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Pilots must have regular medical check-ups: UN agency

Montr - Pilots must have regular mental and physical check-ups, the UN world aviation body said Thursday, after it emerged that a Germanwings first officer deliberately crashed his plane killing all 150 on board.

UN says Palestinian death toll highest since 1967

Jerusalem - The long-running conflict with Israel claimed the lives of more Palestinian civilians in 2014 than any year since 1967, the United Nations said Thursday, in a damning report on the humanitarian situation.

Syria destroys three chemical weapons sites

New York - Syria has destroyed three of its 12 chemical weapons production sites but is unable to dismantle three other facilities because of security conditions, the OPCW chemical watchdog said in its latest report.

UN worried by rise in mass abductions of children

New York - Mass abductions of children by groups like Boko Haram and the Islamic State are on the rise, with the practice now becoming a tactic of war, a UN envoy warned Wednesday.

Russia fails in benefits challenge for gay UN workers

New York - Russia failed Tuesday to block a United Nations decision to extend full spousal benefits to legally married gay UN employees.

UN ask for $30mn to help cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu

Ginebra - The United Nations on Tuesday launched an urgent appeal for nearly $30 million to provide life-saving assistance in Vanuatu after the island nation was ravaged by cyclone Pam.

Libya unity govt could get first names this week: UN envoy

Brussels - The first names for a new Libyan unity government could emerge this week after progress in UN-mediated talks between its warring parties, UN special envoy Bernardino Leon said Monday.

World powers hail resumption of Libya political dialogue

Washington - European powers and the United States welcomed renewed dialogue between Libya's rival political factions, amid UN-mediated talks aimed at reaching an agreement to form a unity government in the strife-torn country.

UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Yemen

New York - The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Sunday on violence-wracked Yemen, diplomats said, after US troops were evacuated from a key airbase.

'Happy' Pharrell mobbed at UN General Assembly

New York - The UN podium has been the scene of countless speeches both passionate and dull, but the audience was not world leaders but children, and they mobbed the speaker.

Russia offers UN resolution on election talks with Ukraine rebels

New York - Russia proposed a UN Security Council draft resolution Thursday asking Kiev to "immediately start consultations" with pro-Russian separatists on elections within their eastern Ukraine strongholds.

Russia turned Crimea into a military base: Tatar leader

New York - In just one year, Crimea has gone from being a picturesque tourist destination in Ukraine to a Russian military base that will likely end up hosting nuclear weapons, the United Nations heard Thursday.

IS likely committing genocide against Yazidi minority in Iraq: UN

Ginebra - Islamic State jihadists appear to be committing genocide against the Yazidi minority in Iraq, UN investigators said Thursday, calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice at the International Criminal Court.

Pope Francis to visit UN on September 25

New York - Pope Francis will address the UN General Assembly on September 25, as the international body marks its 70th anniversary, officials said Wednesday.

Two Dutch peacekeepers killed in UN helicopter crash in Mali

Bamako - Two Dutch United Nations peacekeepers were killed when their Apache attack helicopter crashed in northern Mali, the Dutch military said, calling it an accident.

Women are key in tackling disaster: UN officials

Sendai - Women are far more exposed to disasters than men given their frontline roles in the home and in healthcare, the UN says, arguing that improving gender equality is key to saving lives.

UN disaster meeting opens in tsunami-hit Japan

Sendai - Policymakers gathered for a ten-yearly meeting on disaster risk reduction Saturday, with hopes high that the conference in tsunami-hit Japan might provide a springboard for efforts to tackle natural disasters and costly climate change.

UN expert refused access to U.S. federal jails and Guantanamo

Washington - Juan Mendez, a UN expert on torture has been refused access both to Guantanamo Bay facilities but also to U.S. federal prisons. Mendez has discussed access to the prisons for two years now with U.S. authorities.

British MP O'Brien named UN humanitarian aid chief

New York - UN chief Ban Ki-moon appointed British lawmaker Stephen O'Brien on Monday as the UN's humanitarian aid chief tasked with leading global relief efforts at a time of worsening conflicts.

UN nuclear experts hold talks in Tehran

Tehran - Experts from the UN nuclear watchdog held talks in Tehran Monday in their investigation into decade-old allegations of possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear programme, the ISNA news agency reported.

EU adopts climate change targets for Paris conference

Brussels - The EU formally adopted on Friday climate change targets for December's Paris conference including a 40 percent cut in emissions by 2030, climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said.

Libya asks UN to approve arms contracts

New York - Libya urged the UN Security Council to approve a request for military purchases as it struggles to combat Islamic State extremists and protect its oil fields.

Syria rebels reject envoy plan to freeze Aleppo fighting

Birut - Syrian rebel forces in Aleppo on Sunday rejected UN envoy Staffan de Mistura's plan for a freeze in fighting in the divided northern city, dealing a blow to his peace efforts.

Chile leader, UN call on gender inequality by 2030

Santiago - Chilean leader Michelle Bachelet led calls to eliminate gender inequality by 2030 on Saturday as a two-day meeting of the United Nations Women organization wrapped up in Santiago.

UN Security Council to meet on Ukraine Friday

New York - The UN Security Council is to hold an emergency session on Friday on the ceasefire deal in eastern Ukraine that is showing tentative signs of taking hold, diplomats said.

Colombia, FARC rebels resume peace talks in Havana

Havana - Colombia's government and leftist rebels launched a new round of peace talks Wednesday, one day ahead of the arrival of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to help facilitate negotiations.

Yemen ex-strongman Saleh amassed up to $60 billion: UN

New York - Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh is believed to have amassed between $32 billion and $60 billion through corruption during his 33 years in power, a UN report said Wednesday.

Afghanistan making progress reducing detainee torture: UN

Kabul - The Afghan government is making progress in reducing the torture of conflict detainees, the UN said Wednesday, though more than a third still suffer mistreatment.

UN report urges drones for peace missions

New York - A UN report is calling for drones to be deployed in most peacekeeping missions as part of a major technological leap needed to help the United Nations confront world crises, the lead expert of the study said Monday.

Hadi wants Yemen crisis talks moved outside capital: Envoy

Sanaa - Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi has demanded talks on the country's political crisis be moved from Sanaa after he escaped house arrest in the militia-controlled capital, a UN envoy said.
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