Ebola virus
Ebola virus. Photo by CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith


Ebola Outbreak ‘Winning The Race’ Against Attempts To Contain It – UN Official

The Ebola outbreak is “winning the race” against attempts to contain it, the head of the United Nations mission working to stop the deadly virus warned the Security Council today as he urged the international community to help expand on-the-ground efforts across the affected nations in West Africa. In his briefing, Anthony Banbury, head of […]

Map of Ukraine with Donetsk highlighted.
Map of Ukraine with Donetsk highlighted.


Eastern Ukraine Conflict Continues To Take Heavy Toll On Civilians, UN Report Warns

While the fragile month-long ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is a welcome step towards ending the conflict, armed groups continue to terrorize the population in areas under their control, pursuing killings, abductions, torture, ill-treatment and other serious abuses, the United Nations Human Rights Office said today as it released its latest report on the situation in […]

Ebola virus
Ebola virus. Photo by CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith


Ebola Outbreak ‘Running’ Ahead Of World’s Response, UN Warns

As the head of the United Nations mission working to stop the Ebola outbreak continued his visit to hard-hit countries in West Africa today, the world body’s humanitarian wing said funding for the international response is lagging, with only 26 per cent of the $988 million needed having been received thus far. The head of […]

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 […]