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UN denies 'world drug decriminalization' claim by Richard Branson

Kuala Lumpur - Sir Richard Branson caused a stir when he shared an unpublished draft document on drug policy from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) that purports decriminalizing drugs would be in agreement with international law.

Iranian youth opposition set to take on President Rouhani Special

New York - Monday is going to be a busy day in New York City, with thousands of Iranian protesters set to denounce Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's presence at the United Nations.

Asia Society to honor Pacquiao as 'Game Changer of the Year'

Philippine congressman and eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has been chosen "2015 Game Changer of the Year" by the Asia Society and will receive the award on Oct. 13 at the United Nations in New York.

Shining a light on global development

This year is the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies, backed by the United Nations. The objective is to raise global awareness of the social, economic and developmental role of light and optical technologies.

Poor state of the world’s soils revealed

Soils are essential for the world’s food system. Soil regulates water, carbon and nitrogen cycles. However, the state of many soils in the world is poor and action is needed as part of strategies to boost food production.

UN investigates UK Govt. over human rights welfare reform abuses

The United Nations plans to visit the UK to investigate whether Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reforms have caused harmful and systematic abuses of disabled people's human rights, The Independent reports.

US, other wealthy countries block UN efforts to fight tax evasion

Leaders in the United States and elsewhere love to complain about international tax evasion. Millionaires and billionaires, they often argue, avoiding their tax bills. Turns out when it comes to action, however, government leaders are all talk.

Op-Ed: U.N. and others press for a humanitarian pause in Yemen conflict

Sanaa - Pressure is building from the United States, other countries, and the United Nations for a "humanitarian pause" in the bombing and fighting in Yemen during Ramadan.

LGBT community remain targets of 'grotesque' violence: UN report

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons remain the target of brutal attacks and hatred from others worldwide, according to a recent report issued by the United Nations.

U.N. report mentions recent U.S. torture of Afghan detainees

A newly-released United Nations report on detainee torture in Afghanistan details widespread serious abuses committed by Afghan security forces, and multiple "credible and reliable" reports of recent torture by US forces.

UN Security Council powers may lose veto on genocide votes

Amnesty has called on members of the UN Security Council to relinquish their veto power. The recent findings of the 2014 Amnesty Annual Report shows repeated abuse of their vetoes by failing to protect civilians and provide them with peace and security.

U.N. report says Islamic State may be committing genocide

A newly-released United Nations report details what the world body calls possible genocide being committed by Islamic State militants in territories the group controls in parts of western and northern Iraq.

Claims of organ harvesting against ISIS taken to U.N.

Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations asked the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to investigate allegations that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is using organ harvesting to finance its operations.

Over 21 dead in machete massacre — Democratic Republic of Congo

Kinshasa - Machete-wielding attackers crept into the town of Mayangose in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo overnight and massacred 14 men and 7 women, surprisingly sparing the children, reported a spokesman for a civil society.

Let there be Light Special

For 1.5 million people worldwide, the coming of sunset means darkness or the flickering light from cheap kerosene lamps and candles. This ‘light poverty’ has far reaching consequences, in terms of health and economics.

U.N. condemns Israeli killing of Spanish peacekeeper in Lebanon

New York - The United Nations Security Council has condemned the killing of a Spanish UN peacekeeper by Israeli forces responding to a Hezbollah missile attack that killed two Israel Defense Forces soldiers.

UN troops nab leader of Central African Rep. anti-Muslim militia

United Nations peacekeeping troops arrested a leader of a Christian militia accused of committing ethnic cleansing against Muslims in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Global warming initiatives paying big sums

Countries around the world open their wallets and try to pitch in for the climate fund. Falling short of their pledge of $10b, this controversial issue for developing countries might see a different insight.

Top 10 most pressing worldwide issues in 2015 Special

The predictions are not based on gazing into a crystal ball. Instead, research and insights from experts make the most urgent issues facing the world in 2015 crystal clear.

UN adopts June 21 as 'International Yoga Day'

New York - The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has formally declared that June 21 will be recognized as International Yoga Day, in honor of India's "holistic approach to health and well-being."

Op-Ed: Canada and U.S. oppose resolution against glorifying Nazism

New York - Last Friday, Canada along with the U.S. opposed a resolution that was meant to combat glorification of Nazism. The only other country to vote against the resolution was Ukraine.

Op-Ed: More ISIS war crimes and crimes against humanity

The latest United Nations report about the Islamist State (IS, formerly of course ISIS) group's atrocities in Syria is damning, but certainly not surprising.

Mom of slain Ferguson youth taking case to the UN Committee

When an event such as the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri gets media attention, it gets that attention all over the world.

U.N. votes 188-2 to condemn U.S. embargo of Cuba

New York City - For the 23rd straight year, the world's nations voted nearly unanimously to condemn the United States' 54-year economic embargo against Cuba.

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.
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Security Council Authorizes African Union Mission in Central African Republic. The Council also authorized support of MISCA by French forces.
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World Wildlife Fund (WWF) activists light candles representing the earth as they demonstrate UN Climate Change policies, which fell short of an all-encompassing deal to help slow floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels
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Comic in which Superman renounces his citizenship in his adopted nation, the USA.
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A Boeing 747 chartered by the World Food Program (WFP) delivers two ambulances, 40 motorbikes, parts for a biomedical waste disposal machine, tents, 130 hospital beds and information and communications technology equipment to Freetown, Sierra Leone December 16, 2014.
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) speaks to journalists in Vienna, Austria
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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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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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Father and son standing with their belongings following the latest demolitions in the West Bank, which displaced 68 people.
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U.S. Marines conduct rifle movement drills during sustainment training aboard the USS Iwo Jima
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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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A view of Busan, the Republic of Korea’s second largest city after Seoul
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A woman cries as the United Nations Security Council observes a minute of silence upon the news of the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, December 5, 2013
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks on "Free and Equal in Dignity and Rights" in recognition of International Human Rights Day at the United Nations Office at Geneva
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