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  • 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...

  • We can't be isolated and grow too: Iran's Rouhani Sunday, 4 Jan 2015 | 5:04 PM ET
    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

    Iran's president called for an end to state involvement in the economy and an end to the country's isolation.

  • 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.

  • What North Korea's rich are worried about Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 11:47 AM ET
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects KPA Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 458 in an undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang on Dec. 8, 2014.

    While sanctions and falling oil prices are pushing Russia into a recession, why has North Korea been able to evade the effects of sanctions?

  • Report says Iran needs a nuclear deal—badly Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 3:25 PM ET
    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

    Iran could be headed for an economic catastrophe if it fails to reach a deal on its nuclear ambitions.

  • 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
    The importance of UN's Lima climate talks

    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.

  • 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.

  • Some bullets fired by ISIS were made in Missouri Monday, 6 Oct 2014 | 8:10 AM ET
    A fighter of the Islamic State stands guard near the city of Baiji, north of Baghdad June 19, 2014.

    Ammo being used by ISIS are found to have been manufactured in 21 countries including the US, NBC News reports.

  • There is no military solution to IS: ex-UN official Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 3:30 AM ET
    There is no military solution to IS: ex-UN chief

    Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, former deputy general secretary at the United Nations, says only a political solution will counter the Islamic State in Iraq.