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Rifts remain at UN talks on climate pact

Mariette Le Roux Six days of United Nations talks on curbing fossil fuel emissions have closed in Bonn with delegates and observers deflated over a lack of progress.

Ukrainians temper hopes as they head to polls

Old and new: an electoral official holds a poster of candidates for Ukraine's parliamentary elections in Kiev.

Michael Birnbaum The elections will probably bring a cadre of new faces to power, further upending Ukraine's chaotic political system.

Myanmar confirms controversial Rohingya plan at United Nations

Could be stripped of their rights: A family at a Rohingya internally displaced persons camp outside of Sittwe last year.

Jared Ferrie Myanmar has confirmed to the United Nations it is finalising a plan that will offer minority Rohingya Muslims citizenship if they change their ethnicity to suggest Bangladeshi origin, a move rights...

$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.

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...

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.

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.

More than 10,000 Ebola cases in eight countries

Gearing up:
 A nurse demonstrates protective equipment during an Ebola educational session for healthcare workers in New York.

More than 10,000 people have contracted the Ebola virus, according to the World Health Organisation.

Climate envoys seek stronger warning on warming dangers in key UN report

Alex Morales The US and European Union are pushing for a stronger explanation about the dangers of climate change and the consequences of failing to stem fossil-fuel emissions in the UN's most extensive report on...

Sri Lanka announces early presidential election

Shihar Aneez Sri Lanka will hold a presidential election in January, nearly two years ahead of schedule, the government's spokesman said

Spanish nurse tests negative as Liberia makes plea for help to stop Ebola

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appealed for a global effort to beat Ebola.

Michaela Cancela-Kieffer Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf fears a generation of Africans is at risk of being lost because of the Ebola crisis.

New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela, Angola and Spain win seats on the UN Security Council

Winner: Jim McLay, New Zealand's UN representative, reacts to the news.

Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau Turkey loses in a run-off to Spain and New Zealand, as the ghost of Hugo Chavez hovers over Venezuela's two-year appointment to the Security Council.

Australia set to seize assets of corrupt Chinese officials

China is seeking Australia's help in arresting citizens on corruption charges - but questions remain.

Philip Wen China is seeking the extradition and seizure of assets of corrupt officials who have fled to Australia with illicit funds running into the hundreds of millions of dollars.