Oct 17, 2014

U.N. fund to fight Ebola has only $100,000 in bank: Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday that a trust fund he launched to raise $1 billion to provide fast and flexible funding for the fight against Ebola has only $100,000 in the bank. Ban appealed urgently to the international community to provide the money, which ...

Sep 24, 2014

United States defends Syria airstrikes in letter to U.N. chief

The United States told the United Nations on Tuesday it led airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria because President Bashar al-Assad’s government had failed to wipe out safe havens used by the group to launch attacks on Iraq. In a letter to U.N. ...

Sep 20, 2014

Japan to pledge disaster mitigation help at U.N. climate summit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will pledge Japan’s further assistance to developing countries in coping with climate change-related natural disasters at this week’s United Nations climate summit in New York, a government source said Saturday. Thursday’s summit, convened and hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, ...

Japan-donated bell, Lennon's 'Imagine' mark U.N. peace event

Sep 20, 2014

Japan-donated bell, Lennon's 'Imagine' mark U.N. peace event

The ringing of a bell donated by Japan and a performance of John Lennon’s anti-war anthem “Imagine” resounded at United Nations headquarters Friday at an event for the upcoming International Day of Peace. “Almost 70 years ago, the world community pledged to save succeeding ...

Security Council resolution: Ebola threatens world peace

Sep 19, 2014

Security Council resolution: Ebola threatens world peace

The U.N. Security Council on Thursday adopted a resolution declaring the Ebola outbreak a threat to world peace and security, and calling on countries to provide urgent aid. The resolution was adopted unanimously after U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the number of Ebola ...

Ebola fight needs $430 million to end outbreak: WHO

Aug 26, 2014

Ebola fight needs $430 million to end outbreak: WHO

More than $430 million will be needed to bring the worst Ebola outbreak on record under control, according to a draft document laying out the World Health Organization’s battle strategy. The plan sets a goal of reversing the trend in new cases within two ...

Aug 22, 2014

Russian aid convoy starting to enter Ukraine

Fierce fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday in what appeared to be a last-gasp attempt by government troops to snatch back territory from pro-Russian separatists before the arrival of a Russian aid convoy overseen by the Red Cross. Trucks loaded with water, generators ...

Israel said to be moving troops to Gaza border as truce expiry nears

Aug 14, 2014

Israel said to be moving troops to Gaza border as truce expiry nears

Israel moved troops to the Gaza Strip border, Israeli newspapers reported, as the midnight expiry of a three-day truce drew near without word of an extension. The Ha’aretz newspaper reported that the Israeli military also called up additional reserves troops, hours after officials warned ...