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  • *Almost quarter of a million refugees in UN's Gaza shelters. *Gaza fighting in its fourth week. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 31- The United Nations in Gaza is struggling to withstand a flood of almost a quarter of a million refugees into shelters that have repeatedly come under Israeli fire.

  • Global task force created after plane shot down Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 2:52 PM ET

    MONTREAL— The United Nations agency that governs civil aviation said Tuesday it is creating a task force aimed at improving security measures after the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine.

  • UN sanctions NKorea operator of ship with weapons Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 9:14 PM ET

    UNITED NATIONS— The United Nations imposed sanctions on the North Korean shipping company that operates a ship seized by Panama in July 2013 for carrying undeclared military equipment from Cuba ordered all countries to freeze its assets.

  • UN condemns terrorist oil sales from Iraq, Syria Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    UNITED NATIONS— The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned any sale of oil from Syria or Iraq by terrorist groups and reminded all countries that buying the illegally obtained oil violates U.N. sanctions.

  • *Hamas sticks to demand embargo on enclave be lifted. *One killed in West Bank march is support of Gaza. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon expressed horror at the Thursday attack on the school at Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza strip.

  • UN agency rankings of humanity's progress Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 1:34 AM ET

    Top ranked is Norway, followed by Australia, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the United States. Slovenia ranks first in gender equality, a figure taking into account factors such as maternal death rates and teen pregnancies, followed by Switzerland, Germany and Sweden.

  • UNITED NATIONS, July 18- Russia warned on Friday against any attempts to prejudge an investigation into what brought down a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine with 298 people on board, raising questions about the role of Ukrainian aviation authorities.

  • UNITED NATIONS, July 18- Russia's U.N. ambassador warned the U.N. Security Council on Friday against any attempts to pressure an investigation into the downing of a Malaysian airliner with 298 people on board over Ukraine. "There is a need for impartial, open investigation of what happened.

  • UNITED NATIONS, July 18- The United States said on Friday it could not rule out Russian help to separatists in Ukraine in firing an SA-11 surface-to-air missile that likely downed a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine with 298 people on board.

  • UNITED NATIONS, July 18- The United States said on Friday it could not rule out Russian help to separatists in Ukraine in firing an SA-11 surface-to-air missile that likely downed a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine with 298 people on board.

  • UNITED NATIONS, July 18- U.N Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon is alarmed at seemingly "credible, numerous reports that suggest that a sophisticated surface-to-air missile was used" to bring down a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, a top U.N. official said on Friday.

  • UNITED NATIONS, July 18- The U.N. Security Council on Friday called for a "full, thorough and independent international investigation" into the downing of a Malaysian airliner with 298 people on board over Ukraine, urging all parties to grant investigators access to the site.

  • UNITED NATIONS, July 17- The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on the situation in Ukraine at 10 a.m. EDT on Friday, diplomats said, after a Malaysian airliner was brought down over eastern Ukraine, killing all 295 people aboard.

  • UNITED NATIONS, July 17- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon called for "a full and transparent international investigation" into what brought down a Malaysian civilian airliner over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard.

  • *Gaza death toll hits 216 after more air strikes. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 16- Israeli shelling killed four Palestinian boys on a Gaza beach on Wednesday, an incident the military called tragic, and Israel and Hamas said they would cease attacks for five hours on Thursday for a humanitarian truce requested by the United Nations.

  • VIENNA/ NAIROBI, July 16- A United Nations panel that monitors compliance with U.N. sanctions on Somalia has accused the country's president, a former minister, and a U.S. law firm of conspiring to divert Somali assets recovered abroad, according to a new report.

  • DEATH TOLL FROM EBOLA OUTBREAK IN GUINEA, LIBERIA AND SIERRA LEONE HITS 603- WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION.

  • VIENNA, July 10- The U.N. atomic agency said on Thursday it believed nuclear material which Iraq said had fallen into the hands of insurgents was "low grade" and did not pose a significant security risk.

  • VIENNA, July 10- The U.N. nuclear agency said on Thursday it believed materials that Iraq said had been seized by insurgents was "low grade" and did not pose a significant security risk. Iraq told the United Nations in a July 8 letter that "terrorist groups" had seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north.