World News

  • February 29, 2016

    Condemning an apparent airstrike in Yemen that reportedly killed at least 32 civilians in a market northeast of Sana'a on 27 February the UN Secretary-General has called for a prompt and impartial investigation into the incident, which saw a death toll among the highest from a single bombing in recent months.

  • February 26, 2016

    The entire male adult population of an Iranian village has been executed on drugs charges, an Iranian official has claimed, amid concerns over a United Nations programme that funds the country’s Anti-Narcotics Police.

  • February 25, 2016

    A German alliance of diverse faith-based and civil-society groups has issued an appeal encouraging a humanitarian response to refugees in Europe.

  • February 24, 2016

    The UNHCR has expressed concern at recent restrictive practices adopted in a number of European countries that are placing additional undue hardships on refugees and asylum-seekers across Europe..

  • February 23, 2016

    Indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon have suffered from three oil spills in two months.

  • February 22, 2016

    Despite claims by the Pakistan Government that it is targeting terrorists with the death penalty, new research has shown that just one in ten of those executed since 2014 could either be linked to a proscribed terrorist organisation or were executed for offences which fit the definition of ‘terrorism’.

  • February 20, 2016

    Yesterday (19 February) the last imprisoned member of the ‘Angola 3’, Albert Woodfox, was released after more than four decades in solitary confinement, on his 69th birthday in a move Amnesty International called "long overdue and undeniably just".

  • February 19, 2016

    Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples' rights, reveals that a rancher targeting the land of an uncontacted tribe in the Amazon is a former state deputy labelled “the most corrupt politician in Brazil.”

  • February 18, 2016

    As United Nations relief wing convoys reached five besieged towns in Syria with aid yesterday (17 February), the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for the country announced that a task force will meet for a second time  to discuss humanitarian access issues.

  • February 17, 2016

    As World Health Organisation officials briefed United Nations Member States in New York yesterday (16 February) on the Zika virus outbreak, the agency launched a global strategy to guide the international response to the spread of the virus and the neonatal malformations and neurological conditions associated with it.