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  • PARIS, Oct 16- Oil and gas industry bosses called for an "effective" agreement at the United Nations climate change summit in December, recognising that current greenhouse gas emissions were inconsistent with the goal of limiting global warming. In an unprecedented show of unity, the bosses of Europe's top oil companies will be joined later on Friday at a news...

  • UNITED NATIONS, Oct 13- Ukraine on Tuesday defended its decision not to close airspace in the east of the country where a Malaysian passenger plane was shot down, saying it was unaware that anti-aircraft weapons were being used in the area and that planes could be under threat. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine by a Russian-made Buk...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 9- A deputy United Nations ambassador from the Dominican Republic facing U.S. charges over a bribery scheme had his bail set at $2 million on Friday, despite a prosecutor's warnings that he poses a flight risk. Brian Bieber, Lorenzo's lawyer, sought to assure Pitman that Lorenzo would return to court, adding the Dominican Republic had just suspended...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 6- U.S. authorities charged a former president of the United Nations General Assembly, a billionaire Macau real estate developer and four others on Tuesday for engaging in a wide-ranging corruption scheme. John Ashe, a former U.N. ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda who was general assembly president from 2013 to 2014, was accused in a complaint...

  • UNITED NATIONS, Oct 6- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon was shocked by allegations that John Ashe, a former president of the United Nations General Assembly, took more than $1.3 million in bribes, Ban's spokesman said on Tuesday. "The secretary-general was shocked and deeply troubled to learn this morning of the allegations against John Ashe, the former...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 6- More people could face criminal charges as part of a corruption probe that has already led to the arrest of a former president of the United Nations General Assembly, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said on Tuesday. John Ashe, the U.N. ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda who was president in 2013, was accused on Tuesday of taking more than $1.3...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 6- U.S. authorities charged a former president of the United Nations General Assembly, a billionaire Macau real estate developer and four others on Tuesday for engaging in a wide-ranging corruption scheme. John Ashe, the U.N. ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda who was president in 2013, was accused in a complaint filed in federal court in New York of...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 6- U.S. authorities arrested a former president of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday for engaging in a wide-ranging corruption scheme involving a billionaire Macau real estate developer and four other defendants. John Ashe, the U.N. ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda who was president in 2013, was accused in a complaint filed in New...

  • 10 global hot spots hit by urgent water crises Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Water drought

    The greatest global risk is running out of water for our 7.3 billion inhabitants. Already, some countries are reeling from this catastrophe.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 6- U.S. authorities plan to announce charges in a corruption investigation involving United Nations officials and a billionaire real estate developer from the Chinese territory of Macau, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. But the source said the charges related to last month's arrest of Ng Lap Seng, a Macau- based developer accused of...

  • The office of Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney of the Southern District of New York, shown here in September, is leading an investigation that centers on alleged bribery by Chinese business people, according to people familiar with the matter.

    U.S. Federal law-enforcement authorities are investigating an alleged bribery scheme tied to the United Nations, the WSJ reported.

  • East Asia is doing fine; chaos is elsewhere Monday, 5 Oct 2015 | 12:54 AM ET

    Widely publicized jeremiads about emerging markets are mainly referring to East Asia's developing economies. They are totally wrong.

  • Why is Iraq ignoring US concerns about Russia? Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | 7:53 AM ET
    Armed masked man in Syria

    Iraq is turning a blind eye to Russia's move into Syria despite US objections, says David Phillips.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 29- Albania's tax collection rate is among the lowest in the world, but that is not stopping it from issuing a new Eurobond of between 300 million to 500 million euros, Prime Minister Edi Rama said on Tuesday. Rama, in New York for the United Nations General Assembly meetings, confirmed Albania will issue a bond. Albania's 27 percent tax collection rate...

  • ZURICH, Sept 29- A United Nations investigator urged the World Bank on Tuesday to pay heed to human rights in its development work, accusing the lender of hiding behind outdated statutes to skirt its responsibilities. "For most purposes, the World Bank is currently a human rights-free zone. "This report fundamentally misrepresents the World Bank's position on...

  • ZURICH, Sept 29- A United Nations investigator urged the World Bank on Tuesday to pay heed to human rights in its development work, accusing the lender of hiding behind outdated statutes to skirt its responsibilities. "For most purposes, the World Bank is currently a human rights-free zone. The articles of agreement for the Washington- based World Bank, formed in...

  • U.N. rapporteur criticises World Bank's rights record Tuesday, 29 Sep 2015 | 12:18 PM ET

    ZURICH, Sept 29- A United Nations investigator urged the World Bank on Tuesday to pay heed to human rights in its development work, accusing the lender of hiding behind outdated statutes to skirt its responsibilities. "For most purposes, the World Bank is currently a human rights-free zone. The articles of agreement for the Washington- based World Bank, formed in...

  • Frosty diplomatic relations at the UN Tuesday, 29 Sep 2015 | 7:10 AM ET
    Frosty diplomatic relations at the UN

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports the latest detail on the meeting between President Obama and Russian President Putin and the upcoming meeting with Raul Castro.

  • Is Putin trying to reset his global image? Tuesday, 29 Sep 2015 | 5:00 AM ET
    Is Putin trying to reset his global image?

    Hannah Thoburn, adjunct fellow at Hudson Institute, says Russian President, Vladimir Putin is using his UN summit speech as a ploy to get back into the international good graces.

  • Putin: Do you realize what you have done? Monday, 28 Sep 2015 | 1:07 PM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 28, 2015.

    "We believe that any attempts to play games with terrorists, let alone to arm them, are not just short-sighted, but hazardous," Putin tells the U.N.