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‘Climate vulnerable’ countries meet in Bangladesh

Some of the countries most affected by climate change should be an “inspiration” to rich nations on how to reduce their emissions, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday. Speaking at the Climate Vulnerable forum – which brings together countries most affected by climate change — Ban praised low-lying nations such as the Maldives, Costa…

World of ‘contradiction’ awaits 7 billionth person

The world’s seven billionth person will be born Monday into what UN leader Ban Ki-moon calls a “world of contradiction” — and facing an uphill battle if it is on the wrong side of the poverty line. While many countries around the world will be choosing their own symbolic baby,…

Myanmar to free thousands of prisoners

Myanmar announced a mass prisoner amnesty Tuesday, raising hope for the imminent release of hundreds of political detainees in what would be a major sign of change in the authoritarian state. More than 6,300 prisoners will be pardoned from Wednesday “on humanitarian grounds”, state television announced, without saying whether political…

Palestine state quest wins first victory in UNESCO vote

Palestine won a first diplomatic victory in its quest for statehood on Wednesday when the UNESCO executive committee backed its bid to become a member of the cultural body with the rights of a state. Palestine’s Arab allies braved intense US and French diplomatic pressure to bring the motion before…

Huge crowds pack West Bank cities to back UN bid

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — Huge crowds packed into the main towns and cities of the West Bank on Friday as people turned out to support a Palestinian bid to seek UN membership, AFP correspondents said. The crowds began gathering as Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas handed over a historic request to…

Obama leads welcome for Libya’s new leaders

UNITED NATIONS — US President Barack Obama led a warm United Nations welcome Tuesday for the Libyan leaders who deposed Moamer Kadhafi, vowing the world would stand with them as they rebuild their country. But he also pledged NATO would carry out air strikes as long as civilians there are…

UN leader accuses big business of health cover-up

UNITED NATIONS — UN leader Ban Ki-moon Monday accused big business of putting public health at risk “to protect their own profits” as he launched a summit on everyday diseases killing tens of millions each year. About 36 million people die each year from cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other…

UN chief vows ‘real results’ on climate change

TARAWA, Kiribati — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday vowed to the leader of Kiribati, a low-lying Pacific nation threatened by rising seas, to keep pressing for “real results” against climate change. Ban described the small Pacific nation, where some villagers have already had to relocate to escape rising sea…

UN eyes post-Kadhafi Libya, Tripoli goes back to work

Police were back on the streets of Tripoli and business slowly resumed Saturday after a week of fighting, festivities and political tumult, in a quiet but significant boost for Libya’s fledgling government. Meanwhile the international community — hyper-sensitive to mistakes made in Iraq and Afghanistan — moved to ensure longer-term…

Deadly suicide bomb rocks Nigeria U.N. building

ABUJA — A suicide bomb blast rocked the UN compound in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Friday, killing at least 18 people, leaving others trapped and blowing out large areas of the building, officials said. Witnesses reported that the bomb went off after a suspect forced his way through security…

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