Aug 31, 2014

Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization risked being sucked further into the conflict. Other U.N. peacekeepers were able to flee from ...

U.N. says situation for detained peacekeepers in Syria 'very fluid'

Aug 30, 2014

U.N. says situation for detained peacekeepers in Syria 'very fluid'

The plight of dozens of U.N. peacekeepers in Syria remained “very, very fluid” Friday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman said, as talks aimed at their release stretched into a second day. Some radio contact has been made with the 72 peacekeepers from the Philippines who ...

Russian fund bypassed by U.S. sanctions

Aug 29, 2014

Russian fund bypassed by U.S. sanctions

by Jeff Horwitz

As President Barack Obama warns of stepped-up economic punishments against Russia for its military incursions inside Ukraine, U.S. sanctions have so far avoided one prominent financial institution: the $10 billion Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which has partnered with brand-name American companies and whose ...

U.N. helicopter shot down in South Sudan; three dead

Aug 27, 2014

U.N. helicopter shot down in South Sudan; three dead

A rebel commander who warned the U.N. not to fly over his territory shot down a U.N. helicopter Tuesday in rural South Sudan, charged a spokesman for a state governor. The U.N. confirmed that three people died and one survived — all Russian citizens ...

For some Thai farmers, insects become cash crop

Aug 26, 2014

For some Thai farmers, insects become cash crop

Depending solely on the rains to either yield a good rice crop or leave their fields dry and barren, farmers in this village in northeastern Thailand, the country’s poorest region, led a precarious and back-breaking existence. And then they discovered bugs. At Boontham Puthachat’s ...

Death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000: U.N.

Aug 23, 2014

Death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000: U.N.

The death toll from three years of Syria’s civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday. The figure, covering the period from March 2011 to April 2014, is the first issued by the U.N.’s human rights office since ...

Aug 21, 2014

Japan urged to regulate hate speech by law at U.N. meeting

Many members of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination urged the Japanese government on Wednesday to devise legal measures against hate speech in the country. Tokyo faced renewed pressure over the matter after it received recommendations from the U.N. Human Rights ...

U.N. sizes up Japan as peacekeeper

Aug 21, 2014

U.N. sizes up Japan as peacekeeper

by Seana K. Magee

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is forging ahead with a plan that could increase the deployment of the Self-Defense Forces overseas under new parameters, and the United Nations welcomes a national debate in Japan on the issue as it views the potential to improve peacekeeping ...

Libyan assembly dissolves militias, asks for U.N. help

Aug 14, 2014

Libyan assembly dissolves militias, asks for U.N. help

Libya’s newly elected parliament asked the United Nations for an “international intervention” and voted Wednesday to dismantle the militias responsible for violence raging across the country for weeks. Libya is witnessing its worst spasm of violence since the 2011 ouster and killing of dictator ...