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Somalia’s UN envoy seeks resources to counter al-Shabab

Nicholas Kay, UN special representative for Somalia, says troops in the East African country require more resources to combat al-Shabab.

UN suspends Syria aid operations due to insecurity

The UN said it's suspending its aid operations in Syria and withdrawing all non-essential international staff due to the worsening security situation.

Rare diamond sells for record $21.5-million

A huge, internally flawless diamond from India's fabled Golconda mines has been sold at auction in Geneva for a record $21.48-million.

UN investigator questions Obama on US drones

A UN investigator has asked US President Barack Obama to justify his policy of assassinating terror suspects using drones rather than capturing them.

UN pushes Syria on humanitarian mission

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 promises truce compliance

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".

Rights body condemns Syria as Shell pulls out

The main UN human rights forum condemned Syria's crackdown on protests on Friday and Royal Dutch Shell shut down oil work there.

UN’s Navi Pillay warns of Syrian civil war

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.

Amnesty seeks UN probe on Sri Lanka war crimes

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.

Big Pharma backs deal to boost flu pandemic readiness

Virus samples will be shared globally in exchange for vaccines produced from them under a landmark deal to improve preparedness for a flu pandemic.

Alcohol kills more than Aids, TB or violence

Alcohol causes nearly 4% of deaths worldwide -- more than Aids, tuberculosis or violence, the World Health Organisation warned on Friday.

Activists vow Bush will face torture case

Activists vowed on Monday that former US president George Bush will face a torture case against him wherever he travels outside the United States.

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