Australia's Great Barrier Reef stays off U.N. danger list

Jul 2, 2015

Australia's Great Barrier Reef stays off U.N. danger list

Australia on Thursday hailed a United Nations decision to keep the Great Barrier Reef off its endangered list as “tremendous,” but activists warned more must be done to improve the marine park’s health. The world’s biggest coral reef ecosystem, which has had World Heritage ...

Jun 30, 2015

South Sudan army raped, burned girls alive: U.N. human rights report

South Sudan’s army raped then torched girls alive inside their homes during a recent campaign notable for its “new brutality and intensity,” a U.N. rights report said Tuesday. Rights investigators from the U.N. mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) warned of “widespread human rights abuses” ...

Jun 29, 2015

China's UN climate pledges 'expected': state media

China is expected to unveil its long-awaited national pledges to reduce carbon emissions beyond 2020, a state-run newspaper said Monday, as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Belgium and France ahead of a Paris climate summit. The world’s number one emitter has yet to put ...

Tokyo lawyer leads U.N. women's rights group

Jun 23, 2015

Tokyo lawyer leads U.N. women's rights group

by Yumiko Doi

Yoko Hayashi, the first Japanese head of a U.N. watchdog on women’s rights, is geared up to help improve the lives of females suffering discrimination. In February, the 59-year-old Tokyo-based lawyer assumed the chair of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against ...

'14 Gaza conflict may have seen both Israel, Hamas commit war crimes: U.N

Jun 23, 2015

'14 Gaza conflict may have seen both Israel, Hamas commit war crimes: U.N

A U.N. investigation on Monday accused both Israel and Hamas militants of committing possible war crimes in last summer’s Gaza war, finding that Israeli airstrikes on residential buildings caused many civilian deaths and suggesting Israeli leaders knowingly endangered them. The report, which Israel rejected ...

Jun 20, 2015

U.N. votes to create ocean conservation treaty

The U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution Friday to develop a treaty for the conservation of marine life in the high seas. The resolution, adopted by consensus, launches the first global treaty process related to the oceans in over two decades and the first ...

Global terrorist attacks spiked 35% in 2014: U.S.

Jun 20, 2015

Global terrorist attacks spiked 35% in 2014: U.S.

Extremists in Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria unleashed a savage rise in violence between 2013 and 2014, according to new statistics released by the State Department. The attacks — largely by the Islamic State group and Boko Haram — raised the number of terrorist acts ...