Feb 13, 2016

Experts list chemical attacks in Syria to investigate

The international body charged with establishing who is responsible for chemical attacks in Syria says it has identified at least five potential cases for investigation — four where chlorine gas was allegedly used against rebel-held areas and one involving mustard gas. The investigative body ...

In southern Africa, an illusion built on aid heralds hunger

Feb 12, 2016

In southern Africa, an illusion built on aid heralds hunger

As she walks along a dirt road in central Malawi, Louise Abale carries her precious corn wrapped in a brightly colored cloth and balanced on her head. Because of drought in Malawi and across southern Africa the grain has doubled in price in the ...

U.N. agency proposes greenhouse gas emissions rules for planes

Feb 9, 2016

U.N. agency proposes greenhouse gas emissions rules for planes

A U.N. panel on Monday proposed long-sought greenhouse gas emissions standards for airliners and cargo planes, drawing praise from the White House and criticism from environmentalists who said they would be too weak to actually slow global warming. The International Civil Aviation Organization said ...

Feb 5, 2016

American serving as diplomat in U.S. can face trial, judge rules

A U.S. citizen serving as a foreign diplomat from the Dominican Republic is not immune from criminal prosecution in a United Nations bribery scandal, a judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick said Francis Lorenzo can be prosecuted in a bribery case that ...

Feb 4, 2016

Abe mulls expanded SDF role in South Sudan

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday the government is considering expanding the role of the Ground Self-Defense Force in a U.N. mission in South Sudan in line with Japan’s new security legislation that will take effect in March. “Since the legislation has been passed, ...

Syria aid conference to seek record $9 billion for 2016

Feb 3, 2016

Syria aid conference to seek record $9 billion for 2016

International aid to the victims of Syria’s five-year war, including millions forced to flee their homes, has persistently fallen short, but organizers of Thursday’s annual Syria pledging conference hope for greater generosity this time around, despite a record request of close to $9 billion ...

Feb 3, 2016

Syrian aid appeals routinely go underfunded

A look at growing gaps in aid for Syria, with needs rising faster than contributions by donors. U.N. figures show that the five-year-old war has so far displaced more than 11 million Syrians and that multi-billion-dollar aid appeals have routinely been underfunded. Funding gaps ...