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".
The main UN human rights forum condemned Syria's crackdown on protests on Friday and Royal Dutch Shell shut down oil work there.
The death toll in the crackdown on Syrian protesters has forced the UN's top human rights official to call for world action to protect civilians.
At least 10 000 civilians were killed in the final months of Sri Lanka's civil war but a national inquiry has failed so far to investigate war crimes.
Virus samples will be shared globally in exchange for vaccines produced from them under a landmark deal to improve preparedness for a flu pandemic.