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Decade of rising attacks on kids in conflicts

Conflict-fueled attacks on children that authorities could verify tripled worldwide in the past decade to an average of 45 per day, UNICEF said.

Poor nations focus of global refugee forum

Six countries and the U.N. opened the first Global Refugee Forum to help poor nations overwhelmed by taking in people fleeing for safety across borders.

U.N. warns significant carbon cuts needed

A new U.N. report cautions the world must begin cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 7.6 percent a year starting in 2020 to meet global targets.

Paris forum pitches for global governance

The Paris Peace Forum promoted what French President Emmanuel Macron described as a need for “balanced cooperation” among nations.

U.N. expert: world ‘failing’ on hate speech

Governments and businesses including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are doing far too little to prevent violence from online hate speech, a U.N. expert said.

Clean air treaty takes force on 2 continents

An agreement to limit black carbon emissions that accelerate melting of glaciers and sea ice entered into force in Europe and North America.

Commission shows digital dangers for kids

Half the world uses the internet including 1.15 billion children who can benefit from it only if they can safely navigate it, an international commission said.

G-7 allies in turmoil over trade and climate

G-7 leaders ended a summit with little progress in resolving tensions over U.S. policies, a troubled world economy, the climate crisis and Iran’s nuclear deal.

Geneva Conventions at 70 are a call to duty

International observers marked the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions examining their relevance and limits — and ways to boost enforcement.

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano dies in office

Yukiya Amano, a veteran diplomat who led the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency and worked to prevent more atomic bombings, has died, his agency said.

Bachelet condemns U.S. migrant treatment

The United Nations’ top human rights official said she was “appalled” at conditions forced on people in detention after crossing into the U.S. from Mexico.

Iran threatens to exceed nuclear deal limits

One week after a warning from IAEA, Iran said it will soon increase its low-level enriched uranium stockpile above a limit in the 2015 nuclear deal.

Climate activism propelled by E.U. voters

Climate concerns have rarely if ever weighed heavily in any major election — until now, with Europe’s Greens gaining influence from worried voters.

U.N.: 1 million in Gaza may go hungry

More than 1 million people in Gaza risk running out of food less than a year after the U.S. announced a cutoff in aid to Palestinians, UNRWA said.

WHO tests world’s first malaria vaccine

WHO began testing the world’s first malaria vaccine in Malawi, one of three African nations where it is being used to immunize children up to two years old.

Scientists find melting glaciers accelerating

Research from a Swiss-based network found that due to global warming, the world’s glaciers were melting five times as fast as they were in mid-20th century.

U.N. and Israel in clash over human rights

The United Nations and Israel plunged into an intense debate over the use of deadly force against protesters in Palestinian territory.

Human rights agenda seen ‘losing ground’

The world’s foremost body for encouraging human rights got a dismal message: U.N. leaders see a rise in hatred and a retreat in progress globally.

Globalization tops populism in WEF poll

Globalization and international cooperation have more staying power than populist nationalism, the World Economic Forum found in a global survey.

A ‘stress test’ of world conflicts and climate

Foreign meddling in conflicts, U.S.-China trade tensions and global warming topped the concerns of leading international organizations at the end of 2018.

Global ‘new deal’ approved for refugees

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a new global treaty that spreads responsibility for those helping refugees flee from war and persecution.