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UN asks Europe to take Syrian refugees as region saturated

Last Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014, 00:56

Europe must open its doors to more Syrian refugees, having welcomed only a "miniscule" number while Syria`s neighbours have reached "saturation point", the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday.

Israeli strikes on Palestinian could breach laws of war: UN

Last Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014, 18:45

Israel could be violating the laws of war by bombing Palestinian homes in Gaza, the UN`s human rights office said.

World cities, home to most people, to add 2.5 bn more by 2050: UN

Last Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014, 00:41

More than half of the world`s seven billion people live in urban areas, with the top "mega cities" - with more than 10 million inhabitants - being Tokyo, Delhi, Shanghai, Mexico City and Sao Paulo, according to a United Nations report on Thursday.

North Korea takes case against Rogen film to UN

Last Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014, 16:50

North Korea has lodged a formal protest at the United Nations against a Hollywood comedy about an assassination bid on leader Kim Jong-Un and asked Washington to block the film`s release.

Gaza on `knife edge`: Ban Ki-moon

Last Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014, 07:01

Gaza is on "a knife edge" and the Middle East faces one of its most serious challenges in years, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said in unusually forthright remarks.

De Mistura succeeds Brahimi as UN Syria mediator: Diplomats

Last Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014, 03:51

Veteran United Nations official Staffan de Mistura, a former UN special envoy to Afghanistan and Iraq, will replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international mediator seeking an end to Syria`s civil war, diplomats said on Wednesday.

Arab nations call for emergency UN meeting on Gaza

Last Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014, 03:28

Arab nations have called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council and immediate action to end what they say is Israel`s "outrageous onslaught" against Palestinians, especially in Gaza.

UN Security Council to meet on Israel, Palestinian hostilities

Last Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014, 02:59

The UN Security Council will meet at 10 am on Thursday to discuss escalating Israel and Palestinian hostilities and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is likely to brief the 15-member body, diplomats said.

North Korean nuclear and missile expert dies; more missiles fired

Last Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014, 01:41

A former North Korean missile expert who was placed under sanctions by the United Nations for his role in the country`s nuclear and missile weapons programmes has died, state media said on Wednesday.

UN marks 100th anniversary of WWI, lauds Indian soldiers` role

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 16:36

The UN has commemorated the centenary of World War I, lauding the courage and sacrifice of soldiers including over a million from India, and underscored the importance of reconciliation through diplomacy.

Afghan civilian casualties rise 24 percent in 2014 first half

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 16:16

Up to 4,853 Afghan civilians were killed and wounded in conflict-related violence in the first six months of 2014, a 24 percent increase over the same period last year, according to a UN mission report issued here Wednesday.

Iraq tells UN "terrorist groups" seized former chemical weapons depot

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 00:52

Iraq`s government has lost control of a former chemical weapons facility to "armed terrorist groups" and is unable to fulfill its international obligations to destroy toxins kept there, the country`s UN envoy told the United Nations.