Islamic State poised to become 'serious threat' in Libya: UN envoy

The United Nations envoy on Libya says that Islamic State extremists can "become a very serious threat" in the country within months if rival governments fail to reach a unity deal.

Iranian aid cargo boat for Yemen offloaded in Djibouti: UN

United Nations officials in the Horn of Africa port of Djibouti said Saturday they had taken charge of the aid cargo carried by an Iranian boat headed for war-torn Yemen.

As tensions ease, Cyprus leaders enjoy coffee and cake in capital

Leaders of rival communities in ethnically-split Cyprus shared coffee and cake on Saturday in a symbolic gesture underscoring a thaw in relations over a conflict spanning decades.

Myanmar to deport migrants as UN chief urges further rescues

A group of migrants recently rescued by Myanmar will be deported to Bangladesh, officials confirmed Saturday, as the United Nations chief called on regional nations to prioritise saving the lives of those still stranded at sea.

Syrians try to build case against Assad in chlorine attacks

 With only a cloth mask for protection, Firas Kayali rushed to try to rescue the residents of a house in a village in rebel-held northern Syria after a barrel bomb, suspected to be filled with chlorine gas, hit nearby.

UN adopts resolution in stemming misuse of small arms

 The UN has adopted a resolution calling for stronger cooperation in stemming the illicit transfer and misuse of small arms and light weapons, underlining the suffering they have caused to civilians.

Saving migrant lives at sea `top priority`

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said Saturday that saving the lives of migrants stranded at sea in Southeast Asia should be a "top priority" as the region battles with an exodus of boat people fleeing persecution and poverty.

ISIS justifies raping slave girls, says Michelle Obama is 'worth $40'
ISIS justifies raping slave girls, says Michelle Obama is 'worth $40'

In the latest issue of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's (ISIS) propaganda magazine Dabiq, the terror group has carried an article justifying rape and enslavement of Yazidi women and reportedly stated that US First Lady Michelle Obama is 'worth $40'.

UN concerned for civilians in IS-controlled Palmyra

 The UN Security Council has expressed deep concern for thousands of civilians trapped in the Syrian city of Palmyra after it was captured by Islamic State fighters.

UN accuses South Sudan of targeting base protecting civilians

The United Nations on Friday accused South Sudan`s rebel and government forces of targeting one of its bases sheltering civilians during a flareup of fighting, and demanded that those responsible face justice.

FIFA central to soccer's success despite scandals
FIFA central to soccer's success despite scandals

One of FIFA president Sepp Blatter`s favourite lines is that his organisation boasts more members than the United Nations.

UN sets Yemen peace talks date; Saudi coalition hits rebels

The UN set the date for peace talks on Yemen for next week in Geneva, while the Saudi-led coalition today bombed Shiite rebels in at least five of the country's northern provinces.

UN says upsurge in South Sudan fighting `unacceptable`

 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday strongly condemned a surge of fighting in South Sudan, branding the violence "unacceptable."

UN announces Yemen talks, but govt demands rebel pullout

 The United Nations announced Wednesday a date for its conference on Yemen, where Saudi-led warplanes have intensified raids against rebels in a conflict that has displaced half a million people.

Burundi leader says country `secure`, warns against `encouraging

 Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza insisted Wednesday that "security reigns" in the country, after a failed coup and weeks of violent protests at his bid for a third term in power.

France's Hollande concerned about slow progress in climate talks

French President Francois Hollande said he was worried about a lack of progress towards a United Nations climate deal in Paris in December and called on the financial sector to decarbonise its investment portfolios.

Yemen talks to open May 28 in Geneva: UN

 A United Nations conference to re-launch political talks in Yemen will open in Geneva on May 28, a UN spokesman said Wednesday.

Sri Lanka's domestic war crimes probe to get underway next month

 Sri Lanka will begin next month its domestic probe into the alleged human rights violations during the final stages of decades-long war with the LTTE to meet the UN deadline, President Maithripala Sirisena said today.

UN welcomes Malaysia, Indonesia pledge on migrants

The United Nations refugee agency on Wednesday welcomed a promise by Malaysia and Indonesia to offer temporary shelter to 7,000 migrants adrift at sea and called for them to be brought to shore immediately.

Saudi jets pound army bases, depots in Yemen capital

Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition carried out the most sustained bombardment of Yemen`s capital Sanaa in nearly two months of air strikes on Tuesday night, residents of the city said, hitting army bases and weapons depots.