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Clock ticking as climate negotiators meet in Bonn

Paris - Diplomats gather in Bonn from Monday to thrash out the draft of a climate-rescue pact to be adopted at a year-end UN conference in Paris.

UN chief urges stronger response to migration tragedies

New York - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed Friday to governments to step up their response to Europe's migrant crisis following more drownings at sea and the discovery of migrant bodies in an abandoned truck in Austria.

Mediterranean migrant crossings top 300,000 in 2015: UN

Ginebra - The number of refugees and migrants risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean to Europe has soared past 300,000 this year, and some 2,500 more have died trying, the UN said Friday.

UN gives S. Sudan president deadline to lift peace deal reservations

New York - The UN Security Council on Wednesday gave South Sudan President Salva Kiir until September 1 to get fully behind a peace deal after he signed the accord with reservations.

Governments must do 'much more' to end migrant crisis: UN chief

Paris - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged countries to show compassion and do "much more" to end the escalating migration crisis.

UN council to 'act immediately' if S. Sudan peace deal not signed

New York - The UN Security Council on Tuesday piled pressure on South Sudan's president, warning it was ready to "act immediately" if he does not sign a deal to end the 20-month war ripping apart the world's youngest nation.

UN's Ban Ki-moon in Nigeria in wake of attack on army chief

Abuja - UN chief Ban Ki-moon began a two-day visit to Nigeria Sunday in the wake of a suspected Boko Haram ambush on the army chief, saying it was "a time of hope" despite the rise of extremism.

Khmer Rouge 'first lady' Ieng Thirith dies: Cambodia tribunal

Phnom Penh - The former "first lady" of Cambodia's murderous Khmer Rouge regime, Ieng Thirith, died Saturday, according to a UN-backed tribunal which stayed its trial of her in 2012 on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity due to her ill health.

North Korea at UN threatens 'strong military counteraction'

New York - North Korea threatened Friday to launch a "very strong military counteraction" if South Korea refuses to halt propaganda broadcasts, in a warning delivered at the United Nations.

UN blacklists C. Africa diamond firm, three militia leaders

New York - The United Nations slapped sanctions on a diamond firm from the Central African Republic and three militia leaders for undermining security in the troubled country.

North Korea seeks UN meeting on US-SKorea military exercises

New York - Pyongyang has asked the UN Security Council to hold an urgent meeting to discuss joint US-South Korean military exercises, the North Korean mission to the United Nations said Thursday.

Europe needs more 'rational' discussion on migrants: UN refugee chief

Ginebra - Attitudes towards migrants in Europe "are more emotional than rational", with denial about the realities of migration helping fuel the current crisis, the head of the UN's refugee agency, Antonio Guterres, said Thursday.

UN peacekeepers sexually abused minors as young as 11: official

New York - The UN mission in the Central African Republic has been hit by 13 cases of alleged sexual abuse by its peacekeepers, including nine that involve underage victims as young as 11, an official said Thursday.

Saudi-led Yemen raid 'kills 13 teaching staff, four children'

Sanaa - A Saudi-led coalition air strike killed 13 teaching staff and four children in northern Yemen, in a raid apparently targeting Shiite rebels, medics and witnesses said Thursday.

HRW urges Syria arms embargo after deadly regime strikes

Birut - Human Rights Watch on Thursday urged the United Nations to impose an arms embargo on the Syrian government after deadly air strikes on a rebel town killed nearly 100 people.

New claims of rape by UN peacekeepers in C.Africa

New York - United Nations officials have received disturbing new allegations that peacekeepers in the Central African Republic raped three young women -- the latest in a series of recent claims against the UN mission there.

Typhoid hits Palestinians from Syria's Yarmuk camp: UN

Damascus - Typhoid has broken out among Palestinian refugees from the besieged Yarmuk camp in the Syrian capital Damascus, a UN agency said Wednesday.

Cholera, climate change fuel Haiti's humanitarian crisis: UN

Port-au-prince - Climate change, cholera and the return of thousands of emigrants from the neighboring Dominican Republican are fueling a humanitarian crisis in Haiti, the UN warned.

New figures show scale of EU’s migrant crisis

Ginebra - A record 107,500 migrants crossed the European Union's borders last month, according to new figures, showing they are arriving in dramatically increasing numbers and creating a humanitarian crisis for the 28-nation bloc.

Nearly 21,000 migrants hit Greek shores last week: UN

Ginebra - The number of migrants arriving in crisis-hit Greece is accelerating dramatically, with nearly 21,000 landing on the overstretched Greek islands last week alone, the United Nations said Tuesday.

Germany may receive 750,000 asylum-seekers this year: report

Berlin - The number of people seeking asylum in Germany could surge to 750,000 this year, media reported Tuesday, as the UN's refugee chief warned that Europe's biggest economy and Sweden were bearing too much of the burden.

Bolivia cuts coca crop by 11%, chides U.S. war on drugs

La Paz - The amount of farmland in Bolivia dedicated to cultivating coca, the raw ingredient for cocaine, fell by 11 percent last year, the fourth straight drop, the United Nations said Monday.

UN Security Council backs new Syria peace initiative

New York - The United Nations Security Council on Monday backed a new push for peace talks in Syria in a measure adopted by Damascus ally Russia and the other 14 member states.

UN official criticizes violence in Haiti election

Port-au-prince - A top United Nations official who observed Haiti's elections has condemned the violence and other shortcomings that marred the polling day in the impoverished Caribbean nation.

Four dead, more than 20,000 affected by Niger floods: UN

Niamey - At least four people have died and more than 20,000 have been affected by floods in Niger caused by weeks of heavy rain, the United Nations said Friday.

UN ups pressure on peacekeeping nations over sex abuse claims

New York - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon moved to ratchet up pressure on countries whose nationals are accused of sexual abuse while serving in peacekeeping missions.

UN chief sacks C.Africa mission head over peacekeeper sex abuse claims

New York - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced Wednesday he had fired the mission chief in the Central African Republic, saying "enough is enough" after a string of allegations of child sex abuse by peacekeepers.

Unpaid UN intern quits after uproar over Swiss tent home

Ginebra - A young New Zealander on Wednesday quit a prestigious but unpaid internship at the United Nations in Geneva after revelations he was sleeping in a tent to get by created uproar.

Obama to host anti-IS coalition summit

New York - US President Barack Obama will host a summit in New York next month of leaders of the international coalition fighting Islamic State jihadists in Syria and Iraq, diplomats said.

UN probes deadly shooting of Rwandan peacekeepers in C. Africa

Bangui - The United Nations said Sunday it is investigating a shooting rampage that left five Rwandan peacekeepers dead in the Central African Republic, in what Kigali said appeared to be a terrorist act.
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