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UN Security Council urges dialogue, end to US-Iran tensions

The UN Security Council agrees on a statement that did not single out Iran but made clear that all sides should back away from a much-feared military confrontation.

Hong Kong should consult widely on extradition bill

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet commends the decision to delay the bill's passage.

Qu Dongyu becomes first Chinese to head UN food agency FAO

Qu a biologist by training receives the most votes beating out candidates from France and Georgia.

Venezuela should release jailed opponents

The UN rights chief met relatives of these detainees, many of whom are accused of 'conspiracy' to overthrow the government.

UN slams Sudan protesters for attacks on Darfur premises

Protesters ransacked the offices of the two agencies, stole money and damaged vehicles.

Kids in cages: Geneva protest urges UN action on Trump migration...

Dozens of demonstrators gather outside the UN's European HQ urging the UN Human Rights Council take on President Donald Trump's administration.

UN chief calls on EU to raise 2030 climate goal to...

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also calls for leaders to phase out burning coal.

US warns UN of ‘clear threat’ from Iran after tanker attacks

Washington's view was not shared by other council members, who noted that there was no clear evidence to link Iran to the attacks.

180 nations agree UN deal to regulate export of plastic waste

Plastic waste pollution has reached epidemic proportions, with an estimated 100 million tonnes of plastic now found in the oceans.

How UN scrutinises Iran’s nuclear programme

The UN's Vienna-based nuclear watchdog has had the delicate task of verifying the deal through regular inspections of Iranian facilities.

China, US clash at UN over Uighur detentions

Last week, the United States invited the head of the World Uighur Congress, Dolkun Isa, to address the UN forum on indigenous peoples, infuriating China.

North Korea faces food crisis after poor harvest

Official rations are down to 300 grams per person per day, the lowest ever for this time of year.

Assange UK bail sentence ‘disproportionate’

The UN working group noted the Swedish allegations – the initial offence that triggered his British arrest – had been withdrawn and that the original bail terms should therefore have been nullified. 

UN chief raises issue of Xinjiang’s Uighurs during China visit

China has faced growing international condemnation for what it calls re-education and training centres in its Xinjiang region.

EU, UN launch joint project to prevent nuclear terrorism acts

The joint project is described as 'a testament of the shared commitment of the UN and the EU'.

UN rights boss condemns Saudi Arabia’s beheading of 37 men

Saudi Arabia has come under increasing global scrutiny over its human rights record.

Eastern Libyan forces strike Tripoli as UN fails to reach truce

The offensive intensifies a power struggle that has fractured the oil and gas producer since the 2011 overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.

Angelina Jolie at UN speaks out for US engagement in the...

The A-List actress and UN special envoy for refugees delivered the keynote address at a conference to raise support for UN peacekeeping missions.

Mozambique cyclone death toll jumps to more than 400

Cyclone Idai lashed the Mozambican port city of Beira with winds of up to 170 km per hour last week, then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Syria asks UN council to uphold resolutions on Golan

Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar Jaafari has written to the Security Council to demand that it upholds resolutions demanding an Israeli withdrawal from Golan.

UN chief pledges to help protect religious sites

UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres offered 'solidarity with the Muslim community from New York to New Zealand and beyond.'

IAAF new gender rules ‘humiliating, harmful’

UN's top rights body said that the International Association of Athletics Federations may be in breach of 'international human rights norms and standards.'

Suhakam alarmed by delay on ending repressive laws

Human rights body calls for action to keep promises on death penalty, peaceful assembly, sedition and UN convention on discrimination.

Plastic in crosshairs at UN forum

The UN wants individual countries to sign up to "significantly" reduce plastic production, including a phasing out of single-use plastics by 2030