- Syrian civilian groups threaten to pull out of peace talks Updated: Jun-28-16 10:41 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Two dozen Syrian civilian organizations and humanitarian aid groups are threatening to end their participation in peace talks unless the international community takes major steps to protect civilians and enforce a cessation of hostilities in the country.
- UN's Ban visits refugee camps on Greek island of Lesbos Updated: Jun-18-16 12:30 pm
ATHENS, Greece - The United Nations secretary-general on Saturday visited camps on the eastern Greek island of Lesbos, where hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants first set foot in Europe over the past 18 months on their way to the continent's prosperous heartland.
- UN chief: Haiti political crisis could destabilize country Updated: Jun-16-16 1:48 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is warning that Haiti's political crisis has the potential to destabilize the country and reduce international support.
- UN chief urges restraint after Ethiopia-Eritrea border clash Updated: Jun-15-16 6:52 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Ethiopia and Eritrea on Wednesday "to exercise maximum restraint" following clashes on their disputed border.
- US calls on UN members to protect LGBT people from attack Updated: Jun-13-16 6:11 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.S. on Monday called on all 193 members of the United Nations to not only condemn the terrorism that resulted in the mass killing of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Florida over the weekend, but also to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from such attacks.
- High-level meeting urges nuke test ban treaty ratification Updated: Jun-13-16 10:47 am
VIENNA - A senior American official on Monday reaffirmed White House support for a treaty banning nuclear testing worldwide and urged other countries to move it toward its long-delayed enactment despite the "domestic political obstacles" keeping her country from ratifying it.
- World in chaos, Israel gets singular focus at UN rights body Updated: Jun-13-16 8:32 am
GENEVA - Wars in Iraq, Syria and Yemen have killed hundreds of thousands of people. Enforced disappearances, torture and extremist attacks infringe on human rights worldwide. Tyrannical, autocratic leaders and their allies from Belarus to Burundi repel dissent with an iron fist.
- France to host conference on children in armed conflict Updated: Jun-10-16 2:38 pm
UNITED NATIONS - France's Foreign Minister says his country will host a conference on the protection of children in armed conflict early next year.
- UN: Setbacks haven't weakened Islamic State strategically Updated: Jun-08-16 5:07 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The Islamic State extremist group hasn't been weakened strategically or irreversibly despite military setbacks in Iraq and Syria, the U.N. political chief said Wednesday.
- Excluded groups say they should be part of UN AIDS meeting Updated: Jun-07-16 5:33 pm
NEW YORK - Gay, transgender and other groups blocked from participating in a high-level U.N. meeting on AIDS represent the populations most affected by the disease and should take center-stage at the event, advocates said Tuesday.
- US sanctions 2 Burundi officials, 1 rebel leader over chaos Updated: Jun-03-16 4:19 pm
BUJUMBURA, Burundi - The United States has sanctioned two Burundi government officials and one rebel leader over violence in the country linked to President Pierre Nkurunziza's extended tenure.
- Nations struggle to craft new Mideast peace strategy Updated: Jun-03-16 3:02 pm
PARIS - Nations struggled Friday to craft a viable new strategy for Mideast peace, failing to agree on a French proposal for an international conference that would bring together Israel and the Palestinians. Diplomats nevertheless vowed to reinvigorate a peace process that has been all but dead for two years.
- UN: Sexual violence integral tactic of terror Updated: Jun-02-16 1:19 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Just as the international community has made some inroads combating sexual violence as a weapon of war, extremists are adopting the age-old tactic as a tool of terror.
- UN says Central African Republic abuses include witchcraft Updated: Jun-01-16 7:23 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. chief has reported 269 verified incidents of human rights violations and abuses in Central African Republic including arbitrary killings, conflict-related sexual violence and allegations of witchcraft.
- 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.