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  • UN climate chief: Global warming a public health issue

    Christiana Figueres argues that older, dirtier forms of energy are likely the first to be eliminated under a deal to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Doing so would improve public health by reducing air pollutants and slashing heat-trapping carbon emissions.

  • UN: Afghan election audit done around Sept. 10

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A massive audit of Afghanistan's disputed presidential election won't be done until Sept. 10, the U.N. said Thursday, quashing hopes the new president would be determined before an upcoming NATO summit. The U.N. has been helping supervise an audit of eight million...

  • Mother of US reporter in Syria begs for his life

    BEIRUT (AP) — The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men after the capture of a strategic air base in Syria. Shirley...

  • State Dept.: Obama not side-stepping Senate on climate deal

    "Not a word of the new climate agreement currently under discussion has been written, so it is entirely premature to say whether it will or won't require Senate approval," State's Jen Psaki said.

  • UN scientist with Ebola in Germany for treatment

    BERLIN (AP) — A scientist who was infected with Ebola while working for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone began receiving treatment Wednesday in a Hamburg hospital after being flown overnight to Germany. The man, whose name and condition are being withheld for patient privacy...

  • Is Obama's war on coal burying the Democrats' New Deal coalition for good?

    Somewhere, Woodrow Wilson is smiling. President Obama appears to have found a way around that pesky constitutional requirement of a two-thirds majority of the Senate approving U.S. treaties with foreign nations.

  • UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says. The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Monday sent...

  • 'Irreversible change' more likely as emissions rise, says UN draft report

    The effects of climate change will grow more severe as greenhouse gas emissions rise, according to a draft United Nations report.

  • UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

    GENEVA (AP) — Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes — banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors — until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday. In a bid to set public policy, the World Health...

  • UN envoy opposes foreign intervention in Libya

    CAIRO (AP) — The newly appointed U.N. envoy to Libya said Tuesday he doesn't believe foreign intervention can halt the North African country's slide deeper into turmoil after mysterious airstrikes against Islamist militias prompted allegations that outside powers were trying to swing the fight....

  • NKorea protests UN refusal of meeting on exercises

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea is criticizing the U.N. Security Council for not accepting its latest request for an emergency session on U.S.-South Korean military exercises this month. North Korea's deputy ambassador Ri Tong Il on Monday also warned that his country would respond to the...

  • Former New York judge appointed to U.N. Gaza inquiry

    GENEVA (AP) — The president of the United Nations' top human rights body has appointed a former New York Supreme Court judge to serve as the third member of a commission investigating possible violations of the rules of war in Gaza. Gabon Ambassador Baudelaire Ndong Ella, who presides over the...

  • UN rights chief: Crimes against humanity in Iraq

    GENEVA (AP) — Islamic State fighters reportedly killed up to 670 prisoners in Mosul and committed other horrific abuses in Iraq that amount to crimes against humanity, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday. The U.N.'s top human rights official said "grave, horrific...

  • Palestinian president prepares new UN appeal

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Aides to the Palestinian president said Sunday that he will soon appeal to the international community to set a deadline for Israel to end its occupation of lands captured in the 1967 Mideast war and make way for an independent Palestinian state. President Mahmoud...

  • UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

    GENEVA (AP) — The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday. The figure, covering the period from March 2011 to April 2014, is the first issued by the U.N.'s human rights office since July 2013, when it documented...



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