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$US1b needed to fight Ebola: United Nations

Nearly $US1 billion dollars is needed to fight the Ebola outbreak raging in west Africa, the United Nations says, more than doubling the estimate it made less than a month ago.

Carbon reduction goal 'ambitious': Julie Bishop

Finding voice: An estimated 300,000 people marched from Central Park in climate action.

Nick O’Malley Australia has re-stated its commitment to reduce its carbon emissions by 5 per cent below 2000 levels by 2020, writes Nick O'Malley

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denies paying ransom to free Turkish hostages from Islamic State militants

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

RIchard Spencer Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has refused to comment on reports that hostages had been exchanged for three top-level prisoners.

Israel worries as al-Qaeda affiliates gain control of Syrian side of Golan frontier

Guard duty: Irish members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force  sit in an armoured personnel carrier as they escort a convoy of vehicles leaving the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

Ruth Eglash Israel has some new neighbours. Al-Qaeda-linked rebels have, for the first time, established a permanent presence on the Syrian frontier.

Peacekeepers detained by Syrian rebels 'safe': United Nations

Stormed: Sculptures of Israeli soldiers next to a sign for tourists showing the distances to Jerusalem, Baghdad, Damascus and other locations, at an army post in Mount Bental in the annexed Golan Heights.

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.

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...

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...

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

Asylum seeker boat

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.

Yemeni parties and Houthi rebels sign deal to end fighting

Peace deal: The head of political relations for the Houthi movement, Hussein al-Ezzi, signs an agreement, flanked by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi (blue tie) and UN special envoy Jamal Benomar in Sanaa.

Mohammed Ghobari Yemen's Shiite Muslim rebels have signed an agreement with other political parties to form a more inclusive government and end days of fighting in the capital.

Afghanistan gets new president, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai

ROD NORDLAND Afghanistan's election commission on Sunday pronounced Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai the winner of the country's presidential election.

Climate change march attracts thousands of protesters worldwide

Activists hold a banner as they lead a march of tens of thousands down 6th Avenue during the People's Climate March through Midtown, New York September 21, 2014.

Activists have mobilised in cities across the globe for marches against climate change, with one of the biggest planned for New York, where celebrities, political leaders and tens of thousands of...

As Sierra Leone's Ebola lockdown draws to a close, questions remain

Umaru Fofana Sierra Leone's nationwide shutdown has entered its final day, as criticism grew that the extreme action aimed at containing the Ebola virus was no more than a publicity stunt.

'Australia is a Pacific island - it has a responsibility'

Messages in support of action to combat climate change are projected onto the side of the UN building in New York on September 20, ahead of the international summit on the issue that begins on Tuesday.

Nick O'Malley Pacific island nations that supported Australia's bid for the UN Security Council feel let down by its stance on climate change, says the foreign minister of the Marshall Islands.

Afghan rivals finally agree power-sharing deal

Rod Nordland The two candidates for president of Afghanistan have agreed on a power-sharing deal that will give the losing candidate substantial influence in the next government.

Sierra Leone in lockdown amid fears of blowout to 500,000 Ebola infections in West Africa

A woman suspected of being infected with Ebola is assisted by health workers to an ambulance for treatment in Freetown, Sierra Leone, during a national lockdown.

Adam Nossiter The fight to stamp out the Ebola virus is under way in Sierra Leone as officials order people to stay home.