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UN council discusses move to enforce North Korea sanctions

New York - UN Security Council diplomats were negotiating a draft statement on Friday that would push for tough sanctions on North Korea to be enforced worldwide after Pyongyang's latest test-firing of medium-range missiles.

Witchcraft threatens Malawi albinos with extinction: UN expert

Lilongwe - Malawi's estimated 10,000 albinos face "systematic extinction" if they continue to be murdered for their body parts for use in witchcraft, a UN expert warned Friday.

UN chief vows to back refugee team as Olympic flame stops in Geneva

Ginebra - UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Friday he will not remain neutral at the Rio Games, pledging to cheer for a team of refugees as the Olympic flame stopped by the United Nations in Geneva.

Ukraine at UN seeks to shore up ceasefire

New York - Ukraine told the UN Security Council on Thursday that a fragile ceasefire must be strengthened before progress can be achieved in political talks on solving the two-year conflict in the country's east.

UN rights expert warns Darfur security 'unpredictable'

Khartoum - A senior UN rights official warned Thursday that the security situation in Darfur remained "fluid and unpredictable", two days after Sudan said the region's conflict that killed hundreds of thousands of people had ended.

Russia asks UN to list key Syrian rebel group as 'terrorist'

Moscow - Russia has asked the United Nations to blacklist a major Syrian rebel group that is playing a key role in talks to end the conflict, its ambassador to the UN said.

UN chief urges end to 'madness' of nuclear weapons testing

Vienna - UN chief Ban Ki-moon called Wednesday for the US, China and other nuclear-armed states to end the "madness" of atomic testing by finally ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which turns 20 this year.

UN rights office worried over Mexico missing case

- The office of the UN human rights chief voiced concern on Tuesday over claims by foreign experts that Mexico's government stonewalled its investigation of the disappearance of 43 students.

UN chief calls for Haiti vote

New York - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday voiced "deep concern" after another deadline was missed to hold a presidential runoff in Haiti and called for the elections to take place.

Malawi arrests 10 men for albino murder

Blantyre - Ten Malawian men have been arrested for murdering a 21-year-old albino woman, police said Monday, as a United Nations team conducts a two-week assessment after a series of similar killings.

UN slams North Korea missile launch, Obama rejects test offer

New York - The UN Security Council echoed international condemnation Sunday of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test by North Korea, while US President Barack Obama dismissed Pyongyang's offer of a nuclear moratorium.

U.S. demands South Sudan allow rebel chief's return

Washington - The United States blamed South Sudan's government on Sunday for the latest hold-up in efforts to end its civil war, but warned both sides the world will not tolerate backsliding.

Climate change brings conflict, Senegal leader warns

New York - Senegal's President Macky Sall sees a link between climate change and security, in particular when it comes to the jihadist threat in the Sahel."Global warming exacerbates receding water levels...

175 countries sign Paris climate deal: UN

New York - A total of 175 countries on Friday signed the Paris climate agreement at the United Nations, a record for a one-day signing of an international accord, the UN said.

UN envoy says Syria truce 'in great trouble', urges world to act

Ginebra - A fragile ceasefire in Syria is in grave peril, the UN warned Friday, insisting that a high-level meeting of countries with influence in the war-ravaged nation was "urgently needed" to shore up faltering peace efforts.

Syria peace talks to push on until April 27: negotiators

Ginebra - UN-brokered talks aimed at ending Syria's brutal conflict will push ahead until April 27, despite the departure of the main opposition group, negotiators said Friday.

US insists European banks can now deal with Iran

New York - The United States insisted Friday that foreign banks should feel free to do business with Iran after Tehran's compliance with a nuclear deal with world powers.

Brazil's people will 'prevent setbacks' to democracy: Rousseff at UN

New York - President Dilma Rousseff voiced confidence Friday that Brazil's people will "be able to prevent any setbacks" to democracy as she battles a bid to impeach her.

China, US join record UN signing of Paris climate deal

New York - A record 175 countries, including the world's top polluters China and the United States, signed the Paris climate deal Friday, boosting hopes of quick action on combating global warming.

Bulgaria's Bokova sees manipulation in race to be UN chief

New York - Bulgaria's Irina Bokova on Thursday hits back at reports of corruption in the UN agency she has been running for seven years, branding them an attack aimed at undermining her bid to become the next UN chief.

Brazil's Rousseff to address impeachment in UN trip

Bras - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff flew to New York on Thursday to sign a global climate change pact but she will use the international stage to denounce efforts to impeach her.

Island states come to UN ready to move on climate deal

New York - With their very existence under threat from climate change, the world's island states come to the United Nations on Friday not only to sign the Paris climate deal but to be first in line to make sure it goes into force.

States must end disputes peacefully at UN's highest court: Ban

Den Haag - UN chief Ban Ki-Moon said Wednesday states should seek a peaceful end to disputes at the International Court of Justice, as the UN's highest tribunal marked 70 years of global decision-making.

Key climate change pact dates for 2016

Paris - The work of saving Earth's climate does not end with the pact to curb carbon emissions which countries adopted in Paris in December and will sign in New York on Friday.

Is the 1.5C climate change target a mirage?

Paris - The Paris Agreement to try to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius was a stunning political victory for poor countries threatened by climate change.But scientists tasked with explaining how to get there are less than thrilled.

From Paris to New York, climate pact to cross next hurdle

Paris - Four months after settling on a plan to stave off calamitous global warming, more than 160 nations gather in New York Friday to ink the pact whose execution demands a radical overhaul of the global economy.

'Concerned' UN pushes South Sudan's Machar to return to Juba

New York - The UN Security Council expressed "serious concern" on Tuesday over delays in the return of South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar to the capital Juba as part of a peace deal.

UN chief opens new building for under-fire ICC

Den Haag - UN chief Ban Ki-moon Tuesday made a powerful plea for nations everywhere to end impunity for the world's worst crimes, as he officially opened the new premises of the International Criminal Court.

World's nations urged to shift focus on drug problem

New York - World governments at a UN meeting on the global drug problem were urged Tuesday to move away from repression, abolish the death penalty for drug offenses and step up treatment.

Colombia leader says peace offers 'golden opportunity' on drug trade

Estanzuela - President Juan Manuel Santos says Colombia has a "golden opportunity" to uproot the drug trade in this world hub of cocaine production, once a 50-year conflict with leftist insurgents is put to rest.
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