Yemen clashes kill nearly 40 as UN envoy presses rebel talks

Fighting between Shiite rebels and Sunni Islamists backed by troops killed nearly 40 people outside Sanaa on Thursday, as the UN envoy huddled in the rebel stronghold to try to end Yemen's political crisis.

Nawaz Sharif to address UN assembly September 26

 Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will address the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Sep 26, the day his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi is likely to reach there, an aide to Sharif said Thursday.

Over 2 mn displaced in India due to natural disasters in 2013
Over 2 mn displaced in India due to natural disasters in 2013

About 2.14 million people were displaced in India last year due to natural disasters, according to a United Nations-backed report which said the country was third after the Philippines and China to record the highest levels of displacement in 2013.

Coercion could worsen Ebola epidemic, say experts

Coercive measures to stem the deadly Ebola epidemic in West Africa, such as confining people to their homes, could backfire badly, experts say.

Homeless Gazans in `endless` wait to rebuild

With much of Gaza in ruins, reconstruction cannot come soon enough for thousands of homeless like Mohammed al-Najjar, a once-proud house owner whose family now huddles in a portable cabin.

World leaders to descend on UN headquarters next week for UNGA

Over 140 heads of state and government, including US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will arrive here next week, with the conflict in Syria and Iraq, Ebola virus outbreak among major issues to take centrestage at the UN's annual gathering.

UN chief welcomes US assistance to fight Ebola

 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the US support against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and called for "bold and courageous" international efforts to fight the epidemic.

Far more displaced by disasters than conflict: Study

Disasters last year displaced three times more people than violent conflicts, showing the urgent need to improve resilience for vulnerable people when fighting climate change, according to a study issued Wednesday.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon ''really wanted'' PM Modi to participate in UN climate summit
UN chief Ban Ki-moon ''really wanted'' PM Modi to participate in UN climate summit

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday said he "really wanted" Prime Minister Narendra Modi to participate in the Climate Change Summit next week at the United Nations in New York as India has a big role to play on this issue.

UN 'taking lead' on global fight of Ebola: Ban Ki-moon

The head of the United Nations says that the world body is "taking the lead now" on international efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has killed some 2,400 people and could spread further.

India made progress in fighting child deaths, malnutrition, but short of goals: UN

India has made progress on the twin fronts of reducing hunger and child mortality but is still short of development goals, two international reports say.

Syrian rebels seize UN weapons on the Golan: Ambassador

Syrian rebels linked to Al-Qaeda have seized UN weapons, uniforms and vehicles from peacekeepers in the Golan and set up a "safe zone" to wage attacks, the Syrian ambassador said Tuesday.

UN experts caution powers they must heed 'laws of war' in fighting IS

United Nations war crimes investigators for Syria cautioned world powers preparing military action against Islamic State fighters that the `laws of war` would apply to them and they must do everything possible to protect civilian populations.

100 million people saved from hunger over last decade: UN

 The number of hungry people in the world has dropped by 100 million over the last 10 years, though one in nine are still undernourished, with Asia home to the majority of the underfed, the UN said Tuesday.

69th UN General Assembly session to start today

 The 69th Session of the UN General Assembly will convene Tuesday at the UN Headquarters in New York.

UN nuke agency indicates slow going on Iran probe

The head of the UN nuclear agency is indicating that his attempted probe of allegations that Iran worked on nuclear arms is going slowly.

UNSC slams attack on UN peacekeepers in Mali

The UN Security Council has condemned "in the strongest terms" an attack on a military vehicle in Mali, in which one Chadian UN peacekeeper was killed and four others injured.

Half South Asia`s girls marry before 18: UN

Nearly half of all girls in South Asia marry before they turn 18, according to a United Nations report that lays bare what it calls "glaring inequalities".

India has second-highest number of child marriages: UN

India had the highest number of unregistered children under age five between 2000 and 2012 and the second-highest number of child marriages, according to a UN report which said the country still needs to improve immunisation coverage and stop gender-based sex selection.

New Zealand applauds UN on release of Fijian soldiers

The New Zealand government on Friday congratulated the UN on securing the safe release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers who had been detained in Syria.