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.
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.
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.
An al Qaeda-backed militant group that seized 45 UN peacekeepers two weeks ago on the Golan Heights has posted a video in which the hostages, from the South Pacific nation of Fiji, say they expect to be released soon.
The ozone layer that shields life from cancer-causing solar rays is showing its first sign of recovery after years of dangerous depletion, a UN study said on Wednesday, in a rare piece of good news on the environment.
China will send 700 soldiers to a U.N. peacekeeping force in South Sudan later this year to protect civilians amid a rebellion in the African country, a U.N. official said on Wednesday, denying a report they were already being deployed.
India has expressed deep concern over children increasingly getting involved in the "vicious grip" of armed conflict and said it is committed to addressing the impact of left wing extremist armed groups on its own children through law and robust policy initiatives.
Amid unprecedented crisis across global hotspots, India has stressed that outside intervention in national conflicts will aggravate the crisis, underlining that the principle of the nations' responsibility to protect its citizens should not be misused to bring about regime change.
Al Qaeda's announcement to set up a new branch in the Indian subcontinent "reinforces" the need for global strategies to combat terrorism, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson said here on Tuesday.
The United Nations and the Palestinian government called Tuesday for international donors to provide $550 million in aid to help hundreds of thousands of Gazans affected by a devastating war with Israel.