidarity in the new Nigerian leader's fight against insecurity, unemployment and corruption.
- With many Ebola survivors ailing, doctors evaluate situation Updated: Aug-23-15 4:38 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - Lingering health problems afflicting many of the roughly 13,000 Ebola survivors have galvanized global and local health officials to find out how widespread the ailments are, and how to remedy them.
- Kosovo applies to join UNESCO, Serbia says it's not a state Updated: Aug-21-15 8:55 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Kosovo said Friday it has applied for membership in the United Nations' scientific and cultural organization, a move immediately opposed by Serbia which argues that it's not qualified because it isn't a state.
- Yemen's president calls for cease-fire and rebel withdrawal Updated: Aug-21-15 7:26 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Yemen's president is proposing a 15-day cease-fire that would coincide with the withdrawal of Shiite rebel militias from all government institutions and military installations and all cities and provinces - even the province they call home.
- UN rights office decries 'impunity' after Darfur violence Updated: Aug-21-15 2:31 pm
GENEVA - U.N. human rights officials say Sudanese security forces that were allegedly involved in killings, sexual violence and other abuses in Darfur last year have largely gone unpunished.
- What the secret agreement between Iran and the UN says Updated: Aug-20-15 10:40 pm
VIENNA - An AP report has revealed that the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency has agreed with Iran that Iranian experts and equipment will be used to inspect Iran's Parchin military site, located not far from Tehran, where Iran is suspected of conducting covert nuclear weapons activity more than a decade ago.
- UN envoy urges leaders to ban sex attacks by security forces Updated: Aug-20-15 7:22 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. envoy trying to prevent sexual violence in conflicts urged government leaders Thursday to prohibit sexual attacks by security forces and reinforce justice systems to ensure punishment for perpetrators.
- Countries delay UN plan to name those accused of sex abuse Updated: Aug-20-15 7:19 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations is rejecting growing pressure to name countries whose peacekeepers face sexual abuse accusations in Central African Republic against children as young as 11, keeping silent because member states have delayed the U.N. chief's plan to identify alleged perpetrators.
- UN says Yemen on edge of famine from conflict, blocked ports Updated: Aug-19-15 4:37 pm
CAIRO - The war in Yemen has pushed the country to the brink of famine, with both commercial food imports and aid deliveries held up by the fighting and millions of hungry women and children facing possible starvation, the United Nations said Wednesday.