Cyber attack exposes Red Cross data of 515,000 people

Hackers broke into the ICRC’s computer servers and gained access to confidential information on more than half a million “highly vulnerable people.”

Difficult route to accord in Geneva talks

U.S. and Russian diplomats met for talks over Russia’s troop buildup by Ukraine, the first in a series of discussions that could be vital to Europe’s security.

Confirmed cases top 300 million mark

The global number of confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed 300 million with 5.47 million deaths as nations reeled from the omicron variant of the virus.

U.N. authorizes probe of Tigray war abuses

The U.N. Human Rights Council voted to create an international commission of experts that will investigate abuses during the past year of war in Ethiopia.

Backlash seen in Suu Kyi’s ‘sham trial’

The ousted Myanmar leader’s conviction and sentencing will likely only deepen opposition to the ruling junta’s military coup, the U.N. human rights chief said.

Projected 17% rise in 2022 emergency aid

Some 274 million people will need emergency humanitarian aid in 2022 due to war, conflicts, hunger, climate change and the pandemic, the U.N. said.

WHO warns of dangers from omicron variant

Initial evidence shows the risk from the new variant is “very high” and could cause surges with severe consequences, the U.N. health agency said.

Potential surge in Europe virus deaths ahead

Europe is again at the pandemic’s center with COVID-19 now the leading cause of death on the continent, WHO reported, as nations tighten preventive measures.

Global climate deal reached in overtime

Negotiators from 197 countries clinched a “watered down” consensus agreement on a climate deal after two weeks of United Nations-brokered climate talks.

UNEP report shows off-track climate goals

More than halfway through the climate summit in Scotland, a U.N. report concluded Earth is on track to warm by at least 2.5 degrees C. by 2100.

Climate leaders push to ‘seize this moment’

The U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland opened on Sunday for almost two weeks of critical negotiations on how to slow global warming.

G-20 supports corporate tax overhaul

Leaders at the G-20 summit in Rome endorsed a new measure to hinder multinationals from reaping huge profits where they pay few if any taxes.

Progress turns to frustration over Syria talks

A sixth round of Syrian talks on a new constitution ended in disappointment at the United Nations in Geneva, three-quarters of a year since the last round.

Report urges more water crisis planning

Nations must prepare better for more water-related disasters along with a growing lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation, WMO reported.

Trove of financial documents reveal ‘shadow economy’

An analysis found offshore assets of politicians and officials from 91 countries and territories, including 35 current and former leaders, ICIJ reported.

U.N. report warns of ‘catastrophic’ climate failure

Governments must be far more ambitious about cutting greenhouse gases to avoid catastrophically overheating the planet, according to a new U.N. report.

U.N. raises billion-dollar ‘lifeline’ for Afghans

Donors pledged more than US$1.2 billion in emergency aid for Afghanistan at a U.N.-sponsored fundraiser as the Tabilan consolidates power.

Pandemic brings ‘short-lived’ air quality gains

Lockdowns and travel restrictions resulted in a “dramatic short-lived fall in emissions of key air pollutants” last year, the U.N. weather agency reported.

Organizations turn to airlift for Afghanistan

The U.N. health agency and other international organizations began airlifting emergency supplies to Afghanistan through neighboring Pakistan and its airline.

Extreme climate risks for 1 billion children

Almost half of the world’s 2.2 billion children face an “extremely high” potential for deadly exposure to multiple shocks, according to UNICEF.

Taliban’s grip imperils aid for Afghan civilians

Humanitarian aid agencies and U.N. leaders scrambled to protect civilians in Afghanistan while calling on the Taliban to end fighting and provide assurances.