The Indian Ocean is bounded by India's Lakshadweep Islands to the north
The Indian Ocean is bounded by India's Lakshadweep Islands to the north


Over 20,000 People Risked Their Lives In Indian Ocean Sea Crossings This Year

Over 20,000 people risked their lives in sea crossings in the Indian Ocean in the first half of this year, many of them Rohingya who fled Myanmar, according to a new report released today by the United Nations refugee agency. The report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on irregular maritime movements in […]

Route map of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Graphic by Geordie Bosanko and cmglee, Wikipedia Commons.
Route map of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Graphic by Geordie Bosanko and cmglee, Wikipedia Commons.


Downing Of Malaysian Jet Highlights Urgency Of Resolving Ukraine Crisis – UN Official

The apparent deliberate downing of a Malaysian passenger plane over eastern Ukraine highlights the need for an urgent resumption of a ceasefire and a serious effort to end the ongoing crisis, the United Nations political chief told an emergency meeting of the Security Council today. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, carrying 298 people, was en route […]

Ban Ki-moon
Ban Ki-moon


Gaza-Israel: Ban Calls For Restraint To Avert ‘Full-Blown War’

Warning that Gaza is on a knife’s edge, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today the situation could spiral quickly beyond anyone’s control, and urged the international community to work with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to avert further escalation “in a region that can ill-afford another full-blown war.” “I am alarmed by the new wave of violence […]

UN Backs Ukraine’s Territorial Integrity, Declares Crimea Referendum Invalid

In a vote that reaffirmed Ukraine’s unity and territorial integrity, the United Nations General Assembly today adopted a measure underscoring that the mid-March referendum in Crimea that led to the peninsula’s annexation by Russia “has no validity” and that the parties should “pursue immediately a peaceful resolution of the situation.” By a vote of 100 […]