Despite carnage, Syria's Aleppo left out of fighting 'freeze'

Apr 30, 2016

Despite carnage, Syria's Aleppo left out of fighting 'freeze'

Regime aircraft pounded rebel areas of Syria’s second city Aleppo, which was left out of a deal to “freeze” fighting from Saturday despite international outrage over renewed violence. Shelling and air raids in Aleppo over the past week have killed more than 230 civilians ...

Apr 30, 2016

U.N. proposal demands combatants protect hospitals

A U.N. resolution that could be adopted in the coming week demands that all parties to conflicts protect medical workers and facilities against violence — and face justice if they don’t. The draft resolution, circulated Friday, expresses concern that the number of attacks is ...

UNSC preparing response to latest North Korea missile test attempts

Apr 29, 2016

UNSC preparing response to latest North Korea missile test attempts

U.N. Security Council diplomats Thursday warned North Korea to expect a response after Pyongyang’s repeated failed attempts to test-fire a powerful ballistic missile, the latest defiance of U.N. resolutions. At the request of the United States, the council held urgent closed-door consultations after North ...

175 states sign landmark Paris deal on climate change

Apr 23, 2016

175 states sign landmark Paris deal on climate change

Leaders from 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday, a key step forward for the landmark deal, which could potentially enter into force years ahead of schedule. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, holding his young granddaughter, joined dozens of world ...

Obama, U.N. envoy voice alarm at 'fraying' cease-fire in Syria

Apr 23, 2016

Obama, U.N. envoy voice alarm at 'fraying' cease-fire in Syria

Syria’s fragile cease-fire is in grave peril, U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.N.’s special envoy warned Friday, as violence surged in the war-ravaged country’s second city Aleppo. The truce “is still in effect, but it is in great trouble if we don’t act ...

Truce teeters as aid trickles into besieged Syria town; Russian buildup seen

Apr 22, 2016

Truce teeters as aid trickles into besieged Syria town; Russian buildup seen

The U.N. special envoy for Syria said Thursday there was “real but modest” progress in the country’s humanitarian situation despite a stumbling cease-fire, as one of the largest international aid convoys made it into a government-besieged opposition stronghold. NATO said an increasingly fragile cease-fire ...