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W. Sahara independence group says its chief Abdelaziz has died

Alger - The Polisario Front which demands the Western Sahara's independence from Morocco said its secretary general Mohamed Abdelaziz died on Tuesday "after a long illness", Algeria's APS news agency reported.

Migrant deaths in Med up sharply: UN

Geneva - More than 2,500 people have died trying to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe so far in 2016, the UN said Tuesday, a sharp jump from the same period last year.

UN chief 'baffled' by S. Korea presidency speculation

Seoul - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon denied Monday that his current South Korea visit was testing the waters for an eventual presidential bid, saying his comments on the subject had been exaggerated.

Mali family blame UN peacekeepers for death in custody

Bamako - The family of a Malian civilian who died after being arrested by peacekeepers following a deadly jihadist attack claimed his death was due to abuse in custody as the UN Friday promised to "shed light" on the incident.

UN climate talks flesh out landmark Paris pact

Bonn - Climate diplomats wrapped up technical talks Thursday saying they were on the right track but still far from delivering on the promise of the historic pact forged in December.

Syrians risk 'starving' if aid access doesn't improve: UN envoy

Geneva - Many Syrian civilians will face starvation if Damascus and armed rebel groups do not allow greater access to humanitarian convoys carrying life-saving supplies, the UN envoy to the war-ravaged country said Thursday.

Dire conditions for civilians trapped in Iraq's Fallujah: UN

Baghdad - Only 800 people have been able to flee Fallujah since Iraqi forces launched a major offensive to retake the city, the United Nations said in a statement released Thursday.

UN chief fuels presidential speculation with S. Korea trip

Seoul - Ban Ki-moon arrived in South Korea on Wednesday for a six-day visit that has fuelled speculation the UN chief is lining up a tilt at the presidency of his home country.

Yemen peace talks 'closer' to agreement: UN envoy

Kuwait City - The UN envoy said Wednesday that Yemen's warring parties were closer to agreement at peace talks in Kuwait as he headed to New York to brief the Security Council.

Top UN official urges 'new approach' to aid

Istanbul - Spending on humanitarian relief has tripled in the last 10 years but is still too small to meet demand, a top UN official told AFP Tuesday as she called for a fundamental re-think of the aid system.

Cyprus leader calls off peace meeting after snub

Nicosia - Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday cancelled scheduled peace talks with the Turkish Cypriot leader over what he saw as an attempt to recognise the Turkish-held north of the divided island.

Merkel calls for end to empty promises on humanitarian aid

Istanbul - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called for an end to empty commitments on aid, on the opening day of a UN-backed summit in Istanbul.

Leaders seek to defy sceptics at Istanbul humanitarian summit

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday the burden of handling the world's crises should be better shared, as leaders and aid groups sought to defy sceptics to find a breakthrough at an unprecedented aid summit in Istanbul.

Sudan ups pressure for exit of Darfur peacekeepers

Khartoum - As the UN Security Council begins talks next month on renewing its mission in Darfur for another year, Sudan has stepped up pressure for a complete exit of international peacekeepers from the war-torn region.

UN says Istanbul humanitarian summit 'once in generation' chance

Istanbul - The world's first humanitarian summit in Istanbul next week is a "once in a generation" chance to alleviate suffering by improving the global response to crises, senior UN officials said Sunday.

Yemen govt to end peace talks boycott: UN

Kuwait City - The Yemeni government delegation is to rejoin UN-brokered peace talks in Kuwait with Shiite rebels who control the capital, ending a four-day boycott, the UN special envoy said on Sunday.

Istanbul summit seeks to transform aid response, defy critics

Istanbul - Global leaders and key NGOs gather in Istanbul on Monday for an unprecedented UN-backed summit aimed at transforming the world's response to humanitarian crises, despite scepticism the talks will have little impact.

UN names special envoys for El Nino and climate

New York - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed former Irish president Mary Robinson and Kenyan diplomat Macharia Kamau as special envoys for El Nino and climate.

Sudan's Bashir, wanted by ICC, applies for U.S. visa

Khartoum - Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes, has applied for a US visa to attend the next United Nations General Assembly, an official said Thursday.

Five peacekeepers killed in Mali ambush: UN

Bamako - The UN on Thursday said five Chadian peacekeepers had been killed and three others wounded during an ambush in northeastern Mali, raising concern over the rising body count of its mission in the country.

Millions of refugees face homelessness without more shelter funding: UN

Geneva - Millions of refugees worldwide risk living on the street due to a lack of funds for shelters, the United Nations warned Wednesday, urging the private sector to help amid surging displacement.

UN pushes 'get-tough agenda' on peacekeeper sex abuse

New York - A former number two at the US Department of Homeland Security is forcing the United Nations to confront one of the worst crises in its history: sexual abuse by peacekeepers.

U.S., EU protest UN decision to bar groups from AIDS meet

New York - The United States and the European Union are protesting a UN decision to bar at least 20 non-governmental groups from taking part in a major AIDS conference next month.

Gordon Brown launches education fund for child refugees

New York - Britain's former prime minister Gordon Brown on Monday launched a new global fund to help 30 million refugee children stay in school.The "Education Cannot Wait Fund" will seek to raise $3.

Angelina Jolie Pitt: migrant crisis needs generosity, not fear

London - UN special envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt urged the international community on Monday to respond to Europe's worst refugee crisis since World War II with generosity and not the "politics of fear".

UN urges Greece to address migrant detention woes

Atenas - Greece must regulate and improve conditions for thousands of migrants -- many of them children -- detained in camps for weeks as they wait for asylum under a sketchy EU-Turkey deal, a UN human rights official said Monday.

New UN climate talks aim at fleshing out Paris deal

Bonn - Five months after ushering in a landmark climate deal, diplomats kicked off a new round of talks Monday tasked with converting a political blueprint into a workable plan.

UN Council 'disappointment' over lack of Haiti vote

Port-au-prince - The UN Security Council expressed "deep disappointment" with electoral gridlock in Haiti Saturday, a day in which the country had been slated to inaugurate a new president but did not due to an indefinitely postponed vote.

Cyprus leaders say still on track for 2016 deal

Nicosia - To mark one year since UN-backed Cyprus peace talks resumed, Cypriot leaders said on Sunday they remain as committed as ever to reunifying the Mediterranean island in 2016.

Time for concrete action at UN climate forum in Germany

Paris - Frontline climate diplomats will seek to translate good intentions into concrete action in Bonn Monday when they gather for the first time since hammering through a historic deal in December.
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