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  • NEW DELHI— Toilets are taken for granted in the industrialized West, but still are a luxury for a third of the world's people who have no access to them, according to a report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. With those benchmarks expiring this year, the United Nations is leading efforts to come up with a new set of "sustainable development goals" that are...

  • *Any promise from China of symbolic importance. BRUSSELS, June 29- China seeks a fair, global system to tackle climate change and will deliver its pledge to the United Nations by the end of Tuesday on how much it will cut emissions, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said after talks with top European Union officials. Once China, the world's biggest emitter, has submitted its...

  • BRUSSELS, June 29- China is seeking a fair, global system to tackle climate change and is about to make a joint announcement on the environment, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said before a summit in Brussels with top European Union officials on Monday. Expectations are high that China, the world's biggest carbon emitter, is about to submit to the United Nations a...

  • UNITED NATIONS— The five countries investigating last year's shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine are calling for an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible. Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Thursday that her government is committed to working with Malaysia, Ukraine, Netherlands, Belgium, "and the broader...

  • June 22- A widely used farm chemical that is a key ingredient in a new herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences "possibly" causes cancer in humans, a World Health Organization research unit has determined. The classification of the weed killer, 2,4- dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, known as 2,4- D, was made by the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer.

  • June 22- A widely used farm chemical used as a key ingredient in a new herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences "possibly" causes cancer in humans, a World Health Organization research unit has determined. The classification of the weed killer, 2,4- dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, known as 2,4- D, was made by the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer.

  • Yemen mediator optimistic as crisis worsens Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | 2:45 PM ET
    People watch a vehicle which belonged to Shi'ite Muslim rebels burn during clashes in Aden, Yemen, March 26, 2015.

    Leaders of the warring sides in Yemen ended four days of talks Friday in Geneva without agreeing to even a two-week truce in deference to Ramadan.

  • *Pope voicing concerns from Latin America. The sharp critique of the market-based approach to curbing emissions comes as support for carbon trading is growing, embraced by institutions like the World Bank and United Nations, as well as the heads of many multinational companies and countries like China.. Emissions trading schemes, such as one in place in the...

  • LONDON/ BONN, June 2- A global carbon emissions pricing system pushed by top energy companies is unlikely to be a big part of any United Nations' deal to curb global warming, some experts say, because many countries have little faith in such cross-border initiatives. "All countries are relatively skeptical on international market mechanisms," said Niklas Hoehne,...

  • PARIS, May 20- French President Francois Hollande said he was worried about a lack of progress towards a United Nations climate deal in Paris in December and called on the financial sector to "decarbonise" its investment portfolios. Hollande said on Wednesday that only 37 of 196 U.N. member states had so far submitted plans to the United Nations outlining their...

  • PARIS, May 20- French President Francois Hollande said he was worried about a lack of progress towards a United Nations climate deal in Paris in December and called on the financial sector to decarbonise its investment portfolios. Hollande said that only 37 of 196 U.N. member states had so far submitted plans to the United Nations outlining their actions to slow...

  • SPECIAL REPORT-Why gold threatens Ivory Coast's peace Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 5:22 AM ET

    GAMINA, Ivory Coast, May 7- Nestled among the cocoa plantations of western Ivory Coast is a gold mine that does not feature on any official maps. The unlicensed mine is a key part of a lucrative business empire headed by the deputy commander of the West African nation's elite Republican Guard, United Nations investigators allege. A senior Ivorian army officer said...

  • UNITED NATIONS, May 5- Washington wants to be certain that any nuclear deal between Iran and major powers includes the possibility of restoring U.N. sanctions if Tehran breaks the agreement without risking Russian and Chinese vetoes, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday. United Nations sanctions and a future mechanism for Iran to buy atomic technology are two...

  • UNITED NATIONS, May 5- Iran and world powers are struggling to overcome deep divisions on two core sticking points in talks on a possible nuclear deal: reimposing U.N. sanctions if the Iranians violate the agreement and how Tehran can buy atomic technology, envoys said. The negotiations between Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the...

  • 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...

  • 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...