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Aid workers released in Myanmar after pardon, U.N. saysupdated: Wed Aug 29 2012 08:09:00

Myanmar has released three aid workers, including two U.N. employees, who received prison sentences after being detained amid sectarian clashes that killed scores of people in the west of the country in June, a U.N. spokesman said Wednesday.

Iraq announces 21 people executed in one dayupdated: Wed Aug 29 2012 05:41:00

Iraqi authorities executed 21 people, including three women, after they were convicted of terrorism and spent months on death row, the nation's Ministry of Justice reported Tuesday.

Myanmar court sentences 3 aid workers to prison, U.N. saysupdated: Mon Aug 27 2012 06:14:00

A court in Myanmar has handed down prison sentences to three aid workers, including two U.N. employees, who were detained amid sectarian clashes that killed scores of people in the west of the Southeast Asian nation, a U.N. spokesman said Monday.

U.N. humanitarian chief in Syria to highlight dire situationupdated: Tue Aug 14 2012 13:09:00

A top U.N. official arrived in Damascus on Tuesday in an attempt to "draw attention to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria," the United Nations said.

Afghanistan sees first drop in violence against civilians in 5 years, U.N. findsupdated: Wed Aug 08 2012 10:59:00

The United Nations finds a tiny glimmer of good news in Afghanistan in a new report out Wednesday, saying that violence against civilians fell in the first half of the year.

Afghanistan execution sparks outrageupdated: Wed Aug 08 2012 10:59:00

CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports on a woman's shocking public execution at the hands of the Taliban.

Fighting embroils Syria; U.N. observers get more timeupdated: Fri Jul 20 2012 19:35:00

The U.N. Security Council renewed its Syrian observer mission for 30 days Friday, a small reprieve for a unit tasked with monitoring a failed peace plan.

Syrian regime 'attacks from the air'updated: Mon Jul 16 2012 15:06:00

According to Syria opposition activist, low-flying helicopters carried out latest attack. Mohammed Jamjoom reports.

Syrian ambassador to Iraq joins revolt, urges military to turn on regimeupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 22:03:00

A Syrian diplomat left the government and ruling party Wednesday, appealing to the military to stop killing its "fathers, sons and sisters" and instead direct its artillery fire toward the "criminals" of the Syrian regime.

Too many mothers still dyingupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 07:45:00

The number of women dying of pregnancy and childbirth-related complications has been cut nearly in half over the past two decades, reflecting important and hard-won gains in improving access to family planning and maternal health across the world.

Aid workers detained in Myanmar after unrest, U.N. saysupdated: Fri Jul 06 2012 05:37:00

About 10 aid workers, some of them from the United Nations, are being held by authorities in an area of western Myanmar where sectarian clashes killed scores of people last month, the U.N. office in the country said Friday.

U.N. suspends peace mission in Syriaupdated: Tue Jun 19 2012 18:51:00

The United Nations said Saturday it has suspended its monitoring mission in Syria due to intensifying violence.

'Nobody can rescue the victims' after renewed attacks, Syrian opposition saysupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 15:23:00

The quest for peace in Syria is now crippled with setbacks, as a U.N. observer mission has suspended operations and attempts to rescue civilians trapped amid violence have proved futile.

Syrian opposition denounces U.N. decision to suspend observer mission updated: Sun Jun 17 2012 14:23:00

Syrian opposition activists slammed the United Nations on Sunday for suspending its observer mission in the nation, saying it is "unjustifiable and unacceptable" for the international community to fail to protect civilians from attacks.

U.N. monitors: Stench of death in air in Syrian townupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 10:53:00

United Nations observers finally entered the northwestern Syrian town of al Haffa Thursday to find it deserted after days of intense fighting.

Escalating violence limits U.N. observer mission in Syria, official saysupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 08:51:00

The head of the U.N. observer mission in Syria says the increasing violence across the country is impeding his group's work, and he urged all parties to give the U.N.-backed peace mission a chance.

Giving each child the chance to live past 5updated: Thu Jun 14 2012 08:06:00

No parent should have to worry about losing his or her child in childbirth or to a mosquito bite, malnutrition or vaccine-preventable diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhea. Yet, in some parts of the world, these are leading killers.

Report: Children used as human shieldsupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 18:05:00

CNN's Matthew Chance details a U.N. report that found the Syrian military is possibly using children as human shields.

U.N. envoy arrives in area of Myanmar plagued by ethnic violenceupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 11:12:00

The U.N. envoy to Myanmar arrived Wednesday in the Southeast Asian country's western state of Rakhine, where sectarian violence in recent days has killed more than 20 people and destroyed hundreds of homes.

UN: Children captured, tortured in Syriaupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 05:59:00

A U.N. report says children suffer in Syria, and Sec. Clinton accuses Russia of providing helicopters to al-Assad.

Can U.N. monitors help forge peace in Syria? updated: Wed Jun 13 2012 05:59:00

In yet another attempt to help stop the relentless bloodshed in Syria, a group of U.N. monitors are on the ground to observe a so-called "cease-fire" that appears to be violated daily.

U.N. report: Syrian children tortured, used as human shieldsupdated: Tue Jun 12 2012 18:05:00

The Syrian regime has used children as human shields and tortured youths whose parents are suspected dissidents, according to a U.N. report.

'Audacious steps' needed in Syria, Arab diplomats sayupdated: Sat Jun 02 2012 22:22:00

As a U.N.-backed peace initiative founders in Syria, Arab leaders signaled the need Saturday for more robust measures to end the violence there.

U.N. condemns Syrian killings; toll in massacre rises as violence goes onupdated: Sun May 27 2012 22:58:00

The U.N. Security Council on Sunday condemned the weekend massacre of more than 100 civilians in Syria, with members casting blame on government forces for the deaths, while violence continued to rage on the ground.

Outrage over Syrian massacreupdated: Sun May 27 2012 17:16:00

Major General Robert Mood, UN Supervision Mission responds to Outrage growing over The Syrian massacre.

Outrage grows over Syrian massacreupdated: Sun May 27 2012 04:00:00

World outrage grew Saturday as details emerged about an attack in the Syrian village of Houla, which left more than 90 people dead, including nearly three dozen children, according to the United Nations.

U.N.: Syria more 'militarized' amid abuses from regime, resistance forcesupdated: Thu May 24 2012 21:54:00

The Syrian conflict has become "increasingly militarized" as killings and torture by regime security forces and anti-government fighters raged this spring, a United Nations panel reported Thursday.

Stranded U.N. personnel return to Syrian city after attackupdated: Wed May 16 2012 10:54:00

U.N. observers who were stranded overnight in a Syrian town after their convoy struck an explosive device have made it safely to the city of Hama, the United Nations said Wednesday.

A month after 'cease-fire,' where does Syria stand?updated: Sun May 13 2012 19:31:00

It's been a month since the "cease-fire" was due to come into effect in Syria as the first step in a U.N.-backed peace plan, with a team of U.N. monitors on the ground to observe the progress.

U.N. leader condemns Syrian bomb blastupdated: Wed May 09 2012 22:02:00

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned a bomb blast Wednesday near a convoy of U.N. observers that was entering the southern Syrian city of Daraa.

Can U.N. monitors help forge peace in Syria? updated: Sat May 05 2012 23:09:00

In the latest diplomatic attempt to stop the relentless killing in Syria, a group of U.N. monitors are on the ground to observe a "cease-fire" that appears to be violated daily.

U.N. response in Syria mockedupdated: Sat May 05 2012 23:09:00

Some are mocking the U.N's response in Syria, sarcastically asking if U.N. members are traveling to Syria by horse.

Syrian forces attack towns, killing 37, opposition activists sayupdated: Fri May 04 2012 14:51:00

Syrian government snipers and other forces stalked opponents in homes and neighborhoods Friday in a campaign of gunfire, shelling and arrests amid mass protests against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad, an opposition group said.

U.N. notes cease-fire violations from both sides in Syriaupdated: Tue May 01 2012 17:54:00

Both the Syrian government and opposition forces are violating a cease-fire, and the regime continues to deploy heavy weapons in cities, the chief U.N. peacekeeper said Tuesday.

Activists: U.N. monitors helping, but violence and worries persistupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 22:57:00

The growing presence of U.N. monitors already has helped the situation in Syria, opposition activists said, though it hasn't completely stopped the bloodshed that has been a fact of life in the Middle Eastern nation for more than 13 months.

Weapons-smuggling, infiltrators bedevil Assad regimeupdated: Sat Apr 28 2012 15:19:00

The embattled Syrian regime said it faced challenges from land and sea on Saturday as security forces beat back infiltrators, Lebanese soldiers seized smuggled arms and more clashes flared -- another series of blows to a teetering U.N.-backed peace plan.

Opposition: Syrian regime intensifies attacks in cities visited by monitorsupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 18:59:00

A small group of observers resumed the United Nations' mission to monitor a truce in Syria that was tenuous from the start and showed signs Wednesday of unraveling as opposition activists again reported widespread violence.

U.N. authorizes 300 unarmed Syria monitors updated: Sat Apr 21 2012 18:23:00

The U.N. Security Council on Saturday voted unanimously to authorize up to 300 unarmed military monitors to try and bring about compliance with a cease-fire imposed last week in violence-wracked Syria.

Shots fired as U.N. observers visit Syria, activists sayupdated: Wed Apr 18 2012 19:31:00

Security forces fired at demonstrators in a Syrian city Wednesday while United Nations observers were visiting, activists said.

U.N. wives plea to Syria's first ladyupdated: Wed Apr 18 2012 18:59:00

Wives of U.N. diplomats tell Syria's first lady to "stop being a bystander." CNN's Hala Gorani reports.

Wives of U.N. diplomats tell Syria's first lady to 'stop being a bystander'updated: Wed Apr 18 2012 18:59:00

The wives of the British and German ambassadors to the United Nations have taken on Syria's first lady in an online video, calling on Asma al-Assad to "stop your husband" and "stop being a bystander."

Syria's al-Assad gaining strength under U.N. moves, experts sayupdated: Wed Apr 18 2012 07:32:00

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is strengthening his grip on the country during the relative decrease in violence brought on by U.N. demands, according to several experts.

U.N. monitors arrive in Syria as killings continueupdated: Sun Apr 15 2012 18:17:00

The first members of a U.N. monitoring team have arrived in Syria, a U.N. spokesman said early Monday, four days after a so-called cease-fire that is showing serious signs of collapse.

UN: North Korea actions 'deplorable'updated: Fri Apr 13 2012 18:57:00

The United Nations has condemned North Korea's attempt to launch a long-range missile.

American held captive for 9 months turned over to U.S. Embassy in Iraqupdated: Sun Mar 18 2012 08:53:00

An American said to have been held captive for months was turned over Saturday to the U.S. Embassy, a United Nations spokeswoman said.

Banned coca leaves show up at U.N.updated: Tue Mar 13 2012 10:35:00

Bolivian President Evo Morales brings banned coca leaves to a U.N. meeting on narcotics. CNN's Michael Holmes reports.

Syria draws U.N. ire as it heads toward 'war' updated: Mon Feb 13 2012 22:45:00

As diplomats at the United Nations slammed Syria, violence continued to rage on the ground and residents wondered out loud what the implications of total war might be.

Russia and China: Sabotaging U.N. with vetoesupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 09:23:00

When the Arab League asked for U.N. Security Council endorsement of its call for a new government in Syria and sought the imposition of sanctions to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the Russians went toe-to-toe with the United States, publicly and behind closed doors.

Conflict-related civilian deaths rise in Afghanistanupdated: Sat Feb 04 2012 16:10:00

A United Nations report blaming a record loss of Afghan civilian lives last year on insurgents and the Taliban was dismissed as "untrue" by a Taliban spokesman Saturday.

Shootout at South Sudan peace meeting kills dozens updated: Sat Feb 04 2012 08:50:00

At least 37 people were killed during a shootout at a meeting to resolve cattle disputes in South Sudan, officials said Saturday, the latest in a spate of violence in the world's newest nation.

Ongoing violence in South Sudanupdated: Sat Feb 04 2012 08:50:00

Trouble continues in the fledgling nation of South Sudan. CNN's Jim Clancy reports.

U.N.: Aid workers kidnapped in Yemen releasedupdated: Thu Feb 02 2012 18:00:00

Seven aid workers who were kidnapped in Yemen have been released, the United Nations said in a statement Thursday.

Protesters pelt U.N. chief's vehicle with shoes in Gazaupdated: Thu Feb 02 2012 09:26:00

The convoy of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was pelted with shoes by Palestinians in Gaza Thursday, according to witnesses and a U.N. official.

U.N. may be last chance for peace in Syriaupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 13:54:00

The U.N Security Council is considering the most important resolution yet on the brutal rule of terror that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has unleashed on his people. The resolution, proposed by Morocco and supporting the Arab League's plan, calls for al-Assad to leave power as the first step of a transition toward democracy.

U.N. chief, Libyan PM meet at summit, discuss detainee treatmentupdated: Sun Jan 29 2012 11:17:00

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday met with Libya's prime minister during the African Union summit, and expressed "support for the interim government's work," according to a U.N. statement.

U.N. official abducted in Yemen released unharmed, officials sayupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 12:49:00

A Norwegian U.N. official snatched from the streets of Yemen's capital city of Sanaa by armed tribesmen nearly two weeks ago was released unharmed, officials said Friday.

Cocaine sent to U.N. headquartersupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 05:20:00

More than 35 pounds of cocaine was discovered in at least one bag that turned up at the United Nations headquarters in New York, police said Thursday.

U.N. rep returns to Somalia after 17 yearsupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 10:38:00

A top U.N. representative for Somalia will be based in that country -- for the first time in 17 years.

UN condemns air raid on Sudanese refugeesupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 09:39:00

The United Nations refugee agency Tuesday condemned air raids on Sudanese refugees in South Sudan that injured at least one boy and left 14 missing.

U.N. refugee chief: 'Stand by South Sudan'updated: Mon Jan 09 2012 06:13:00

South Sudan is facing a "huge humanitarian crisis" that requires support from the international community, the United Nations' refugee chief said Sunday.

South Sudan aid effort under way, U.N. saysupdated: Sat Jan 07 2012 06:11:00

A huge aid effort is under way in a remote area of South Sudan to help an estimated 60,000 people who fled their homes to escape roaming fighters, the United Nations said.

U.N. deploys peacekeepers to protect South Sudan town facing attackupdated: Sat Dec 31 2011 01:15:00

The United Nations is deploying peacekeeping troops to the remote town of Pibor in South Sudan, saying it faces an imminent attack by thousands of fighters engaged in ethnic clashes in the war-torn region.

Storm leaves huge humanitarian needs in Philippines, U.N. saysupdated: Thu Dec 22 2011 06:45:00

The devastation in the southern Philippines left by Tropical Storm Washi has created "huge" humanitarian needs in the area, the United Nations said Wednesday, estimating that nearly a half-million people are in need of assistance.

U.S. supports U.N. plan to relocate group on terror listupdated: Mon Dec 19 2011 21:16:00

The Obama administration "welcomes" a United Nations-led effort in Iraq to relocate a group on the State Department terrorism list, before an end-of-the-year deadline that could see heavy violence and a large humanitarian disaster unfold, senior administration officials said Monday.

Russia offers new U.N. resolution on Syriaupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 17:05:00

Russia's new draft for a Security Council resolution on the Syrian crisis is "insufficient" but could be improved, Germany's U.N. ambassador said Thursday.

UN: 5,000-plus Syrian civilians killedupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 14:35:00

The UN says a government crackdown has lead to 5,000 Syrian civilian deaths.

As Tensions Simmer, Sudan and South Sudan Spar at U.N.updated: Thu Dec 08 2011 18:54:00

Ambassadors from Sudan and its newly independent neighbor, South Sudan, sparred at the U.N. Security Council Thursday as tensions rise between the two countries.

Climate change a 'hot button issue'updated: Mon Dec 05 2011 05:28:00

Todd Stern talks to CNN's Robyn Curnow about the politicalization of climate change in the U.S.

U.N. rights council condemns Syrian abusesupdated: Fri Dec 02 2011 14:43:00

The U.N. Human Rights Council decried a wide range of human rights violations in Syria on Friday and called for U.N. bodies to consider a recent report detailing the abuses and take" appropriate action."

Rival brigades pose most pressing Libyan problem, U.N. envoy says updated: Tue Nov 29 2011 07:13:00

Rival revolutionary brigades remain almost entirely responsible for security in Libya, posing that country's most pressing challenge, according to the top United Nations envoy in Libya and a new U.N. report.

UN report: Syrian forces commit 'gross violations' of human rightsupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 07:12:00

Syrian security forces have committed "gross violations of human rights" since anti-government protests began in March, a United Nations report released Monday said.

Sri Lankan president receives response to scathing U.N. reportupdated: Mon Nov 21 2011 07:15:00

Sri Lanka's response to a scathing United Nations report alleging war crimes and human rights violations has reached the president's desk.

Haiti cholera victims demand U.N. compensation updated: Tue Nov 08 2011 18:46:00

More than 5,000 Haitian cholera victims have filed a petition with the United Nations, demanding millions of dollars in compensation for their suffering in an epidemic widely blamed on Nepalese peacekeepers, the victims' lawyers said Tuesday.

U.N. peacekeeper killed in Darfur attackupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 10:31:00

A U.N. peacekeeper died in an attack launched by "unidentified armed persons" in the south Darfur region of Sudan, the global body said Monday.

Israel freezes UNESCO funds; Palestinians study vote for cluesupdated: Fri Nov 04 2011 08:19:00

The top Palestinian envoy to the United Nations said Thursday that he is carefully "studying" the patterns of the vote that admitted his territory to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Diplomats: France, Britain to abstain from Palestinian-UN voteupdated: Fri Nov 04 2011 07:12:00

France and Britain plan to abstain from a Security Council vote on the Palestinians' bid for statehood, two U.N. diplomats said Thursday.

Israel freezes UNESCO funds updated: Thu Nov 03 2011 13:08:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered his country Thursday to freeze payments to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization after that agency admitted the Palestinians as full members.

U.N. officials visiting Libyaupdated: Wed Nov 02 2011 09:27:00

The United Nations secretary-general and the president of the U.N. General Assembly arrived in Tripoli Wednesday, for a meeting with the country's new leaders, a U.N. statement said.

Palestinians bid for statehood at U.N.updated: Tue Nov 01 2011 11:42:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas formally requests official recognition of a Palestinian state at the U.N.

7 billion reasons to empower womenupdated: Mon Oct 31 2011 09:25:00

The world's population has more than tripled since I was born in 1938. On Monday, our world's population is expected to hit the milestone of 7 billion people -- up from 2.5 billion in 1950 -- with almost all of the growth expected to happen in the cities of less developed countries. This means that the problems the world faced when I was a child are even more urgent now for my grandchildren.

Global maps show human impact on Earth updated: Fri Oct 28 2011 11:10:00

On the last day of October 2011, the U.N. says the world population will hit seven billion people -- an increase of one billion since 1999.

U.N.: World can 'thrive' as population reaches 7 billionupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 04:44:00

As the global population hits 7 billion in the coming days, nations can take steps to tackle critical challenges and prepare for the arrival of billions more people this century, the United Nations said Wednesday.

World population to reach 7 billionupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 04:44:00

Jeffrey Sachs, Earth Institute director at Columbia University, explains the challenges of the growing global population.

CNNMoney: After Gadhafi, N.J. may be Libyans' welcome homeupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 17:07:00

When Libya first bought a 25-room, 1906 mansion in suburban New Jersey, the community was in an uproar.

U.N. chief travels to North Korea on humanitarian missionupdated: Mon Oct 17 2011 14:43:00

A U.N. official has arrived in North Korea to get a firsthand look at the humanitarian situation in the country, the United Nations said in a statement Monday.

U.N. peacekeepers killed in Darfurupdated: Tue Oct 11 2011 13:10:00

Three United Nations peacekeepers were killed in an ambush in a camp for displaced people in Sudan's Darfur region, the global body said Tuesday.

Abbas stumps for Palestinian statehood in El Salvadorupdated: Mon Oct 10 2011 08:31:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who is on a three-country tour in Latin America in a bid to build support for U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state, met with the president of El Salvador on Sunday.

U.N. panel's report on Palestinian statehood bid due in 2 weeksupdated: Fri Sep 30 2011 15:09:00

A U.N. committee will issue a report on its analysis of the historic Palestinian bid for statehood in two weeks, the Security Council president said Friday.

NATO says U.N. tally of Afghan violence uses different metricsupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 13:29:00

NATO says a new report by the United Nations that points to a spike in violence in Afghanistan differs from the alliance's tally because "security incidents" were defined differently.

Palestinian statehood goes to U.N. admissions panelupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 09:31:00

The United Nations Security Council agreed Wednesday to send the Palestinian application for statehood to its admissions committee for review.

How will the U.N. respond to Syria?updated: Thu Sep 29 2011 06:25:00

The U.N. Security Council struggles to agree on a resolution critical of Syria. CNN's Richard Roth reports.

U.N., NATO at odds over Afghanistan securityupdated: Wed Sep 28 2011 12:48:00

NATO's International Security Assistance Force took issue Wednesday with a new United Nations report that says violence in Afghanistan has jumped in the past year.

Diplomatic disconnect at U.N. leads to security face-off, sources say updated: Tue Sep 27 2011 21:07:00

There's a buzz at the United Nations as the high-level General Assembly session concludes, but the chatter is not about the Palestinian request for statehood or the Iranian president's latest conspiracy theories.

Behind Palestinian U.N. effortupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 17:40:00

CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney talks about the strategy behind the effort to get the U.N. to recognize a Palestinian state.

U.N. Security Council to send Palestinian state bid to admissions committeeupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 17:40:00

The U.N. Security Council met Monday to consider the Palestinians' bid for full membership in the world body and decided to meet again Wednesday morning, when they will send the matter to the admissions committee, said Security Council President Nawaf Salam of Lebanon.

What does Palestinian statehood bid mean?updated: Mon Sep 26 2011 06:44:00

Last week Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas officially submitted the statehood request asking that the United Nations recognize "Palestine" as an independent state.

Showdown at U.N. for statehoodupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 06:44:00

The U.S. is on a collision course with Palestinian leaders over statehood. CNN's Jonathan Mann reports.

Cheers as Abbas takes stage at U.N.updated: Sun Sep 25 2011 13:36:00

CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney reports on Palestinian reaction to Mahmoud Abbas' remarks to the U.N. on Palestinian statehood.

Why the U.N. cannot create Palestineupdated: Sun Sep 25 2011 10:13:00

The U.N. speeches of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are behind us. There are doubts that Abbas will even be able to secure the necessary nine of 15 votes in the U.N. Security Council to support a resolution on statehood, regardless of the expected U.S. veto.

Session at U.N. reflects changes of Arab Springupdated: Sun Sep 25 2011 04:12:00

New Libyan leaders pledge change, Palestinian leaders hope for statehood, and the Horn of Africa will receive more aid. CNN's Elise Labott reports.

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