John Heilprin

Ebola: Trials could get to West Africa in January

The WHO says two experimental vaccines could lead to trials being done in West Africa in January, while another flu drug is being tested as well.

US and Russia the key to Syria talks in Geneva

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.

UN study foresees job gains with greener policies

Some 15 million to 60 million jobs

Gates lends Global Fund a helping hand

Bill Gates has rescued a beleaguered health fund by pledging $750-million to fight three of world's killer diseases -- Aids, malaria and TB.

Swiss man admits abusing 100 in his care

A 54-year-old man has admitted sexually abusing more than 100 mentally disabled children and adults in care homes in Switzerland and Germany.

Africa sees lag in funds for UN peacekeeping

Tension arising from the UN Security Council's reliance on African nations to supply peacekeepers came into sharper focus on Friday.

Nations pledge funds to help fight Somali piracy

An informal band of nations and organisations fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia have agreed to set up two new international funds.

Ban leaves Burma ‘disappointed’ with junta

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon ended a mission to Burma on Saturday saying he was ''deeply disappointed''.

UN battles to keep, attract DRC peacekeepers

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

Climate, conflict top UN chief’s Africa tour

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 out to spread UN message of peace

Charlize Theron is the latest UN messenger of peace, turning her fame to ending violence against women and girls around the globe.

Prosecutor links Sudan’s govt to atrocities

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.

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