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Weedkiller likely cause of Nigeria 'mystery disease': WHO

Weedkiller likely cause of Nigeria 'mystery disease': WHO

Pesticide poisoning was the likely cause of the mysterious deaths of at least 18 people in a southwestern Nigerian town earlier this week, the World Health Organization said Sunday.

   April 19, 2015 - 11:59 GMT
Isis dropped from UN hurricane name list

Isis dropped from UN hurricane name list

The UN weather agency announced Friday it was dropping Isis -- the name of an ancient Egyptian goddess that also happens to be the acronym for the Islamic State jihadist group -- from its stocklist of Pacific hurricane names.

   April 17, 2015 - 22:55 GMT

U.N. launches near-$275 million appeal for Yemen

GENEVA Reuters - The United Nations launched an appeal on Friday for $273.7 million to meet the humanitarian needs of Yemen over the next three months, as fighting intensifies in the south and air strikes pound 18 of Yemen's 22 provinces.

   April 17, 2015 - 08:45 GMT

Forty-one boat migrants reported drowned in Mediterranean: IOM

Forty-one people have drowned in the Mediterranean trying to reach Italy by boat from Libya, four survivors said when they arrived at the Sicilian port of Trapani, according to the International Organisation for Migration IOM.

   April 16, 2015 - 16:08 GMT
Russia hopes U.N. Syria talks will lead to united fight with IS

Russia hopes U.N. Syria talks will lead to united fight with IS

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   April 16, 2015 - 14:22 GMT

U.N. confirms new push for Syria talks, Iran to be invited

The United Nations said on Tuesday that its Syria envoy planned to consult Syrian factions and interested countries on a new round of peace talks, confirming a Reuters report.

   April 14, 2015 - 16:32 GMT
Solar Impulse 2 pilot back in Switzerland for medical tests

Solar Impulse 2 pilot back in Switzerland for medical tests

The co-pilot of a pioneering plane attempting to circumnavigate the globe powered by the sun, is being treated for migraine in his native Switzerland but will return to China soon, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

   April 14, 2015 - 15:47 GMT
Kenya warned over closing world's biggest refugee camp

Kenya warned over closing world's biggest refugee camp

The United Nations warned Kenyan authorities Tuesday that closing the world's biggest refugee camp complex would have extreme humanitarian and practical consequences and would violate international law.

   April 14, 2015 - 14:03 GMT
U.N. asks Kenya to rethink closure of Somali refugee camp

U.N. asks Kenya to rethink closure of Somali refugee camp

The United Nations refugee agency urged Kenya on Tuesday to reconsider an order to close the teeming Dadaab refugee camp, warning that sending Somali refugees back to their homeland would have extreme humanitarian and practical consequences.

   April 14, 2015 - 12:19 GMT
143 foreign nationals evacuated from Yemen, 16,000 stranded: IOM

143 foreign nationals evacuated from Yemen, 16,000 stranded: IOM

The International Organization for Migration said Sunday it had flown a first planeload of foreign nationals out of Yemen and aimed to continue evacuating foreigners stranded in the conflict-torn country.

   April 13, 2015 - 14:53 GMT
'Progress' in Ebola fight, but 'substantial risks' remain: WHO

'Progress' in Ebola fight, but 'substantial risks' remain: WHO

Real progress is being made in the fight against Ebola, but the deadly outbreak in west Africa remains a major international health emergency, the World Health Organization said Friday.

   April 11, 2015 - 00:31 GMT
Risk of Ebola spreading to other countries seen as less: WHO

Risk of Ebola spreading to other countries seen as less: WHO

West Africa's Ebola epidemic still poses a threat to other countries but the risk of international spread appears to be diminishing, the World Health Organization WHO said on Friday.

   April 10, 2015 - 13:01 GMT
Third of Yemen fighters are children: UNICEF

Third of Yemen fighters are children: UNICEF

Children make up a third of fighters in the armed groups in conflict-wracked Yemen, a UN official said Thursday, also warning that malnutrition levels in the country were set to explode.

   April 09, 2015 - 14:38 GMT
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