Anger, dismay as Indonesia says search for quake victims to end

Relatives of hundreds of people missing after an earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia reacted with anger, sadness and resignation on Sunday to a decision by the state disaster agency to end searches... Read more »

Rohingya Massacres: U.S State Department Posts Report As UN Agency Formed To Assist ICC

Very quietly, without fanfare, in a story that went by almost unnoticed, the U.S. State Department website posted a report this week on the Rohingya massacres and atrocities.  Based on a survey, for which... Read more »

Red flags raised as global pact to improve the world hits 3rd year

Many countries will fail to end hunger, educate all children or offer better lives to stem migration by 2030 without major world efforts to achieve a set of global goals that marked... Read more »

No women, no progress, development experts warn

Gender inequality is one of the greatest barriers to human development progress, U.N. officials said as they launched an index on Friday showing the countries making the biggest strides and those falling... Read more »

Yemen peace talks collapse in Geneva after Houthi no-show

An attempt to hold peace talks for Yemen was abandoned on Saturday after three days of waiting for the Houthi movement’s delegation, but the United Nations envoy vowed to press ahead with... Read more »

Long reach of U.S. sanctions hits Syria reconstruction

As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad attempts to turn military success into postwar reconstruction, Western sanctions are a major obstacle that could scare off foreign companies. Syria has suffered immense physical destruction, while... Read more »

Russia says U.S. refusal to rebuild Syria a ploy to slow refugee return

Russia will help Lebanon return refugees to neighbouring Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday, accusing the United States of impeding the general repatriation process by declining to assist in Syria’s... Read more »

Dozens of child trafficking victims found in European crackdown

 Children trapped in modern slavery are being failed, campaigners said on Tuesday after European authorities found dozens of suspected trafficking victims in a region-wide crackdown, one aged just two. European policing agency... Read more »

Red Cross warns of food crisis in North Korea as crops fail in heat

 A heat wave in North Korea has led to rice, maize and other crops withering in the fields, “with potentially catastrophic effects”, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies... Read more »

Worked like slaves? Many forced labour victims ‘underworked’ in debt bondage trap

Victims of forced labour are not always “worked like slaves” but underworked as slavemasters often take on more workers than they need and profit by charging them for accommodation and food in... Read more »