Ebola virus
Ebola virus. Photo by CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith


Nearly $1 Billion Needed To Combat Ebola

The United Nations said Tuesday that it would need nearly $1 billion for an exceptional, international response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declaring: “Every day we delay, the cost and the suffering will grow exponentially.” “This is not just a health crisis; it has grave humanitarian, economic and social consequences […]

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 […]