- Syria says any foreign troops would return 'in coffins' Updated: Feb-06-16 12:33 pm
DAMASCUS, Syria - Syria's foreign minister warned Saturday that Saudi or other foreign troops entering his country would "return home in wooden coffins" and asserted that recent military advances put his government "on track" to end the five-year-old civil war.
- In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss Updated: Feb-05-16 11:26 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with pregnant partners if they have visited countries where the virus is present.
- Thousands more Syrians rush toward Turkey to flee fighting Updated: Feb-05-16 5:09 pm
BEIRUT - Thousands of Syrians rushed toward the Turkish border Friday, fleeing a fierce government offensive and intense Russian airstrikes near Syria's largest city of Aleppo.
- UN arbitrary detention panel: Opinionated, but toothless Updated: Feb-05-16 1:37 pm
GENEVA - The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is a little-known piece of a sprawling human rights organization. Neither a court nor a tribunal, the five-member body can call countries and their leaders to account, but has no power of enforcement.
- The Latest: Assange hails 'victory' from embassy balcony Updated: Feb-05-16 12:06 pm
GENEVA - The Latest on the U.N. panel's determination that Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained (all times local):
- Analysis: Pause in Syrian talks shows peace remains elusive Updated: Feb-04-16 2:05 pm
BEIRUT - It was hardly unexpected that the Syrian peace talks in Geneva would break off in recrimination.
- UN: Syria approves aid deliveries to 3 besieged villages Updated: Feb-01-16 7:25 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The Syrian government on Monday approved a United Nations request for new aid deliveries to the besieged towns of Madaya, Foua and Kfarya where hundreds of civilians are facing severe malnutrition and some have starved to death.
- UN rights chief: Turkey must probe shooting of civilians Updated: Feb-01-16 12:33 pm
GENEVA - The U.N. human rights chief called on Turkey on Monday to investigate the alleged shooting of unarmed people in southeastern Turkey that turned up in "extremely shocking" footage posted online last week.
- UN health chief: Zika virus is 'spreading explosively' Updated: Jan-28-16 7:18 pm
GENEVA - The Zika virus is "spreading explosively" in the Americas, which could see up to 4 million cases over the next year, international health officials said Thursday, announcing a special meeting next week to decide if they should declare an international health emergency.
- UN: Zika virus link to babies' small heads 'circumstantial' Updated: Jan-26-16 11:55 am
GENEVA - The World Health Organization says it suspects a link between the mosquito-borne Zika virus and a rare birth defect that gives babies abnormally small heads, but says so far the evidence is "circumstantial" and more research is needed.
- UNICEF seeks $2.8B to help kids in world emergencies in 2016 Updated: Jan-26-16 7:49 am
GENEVA - The U.N. children's agency is launching a $2.8 billion appeal to help children caught up in humanitarian emergencies this year.
- Talks ahead, UN humanitarians plead on behalf of Syrians Updated: Jan-26-16 6:27 am
GENEVA - U.N. humanitarian leaders are pleading with the warring parties in Syria to stop bombing schools, to allow aid workers access to the sick and to overcome a "political failure" to end an intractable conflict.
- UN envoy lowers expectations ahead of Syria talks on Friday Updated: Jan-25-16 3:43 pm
GENEVA - Lowering expectations about his ability to help end Syria's civil war, the U.N. special envoy announced talks between government and opposition representatives will start on Friday to embark on a six-month process that he hopes will include civil society and women's groups.
- Kerry dismisses posturing ahead of peace talks on Syria Updated: Jan-25-16 11:28 am
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday dismissed Syrian government claims and opposition complaints as posturing ahead of U.N.-led peace talks that are to begin Friday and last six months.
- The Latest: UN envoy hopes to start peace talks Friday Updated: Jan-25-16 9:34 am
GENEVA - The latest on the Syria peace talks planned to start in Geneva this week. All times local:
- Childhood obesity panel: 40 million kids under 5 overweight Updated: Jan-25-16 8:09 am
GENEVA - An independent panel on obesity commissioned by the World Health Organization is urging governments, educators, agribusiness and food marketers to do more to help fight childhood obesity.
- Syrian opposition sharply divided ahead of peace talks Updated: Jan-22-16 6:11 pm
BEIRUT - Syrian groups opposed to President Bashar Assad are still sharply divided on who should represent them at peace talks which were scheduled to begin Monday in Geneva but now appear to be delayed.
- Russia shows military might in Syria ahead of peace talks Updated: Jan-20-16 4:16 pm
HEMEIMEEM AIR BASE, Syria - Helicopter gunships sweep low around Russia's air base on the Syrian coast and long-range air-defense missile systems tower at the base's edge as warplanes take off one after another. The sound is deafening.
- Kerry set to meet Russian FM amid concerns over Syria talks Updated: Jan-19-16 6:32 pm
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry is hoping to move aside obstacles that threaten to delay the start of peace talks to end Syria's war, seeking compromise with Russia's foreign minister on which Syrian opposition groups should be eligible to participate.
- The Latest: Massachusetts man freed from Iran returns home Updated: Jan-18-16 12:16 am
TEHRAN, Iran - The latest developments as Iran and world powers implement a landmark deal reached last year to curb Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions (all times local).
- WHO declares end to Ebola epidemic after 11,300 deaths Updated: Jan-14-16 9:11 am
GENEVA - The World Health Organization declared an end to the deadliest Ebola outbreak ever on Thursday after no new cases emerged in Liberia, though health officials warn that it will be several more months before the world is considered free of the disease that claimed more than 11,300 lives over two years.
- UN: Resumption of Yemen peace talks unlikely before Jan. 20 Updated: Jan-12-16 11:06 am
SANAA, Yemen - The resumption of Yemen peace talks won't take place this week as originally hoped, following renewed fighting and air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite Houthi rebels, a U.N. spokesman said Tuesday.