Barack Obama has accused Congress of holding back the US economic recovery by blocking "common sense" measures he said would create jobs.
About 5 400 women have reported being raped this year in one province of the DRC, the UN said on Tuesday.
The UN Human Rights Council has endorsed a report that accused Israel of war crimes in Gaza, passing a resolution that singled it out for censure.
Teaching new mothers how to breastfeed could save 1,3-million children's lives every year, the WHO said on Friday.
Thousands of Somalis are prepared to risk their lives for the chance to be smuggled into Yemen, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) expects mineral exporting countries to suffer from China's slowdown, whose full effects may not yet be felt.
Diplomats at the UN sought on Tuesday to advance an anti-racism declaration and brush off comments from Iran's president that prompted a walkout.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad prompted a walkout from his speech to a UN racism summit on Monday when he accused Israel of racism against the Palestinians.
Sri Lankan forces are holding back their strength against Tamil Tiger rebels to comply with international rules of war, a minister said on Monday.
Hundreds of people rallied in Geneva and Davos on Saturday to protest against the World Economic Forum.