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  • UNITED NATIONS, April 29- The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday partially eased a decade-long arms embargo on Ivory Coast and removed a ban on its diamond exports, a measure that U.N. experts said had failed to stop illicit trafficking. U.N. experts have valued the annual illicit trade in Ivory Coast diamonds at between $12 million and $23 million.

  • UNITED NATIONS/ ABIDJAN, April 25- The U.N. Security Council is set to partially ease a decade-long arms embargo on Ivory Coast and lift a ban on diamond exports, diplomats said on Friday, despite claims by U.N. experts the measure failed to stop illicit trafficking of rough diamonds.

  • UNITED NATIONS/ ABIDJAN, April 25- The U.N. Security Council is set to lift a nearly decade-long diamond embargo on Ivory Coast, diplomats said on Friday, despite U.N. experts reporting that ban has failed to stop the illicit production and trafficking of rough diamonds.

  • *France, United Nations have spoken out against partition. BAMBARI, Central African Republic, April 24- In this dusty town at the heart of the Central African Republic, many angry Muslims advocate a simple solution to the threat of religious violence from Christian militias terrorising the country's south: partition.

  • UNITED NATIONS, April 24- The United Nations Security Council asked for an urgent investigation on Thursday into the ethnic massacre of hundreds of people in South Sudan's oil hub Bentiu and expressed its willingness to "take additional measures" if there are more attacks on civilians.

  • *Canadian company ready to mine off Papua New Guinea. NEWCASTLE, England/ LONDON, April 18- The world's first deep sea mining robot sits idle on a British factory floor, waiting to claw up high grade copper and gold from the seabed off Papua New Guinea- when a wrangle over terms is solved. The world waits for the judgement of a United Nations agency based in Jamaica.

  • WASHINGTON, April 11- The leaders of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and United Nations on Friday called upon finance ministers to use fiscal policies, such as carbon taxes, to combat climate change. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim were joined by U.N.

  • WASHINGTON, April 11- Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Friday any oil-for-goods deal between Moscow and Iran would follow United Nations rules on sanctions, not U.S. rules.

  • WASHINGTON, April 11- Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Friday any oil-for-goods deal between Moscow and Iran would follow United Nations rules on sanctions, not U.S. rules. Siluanov would not say whether a deal had been sealed with Iran.

  • LONDON, April 9- The World Health Organisation wants a "concerted effort" to drive down the cost of new hepatitis C drugs that offer a cure for the liver-destroying virus but are unaffordable for most infected people worldwide.

  • UNITED NATIONS, April 4- North Korea said on Friday that the world would have to "wait and see" when asked for details of "a new form" of nuclear test it threatened to carry out after the United Nations Security Council condemned Pyongyang's recent ballistic missile launch. North Korea fired two medium-range Rodong ballistic missiles into the sea on March 26.

  • UNITED NATIONS, April 4- The United States on Friday dismissed suggestions that Iran was exporting much more oil than it is allowed to sell under a preliminary nuclear deal with world powers and predicted that aggregate Iranian oil sales would meet targets set for Tehran.

  • UNITED NATIONS, April 4- The United States on Friday dismissed suggestions that Iran was exporting much more oil than it is allowed to sell under a preliminary nuclear deal with world powers and predicted that aggregate Iranian oil sales would meet targets set for Tehran.

  • LONDON, March 25- Air pollution killed about 7 million people in 2012, making it the world's single biggest environmental health risk, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday.

  • UNITED NATIONS, March 24- Ukraine has circulated a draft resolution to the U.N. General Assembly that would declare invalid Crimea's recent referendum calling for annexation to Russia, a document that echoes a text Moscow vetoed earlier this month in the Security Council. Unlike the General Assembly, Security Council decisions are legally binding.

  • *Energy firms urged to do more to limit water use. *Water under strain from rising population, climate change. OSLO, March 21- Rising demand for energy, from biofuels to shale gas, is a threat to freshwater supplies that are already under strain from climate change, the United Nations said in a report on Friday.

  • LONDON, March 5- Adults should eat less than the equivalent of 6 teaspoons of sugar a day if they are to avoid health risks such as weight gain and tooth decay linked to sugary diets, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday.

  • WHO cuts sugar intake advice to 5 percent of daily energy Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 10:09 AM ET

    LONDON, March 5- Sugar should account for less than 5.0 percent of what people eat each day if they are to avoid health risks such as weight gain and tooth decay linked to excessively sugary diets, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday.

  • Crimea may be prelude to new 'Cold War': UN     Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 1:05 AM ET

    U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, says tensions in Crimea could lead to a new "Cold War" but insisted that it's important for "cool heads" to prevail.

  • Could bugs be the key to solving world hunger? Monday, 30 Sep 2013 | 10:35 AM ET
    A woman in Bangkok eats a fried grasshopper.

    A start-up is trying to tackle the problem of world hunger with what it hopes will be a game-changing idea? Bugs.