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  • UNITED NATIONS, April 28- The European Union sought to reassure Libya on Tuesday that any action being considered by the 28- nation bloc to stem the deadly flow of migrants across the Mediterranean should not be perceived as an attack against the Libyan people. After up to 900 people drowned trying to reach Europe from Libya last week, EU leaders tripled a naval...

  • UN, Vatican team up for climate change agenda Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 5:30 AM ET

    VATICAN CITY— The United Nations and Vatican joined forces Tuesday to warn about the dire effects of climate change, gathering religious leaders, Nobel laureates and heads of state to present a united front ahead of make-or-break environment talks later this year in Paris. Ban opened a Vatican conference on the environment that is a key part of the Holy See's...

  • LONDON, April 16- Bosses from more than forty global companies called on negotiators to agree a United Nations climate change deal in Paris in December and pledged to make their own emission cuts, they said in an open letter published on Thursday. The letter is designed to put pressure on government officials ahead of a spring meeting of a World Bank group in...

  • As part of that deal, Iran and the powers agreed that United Nations inspectors would have "enhanced" access to remaining nuclear activity in Iran, where they already monitor key sites. Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful, but it has never welcomed intrusive inspections and has in the past kept some nuclear sites secret. "fact sheet" issued after last week's...

  • The nuclear negotiations in Lausanne have already produced three separate fact sheets, issued by the United States, Iran and France, each highlighting different aspects of the emerging agreement. By reading the fact sheets side by side, however, the outlines of an eventual deal between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council...

  • Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon said on Thursday a comprehensive nuclear deal between Iran and world powers by June 30 could "enable all countries to cooperate urgently to deal with the many serious security challenges they face." Jordan's U.N. ambassador Dina Kawar, who is president of the United Nations Security Council for April, told reporters that she hoped...

  • UNITED NATIONS, April 2- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon said on Thursday a comprehensive deal between Iran and world powers by June 30 on Tehran's nuclear programme could "enable all countries to cooperate urgently to deal with the many serious security challenges they face." In a statement, Ban congratulated them on reaching a framework agreement on...

  • UNITED STATES FORMALLY SUBMITS CLIMATE CHANGE PLAN TO UNITED NATIONS, PLEDGING EMISSIONS CUT OF 26-28 PERCENT BY 2025.

  • OSLO/ WASHINGTON, March 29- The United States will submit plans for slowing global warming to the United Nations early this week but most governments will miss an informal March 31 deadline, complicating work on a global climate deal due in December. The U.S. submission, on Monday or Tuesday according to a White House official, adds to national strategies beyond...

  • WASHINGTON, March 27- Mexico on Friday said it will cap its greenhouse gas emissions by 2026, becoming one of the first countries to formally submit its national climate plan to the United Nations ahead of a climate summit in Paris in December. After 2026, Mexico greenhouse gas emissions would become decoupled from economic growth, leading to a 40 percent...

  • WASHINGTON, March 27- Mexico on Friday said it will cap its greenhouse gas emissions by 2026, becoming one of the first countries to formally submit its national climate plan the United Nations ahead of a key climate summit in Paris in December. The White House praised Mexico for being the first major emerging economy to submit its national strategy to the...

  • The WHO's cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, said glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto Co herbicide Roundup, was "classified as probably carcinogenic to humans." Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, said scientific data do not support the conclusions and called on the WHO to hold an urgent meeting to explain the...

  • JERUSALEM, March 19- The day before Israel's election, with polls showing he could lose, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that the Palestinians would never have a state on his watch. The European Union called on Israel to commit to the two-state goal at a "crucial moment". The United Nations said the only way for Israel to remain democratic was to stick to...

  • JERUSALEM, March 19- The day before Israel's election, with polls showing he could lose, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that the Palestinians would never have a state on his watch. The European Union called on Israel to commit to the two-state goal at a "crucial moment." The United Nations said the only way for Israel to remain democratic was to stick to...

  • UNITED NATIONS, March 18- The United Nations said on Wednesday that Israel needs to stick with the Middle East peace process to remain a democracy after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu abandoned a commitment ahead of his re-election to negotiate a Palestinian state. Palestinians seek a state in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, lands Israel...

  • UNITED NATIONS, March 18- The United Nations said on Wednesday it expects Israel to continue with the Middle East peace process to negotiate a Palestinian state after Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu was re-elected on a pledge to abandon that commitment. "It is incumbent on the new Israeli Government, once formed, to create the conditions for a...

  • UNITED NATIONS EXPECTS ISRAEL TO CONTINUE PEACE PROCESS "TO REALIZE THE VISION OF TWO STATES, ISRAEL AND PALESTINE"- SPOKESMAN.

  • PORT VILA, March 18- International aid agencies ramped up appeals for cyclone-hit Vanuatu on Wednesday, warning that the powerful storm that affected more than two-thirds of the South Pacific island nation had wiped out crops and destroyed fishing fleets, raising the risk of hunger and disease. The United Nations said the official death toll was 11, but many...

  • Food concerns mount in Vanuatu after monster cyclone Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 7:24 PM ET

    PORT VILA, March 18- International aid agencies ramped up appeals for cyclone-hit Vanuatu on Wednesday, warning that the powerful storm which affected more than two-thirds of the South Pacific island nation had wiped out crops and destroyed fishing fleets, raising the risk of hunger and disease. The United Nations said the official death toll was 11, but many...

  • TORONTO, March 11- The United Nations aviation body's governing council elected Fang Liu, a veteran of China's aviation authority, as its new secretary general on Wednesday, the first woman to hold the position in the agency's 70- year history. Liu, who has worked at the International Civil Aviation Organization since 2007, is director of its Bureau of...