One in every 113 people on the planet is now a refugee, asylum seeker or internally displaced, the UN refugee agency said.Read the full story ›
A major operation to rescue hundreds of people, many of them wounded, from besieged Syrian towns has been hailed a success.Read the full story ›
Nearly 70 claims of sexual exploitation and abuse were made last year against the organisation's peacekeeping forces according to a report.Read the full story ›
The UN has confirmed it has successfully carried out its first Syrian aid air drop into the besieged city of Deir Ezzor.
Relief chief Stephen O'Brien told the Security Council on Wednesday that a plane carrying 21 tonnes of humanitarian items had dispatched its cargo as planned as the organisation begins to use air drops as a way to effectively deliver humanitarian aid.
He said: "A WFP plane dropped the first cargo of 21 tonnes of items into Deir Ezzor.We have received initial reports from the SARC team on the ground that pallets have landed in the target area as planned."
The former United Nations secretary-general Boutros Boutros-Ghali has died aged 93.
Mr Boutros-Ghali, an Egyptian, served as UN chief from 1992 to 1996.
The 15-member UN security council observed a minute's silence following news of his death.
UN war crime investigators said thousands of detainees have been killed over the past four and a half years while held in the civil war.Read the full story ›
A five-person panel became four before even looking at the Assange case and ended with the group divided and ridiculed by Philip Hammond.Read the full story ›
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow can easily work with all sides involved in efforts to resolve the conflict Syria, including the United States and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian news agencies have reported.
"Regarding the Syrian crisis, we find it easy to work both with President Assad and the American side. I have recently spoken about this with (US.) President (Barack) Obama, and with our friends from Saudi Arabia, and from other Arab nations", Mr Putin is quoted.
The comments are reported to have been from a new documentary which will be broadcast on Russian television on Sunday.
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has welcomed the the UN Security Council resolution on a Syria peace plan, calling it a "great step forward".
Syria has for too long been the world’s biggest humanitarian and security crisis.
The international community has now come together to work to end the bloody civil war in Syria and has paved the way for talks amongst the Syrian parties that will see a transition away from the murderous regime of Assad.
This resolution gives us a timetable and a clear way forward. Of course there are many challenges ahead but the world has taken a great step forward to resolving the Syrian crisis.
There must be decisions on what kind of transitional unity government Syria should have within the next month or two, John Kerry, the US secretary of state, has said.
Speaking at a news conference following the passing of the UN resolution on Syria, he said that talks between the Syrian opposition and the administration of Bashar al-Assad aimed at reaching agreement on a unity government for Syria were not likely to start before mid to late January.
Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, who spoke alongside Kerry, said it would be possible to reach an agreement on a unity government within six months.