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  • 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...

  • UNITED NATIONS, March 9- British lawmaker and former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Stephen O'Brien, will replace Valerie Amos as the United Nations aid chief, U.N. Amos, a former British Cabinet minister, Leader of the House of Lords and Secretary of State for International Development, is stepping down in May after more...

  • BRUSSELS, March 6- The European Union on Friday submitted its formal promise on how much it will cut greenhouse gas emissions to the United Nations ahead of climate change talks starting in November and called on the United States and China to follow its lead. The European Union is the first major economy to agree its position before the talks in Paris aimed at...

  • *Paris to host U.N. climate talks starting in November. BRUSSELS, March 6- EU ministers agreed on Friday to send their formal promise on how much they will cut greenhouse gas emissions to the United Nations ahead of climate change talks starting in November. The European Union is the first bloc to agree its position before the talks in Paris aimed at seeking a new...

  • 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...

  • Keep an eye on these emerging market cities Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 PM ET
    Vehicle light trails pass the Kingdom Tower on King Fahad Road in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    The fastest growth is not in megacities like Tokyo, but second-tier ones that many Americans have never heard of.

  • 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...