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Peacekeepers detained by Syrian rebels 'safe': United Nations

UN officials have received assurances that 44 peacekeepers detained by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights are safe and in good health, a UN spokesman says.

Philippine troops in 'greatest escape' from Syrian rebels in Golan Heights

Philippine military chief General Gregorio Pio Catapang speaking after peacekeepers' escape.

Jim Gomez and Ryan Lucas Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said on Sunday.

Israel shoots down drone, Fijians still missing on Golan Heights

Amy Teibel Israel said it had shot down an unmanned aircraft over the Golan Heights as uncertainty over the Syrian-Israeli frontier and the fate of 44 Fijian peacekeepers mounted.

US restocks Israel with ammunition as it condemns attack on United Nations school

Sale approved: An Israeli soldier as troops prepare ammunition along the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

The US has confirmed it has restocked Israel's supplies of ammunition, hours after issuing a strong condemnation of an attack on a United Nations school in Gaza.

Palestinians urge United Nations ceasefire resolution

Moroccans hold placards and flags as they shout slogans during a demonstration in supporting Palestine.

The Palestinians and their international supporters are discussing a UN draft resolution that condemns all violence against civilians in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and calls for "an immediate,...

'Time running out' as CO2 levels hit new high: United Nations

Geneva: Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have crossed a new threshold, the UN's weather agency saidon on Monday, highlighting the urgency of curbing manmade, climate-altering greenhouse...

Italy migrant boat disaster due to crackdown, says United Nations official

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The boat disaster that left 300 people feared dead off the Italian coast is the result of a repressive policy toward irregular immigrants, a United Nations official says.

United Nations warns Australia about asylum seeker boat push-backs

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The UN refugee agency has warned that Australia could be breaking international law, amid reports that it pushed back to Indonesia boats carrying asylum-seekers.

Obama tells United Nations General Assembly he will pursue diplomacy on Iran and Syria

US President Barack Obama

Mark Landler President Obama said on Tuesday that Iran’s diplomatic overture in recent weeks could provide a foundation for an agreement on its nuclear program, but he warned that “conciliatory words will have to...

Main points of United Nations Syria resolution agreed, diplomats say

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The world’s major powers have agreed on the main points of a UN Security Council resolution on destroying Syria’s chemical weapons.

United States, Russia agree on United Nations-Syria chemical arms measure

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Ending weeks of diplomatic deadlock, the United States and Russia agreed on Thursday on a United Nations Security Council draft resolution that would demand Syria give up its chemical arms, but does...

Fijian UN peacekeepers in the hands of al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria

UN peacekeepers leave their main headquarters next to the Quneitra crossing, the only border crossing between Israel and Syria, in the Golan Heights.

Ben Hubbard and Karam Shoumali The Syrian branch of al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for capturing 45 Fijian United Nations peacekeepers in southern Syria.

Vladimir Putin talks 'statehood' for south-eastern Ukraine as Kiev's ships attacked

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a globe presented him as a gift during his meeting with participants in the youth educational forum near Lake Seliger in Russia.

Kateryna Choursina, Vladimir Kuznetsov and Ewa Krukowska Pro-Russian rebels attacked two Ukrainian coastal guard vessels for the first time, just hours after European Union governments agreed to impose new sanctions on Russia if the conflict worsens.

Another boat sinks off Libya, 36 illegal immigrants dead

The remains of a boat carrying illegal immigrants that sank off the shores of south-east Tunisia.

The Tunisian coast guard on Saturday recovered the bodies of 21 migrants, most probably Syrians, who drowned when their boat sank in the Mediterranean near the maritime border with Libya, officials...

UN peacekeepers on Golan Heights rescued

Members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force wave as they drive their armoured vehicle near the Quneitra crossing.

Avi Ohayon All the Philippine UN peacekeepers trapped by Islamist militants on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights have been freed and moved to a secure place, the United Nations and the Philippines said.

Pope Francis appeal inspires Europe's first private migrant rescue mission in Malta

A rescued migrant and her child sit on the ground at the Armed Forces of Malta Maritime Squadron base.

About 250 migrants have been saved in Europe's first privately run rescue mission, the organisation behind the operation says.

Number of Syrian refugees passes 3 million, almost half the population

A child reacts after what activists claim was shelling by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo.

Stephanie Nebehay Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighbouring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance of Islamist militants or are having difficulty in reaching open...

Putin hails Ukraine separatists; Kiev raises prospect of joining NATO

Encouraging Ukrainian separatists ... Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends the youth forum 'Seliger-2014' at Seliger lake, northern Russia.

Karoun Demirjian and William Branigin Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday hailed pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine as "insurgents" battling an army that he likened to Nazi invaders during World War II, and the...

An unsteady peace in Gaza

A Palestinian father carries his wounded son as they wait to cross into Egypt at the re-opened Rafah border crossing.

Ruth Pollard, Middle East Correspondent The ceasefire in Gaza is just four days old but already the clock is ticking toward the next outbreak of war.

Middle East genocide must be stopped

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Tony Wright Since 1948, the world's superpower and allies including Australia have never intervened to prevent the worst examples of what has been declared, again and again, the greatest of all crimes: genocide.