UN votes to fill coveted Security Council seats

The United Nations voted on Thursday to pick five new members to the Security Council, with New Zealand, Spain and Turkey locked in a tight race for seats at the world's "top table."

LoC situation: Pakistan approaches UN military observer group

A day after it lodged a protest with India on alleged ceasefire violations along the border, Pakistan on Tuesday approached UN military observer group over the LoC situation.

Venezuela's UN Security Council bid gains backing

Venezuela's socialist government has quietly secured the backing of Latin America and the Caribbean to obtain a diplomatic trophy that long eluded the late Hugo Chavez: a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Lithuania calls for UN meeting over Russian `invasion` of Ukraine

Lithuania on Thursday accused Russia of a military "invasion" of conflict-torn Ukraine and called for a United Nations Security Council meeting over the issue.

Arab Parliament urges international community to pressure Israel

President of Arab Parliament, Ahmed al-Jarwan, urged the US and the UN Security Council`s five permanent states to exert pressure on Israel to continue truce and not to resume shelling the Gaza Strip, media reported.

Russia says oil deal with Iran is legal

Russia said Wednesday signing a memorandum of understanding with Iran for crude oil shipments did not violate United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions restricting Tehran over its controversial nuclear programme.

UN peacekeepers to tackle internal strife unsustainable: India

India has warned the UN Security Council that the new trend of using peacekeepers to tackle internal political conflicts is an "unsustainable" approach to the maintenance of global peace and security.

UN hails Central African Republic ceasefire

The UN Security Council welcomed a ceasefire signed by warring armed groups in the Central African Republic.

UN Security Council committee blacklists Nigeria`s Boko Haram

The UN Security Council al Qaeda sanctions committee blacklisted Nigeria`s Islamist militant group Boko Haram on Thursday after the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls, diplomats said.

India seeks crucial reforms of UN security institutions

India, which has contributed 1.7 lakh peacekeepers to UN missions, has told the UN Security Council that it wants crucial reforms of security institutions to facilitate peace building in the conflict-hit nations.

Call for sanctions against North Korea over human rights abuses

The United Nations Security Council should slap targeted sanctions on North Korean officials responsible for grave human rights abuses, the head of a special UN inquiry said Thursday.

North Korea tells world `wait and see` on new nuclear test

North Korea said on Friday that the world would have to "wait and see" when asked for details of "a new form" of nuclear test it threatened to carry out after the United Nations Security Council condemned Pyongyang`s recent ballistic missile launch.

Respite to 9.3mn Syrians, UNSC agrees on humanitarian aid resolution

According to the United Nations, 9.3 million Syrians desperately need humanitarian aid and 6.8 million have fled their homes.

Russia says its UN draft on Syria aid has no sanctions

Russia said that its own draft UN Security Council resolution on bringing aid to desperate Syrian civilians does not include the threat of sanctions on the Damascus regime.

Lithuania assumes UN security council`s presidency

Lithuania assumed the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council for February.

UN Security Council authorises EU troops to CAR

The UN Security Council has unanimously authorised the deployment of a European Union force to the Central African Republic to bolster French and African troops who are trying to quell sectarian violence that the United Nations has warned could escalate into genocide.

UN envoy urges Security Council action on Yemen

The United Nations envoy on Yemen urged the Security Council to "do its part" in helping stop those attempting to obstruct the Yemeni transition.

Chile takes seat at UNSC

 Chile took its seat at the United Nations Security Council(UNSC) as a non-permanent member of the international body till Dec 31, 2015.

UNSC reforms can`t wait till cows come home: India

Saying that the credibility of the UN Security Council is at stake, India has sought a results-based timeline for reforms in the world organisation`s supreme decision-making body to give it a more equitable representation globally.

China assumes UN security council`s rotating presidency

The UN Security Council presidency rotates every month among the council members in alphabetical order of their names, while each president holds office for one calendar month.