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UNGA set to informally discuss 'International Day of Yoga'

The United Nations General Assembly is set to hold informal consultations next week on a draft resolution titled "International Day of Yoga".

Ebola and the threat to world security

Geneva - The United Nations (U.N.) Security Council has declared the Ebola crisis in West Africa a “threat to international peace and security.” The U.N. calls for greater resources to fight the spread of the Ebola virus.

U.N. calls for $600 million Ebola aid

The United Nations has called for additional assistance from the international community, including $600 million in aid, to assist with the fight against the Ebola crisis.

Human-caused global warming may be irreversible says UN report

The final draft of a new international science report on human-caused climate change released to governments on Monday details a harsh, bleak future for our planet. The report stresses that the heating trends seen are dangerous and may be irreversible.

Op-Ed: Youth and mental illness: A cohesive strategy is needed

In celebration of this year’s International Youth Day observed on Tuesday, August 12, mental health was rightfully placed at the forefront of discussions.

Op-Ed: The prospect of a U.N mandate on Palestine

A recently disclosed Israeli foreign ministry document presents us with an appropriate time to ponder the feasibility, not to mention the possibility, of a two-state solution to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Former Khmer Rouge leaders convicted of crimes against humanity

Phnom Penh - The top two surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge, the 1970's Maoist group that killed millions of Cambodians during its five years in power, were convicted of crimes against humanity Thursday and sentenced to spend the rest of their lives in prison.

UN condemns Spain for negligence in murder of 7 year old girl

Madrid - The United Nations blamed the Spanish State of failing to protect a 7-year-old girl who was killed by her father. The UN condemned Spain to compensate the mother, to investigate the failures causing the tragedy, and to report on actions taken to comply.

Israel hits another UN school in Gaza, at least 20 refugees dead

Jabaliya - At least 20 Palestinians were killed when Israeli tank shells directly blasted a United Nations school housing thousands of refugees in Jabalia early on Wednesday.

Gaza and Israel agree to 12-hour cease-fire

Jerusalem - After hours of denials all day, Gaza and Israel have agreed to a 12-hour cease-fire. No one knows if it will work if it starts as schedule Saturday morning.

UN Human Rights Council votes 29-1 to probe Israeli 'war crimes'

Geneva - The United Nations Human Rights Council has voted to launch an investigation of possible Israeli war crimes committed during its 16-day war against Hamas in Gaza.

Gaza death toll nears 800 as Israel bombs UN school, killing 17

Gaza - Nearly 800 Palestinians have been killed during Israel's 16-day war on Gaza. In one of the latest attacks, at least 17 people sheltering in a United Nations school in northern Gaza were killed by Israeli shelling.

UN predicts AIDS might be manageable by 2030

AIDS could be a manageable condition by 2030, according to a new report made by the United Nations (U.N.). This is based on drops both in the global levels of new HIV infection cases and AIDS-related fatalities.

Ukrainian crisis: 423 dead, heading for humanitarian crisis — UN

New York - A UN official estimates that since the crisis in Ukraine began more than two months ago, 423 people have lost their lives in fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Nobel Prize-Winning Economists say end the drug war

According to a new report endorsed by five Nobel Prize-winning economists, the decades-long global war on drugs has failed and it's time to shift the focus from mass incarceration to public health and human rights.

Report: United Nations to ease embargo on Ivory Coast diamonds

Abidjan - A decade-long embargo on diamonds from the Ivory Coast could be partially lifted this week, several United Nations diplomats said Friday.

Five Latin American countries lead the world in homicides

Honduras continues to have the world's highest homicide rate, according to a recent United Nations report, followed by four other countries in Latin America.

U.N: Risk of mass starvation at Syria's Yarmouk Palestinian camp

The United Nations has said that the Syrian regimes military blockade of the Palestinian Yarmouk camp, situated on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, could see to the starvation of up to 20,000 of its inhabitants.

UN's Pillay condemns widespread use of torture in Syria

The United Nation's High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has strongly condemned the use of torture in Syria by both the regime and some armed opposition groups.

France pulls out of Rwandan genocide memorial amid accusations

Paris - France has withdrawn from the 20th anniversary memorial of the Rwandan genocide in response to Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s statements about French complicity in the genocide that killed over 800,000.

UN report looks into climate change

Geneva - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest document discusses the dangers of a warming world. The document also suggests opportunities for adaptation in the face of environmental changes.

Op-Ed: Songs of joy for International Day of Happiness

In June of 2012 the United Nations established the International Day of Happiness to be celebrated on March 20th. Music plays an important part in helping achieve the goals of global happiness called for on this day.

Op-Ed: UN inadvertently strengthens the Palestinian Islamic Jihad

Gaza - As Israelis and Palestinians engage in yet another round of combat, the United Nations gave Palestinian groups a hand in their efforts to recruit young men into the conflict.

UN and Congolese troops launch offensive against Hutu rebels

Kinshasa - Congolese forces moved into the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), backed up by United Nations troops, to attack the Hutu rebels that have claimed the Virunga region of the country as their base of operations.

U.S. warns Russia against military action in Ukraine

Amid ongoing political turmoil in Ukraine, and Russian President Vladimir Putin ordering massive military exercises Wednesday, the Obama Administration warns Russia against any military intervention that would violate Ukrainian sovereignty.

Activists warn against Agenda 21 Special

London - Agenda 21 is a controversial agreement signed by virtually every country in the world in 1992. Over the last twenty years, parts of the Agenda have slowly been voluntarily implemented in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Aid organizations warn of market collapse in CAR

Bangui - The continuing violence between the Christian majority and Muslims in the Central African Republic (CAR) has torn the country apart. With the continued exodus of thousands of Muslims from the country, there are now fears of a market collapse.

UN appoints former US mayor climate-change envoy

New York - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as special envoy for cities and climate change on Friday.

Op-Ed: Fixing Geneva II, Syrian peace talks

New York - The international war being waged inside of Syria has created a humanitarian crisis of staggering proportions. Estimates of numbers killed in the war since March 2011 range from 94,000 to 130,000.

Highlights from the G8 Dementia summit

London - A special summit on dementia, convened by the G8, has taken place in London. During the summit a range of initiatives have been announced aimed at tackling the disease.
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The international United Nations campaign Nothing But Nets made a stop in Toronto to help bring awareness to residents that malaria is a serious global issue. They urged people to donate money to buy a net for those refugees living in African camps.
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Father and son standing with their belongings following the latest demolitions in the West Bank, which displaced 68 people.
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Internally displaced people, fleeing to safety from the civil war in Syria.
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The United Nations Security Council observes a minute of silence upon the news of the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, at the U.N. headquarters in New York December 5, 2013
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In an event dubbed the Great Global Gaza Bounce, 7,200 campers of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Summer Games gather in Gaza City in a bid to set the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous basketball bounce
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) speaks to journalists in Vienna, Austria
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Protesters wearing masks of the world leaders in front of the national stadium during the last day of the 19th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19) in Warsaw, November 22, 2013
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