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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.

UN urges review of Australia`s handling of Sri Lankan refugees

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 22:30

Australia should hold a wide-ranging judicial review of its treatment of asylum-seekers from Sri Lanka, the United Nations` human rights office said today amid uproar over Canberra`s handling of the issue.

Poverty, child, maternal deaths high in India: UN report

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 08:44

India continues to battle poverty, child and maternal deaths, according to a United Nations report on the Millennium Development Goals that said while several key global targets have been met, more sustained effort is needed to cover disparities by the 2015 deadline.