World News

  • January 5, 2016

    The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has phoned the Foreign Ministers of Saudi Arabia and Iran to urge both countries to avoid actions that could further exacerbate tensions after the recent Saudi executions, the attack on the Saudi embassy in Iran, and the rupture in diplomatic ties.

  • January 4, 2016

    Top United Nations officials have expressed deep dismay and regret over yesterday's executions by Saudi Arabia of 47 people, including the cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, and called on the country's authorities to commute all death sentences.

  • January 3, 2016

    The Saudi Arabian authorities have demonstrated their utter disregard for human rights and life by executing 47 people in a single day, says Amnesty International.

  • December 30, 2015

    Extreme tornadoes in the United States, abnormal snowfalls in Mexico, and heavy flooding in South America and the UK show that governments must take more preventive action to reduce human and economic losses from weather-related disasters, a senior United Nations official has warned.

  • December 29, 2015

    The nomadic reindeer-herding Dukha tribe of northern Mongolia are struggling to feed their families after being banned from hunting in the name of 'conservation.'

  • December 28, 2015

    The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has set 25 January 2016 as the target date to begin talks between the parties aimed at ending the five-year-old conflict, his spokesperson has announced .

  • December 26, 2015

    The presidential and legislative elections that had been scheduled to take place tomorrow (27 December) in the Central African Republic (CAR) will now be held on 30 December 2015, says the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country

  • December 24, 2015

    Some 70 per cent of the over one million Syrian refugees in Lebanon now live below the Lebanese extreme poverty line, a big rise over 2014, and food insecurity is mounting, the United Nations reported yesterday.

  • December 23, 2015

    The three-year suspended prison sentence handed down against human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang yesterday (22 December) is a deliberate attempt by the Chinese authorities to shackle a champion of freedom of expression, says Amnesty International.

  • December 22, 2015

    Christian Aid has hailed a victims reparations deal between the Colombian government and the FARC rebel group as a breakthrough on perhaps the most complex point of the peace talks agenda.