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Russia blocks UN resolution for ceasefire in Aleppo

Russia blocks a resolution in the UN Security Council for a one-week ceasefire in the hard-fought northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

UN tribunal enters final stage of Ratko Mladic's genocide trial

The long-running genocide trial of former Serb general Ratko Mladic over his role in the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica has entered its final stage.

Russia: Syria peace talks blocked by those seeking al-Assad's ouster

Syrian peace talks are being blocked by those seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad in violation of a United Nations resolution, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

UN expert: Torture widespread after Turkey coup, overcrowded jails

Torture and abuse were "widespread" in Turkey in the immediate aftermath of the failed coup attempt in July, a UN expert warned on Friday while cautioning that prisons and police holding cells...

UN: 926 civilians killed in month of "staggering" violence in Iraq

A total of 926 civilians were among 2,885 Iraqis killed due to terrorism, violence and armed conflict in the country last month, a United Nations team reported Thursday.

UN Security Council tightens sanctions on North Korea

The UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution tightening sanctions on North Korea on Wednesday in response to the country's latest nuclear test conducted in September.

27,000 displaced as Syrian regime moves on east Aleppo, watchdog says

Some 27,000 people have been displaced by the Syrian government advance on eastern Aleppo, a monitoring group said on Tuesday, as local rescuers reported that 25 people were killed in an airstrike...

More than 500,000 internally displaced in Afghanistan, UN says

Conflict across Afghanistan has forced more than 500,000 people to leave their homes in 2016, the highest number on record for the country, a UN report said Monday.

UN warns Turkey law could be an "amnesty" for child abusers

A proposed law in Turkey would be a "type of amnesty for child abuse perpetrators," the United Nations warned on Monday, saying the bill would end up hampering the fight against underage marriages...

Millions more access HIV treatment, but young women remain vulnerable

The number of people around the world receiving treatment for HIV has doubled in five years, the UN HIV/AIDS programme UNAIDS said on Monday.

Leaders of divided Cyprus aim for breakthrough in peace talks

The Greek and Turkish leaders of Cyprus negotiated territorial questions in Switzerland on Monday, tackling one of the last issues that must be solved to create a federal country on the divided...

UN warns of human rights abuses in Myanmar's Rakhine conflict

Aid needs to be allowed into Myanmar's Rakhine state, an area that has become a sealed-off conflict zone, warned the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Friday as it expressed serious...

Local authorities in South Sudanese state allege ethnic killings

Local authorities in South Sudan's Yei River State on Friday reported the killing of 11 people because of their ethnicity, following a UN warning that the country's civil conflict could escalate...

Syria food production drops to all-time low, UN agencies report

Food production in Syria has fallen to a record low, exacerbating the country's hunger crisis, two UN agencies with a focus on nutrition said Tuesday.

Global carbon emissions stabilizing due to US, China, researchers say

Global carbon emissions have remained largely steady for the past three years, even while economies have grown, scientists said in a study published Monday.