Jan 30, 2015

UNICEF seeks $3.1 billion aid for 'new generation' of crises

The U.N. children’s agency launched a record $3.1 billion aid appeal on Thursday to help 62 million children at risk from a “new generation” of humanitarian crises. The threats ranged from the brutal war in Syria that shows no sign of ending after nearly ...

Jan 28, 2015

Africans may mandate regional force against Boko Haram this week

The African Union might grant a mandate as early as this week for a regional military force to combat Islamist Boko Haram militants, a vital step toward securing U.N. Security Council backing, a diplomat said on Tuesday. Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Benin agreed ...

U.N. moves toward ocean biodiversity treaty

Jan 25, 2015

U.N. moves toward ocean biodiversity treaty

U.N. member states Saturday agreed to begin negotiations on a treaty to protect marine biodiversity in ocean areas extending beyond territorial waters, a move heralded by environmental organizations. By calling to preserve vast areas threatened by pollution, overfishing and global warming, the eventual U.N. ...

Jan 23, 2015

North Korea seeks U.N. probe of 'CIA torture crimes'

North Korea called on Thursday for the top United Nations human rights body to investigate allegations of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency during the George W. Bush era that were contained in a recent Senate report. The move, announced by So Se Pyong, ...

Jan 21, 2015

U.N. panel on North Korean rights says report still stands

The head of the U.N. commission that produced a damning report on North Korean rights abuses has dismissed Pyongyang’s claim that doubts about the credibility of a prominent witness made the panel’s findings “invalid.” “The partial retraction of Shin Dong-hyuk of the testimony he ...

Crimea, eastern Ukraine face AIDS epidemic, U.N. says

Jan 21, 2015

Crimea, eastern Ukraine face AIDS epidemic, U.N. says

A lethal health crisis is brewing in Russian-annexed Crimea and war-torn eastern Ukraine, where heroin users have lost access to therapy to wean them off the drug, the U.N.’s AIDS envoy said Wednesday. Out of 805 people in Crimea who before the annexation were ...

Pope's climate-change stand deepens conservatives' distrust

Jan 20, 2015

Pope's climate-change stand deepens conservatives' distrust

Conservative distrust of Pope Francis that has been building in the U.S. throughout his pontificate is reaching a boiling point over his plan to urge action on climate change — and to do so through a document traditionally used for the most important papal ...

2014 was hottest year ever recorded, U.S. scientists say

Jan 17, 2015

2014 was hottest year ever recorded, U.S. scientists say

Last year was Earth’s hottest on record, two U.S. government agencies said Friday — new evidence that people are disrupting the climate by burning fossil fuels that release greenhouse gases. The White House said the studies, by the space agency NASA and the National ...

International force mulled to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria

Jan 16, 2015

International force mulled to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria

As Islamic militants from Boko Haram step up attacks in Nigeria that have led to the slaughter of more civilians, there is increasing talk that international military action, possibly including a multinational force, may be needed to help crush the insurgency in Africa’s most ...