Russia's desire to keep its last remaining ally in the Middle East collided head-long with the United States' desire to remove President Bashar Assad.
Bill Gates has rescued a beleaguered health fund by pledging $750-million to fight three of world's killer diseases -- Aids, malaria and TB.
Tension arising from the UN Security Council's reliance on African nations to supply peacekeepers came into sharper focus on Friday.
An informal band of nations and organisations fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia have agreed to set up two new international funds.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon ended a mission to Burma on Saturday saying he was "deeply disappointed".
The world's largest UN peacekeeping effort risks unraveling in the the DRC, hampered by the potential loss of more than a quarter of its troops
UN chief Ban Ki-moon will embark on an African tour next week in a bid to shore up DRC's peacekeeping mission and press for climate-change progress.
Charlize Theron is the latest UN messenger of peace, turning her fame to ending violence against women and girls around the globe.
The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court charges that "the whole state apparatus" of Sudan is implicated in crimes against humanity in the Darfur region, linking the government directly with the feared janjaweed militia.
A new war could break out between Eritrea and Ethiopia if the United Nations peacekeeping mission that has been prevented from patrolling both sides of the border withdraws entirely, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned on Wednesday. The two neighbours have been feuding over their border since Eritrea gained independence in 1993.