Israel, Hamas agree to lull but truce efforts stall

Jul 26, 2014

Israel, Hamas agree to lull but truce efforts stall

Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed Friday to broker a weeklong truce as a first step toward a broader deal and Israel’s defense minister warned Israel might soon expand its Gaza ground operation “significantly.” Hours after ...

Jul 25, 2014

Syrian forces stepping up attacks on hospitals: U.N.

Syrian government forces have stepped up attacks on hospitals and clinics, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said Thursday, and is denying the delivery of medicine and medical supplies to hard-to-reach areas. Ban told the U.N. Security Council in a report that all sides in the ...

Jul 24, 2014

Global fight against poverty slowing, U.N. report finds

Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people, the United Nations said Thursday in its ...

Rocket cache stashed at U.N. school in Gaza goes missing

Jul 24, 2014

Rocket cache stashed at U.N. school in Gaza goes missing

Rockets found at a U.N.-run school in Gaza “have gone missing,” an “alarmed” U.N. secretary-general said Wednesday, demanding a full review of such incidents. A statement by the spokesman for Ban Ki-moon expressed the U.N. chief’s “outrage and regret” at the placement of weapons ...

Ukraine rebels release bodies and flight data from Malaysia jet crash

Jul 22, 2014

Ukraine rebels release bodies and flight data from Malaysia jet crash

Bowing to international pressure Monday, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine. With body parts decaying in sweltering heat and signs that ...

U.N. mission evacuates from Libya amid clashes

Jul 15, 2014

U.N. mission evacuates from Libya amid clashes

The United Nations said Monday it is withdrawing its staff from Libya temporarily because of deteriorating security after rival militias fought over Tripoli International Airport and a renegade general’s forces continued to battle Islamist militias in the eastern city of Benghazi. In a statement ...

Jul 10, 2014

North Korea takes case against Rogen film to U.N.

North Korea has lodged a formal protest at the United Nations against a Hollywood comedy about an assassination bid on leader Kim Jong Un and asked Washington to block the film’s release. “The Interview” stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as two tabloid television ...

Syria hands over last declared chemical weapons

Jun 24, 2014

Syria hands over last declared chemical weapons

Syria finished handing over to Western powers Monday the 1,300 tons of chemical weapons it acknowledged possessing, completing a deal reached last fall under threat of U.S. airstrikes. The most dangerous material will be transferred to an American ship, which will move into international ...