UN report blames Congo authorities for 48 deaths at recent protests

Congo's security forces killed at least 48 people during three days of protests in September in Kinshasa, a UN report said Friday.

UN rights body pressures Syria, Russia with Aleppo war crimes probe

The UN Human Rights Council decided Friday to launch an investigation into war crimes against civilians in Aleppo, putting pressure on the Syrian government and its ally, Russia, which have been...

WHO sends 1 million cholera vaccines to Haiti

The World Health Organization (WHO) is sending 1 million doses of cholera vaccine to Haiti to stem the disease in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the UN agency said Tuesday.

EU loses latest round in spat with US over Airbus and Boeing aid

The European Union suffered a blow in its lengthy spat over airplane maker subsidies on Thursday when the World Trade Organization (WTO) said that the bloc had failed to stop its subsidized...

UN: Millions of refugee children are out of school

More than half of the 6 million school-age refugees around the world have no school to go to, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Thursday, warning that this problem can lead to further conflicts...

EU has managed only 3 per cent of 160,000 planned refugee relocations

The European Union has fallen far behind its two-year plan to distribute 160,000 asylum seekers across the bloc, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Tuesday in Geneva.

UN high commissioner: More and more states block rights observers

An increasing number of governments are denying access to UN human rights observers by claiming that no one should meddle in their internal affairs, UN rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said...

US and Russia agree on Syria ceasefire plan

The United States and Russia early Saturday announced an agreement on a plan to reduce violence in Syria, calling for a ceasefire starting at sundown on Monday and a move towards a political...

US, Russia close in on Syria truce deal but differences remain

The United States and Russia could not agree Friday on how to bring about a broad truce in Syria, but the top diplomats of the two key players in this conflict announced that such a deal was...

Locals, rebels bused out of Damascus suburb after 4-year siege

The first buses carrying local residents and rebel fighters left the Damascus suburb of Daraya on Friday under a deal that will see the area evacuated after a four-year siege by government forces...

UN: Islamic State captures 3,000 Iraqis fleeing violence in north

The Islamic State extremist group has reportedly captured up to 3,000 people in Iraq as they fled violence in the country's north, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) confirmed Friday.

Red Cross: 1 million Iraqis could soon be forced to flee

The number of displaced Iraqis could surge by up to 1 million within the coming months as fighting heats up around the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul and other hot spots, the Red Cross warned...

Woman calls in false bomb alert in Geneva to stop husband from flying

A woman triggered a false bomb alert at the airport in Geneva because she wanted to prevent her husband from flying away, Swiss prosecutors said on Wednesday.

IOM: Migrant death toll expected to reach 3,000 mark early this year

This year's death toll for migrants crossing the Mediterranean is close to reaching the 3,000 mark, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Friday in Geneva.

UN warns HIV infections on the rise in Eastern Europe, Central Asia

Global efforts to fight HIV are stalling as Eastern Europe and other regions have seen increasing numbers of infections since 2010, the United Nations reported Tuesday.