United Nations

UN opens investigation into September attack on aid convoy in Syria

The United Nations Friday announced an investigation into an attack on a UN aid convoy in Syria last month which killed an aid worker and 20 civilians.

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...

More than 800,000 facing "alarming" food insecurity in Madagascar

About 840,000 people are facing “alarming levels” of food insecurity in southern Madagascar, United Nations agencies warned Thursday.

Israeli ambassador wants UN to cut funding for human rights group

Israeli UN ambassador Danny Danon called on the UN Security Council Wednesday to suspend UN funding to the B'Tselem human rights group, which had testified at a special meeting of the council on...

At least 11 killed during rebel attack on refugee camp in CAR

Members of the largely Muslim Seleka rebel group killed at least eleven people in a refugee camp in the volatile Central African Republic, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in CAR (Minusca)...

Global deal reached to limit use of potent greenhouse gases

Climate change negotiators from more than 170 nations agreed Saturday to begin limiting heat-trapping greenhouse gases known as HFCs, often used in air conditioners and refrigerators.

UN General Assembly appoints Antonio Guterres as next UN chief

Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres is set to start a five-year term as UN secretary general in January after the UN General Assembly formally approved him for the job on Thursday....

Deadly clashes between UN soldiers and Muslim rebels in CAR

At least seven people were killed and 29 others injured when UN peacekeepers clashed with members of the largely Muslim Seleka rebel group in Central African Republic, a local broadcaster reported...

Burundi suspends cooperation with UN rights body, bans investigators

Burundi said Tuesday it will suspend all cooperation with the UN rights body, while barring entry to three UN investigators who had accused the government of gross human rights violations.

Russian resolution on Syrian ceasefire fails at UN Security Council

A Russian-drafted resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Syria fails to gather enough votes to pass at the UN Security Council.

UN to vote on Aleppo ceasefire resolution, Russia threatens to veto

France called on the UN Security Council on Friday to take a vote on a resolution demanding an end to hostilities in Syria, including the grounding of all military aircraft in the northern city of...

Human rights group reports 680 deaths in massacres in eastern Congo

Unidentified attackers have killed at least 680 civilians in a series of massacres in eastern Congo over the past two years, Human Rights Watch said Friday.

US issues 45-nation declaration on use and export of drones

The United States and 44 other countries have issued a joint declaration of principles for the export and use of drones, the country's State Department revealed Wednesday.

A humanist, "doer" and a realist: Guterres chosen to head UN

No one foresaw in the late 1960s that the young student doing social work in Lisbon would someday become the UN high commissioner for refugees.