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  • UNITED NATIONS, April 28- Iran asked U.N. chief Ban Ki- moon on Thursday to convince the United States to stop violating state immunity after the top U.S. court ruled that $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets must be paid to American victims of attacks blamed on Tehran. Zarif's appeal comes amid increasing Iranian frustration at what they say is the failure of the...

  • UNITED NATIONS, April 28- Iran asked U.N. chief Ban Ki- moon on Thursday to convince the United States to stop violating state immunity after the top U.S. court ruled that $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets must be paid to American victims of attacks blamed on Tehran. Zarif's appeal comes amid increasing Iranian frustration at what they say is the failure of the...

  • LONDON, April 28- An Indian-flagged oil tanker is returning to Libya, the North African country's rival oil corporation said on Thursday, after its failed first attempt to export crude oil led to the ship being blacklisted by the United Nations Security Council. The Distya Ameya tanker is heading to the western Libyan port of Zawiya, said Nagi al-Maghrabi,...

  • NEW DELHI, April 28- India has instructed an Indian-flagged oil tanker that has been blacklisted by the U.N. not to discharge its cargo of crude oil from Libya's rival eastern government and to await instructions from the United Nations, a senior Indian government official said on Thursday. The tanker, the Distya Ameya, is carrying 650,000 barrels of crude on...

  • CAIRO— The U.N. envoy to Libya says attacks by the Islamic State group are a serious threat to Libya's oil installations. Martin Kobler says in a statement Wednesday that he is deeply concerned by recent IS incursions into Libya's oil crescent region and militant attacks on oil fields, calling it a "grave assault" on the economy and "the livelihoods of millions of...

  • UNITED NATIONS, April 26- Libya has asked the United Nations Security Council to blacklist an Indian-flagged tanker on its way to Malta carrying crude oil shipped by the rival eastern Libya government, Libya's U.N. envoy said on Tuesday. Libyan Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi told Reuters he had written to the Security Council sanctions committee to complain...

  • WASHINGTON, April 19- The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank said on Tuesday they are joining forces with other international organizations to cooperate on tax issues and develop new tools and standards to halt tax base erosion and evasion. The new grouping, which will also include the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Cooperation...

  • WASHINGTON, April 19- The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank said on Tuesday they are joining forces with other international organizations to cooperate on tax issues and develop new tools and standards for taxing multinational enterprises. The new group, which will also include the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Cooperation...

  • LONDON, April 18- The latest dispute to blow up around the International Agency for Research on Cancer concerns glyphosate, an ingredient in one of the world's most widely-used weed killers, Roundup, made by Monsanto. The World Health Organization- IARC's parent organisation- and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, which first assessed...

  • LONDON, April 18- Thanks to scientists working under the auspices of the World Health Organization, you can be fairly sure your toothbrush won't give you cancer. Over four decades, a WHO research agency has assessed 989 substances and activities, ranging from arsenic to hairdressing, and found only one was "probably not" likely to cause cancer in humans.

  • LONDON, April 18- The latest dispute to blow up around the International Agency for Research on Cancer concerns glyphosate, an ingredient in one of the world's most widely-used weed killers, Roundup, made by Monsanto. The World Health Organization- IARC's parent organization- and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, which first assessed...

  • LESBOS, Greece, March 22- The United Nations refugee agency said on Monday it would not operate in "detention centres" on the Greek island of Lesbos for migrants and refugees arriving from Turkey, dealing a blow to the European Union's agreement with Ankara last week. The deal, in effect since Sunday, is aimed at putting new arrivals in Greece who seek asylum on a...

  • UNITED NATIONS/ SEOUL, March 22- The U.N. Security Council agreed on Monday to a Chinese request to remove sanctions on four ships the United Nations had blacklisted for ties to Pyongyang's arms trade. China asked the United States on March 16 for help removing the ships from the U.N. blacklist, according to a diplomatic cable sent the same day from the U.S. permanent...

  • UNITED NATIONS/ SEOUL, March 21- The U.N. Security Council agreed on Monday to a Chinese request to remove sanctions on four ships that had been blacklisted for ties to Pyongyang after China secured assurances the vessels would not use North Korean crews, a U.S. official said. The ships were among 31 vessels sanctioned by the 15- member council on March 2 because...

  • LONDON, March 18- The World Health Organization has suspended the approval of tuberculosis drugs made by India's Svizera Labs, a major supplier to developing countries, following an investigation into standards. The United Nations agency, which acts as a drug watchdog in markets lacking robust local regulation, said on Friday it had suspended all TB products...

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  • LONDON, March 16- Some 650 million people, or one in 10 of the world's population, do not have access to safe water, putting them at risk of infectious diseases and premature death. Dirty water and poor sanitation can cause severe diarrhoeal diseases in children, killing 900 under-fives a day across the world, according to United Nations estimates- or one child every...

  • NEW YORK, March 14- A suspended deputy United Nations ambassador from the Dominican Republic accused of participating in a scheme to bribe a former U.N. Lorenzo is one of six individuals charged in October in connection with a scheme to pay more than $1.3 million in bribes to John Ashe, a former U.N. ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda and who served as General...

  • NEW YORK, March 14- A suspended deputy United Nations ambassador from the Dominican Republic accused of participating in a scheme to bribe a former U.N. General Assembly president is expected to plead guilty on Wednesday, according to a court filing. He is one of six individuals facing charges in connection with an alleged scheme to pay more than $1.3 million in...

  • The UN and human rights groups warned on Tuesday that a tentative European Union deal with Turkey to send back irregular migrants may be illegal.