Mar 31, 2015

U.S. leads pledges with $507 million at Syria donor conference

The United States pledged $507 million in humanitarian aid at an international donors’ conference for Syria on Tuesday as the United Nations issued an appeal for $8.4 billion in commitments this year — the organization’s largest appeal yet for the war-ravaged country. Earlier, Kuwait, ...

Mar 31, 2015

North Korea threatens strike against U.N. rights office in Seoul

North Korea has threatened “merciless punishment” against South Korea if it goes ahead with plans to open a U.N. field office in Seoul for monitoring the North’s human rights record. The Committee for Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK), a state body handling inter-Korean affairs, ...

Mar 27, 2015

Gulf states ask U.N. Security Council for Yemen arms embargo

Saudi Arabia and its Persian Gulf allies presented powerful members of the U.N. Security Council with suggested elements for a resolution that would impose an arms embargo on the Shiite rebels who have thrown Yemen into turmoil and caused its Western-backed president to flee. ...

Iran rules out snap inspections of nuclear sites

Mar 25, 2015

Iran rules out snap inspections of nuclear sites

An Iranian official on Tuesday rebuked the chief of the U.N. atomic agency for demanding snap inspections of Iran’s nuclear sites, saying the request hindered efforts to reach an agreement with world powers, state TV reported. The United States and five other world powers ...

U.N. health agency resisted declaring Ebola emergency

Mar 21, 2015

U.N. health agency resisted declaring Ebola emergency

By early June of last year, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was the deadliest ever recorded. There weren’t enough beds to treat patients and many were refusing to seek treatment, driving the outbreak underground. Senior staffers in Africa at the World Health Organization ...

Report says nearly 650,000 Syrians living in besieged areas

Mar 21, 2015

Report says nearly 650,000 Syrians living in besieged areas

Nearly 650,000 Syrians are living in besieged communities in the country’s civil war, more than three times the U.N. estimate, according to a new report that offers a graphic account of hundreds of deaths in areas the world has struggled for years to reach. ...

Mar 18, 2015

U.N. disaster forum flags seven new goals

Countries gathering for a U.N. disaster conference in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, agreed Wednesday on seven global goals to mitigate risks and damage from disasters, and to boost international cooperation amid increasing threats posed by climate change. In a new, 15-year action plan, which is ...

Top chefs launch campaign to eat more small fish

Mar 18, 2015

Top chefs launch campaign to eat more small fish

Top chefs from around the world gathered in the north of Spain on Tuesday to launch a campaign to eat more small fish such as anchovies in the interests of feeding more people and reducing pressure on the world’s oceans. Eating fish such as ...