Mining firms have locked down operations in Guinea and pulled out some international staff as the death toll from suspected Ebola cases hit 83.
The first round of peace talks has ended with no progess made on ending the civil war or commitment from the govt to return to the negotiating table.
The US has demanded that Syria allow aid in to Homs, as peace talks over the future of President Bashar al-Assad continue.
UN aid agencies say heavy fighting has prevented health workers from getting polio vaccine to 100 000 Syrian children.
Nicholas Kay, UN special representative for Somalia, says troops in the East African country require more resources to combat al-Shabab.
The UN said it's suspending its aid operations in Syria and withdrawing all non-essential international staff due to the worsening security situation.
A huge, internally flawless diamond from India's fabled Golconda mines has been sold at auction in Geneva for a record $21.48-million.
A UN investigator has asked US President Barack Obama to justify his policy of assassinating terror suspects using drones rather than capturing them.
The UN hopes to get permission from the Syrian government to send more aid workers to help at least 1-million people in need of urgent assistance.
Syria has promised Kofi Annan it will stop all fighting by the dawn deadline, but has a right to respond to attacks by "armed terrorist groups".