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Australia’s Other Great (and Threatened) Coral Reefs

MELBOURNE, Australia — The United Nations issued a dire alert on Monday, warning that many of the world’s coral reefs could die as soon as 2040 as a result of climate change. Already, warming waters have bleached more than two-thirds Read more…


Rich Nations Vowed Billions for Climate Change. Poor Countries Are Waiting.

HONG KONG — When industrialized nations pledged in 2009 to mobilize $100 billion a year by 2020 to help the poorest countries deal with climate change, it won over some skeptics in the developing world who had argued that industrialized Read more…


U.S. to End Funding to U.N. Agency That Helps Palestinian Refugees

WASHINGTON — The United States government has decided to stop all funding it gives to a United Nations agency that provides assistance to millions of Palestinian refugees, ending a decades-long policy of supporting it, according to a former senior United Read more…


Myanmar’s military must be prosecuted for Rohingya ‘ethnic cleansing’, UN told | World news

The UN secretary general has called for those behind the Rohingya crisis to be held accountable, urging the security council to act on what has become “one of the world’s worst humanitarian and human rights crises”. António Guterres was speaking Read more…


War Crimes Report Accuses Saudi Arabia and U.A.E. in Yemen

GENEVA — The military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in Yemen has killed thousands of civilians in airstrikes, tortured detainees, raped civilians and used child soldiers as young as 8 — actions that may amount Read more…


Venezuela heading for ‘crisis moment’ comparable to refugees in Mediterranean, UN says | World news

The exodus of migrants from Venezuela is building toward a “crisis moment” comparable to events involving refugees in the Mediterranean, the United Nations migration agency said on Friday. Growing numbers are fleeing economic meltdown and political turmoil in Venezuela, where Read more…


North Korea is still developing nuclear weapons, says IAEA | World news

North Korea is continuing to develop its nuclear weapons programme, according to a report by the UN atomic watchdog, raising questions over the country’s commitment to denuclearisation. In one of the most specific reports on Pyongyang’s recent nuclear activities, the Read more…


As Fighting Escalates, U.N. Urges Protection for Aid Workers in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — The United Nations urged all sides of the Afghan conflict to protect aid workers delivering critical assistance to a population caught in relentless violence. Afghanistan remains among the three most dangerous countries for aid workers, and a Read more…


Kofi Annan, Diplomat Who Redefined the U.N., Dies at 80

In February 2012, Mr. Annan was appointed as the joint envoy of the Arab League and the United Nations to seek a settlement as civil war tightened its grip on Syria. But he resigned in frustration in August of that Read more…


U.N. Panel Confronts China Over Reports That It Holds a Million Uighurs in Camps

Beijing tightened controls and surveillance of Xinjiang’s population after an eruption of violence aimed at Han Chinese, the dominant ethnic group in China, in Xinjiang’s capital, Urumqi, in 2009 and an attack in Beijing in 2013 attributed to Uighur Muslims. Read more…