Alcohol causes nearly 4% of deaths worldwide -- more than Aids, tuberculosis or violence, the World Health Organisation warned on Friday.
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.
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 said it's suspending its aid operations in Syria and withdrawing all non-essential international staff due to the worsening security situation.
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.
Activists vowed on Monday that former US president George Bush will face a torture case against him wherever he travels outside the United States.
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.
A huge, internally flawless diamond from India's fabled Golconda mines has been sold at auction in Geneva for a record $21.48-million.
Virus samples will be shared globally in exchange for vaccines produced from them under a landmark deal to improve preparedness for a flu pandemic.
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".