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  • BERLIN— People who use personal audio players should consider limiting their use to one hour a day and turn down the volume to prevent permanent hearing loss, the World Health Organization said Friday. The U.N. agency said young people are particularly at risk. with data from middle- and high-income countries showing that almost half of all 12- to 35- year-olds...

  • BERLIN— The World Health Organization said Friday it has approved a quick test for Ebola that will dramatically cut the time it takes to determine— with reasonable accuracy— whether someone is infected with the deadly virus. The ReEBOV Antigen Rapid Test Kit, made by Colorado- based Corgenix, met sufficient quality, safety and performance requirements to allow...

  • The impact of the firming oil price has helped to offset the situation in eastern Ukraine, where heavy fighting is continuing despite last week's peace deal in Minsk. The United Nations Security Council backed the Minsk agreement overnight, calling for an immediate end to fighting, but Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the Ukrainian troops in the...

  • UNITED NATIONS, Feb 12- The United Nations Security Council on Thursday banned all trade in antiquities from war-torn Syria, threatened sanctions on anyone buying oil from Islamic State and al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front militants and urged states to stop kidnap ransom payments. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, lamented that the council had not...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 12- The United Nations Security Council on Thursday banned all trade in antiquities from war-torn Syria, threatened sanctions on anyone buying oil from Islamic State and al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front militants and urged states to stop kidnap ransom payments. The 15- nation council unanimously adopted the Russian-drafted resolution, which is...

  • ROME, Feb 5- World food prices are unlikely to rise much from their four-year slump as long as high production, low oil prices and limited import demand continue, a senior economist for the United Nations food agency said on Thursday. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation's global food price index fell in January, continuing an almost...

  • Feb 4- Members of the United Nations' aviation arm, the International Civil Aviation Organization, meeting in Montreal this week, have endorsed a new standard that will require commercial aircraft to report their position every 15 minutes, a response to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The guideline, which ICAO is aiming to bring into force...

  • PARIS, Feb 3- A United Nations agency may press on Tuesday for rapid adoption of new aircraft tracking proposals, weeks ahead of the anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, officials said. The International Civil Aviation Organization is expected to tell a safety conference in Montreal that new guidelines should come in force as...

  • MONTREAL, Feb 2- Malaysia, which suffered two commercial air disasters last year after one jet disappeared and another was shot down over Ukraine, said on Monday the United Nations must make reporting of risks to airlines over conflict zones mandatory. The International Civil Aviation Organization, the U.N.' s aviation agency, been under pressure to come up with...

  • FACTBOX-How Ebola started and spreads Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 4:38 PM ET

    Jan 29- West Africa has grappled with the worst Ebola outbreak on record that has killed at least 8,810 people since March 2014. Ebola had killed 8,810 people out of 22,092 cases as of Jan. 25, 2015, with the vast majority of deaths and cases in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, according to the United Nations' World Health Organization. It has also turned up in Nigeria,...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 22- UBS AG has won dismissal of a lawsuit accusing it of seizing billions of dollars from inactive accounts over the past 30 years, including assets of the late Indonesian statesman and United Nations General Assembly President, Adam Malik. In 1998, UBS and Credit Suisse Group AG agreed to pay $1.25 billion to settle claims over dormant wartime...

  • UN unit wants flights to check in every 15 mins Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015 | 5:34 PM ET

    The United Nations aviation agency will propose a new standard that requires commercial aircraft to report their position every 15 minutes.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 23- The United States will drop South Sudan and Gambia from a duty-free trade program as of Jan. 1, according to a presidential proclamation on Tuesday that said the countries failed to meet the conditions, without specifying them. The United States is pushing for United Nations action against South Sudan after fighting between government and...

  • UNITED NATIONS, Dec 23- A global arms trade treaty that aims to regulate the $85 billion industry and keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers and criminals will enter into force on Wednesday, though the U.S. Senate has not yet ratified it. They say the treaty, which the United States signed in 2013, would require arms exporters around the world to meet...

  • UNITED NATIONS, Dec 18- Iran has not demonstrated sufficient flexibility in nuclear talks with six world powers aimed at ending a 12- year standoff with the Islamic Republic over its atomic ambitions, France and Britain said on Thursday. The remarks, at the United Nations, came just after the completion of another inconclusive round of negotiations in Geneva...

  • UNITED NATIONS, Dec 18- Iran has not demonstrated sufficient flexibility in nuclear talks with six world powers aimed at ending a 12- year standoff with the Islamic Republic over its atomic ambitions, France and Britain said on Thursday. The remarks at the United Nations came just after the completion of another inconclusive round of negotiations in Geneva...

  • LIMA, Dec 15- U.N. climate negotiations wrapped up in Lima on Sunday with a modest agreement about the building blocks of a deal due to be agreed on in Paris in a year's time. All nations will be asked to submit plans for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, known as "Intended Nationally Determined Contributions," or INDCs, to the United Nations by an informal deadline of...

  • * "Bad news" at U.N. climate talks in Lima- Figueres. LIMA, Dec 3- This year is on track to be the hottest on record, or at least among the very warmest, the United Nations said on Wednesday in new evidence of long-term warming that adds urgency to 190- nation talks under way in Lima on slowing climate change. The WMO said average sea surface temperatures hit record highs in...

  • Another reason Iran doesn't need low oil prices Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 2:20 PM ET
    A view of a petrochemical complex in Assaluyeh on Iran's Persian Gulf coast.

    Iran's budget may not be in danger from falling oil prices for now, but its position in ongoing nuclear talks could weaken.

  • The importance of UN's Lima climate talks  Sunday, 30 Nov 2014 | 6:48 PM ET

    Ahead of the United Nations climate change conference in Lima on Monday, Gabriel Lau, Director of the IEES at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, outlines his expectations.