After two attempts, UN starts zero-expectation talks on Syria

 The United Nations has adopted a cautious approach to the Syria talks it launched this week, avoiding raising expectations that this latest initiative can end a four-year-old conflict which has so far defied all diplomatic efforts to resolve it.

UN reinforces DRCongo troops after two blue helmets killed

 The United Nations has deployed reinforcements to its Democratic Republic of Congo peacekeeping force near the eastern town Beni, after two soldiers were killed in an ambush Tuesday. 

Almost 40,000 flee Burundi amid political crisis: UN

Nearly 40,000 refugees have fled Burundi to neighbouring Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the last month, amid protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza`s bid for a third term, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

Record 38 million people internally displaced by conflicts: Watchdog

 Conflicts and violence in places like Syria and Ukraine have displaced a record 38 million people inside their own countries, equivalent to the total populations of New York, London and Beijing, a watchdog group said Wednesday.

French FM to visit Moscow for WWII victory celebrations

 French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said he would go to Russia for Saturday`s celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany which is being boycotted by most Western countries.

Three killed in bombardment of Saudi border city: Ministry

 Three people were killed in a cross-border mortar bomb and rocket attack by Iran-backed Yemen rebels on a city in southern Saudi Arabia, Riyadh`s Interior Ministry said.

UN: Peacekeepers ambushed in Congo; 2 dead, 13 wounded

Suspected rebels ambushed a Tanzanian unit of UN peacekeepers in eastern Congo, killing two and wounding 13, the spokesman for the secretary-general said in a statement.

Terrorism threatens to engulf world: India to UN

The international community should not spare any effort to defeat terrorism which threatens to engulf the world in a carnage similar to the one witnessed during the two World Wars, India has told the UN.

Family, politics shape Putin`s view of WWII anniversary

Russian President Vladimir Putin grew up with tales of how his father battled the Nazis as a Red Army soldier and his mother lived through the punishing siege of Leningrad. 

US aims to make Iran nuclear deal immune to Russian, Chinese veto

Washington wants to be certain that any nuclear deal between Iran and major powers includes the possibility of restoring UN sanctions if Tehran breaks the agreement without risking Russian and Chinese vetoes, a senior US official said on Tuesday.

UN Security Council to meet Monday on Med migrant crisis

 The UN Security Council will hold a special meeting next week to discuss ways to address the crisis sparked by a relentless wave of thousands of Mediterranean boat migrants, diplomats said Tuesday.

Iran, powers toil to overcome divisions in nuclear talks - envoys

Iran and world powers are struggling to overcome deep divisions on two core sticking points in talks on a possible nuclear deal: reimposing U.N. sanctions if the Iranians violate the agreement and how Tehran can buy atomic technology, envoys said.

Two Tanzanian UN peacekeepers killed in Congo ambush

Two United Nations peacekeepers from Tanzania were killed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday when their patrol was ambushed in an area where government forces are fighting Ugandan rebels, the country`s U.N. mission said.

Italy again calls for EU help after more migrant deaths

 Italy on Tuesday renewed its appeal to the EU for help in managing a relentless wave of migrant arrivals, after around 40 migrants died when their inflatable boat sank off the coast.

U.S. wants a U.N. team to lay blame for Syria gas attacks - diplomats

 The United States wants a team of United Nations investigators to determine who is to blame for chemicals weapons attacks in Syria in a bid to pave the way for Security Council action against those responsible, diplomats said on Tuesday.

Dawood Ibrahim's four addresses in Pakistan as listed by UN

Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim has been one of the most wanted man in India for years. He has also been said to be the mastermind of the 1993 Mumbai terror attacks.

India criticises role of religion-based organsations in security matters at UN

India has cautioned against the UN giving religion-based organisations a role in international security matters and warned that it could be "counterproductive".

UN envoy says invited Syria opposition fighters to Geneva talks

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura has invited the leaders of opposition armed factions to consultations that he launched in Geneva on Tuesday, he told a news conference.

UN says apprehended Sudan intel officer after attack near Abyei

UN peacekeepers in the disputed region of Abyei along the border of Sudan and South Sudan apprehended someone claiming to be a Sudanese intelligence officer after a deadly attack last month, the UN chief said in a new report.

UN urges Saudi-led coalition to stop targeting Yemen airport

 Saudi-led coalition should stop targeting Yemen`s Sana'a airport, the United Nations said on Monday, as it prepared a plan to set up an air-bridge to bring humanitarian workers into the country from Djibouti and deliver aid around Yemen.