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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.
In the Media by Robert Weller

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.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins

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.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 6 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Robert Myles

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.
In the Media by Nathan Salant - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by John Sevigny

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.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

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.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

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.
In the Media by Justin King

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Kathleen Creighton - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Justin King - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Justin King - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by R. Francis Rubio - 2 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Justin King - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Karen Graham

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.
In the Media by Phyllis L. Smith Asinyanbi

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.
In the Media by Frank Kaufmann - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

World Toilet Day: The right to have clean water and sanitation

Most people reading this article can go to their kitchen for a glass of water, or use the bathroom without a second thought. But what about the 2.5 billion people in our world today without sanitation or a source of clean drinking water?
In the Media by Karen Graham - 4 comments

Op-Ed: Moving piece written about Typhoon Haiyan goes viral

On November 13, a moving Facebook note about Typhoon Haiyan and the current situation in the Philippines was posted. It is currently going viral and is entitled, 'I Need To Tell You.'

Catastrophic climate change imminent from rising carbon emissions

New York - The United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that greenhouse gases are on a continuous upward trend due to a global failure to meet pledges of reduced carbon emissions.
In the Media by Nancy Houser - 7 comments

Critics: Rwanda breaks law by seizing protected refugee in Uganda Special

Rwanda has breached international law by forcibly returning a refugee that had fled to Uganda and was under protection of the United Nations, critics charged this week.
Digital Journal Report by Judi Rever - 1 comment

UN votes 188-2 to condemn US embargo against Cuba

New York - For the 22nd straight year, the United Nations General Assembly has overwhelmingly voted to condemn the United States' 53-year economic embargo against the small Caribbean island nation of Cuba.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 2 comments

Norway denies United States' request to destroy Syria's weapons

Oslo - Norway has denied a request by the United States to receive and destroy a bulk of Syria's chemical weapons because it does not have the capabilities to complete the task by the mid-2014 deadline set forth by the US and Russia.
In the Media by Layne Weiss

US tries to quell Saudi anger over policy with Iran and Syria

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has tried to reassure Saudi Arabia that Washington shares Riyadh's goals of preventing a nuclear-armed Iran and bringing to an end the ongoing war raging in Syria.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 6 comments

U.N. Torture investigation on solitary confinement in the U.S.

Sacramento - Juan Mendez, the United Nation's lead torture investigator, says that he is worried about increased use of solitary confinement in United States' prisons and wants access to California lockups.
In the Media by Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti

UN says US drone strikes may violate international law

The report by the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism, Ben Emmerson, asks for the US to share information about attacks coordinated by the CIA and explain its position on the legal standing of the attacks.
In the Media by Justin King - 3 comments
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United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) maintaining law and order in the world's youngest nation.
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