U.N. climate panel chief quits amid sexual harassment claims

Feb 25, 2015

U.N. climate panel chief quits amid sexual harassment claims

The head of the U.N.’s climate science panel, Rajendra Pachauri, stepped down Tuesday in the wake of sexual harassment claims against him that have surfaced at a crucial time on the climate agenda. Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since ...

Peacekeepers should make greater use of drone imagery, says U.N. panel

Feb 24, 2015

Peacekeepers should make greater use of drone imagery, says U.N. panel

A United Nations panel assessing the future technological needs of peacekeeping missions has recommended dramatically expanding the use of unmanned surveillance drones in U.N. military operations, the head of the panel said on Monday. Jane Holl Lute, who was previously U.S. deputy secretary for ...

Fighting rages in east Ukraine despite bid to revive stillborn truce

Feb 20, 2015

Fighting rages in east Ukraine despite bid to revive stillborn truce

Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday despite European efforts to resurrect a stillborn cease-fire, a day after pro-Russian separatists spurned the truce by forcing thousands of government troops out of a strategic town. Western nations are refusing to give up on a peace ...

Feb 20, 2015

U.N. Ebola chief hails successes, warns of fatigue

The head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response on Thursday hailed Liberia’s success in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, but warned against complacency now that the number of cases has dropped. “What I’ve seen is that the level of ...

Islamic State may be harvesting organs, Iraq envoy to U.N. says

Feb 18, 2015

Islamic State may be harvesting organs, Iraq envoy to U.N. says

Iraq’s ambassador to the United Nations asked the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to look into allegations the Islamic State group is using organ harvesting to finance its operations. Ambassador Mohamed Alhakim told reporters that in the past few weeks, bodies with surgical incisions ...

North Korea wants D.C. meet cancelled

Feb 17, 2015

North Korea wants D.C. meet cancelled

North Korea says it will respond “very strongly” to a conference in Washington on Tuesday about its widespread human rights abuses and says the United States ignored Pyongyang’s offer to attend and defend itself. Puzzled conference organizers said the event was open to the ...

Feb 15, 2015

U.N. draft urges action on Yemen's crisis

U.N. Security Council members are considering the first resolution on Yemen since a rebel takeover spun the Arab world’s poorest country into the danger of collapse. A draft resolution obtained by The Associated Press demands that Shiite Houthi rebels “immediately and unconditionally” withdraw forces ...