November 12, 2013 Saudi Arabia, Russia, and China were all reelected to new six-year terms on the international body, but some say they fall short of the council's implied standards.
October 16, 2013 Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, on his Facebook page, said Iran was planning a new round of dialogue with the West in Geneva.
October 9, 2013 A cholera outbreak in Haiti was likely triggered by United Nations peacekeeping forces stationed there after a 2010 earthquake. A human rights groups wants the U.N. to take responsibility for the cholera outbreak and to compensate Haitian families.
October 3, 2013 The international team says it hopes to begin onsite inspections and the initial disabling of equipment within a week.
September 26, 2013 President Obama and other American officials have expressed doubts about the U.N.'s ability to get things done. But this week, the U.S. has gone to the U.N. to address its two most pressing diplomatic challenges — Syria and Iran.
September 24, 2013 Dilma Rousseff had already called off a high-profile visit to Washington. Speaking at the U.N., she accuses the U.S. of violating Brazil's sovereignty with its spying programs.
September 24, 2013 Nations will disagree about when and how to stop tyrants from committing mass murder, the president told the U.N. General Assembly. But he made the case that the international community must do more to prevent atrocities. Obama also used his address to say the U.S. is encouraged by signs of moderation from Iran.
September 23, 2013 A steady increase in the number of people getting antiviral drugs has helped lower the rates of infection and death from HIV. Treatment can save a person's life. It also helps reduce the risk that infected people will pass HIV to their sexual partners and children.
September 23, 2013 Although there are one-third fewer children working than there were in the year 2000, the problem continues. Many are employed in hazardous occupations involving dangerous machinery or harmful chemicals.
September 20, 2013 The U.S. is supposed to allow everyone to come to the annual United Nations General Assembly, which opens next week. But Washington has yet to rule on the visa application by Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese president who's been indicted on genocide charges by the International Criminal Court.
September 20, 2013 An international watchdog based in the Netherlands says it has received an "initial declaration" of chemical weapons from Damascus.
September 16, 2013 The Aug. 21 attack near Damascus killed civilians, "including many children," and constitutes a "war crime," says U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He expressed his "profound shock and regret" at the findings.
September 10, 2013 Russia has suggested Assad hand over his WMDs. France is drawing up a resolution to bring before the U.N. Security Council. The Obama administration says it's willing to work with those and other nations on such a plan. But the White House also says it can't let up the pressure on Assad.
August 19, 2013 The World Humanitarian Day campaign is designed to let people support the ideas they feel the world needs most. It began five years ago, when the United Nations set aside Aug. 19 to remember the world's aid workers.
April 2, 2013 The goal of the Arms Trade Treaty, which the U.N. has sought for more than a decade, is to keep illicit weapons out of the hands of terrorists, insurgent fighters and organized crime.