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After 65 years, plight of Palestine refugees must be fully addressed, UN agency chief...

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4 November 2014 – Political action on the part of the international community is urgently required to tackle the fundamental issues that would determine...
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Arafat widow says convinced his death not natural

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The widow of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said on Wednesday she was still convinced he was poisoned, after French experts ruled out the theory that he had been assassinated. "I'm still completely convinced that the martyr Arafat did not die…

Syria: Ban hails opposition group's ‘courageous' decision to attend peace conference

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19 January 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the decision taken on Saturday by the opposition National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Armed...

After National Dialogue, Ban urges Yemenis to work towards building a new country

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22 January 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated Yemen on successfully concluding nearly year-long talks on which the country's new constitution will be...

UN chief, Security Council, call for calm after shooting on Israeli-Lebanese border

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16 December 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the members of Security Council have deplored the shooting on Sunday of an Israel Defence Forces...

Syria: UN human rights chief alarmed by rise in abductions, disappearances

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13 December 2013 – Syrians continue to fall victim to a callous indifference towards human life and disregard for safety, exemplified by the increasing...
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The history of a Vietnamese teenager who captured a French general

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One of Vietnam's last surviving veterans of the battle of Dien Bien Phu recounts with pride the day in May 1954 when, aged just 19, he captured the commander of the French colonial forces. Hoang Dang Vinh's display of military prowess earned him the…
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New Syria rebel alliance declares war on Al-Qaeda

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A newly formed Syrian rebel alliance has declared war on the powerful Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and joined other opposition groups in battling the extremists. "We, the Army of the Mujahideen, pledge to defend ourselves…

UNESCO chief calls for ‘protected cultural zones’ in war-torn Iraq, Syria

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3 December 2014 – Denouncing the persecution of minorities, attacks on cultural heritage and illicit trafficking in cultural properties in Iraq and Syria as...

UN human rights chief deplores Egypt’s ‘outrageous’ mass death sentences

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29 April 2014 – The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today strongly condemned the imposition of the death penalty on hundreds of...

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