French FM to visit Moscow for WWII victory celebrations

 French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said he would go to Russia for Saturday`s celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany which is being boycotted by most Western countries.

UN says apprehended Sudan intel officer after attack near Abyei

UN peacekeepers in the disputed region of Abyei along the border of Sudan and South Sudan apprehended someone claiming to be a Sudanese intelligence officer after a deadly attack last month, the UN chief said in a new report.

Ban Ki-moon condemns Texas shooting incident

 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the shooting outside a venue hosting a controversial cartoon exhibit concerning Prophet Mohammed, saying such criminal acts have nothing to do with religion or belief.

UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Yemen crisis

The UN Security Council on Friday called an emergency meeting at Russia's request on the crisis in Yemen, where fuel shortages are threatening relief operations after a month-long bombing campaign.

Fuel shortages threaten Yemen relief efforts: UN

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned that dire fuel shortages in Yemen were threatening to bring all relief operations to a halt "within days" and said deliveries must resume immediately.

Political pressure spurring Indonesian leader`s execution drive: Analysts

Indonesia`s President invoked a national drugs crisis to justify this week`s execution of seven foreign traffickers, but analysts say it was more about a weakened leader acting under intense political pressure.

'Ban ready to use his good offices for Indo-Pak rapprochement'
'Ban ready to use his good offices for Indo-Pak rapprochement'

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is willing to use his good offices to help India and Pakistan resolve their differences if both the nations want his intervention, a spokesperson for the UN Chief has said.

Mali peace deal threatened as army and rebels clash

 Armed insurgents exchanged fire with soldiers in Mali on Wednesday, plunging peace negotiations into disarray in the first clash this year between government forces and the main Tuareg rebel alliance.

UN chief dispatches envoy to Burundi over election crisis

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has dispatched an envoy to Burundi following deadly protests over the president`s election bid that has raised fears of a return to war.

Pope meets UN chief ahead of key environmental statement

Pope Francis met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for informal talks Tuesday, just weeks before the Vatican issues a statement on environmental issues that could have a profound impact on the global debate on global warming.

Women, regional rotation key for next UN chief selection: India

With UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's tenure ending next year, India has called for changing and improving the existing process of selecting the world body's chief, saying women and regional rotation should be given due consideration.

Vatican urges action to tackle climate change
Vatican urges action to tackle climate change

After making headlines on gay marriage, contraception and abortion, Pope Francis and the Catholic Church are now gearing up to tackle another contentious issue: global warming.

Make election of UN secretary-general an open, democratic process: India

With the election of a secretary-general looming next year amid rising major global challenges, India has called for making the selection of a successor to Ban Ki-moon an open, democratic process where all member nations have a greater say.

Togo president ahead in weekend vote: Partial results

Togo`s incumbent President Faure Gnassingbe appeared set for a third term Monday after a weekend election, with partial results giving him a strong lead.

UN: Israeli actions killed 44 Palestinians at UN shelters

A UN inquiry has found that at least 44 Palestinians were killed and at least 227 injured by "Israeli actions" while sheltering at UN locations during last year's Gaza war.

Inquiry says Israel fired on seven U.N. Gaza schools in 2014 war

Israel fired on seven United Nations schools during the 2014 Gaza war, killing 44 Palestinians who had sought shelter at some sites, while Palestinian militants hid weapons and fired from several empty U.N. premises, a U.N. inquiry found.

UN chief, Italy PM, EU`s Mogherini in symbolic Mediterranean sea trip

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will board a navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea on Monday to display "solidarity" after a series of boat migrant tragedies.

UN chief, Italy PM, EU`s Mogherini in symbolic Mediterranean sea trip

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will board a navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea on Monday to display "solidarity" after a series of boat migrant tragedies.

UN chief appeals to Indonesia not to carry out executions

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to Indonesia on Saturday not to execute 10 prisoners, including two Australians, for drug-related crimes.

Indonesia defiant as UN leads condemnation of looming executions
Indonesia defiant as UN leads condemnation of looming executions

Indonesia on Sunday signalled it was determined to push ahead with the execution of eight foreign drug convicts, despite a growing wave of global condemnation led by United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon.