UN chief praises Nigeria`s `democratic spirit`

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday congratulated Nigeria`s new president-elect Muhammadu Buhari for his election victory and described the vote as a "testament to the maturity of Nigeria`s democracy."

Syria aid pledges hit $3.8 billion

The European Union and other donors pledged more than $2 billion on Tuesday to help alleviate war-torn Syria`s humanitarian crisis, which Kuwait`s emir called the worst in "modern history".

Kuwait emir pledges $500 million at Syria donors meet

Kuwait`s emir Tuesday pledged half a billion dollars at the start of a major donor conference for Syria, describing the crisis unfolding as the "biggest humanitarian catastrophe in modern history".

UN Secretary General to meet with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Baghdad on Monday for meetings with Iraq`s leaders, a UN official confirmed. 

UN chief Ban Ki-moon holds Baghdad talks

The foreign ministers of Iran and six world powers met on Monday in a final push for a preliminary accord less than two days before their deadline to outline a deal to end Tehran`s nuclear standoff with the West.

Nigeria awaits tense poll results, UN chief calls for calm

Nigerians on Monday awaited the first results of a closely fought general election pitting President Goodluck Jonathan against ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for calm after deadly riots followed 2011 polls.

Negotiations way to prevent long Yemen conflict: UN chief

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said negotiations are the only way to prevent a long-term conflict in Yemen.

Ban appeals for more troop contributions for peacekeeping

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday appealed to senior military officials for more troop contributions from nations around the world and political will to help peacekeepers carry out their "increasingly challenging" mandates.

'Be vigilant against threat of biological weapons'

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged the whole world to continue to remain vigilant against the threat of biological weapons despite the progress made by the international community in preventing their spread, media reported on Friday.

440,000 Syrians besieged in `savagery` of war: UN

 About 440,000 Syrians are now trapped in areas besieged by fighting, more than double the total from last month, as the war reaches "breathtaking levels of savagery", UN aid chief Valerie Amos said Thursday.

India contributes USD 260,000 for memorial at UN

India has contributed USD 260,000 for a permanent memorial unveiled at the UN headquarters here to honour the victims of slavery and transatlantic slave trade.

India votes in favour of Russian resolution at UN on gay issue

India was among the 43 countries that voted in support of a Russian-drafted resolution that proposed removing benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff, but the resolution failed to pass in the General Assembly committee after 80 nations opposed it.

UN head of disarmament steps down

 The UN representative for disarmament who was involved in the agreement to destroy Syria`s chemical weapons is stepping down, the international body announced Tuesday.

War-ravaged Syria feeling `abandoned by the world`: Ban

Syrians increasingly feel forsaken by the rest of the world, after four years of war that has killed nearly a quarter-million people, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday.

Russia fails in bid to stop UN staff benefits for all gay couples

Russia failed on Tuesday in a bid to stop the United Nations extending staff benefits to all same-sex couples after a UN General Assembly budget committee voted 80 to 43 against the proposal. 

Ban Ki-moon condemns `heinous` Syria Kurdish new year attacks

UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned "heinous" attacks that killed and injured dozens at Kurdish new year celebrations in northeastern Syria.

China, Japan, South Korea hold first FM talks for three years

The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan gathered in Seoul Saturday for their first meeting in nearly three years, aimed at calming regional tensions rooted in territorial and other diplomatic disputes.

Italy raises marines row with Ban Ki-moon

 Italy has again raised the issue of its two marines facing trial in India with UN chief Ban Ki-moon, whose office said that the UN's position of resolving the issue bilaterally "remains unchanged".

Pope Francis to address UN General Assembly in September

Pope Francis will address world leaders during the annual UN General Assembly session in September as part of his first US visit which coincides with the 70th anniversary of the world body.

US, UN lead condemnation of `deplorable` Tunis attack

The United States and United Nations led a chorus of international outrage at Wednesday`s attack on a Tunis museum which left 19 people dead, most of them foreign tourists.