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UN shelter in Gaza shelled, killing at least 15

Alexandra Zavis and Batsheva Sobelman Shelter in northern Gaza has been shelled, causing "multiple deaths and injuries," according to a spokesman for the UN refugee agency.

Pope Francis meets Sudanese woman sentenced to death

Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, with her daughter Maya in her arms, in his Santa Marta residence, at the Vatican.

Pope Francis met privately on Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant daughter born just...

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...

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

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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...

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.

Israel faces increasing pressure to halt Gaza war

US Secretary of State John Kerry with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Jodi Rudoren Israel faced new political and economic pressures Wednesday to negotiate a halt to the Gaza war, with its rising toll of death and destruction, as ceasefire talks ground forward and airlines extended...

UN investigates Israel, Hamas for war crimes

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

Nick Cumming-Bruce The United Nations Human Rights Council has voted to establish a war crimes inquiry into the Gaza conflict at a special session in which the top human rights official, Navi Pillay, said Israel and...

UN launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza after 650 deaths

Israel's Ambassador to the UN, Eviatar Manor, listens to a statement at the United Nations Human Rights Council at the UN headquarters in Geneva.

Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

UN vote 'transformed' atmosphere in Ukraine: Bishop

Pivotal moment: Russian ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin votes to support the UN Security Council's resolution demanding unfettered access to the MH17 crash site.

Nick O'Malley The atmosphere around the crash site of MH17 changed almost the moment the UN Security Council voted unanimously to support a resolution calling for rebels to cede control of the site and release...

'No safe place for civilians' in Gaza, says UN, as child death toll reaches 149

A Palestinian family watches as rescuers search in the rubble of homes destroyed by an Israeli missile strike, in Gaza City.

Stephanie Nebehay Palestinian civilians in densely-populated Gaza have no place to hide from Israel's military offensive and children are paying the heaviest price, the United Nations said.

Analysts say justice for MH17 victims will be very difficult

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Tom Allard The battle to bring to justice the perpetrators of the apparent missile attack on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 will be extremely difficult, not least because Russia is in a position to thwart any...

Israeli soldier Oron Shaul missing in Gaza: the words that chill a nation

Israeli soldier Oron Shaul has gone missing in the Gaza Strip.

Isabel Kershner and Jodi Rudoren Capturing an Israeli soldier - or even withholding a soldier's remains - can have a powerful effect on Israeli society, more in some ways than death.

MH17: UN votes unanimously to support Australia's resolution for access to crash site

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop speaks to members of the Security Council during a meeting at United Nations in New York

Nick O'Malley The UN Security Council has voted unanimously to support Australia's resolution demanding full and unfettered access for investigators at the Malaysia Airlines jet crash site in eastern Ukraine.

Journey home begins

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

David Wroe, James Massola Tony Abbott has warned of evidence tampering on ''an industrial scale'' at the MH17 crash site, underscoring the massive challenge facing international investigators including Australians as they...

11 parents of kidnapped Nigerian girls die as Boko Haram Islamists surround Chibok

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai holds a picture of kidnapped schoolgirl Sarah Samuel with her mother Rebecca Samuel, during a visit to Abuja, Nigeria.

Michelle Faul Lagos, Nigeria: Nearly a dozen parents of the more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls will never see their daughters again.

UN resolution on MH17: How Australia achieved what other nations could not

Julie Bishop

Nick O'Malley Since the UN headquarters was constructed after World War II it has often been not much more than a shrine to good intentions. Not on Monday.