South Sudan ceasefire takes effect after eleventh-hour clashes

A ceasefire aimed at ending a brutal civil war in South Sudan has come into effect, hours after fresh clashes between government forces and rebels, which sparked concern for a hard-won peace deal.

Satellite images confirm Palmyra temple destruction: UN

Satellite images confirm the destruction of the Baal Shamin temple in Syria's Palmyra, the United Nations said on Friday, after international condemnation of the act claimed by the Islamic State group.

Maternal tetanus elimination in India will save lives: UN

Lauding India for eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus, a senior UN official has said the country's "landmark achievement" will save the lives of countless mothers and their newborns.

UN chief sets out framework for Syria poison gas investigation

Success of a new international inquiry aimed at assigning blame for chemical weapons attacks during Syria`s four-year-old civil war will require full cooperation of all warring parties, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday.

US will be isolated if it rejects Iran deal: UN envoy

The United States will be isolated on the world stage and its influence diminished if Congress rejects the Iran nuclear deal, the US ambassador to the United Nations has warned.

UN chief's envoy for youth to visit India this week

UN chief Ban Ki-moon's envoy for youth will begin a visit to India today focussing on highlighting future youth strategies to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and will hold talks with senior political leadership and youth and civil society groups.

2 migrants die, 5 missing in Aegean boat wreck: Greek coastguard

Greece's coastguard on Monday said it had recovered the bodies of two migrants who drowned when their boat sank near the island of Lesbos, and was seeking five more who were missing.

Islamic State claims 30 killed for sodomy, UN meeting told

The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for executing at least 30 people for sodomy, the head of an international gay rights organisation said on Monday at the first-ever UN Security Council meeting spotlighting what organisers called the "barbaric treatment."

Ban Ki-moon marks deadly Boko Haram attack on UN in Nigeria

 UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Monday hailed Nigeria`s "greater stability and peace" under its new leader as he commemorated a deadly attack on the global body by Boko Haram militants.

Russia expands shelf in Sea of Okhotsk by 50,000 sq km: PM

The Russian government on Saturday published a decree expanding its continental shelf in the Sea of Okhotsk, putting into law last year`s UN decision to grant the territory to Moscow.

UN chief urges North, South Korea to halt escalating tensions
UN chief urges North, South Korea to halt escalating tensions

 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged North and South Korea to put a halt to a worrying escalation of tensions on the divided peninsula.

UN troops accused of 3 rapes in Central African Republic

Three young females, including a minor, have accused United Nations peacekeepers of raping them in the Central African Republic, the UN has announced, just a week after the world body's chief removed the head of the peacekeeping mission there over the handling of a series of similar allegations.

UN cannot disengage by sub-contracting peacekeeping: India

India told the UN that the world body "cannot disengage" with Africa by "sub-contracting peacekeeping" to regional arrangements as impartiality of the workers could be at stake.

South Sudan peace deal: Key points to end war
South Sudan peace deal: Key points to end war

South Sudan`s government has until early September to sign a peace deal or face possible international sanctions.

UN should not sub-contract peacekeeping: India

The UN should not outsource peacekeeping to regional organisations and disengage itself, India has told the Security Council, reminding that the UN "cannot disengage" with Africa by "sub-contracting peacekeeping".

UN calls for 'maximum restraint' by India, Pakistan along LoC

Welcoming the upcoming meeting between the national security advisers of India and Pakistan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on both countries to exercise "maximum restraint" along the Line of Control (LoC) and protect civilians.

UN chief concerned at violence on disputed Kashmir border

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Tuesday voiced alarm at the latest upsurge in violence along the disputed border of India and Pakistan in Kashmir and urged restraint on the part of both governments.

UN deploys troops around northern Mali town following clashes

Mali`s UN peacekeeping mission deployed troops around a northern separatist stronghold on Tuesday, seeking to prevent an escalation of clashes between rebels and pro-government militias that threaten to torpedo a June peace accord.

Five Syrian migrants die off Turkish coast: Reports

Nearly 21,000 refugees and migrants arrived in crisis-hit Greece last week -- nearly half the total number of arrivals in all of 2014 -- the United Nations said Tuesday.

Pro-government fighters chase separatists from Mali village

Government-allied militia forces chased Tuareg separatists from a village in Mali's troubled north after days of fighting, the United Nations mission has said as it announced a safety parameter around a northern city to ensure civilian protection.