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DeCaprio Named UN Messenger of Peace

Posted: 09/16/2014 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Leonardo DiCaprio as a United Nations Messenger of Peace to help promote global action on climate change.

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UN Leader Begins Term in Period of "Tumult"

Posted: 09/16/2014 - The new president of the U.N. General Assembly says the year ahead will be momentous for the United Nations as it marks its 70th anniversary. He says his priority will be to ensure agreement on new U.N. goals that fight poverty and preserve the environment.

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UN Envoy Warns Libya on Brink of Prolonged Strife

Posted: 09/15/2014 - The top U.N. envoy in Libya is warning that rapidly deteriorating security and worsening political turmoil have brought the country to the "brink of protracted conflict and civil strife."

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93-Year-Old Former Auschwitz Guard Charged

Updated: 09/15/2014 - A 93-year-old man has been charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an SS guard at the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp, prosecutors said Monday.

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Statue of Singer Amy Winehouse Unveiled in London

Posted: 09/14/2014 - Late singer Amy Winehouse has been honored on what would have been her 31st birthday with a life-size statue in her beloved Camden Town neighborhood of north London.

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Queen to Scots: Think Carefully About Future

Posted: 09/14/2014 - Queen Elizabeth II has made her first comments about this week's Scottish independence vote, urging Scots to "think very carefully about the future."

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Video Purports to Show British Aid Worker Slain

Posted: 09/13/2014 - A video has been posted online purporting to show the beheading by the Islamic State group of British aid worker David Haines, who went missing in Syria last year.

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US, EU Levy Sanctions on Russia Despite Cease-Fire

Posted: 09/12/2014 - Unsatisfied with a fragile cease-fire in Ukraine, the United States and the European Union levied new sanctions Friday against major Russian banks and defense companies, as well as penalties aimed at curtailing Russia's ability to develop oil and gas projects.

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Dominican Republic Pursues Missing Plane Case

Posted: 09/12/2014 - Dominican Republic (AP) - The Dominican Republic has asked the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for help in tracking down a small jet that never reached its destination.

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Clinton Wants More Done to Halt Kidnappings

Posted: 09/12/2014 - Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling on the United Nations to come up with a more robust strategy to combat the growing use of kidnappings of girls and women as a war tactic across the Middle East

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Toronto Mayor Withdraws Re-election Bid

Posted: 09/12/2014 - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has withdrawn his re-election bid for mayor as he seeks treatment for a tumor in his abdomen and his brother has registered to run his in place.

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Cuba Turns Down Hemingway Fishing Log Request

Posted: 09/11/2014 - Cuba says U.S. scientists won't get immediate access to potentially invaluable fishing logs kept by Ernest Hemingway but authorities will work to let researchers see them eventually.

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CIA: Islamic State Group Has Up to 31,500 Fighters

Posted: 09/11/2014 - A CIA spokesman says a new intelligence assessment estimates that the Islamic State group can muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria, up from a previous figure of 10,000.

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Judge: Pistorius Can't Be Found Guilty of Murder

Posted: 09/11/2014 - The judge in Oscar Pistorius' trial said Thursday he can't be found guilty of murder but that he was negligent in the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, raising the possibility that the double-amputee Olympian will be convicted of culpable homicide.

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Chile Seeks Foreign Help in Subway Bombing Case

Posted: 09/10/2014 - Chile is seeking help from foreign security agencies in identifying those responsible for an explosion that injured 14 people at a subway station in the capital, while bomb scares and small blasts are keeping the country on edge.

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