Tens of thousands flee Aleppo, gather at Turkish border: UN

The Syrian government`s military offensive around the city of Aleppo has prompted at least 15,000 people to flee and involved a reported 13 airstrikes on medical facilities in January, the United Nations said on Friday.

Timeline of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange`s extradition fight
Timeline of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange`s extradition fight

Here are key dates in the five-year legal saga of Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks` fugitive anti-hero
Julian Assange - WikiLeaks` fugitive anti-hero

A United Nations report on Friday calling for Julian Assange`s "detention" to be brought to an end is the latest twist in a long-running case pitting hi-tech activists against mighty governments.

Britain says to challenge UN panel opinion on Assange, plans to arrest him

A UN panel examining the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Friday he had been arbitrarily detained by both Sweden and Britain.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may leave embassy after UN panel ruling
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may leave embassy after UN panel ruling

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could walk out of the Ecuadoran embassy in London after more than three years on Friday.

Ukraine wants UN Security Council to visit war zone

Ukraine and Russia reached a ceasefire deal brokered by France and Germany in the Belarus capital of Minsk last February, but sporadic clashes still take place. 

Wikileaks founder Assange 'unlawfully detained' in UK, rules UN
Wikileaks founder Assange 'unlawfully detained' in UK, rules UN

A United Nations panel has ruled that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been "arbitrarily detained", the BBC reported on Thursday.

Britain, Norway pledge extra $2.9 bn for Syria before donor conference

Britain and Norway pledged on Thursday to spend an additional USD 2.9 billion in aid for Syrians by 2020, seeking to build momentum for a donor conference that the United Nations hopes will raise more than USD 7 billion for this year alone.

Julian Assange says will accept arrest if UN panel rules against him
Julian Assange says will accept arrest if UN panel rules against him

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange fears he could eventually face extradition to the United States to be put on a trial over the leak of hundreds of thousands of classified documents.

US keeping eye on North Korea's missile program: Pentagon chief
US keeping eye on North Korea's missile program: Pentagon chief

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday the US military was keeping a vigilant eye on North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs, and was continually expanding its defenses against a possible missile attack by Pyongyang.

Churches offer sanctuary as UN criticises Australian asylum policy

The High Court on Wednesday rejected a legal test case brought by an unidentified Bangladeshi woman that challenged Australia`s right to deport detained asylum seekers to Nauru, about 3,000 km (1,800 miles) northeast of Australia.

Syria says Saudi, Qatar, Turkey told opposition to quit Geneva talks

The head of the Syrian government`s delegation on Wednesday accused the opposition of wanting to withdraw from peace talks under pressure from regional power

Syria peace talks suspended until February 25, says UN
Syria peace talks suspended until February 25, says UN

The UN special envoy for Syria announced on Wednesday a "temporary pause" until February 25 of troubled talks in Switzerland aimed at ending the country`s brutal civil war.

Donors face record request of USD 9 billion to aid Syrians

International aid to the victims of Syria's five-year war, including millions forced to flee their homes, has persistently fallen short, but organisers of tomorrow's annual Syria pledging conference hope for greater generosity this time around, despite a record request of close to USD 9 billion for 2016.

UN scrambles to sustain Syria talks; Russia vows to crush 'terrorists'

U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura announced the formal start on Monday of the first attempt in two years to negotiate an end to the war.

Indian Major appointed head of key UN force

He succeeds Nepal's Lt Gen Purna Chandra Thapa, who will complete his assignment on February 7, 2016.

North Korea notifies UN agency of planned satellite launch
North Korea notifies UN agency of planned satellite launch

North Korea had been believed to be making preparations for a test launch of a long-range rocket, US officials have said.

Growing numbers of children in migrant sea crossings: UN

Children currently account for 36 percent of those risking the treacherous sea crossing between Greece and Turkey.

Syria welcomes UN aid to besieged towns as children eat grass to survive

The Syrian Government has approved the United Nations bid for aid deliveries to three besieged towns in the country where children eat grass to survive.

Syrian opposition begins formal talks with UN

Syria`s main opposition group met formally Monday for the first time with UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura in Geneva for talks aimed at ending the country`s civil war, an AFP reporter said.