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    1. May 27, 2015

      Tony Blair to step down as Middle East envoy next month

      Tony Blair will step down as Middle East envoy next month, bringing to an end a controversial eight-year role that made him...

    2. April 28, 2015

      Pope to weigh in on climate change action

      A senior Vatican official has launched an attack on fossil fuels and urged wealthy nations to slash their carbon emissions,...

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    1. Special report: Durban 2011 Review

      Nearly 200 nations gathered in the South African city of Durban to negotiate a success...
    2. The New Africa

      From Senegal to Kenya and from Morocco to Mozambique, Africa is enjoying an era of eco...
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    1. April 28, 2015

      Ban Ki-moon attacks EU plans for strikes on Libyan smugglers’ boats

      Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general, is opposed to plans by the EU to mount military strikes against boats used by human...

    2. beyondbrics

      April 27, 2015

      Emerging nations will demand a say over who becomes next UN Secretary General

      With a decision due next year, the process of choosing the next United Nations Secretary General is already under way...

    3. March 13, 2015

      Daniel Topolski: Sportsman, coach and commentator, 1945-2015

      You row upstream, yet the tide — just for now — is with you. You beat your rivals not merely through strength, whether in...

    4. February 24, 2015

      Rajendra Pachauri resigns as chairman of UN climate change body

      The world’s leading climate change authority has been jolted by the sudden resignation of its chairman, Rajendra Pachauri,...

    5. beyondbrics

      November 6, 2014

      Inequality and why the world's poor are being left behind by Big Data

      We are living through the era of Big Data with all its promises and consequences. But is the world also splitting into the...

    6. October 17, 2014

      US and UK make fresh calls for action on Ebola

      The US and Britain made fresh pleas on Friday for all countries to “come together” and get “all hands on deck” to fight the...

    7. October 14, 2014

      Gaza rebuild starts as Israel lifts ban on construction materials

      Israel has allowed trucks carrying construction materials to enter the Gaza Strip for the first time in a year, marking the...

    8. October 12, 2014

      International donors pledge $5.4bn to help rebuild Gaza

      International donors have pledged $5.4bn in aid to Gaza at a conference held on Sunday in Cairo to raise funds for the...

    9. October 5, 2014

      Better governance is the only sustainable solution for Africa

      When I first started talking about the potential for investment and business opportunities in Africa some 20 years ago, I...

    10. September 19, 2014

      China debates how to impose carbon caps

      China has recognised the need to temper carbon emissions by imposing a cap but is engaged in fierce debate over how to do...

    11. August 31, 2014

      Israel shoots down drone in Golan as security worsens

      Israel’s air force shot down a drone that entered its airspace from Syria on Sunday, in another sign of deteriorating...

    12. August 5, 2014

      Ceasefire takes hold in Gaza

      Israel said it had pulled all of its troops out of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning and was adhering to a 72-hour ceasefire...

    13. July 22, 2014

      Gaza ceasefire talks make little progress

      International efforts to secure an end to the hostilities in Gaza appeared stalled on Tuesday after John Kerry, the US...

    14. July 20, 2014

      Gaza ceasefire efforts hampered by Arab divisions over Hamas

      Qatar launched a round of diplomacy on Sunday in an attempt to lay the groundwork for a ceasefire in Gaza as the death toll...

    15. The A-List

      July 8, 2014

      How to decarbonise the global economy

      Today’s report on deep decarbonisation delivered to Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, offers a new perspective on how...

    16. July 7, 2014

      A path to decarbonising the global economy

      Today’s report on deep decarbonisation delivered to Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, offers a new perspective on how...

    17. May 14, 2014

      UN Syria envoy Brahimi to step down

      Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN special envoy to Syria, is stepping down from his role having failed to find a peaceful solution to...

    18. April 14, 2014

      Ukraine raises rates as west discusses more sanctions

      Ukraine’s central bank unexpectedly raised its benchmark interest rate for the first time in eight months in an attempt to...

    19. February 12, 2014

      UN warns partition of Central African Republic ‘a distinct risk’

      The Central African Republic is in effect splitting into Christian and Muslim fiefdoms as tit-for-tat reprisals between...

    20. The World

      February 5, 2014

      UN quietly documents Syria's war against children

      The Syrian armed forces that took control of the Homs province town of Deir Balbi in 2012 wanted to show the locals they...

    21. January 21, 2014

      Iran warns on exclusion from Syria talks

      When Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, visited the tomb of an assassinated Hizbollah leader during a visit to...

    22. January 20, 2014

      UN rescinds invitation for Iran to attend Syria peace talks

      The UN on Monday withdrew an invitation for Iran to attend this week’s Syria peace talks just 24 hours after it was issued....

    23. January 19, 2014

      Opposition threatens to pull out of Syria talks

      Syria’s main political opposition has threatened to withdraw from international peace talks aimed at bringing an end to the...

    24. November 25, 2013

      Africa’s new crisis

      In the summer of 2012 France warned its allies that al-Qaeda was taking root in northern Mali and could establish a base for...

    25. November 21, 2013

      UN presses rich nations to act on climate funds

      Rich countries are still not pledging enough money to begin financing a shift to a cleaner global economy, the UN has...

    26. October 3, 2013

      Flawed war crimes trials push Bangladesh to the edge

      Bangladesh – for historical reasons a byword in the west for famine, poverty and disaster – has achieved notable social and...

    27. September 24, 2013

      ‘Stern 2’ to review economic costs of tackling climate change

      The UK has teamed up with Norway, Sweden and four other nations to launch an $8.9m assessment of the economic costs and...

    28. September 11, 2013

      UN official’s attack on housing benefit reforms enrages Tories

      Grant Shapps, Conservative party chairman, has written to Ban Ki-Moon to complain about a “disgraceful” UN report which is...

    29. August 29, 2013

      Cameron loses Commons Syria vote

      Western efforts to co-ordinate action against the Assad regime in Syria over charges of chemical attacks against civilians...

    30. August 23, 2013

      Race against time to find evidence of Syria gas attack

      Time is running out for the UN team in Damascus to establish what happened in this week’s alleged toxic gas attack, weapons...

    31. July 5, 2013

      Europe falls into imperialist stereotype trap in Bolivian airline drama

      In Latin America it used to be called an “international incident” – the kind of minor diplomatic cock-up that mushrooms into...

    32. April 10, 2013

      The perils of playing nuclear poker with a novice

      The world’s most fascinating – and unnerving – game of poker is taking place on the Korean peninsula. The problem is no one...

    33. Material World

      April 5, 2013

      Mayor Bloomberg: Italian Vogue cover boy

      Francesco Carrozzini American Vogue may have Michelle Obama as its cover coup, but L’Uomo Vogue, Italian Vogue’s men’s...

    34. March 21, 2013

      UN probes Syria chemical weapons claims

      The UN is to launch an investigation into allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria, said Ban Ki-Moon, secretary-general,...

    35. March 18, 2013

      Time for a Wikipedia overseas aid policy

      No one could be against the eradication of poverty, the expansion of access to education or reductions in infant and...

    36. March 18, 2013

      Bachelet set to run again for presidency

      Michelle Bachelet is expected to launch her bid to regain the presidency of Chile after resigning as head of the UN’s...

    37. March 7, 2013

      US urges China to enact N Korea sanctions

      The US urged China on Thursday to implement a new round of UN sanctions on North Korea designed to prevent imports of...

    38. March 6, 2013

      Chávez as divisive in death as in life

      Even after his death, Hugo Chávez remained a controversial figure, with international reaction to the passing of the...

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