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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.

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.
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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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Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary-General, limits freedom of expression to "common purpose".
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