Dec 24, 2014

U.N. bars visitor with 'Black Lives Matter' patch on coat

The United Nations barred a visitor from entering the world body’s headquarters last week because she was wearing a patch on her coat with the words “Black Lives Matter,” saying on Tuesday that the ban is in keeping with long-standing U.N. rules. The sentence ...

Dec 24, 2014

Global arms treaty enters into force

A treaty laying down international rules for the $85 billion dollar global arms trade goes into force on Wednesday, with campaigners vowing to make sure it is strictly implemented. The United States — by far the world’s largest arms producer and exporter — has ...

Dec 19, 2014

Israel won't accept 'unilateral' Palestine bid: Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday Israel would never accept the “unilateral” recognition of a Palestinian state, after a draft resolution calling for a final peace deal was submitted to the U.N. In a statement from his office, Netanyahu accused Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas ...

Dec 15, 2014

Syrian army recaptures territory north of Aleppo in fierce fighting

Syria’s army seized an area north of Aleppo on Sunday and killed insurgents as fierce battles raged over the strategic territory, a group monitoring the war and state media reported. Syria’s second city is at the heart of clashes between pro-government forces and a ...

Deal reached at U.N. climate talks in Peru

Dec 14, 2014

Deal reached at U.N. climate talks in Peru

After late-night wrangling at U.N. talks in Peru, negotiators early Sunday reached a compromise deal that sets the stage for a global climate pact in Paris next year. The main goal for the two-week session in Lima was relatively modest: Reach agreement on what ...

Dec 13, 2014

U.N. climate talks deadlocked over scope of pledges

U.N. talks on a new global warming pact spilled into the weekend as negotiators bickered over what kind of information to include when countries unveil their contributions before a key summit in Paris next year. The yearly climate meetings rarely close on time and ...

Dec 11, 2014

Global homicide rates drop but nearly 500,000 slain in 2012: U.N.

Global homicide rates have plunged 16 percent since the beginning of the century, but nearly half a million people were still murdered worldwide in 2012, a UN report said Wednesday. Some 475,000 people were murdered around the globe that year, with the highest murder ...