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  • UN: 'Very fluid' situation on held peacekeepers

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The plight of dozens of U.N. peacekeepers in Syria remained "very, very fluid" Friday, the secretary-general's spokesman said, as talks aimed at their release stretched into a second day. Some radio contact has been made with the 72 peacekeepers from the Philippines who...

  • UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

    GENEVA (AP) — The civil war in Syria has forced 3 million people out of the country, including more than a million people who fled in the past year, creating a crisis that the U.N. refugee agency said requires the biggest operation in its 64-year history. The tragic milestone means that about...

  • UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000

    GENEVA (AP) — The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to...

  • UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said. The peacekeepers were detained on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights during a "period of increased fighting between...

  • UN Security Council members lament Ukraine crisis

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday accused Moscow of having "outright lied" about its role in Ukraine, as alarmed members of the Security Council demanded that Russia remove its fighters from a new front in the unfolding crisis and threatened sanctions....

  • Samantha Power: 'Russia is not listening'

    United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power told the U.N. on Thursday that Western nations would need to “ratchet up the consequences on Russiaâ€ï¿½ in the wake of Russian forces invading Ukraine.

  • 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...



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