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  • DAVOS, Switzerland— Climate change and poverty took center stage Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where leaders began campaigning in earnest for twin global accords aimed at cooling the planet and easing the suffering of multitudes. French President Francois Hollande, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and U.N. The United Nations' first round of...

  • 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.

  • 7 outrageous energy sources of the future Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 AM ET
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory demonstrated coal gasification in large-scale field experiments at the Rocky Mountain Test Facility (above) near Hanna, Wyoming.

    Renewable energy should come of age in 25 years. On the horizon: harnessing solar power from space and nuclear fusion technology.

  • Pope: Greed of man will destroy the world Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 2:18 PM ET
    Pope Francis addresses the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. staff during the Second International Conference on Nutrition in Rome, Nov. 20, 2014.

    Pope Francis warned that if the world continues to abuse natural resources due to greed, it will lead to global disaster.

  • UNITED NATIONS, Nov 12- The United States told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday there needs to be greater international pressure on Russia to abide by a ceasefire in Ukraine, as Russia denied it was a threat to its neighbor. The United States and the European Union started imposing economic sanctions on Moscow in response to Russia's seizure of...

  • Ukraine economy in 'free fall,' banking group says Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 12:22 PM ET
    Donetsk, Ukraine

    A leading banking organization said Wednesday that Ukraine's financial situation is "really desperate."

  • Aid groups see fallout from Ebola quarantines Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 12:54 PM ET
    Health workers wearing protective gear carry a man, suspected of being infected with the Ebola virus, to be transported to a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, Oct. 15, 2014.

    The fight over Ebola quarantines in the U.S. is discouraging doctors, nurses and other health workers from going to Africa. NBC News reports.

  • US spent $7.6B against Afghan poppy...to no avail Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 2:36 PM ET
    An Afghan policeman destroys poppies during a campaign against narcotics in Kunar province, April 29, 2014.

    Although the US spent $7.6 billion to eradicate poppy in Afghanistan, cultivation of the opium source is at an all time high.

  • UNITED NATIONS/ WASHINGTON, Oct 16- A United Nations trust fund seeking nearly $1 billion for rapid, flexible funding of the most urgent needs to fight Ebola in West Africa has received a deposit of just $100,000 nearly a month after it was set up. Since then $365 million has been committed to stop Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, which have been hit hardest...

  • UNITED NATIONS, Oct 16- A United Nations trust fund, seeking $1 billion to fight Ebola in West Africa, has received a deposit of just $100,000 nearly a month after it was set up to allow for rapid, flexible funding of the most urgent needs on the ground. As of Thursday, $365 million had been committed by at least 28 countries, the African Union, the European Union, the World...

  • COPENHAGEN, Oct 15- Denmark and its maritime industry are lobbying to get the top position at the International Maritime Organization, a United Nations body that wields great influence over global shipping through its regulations, industry sources said. The current secretary general of the IMO, Koji Sekimizu, is due to step down at the end of next year, and...