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Syrian rebels used deadly nerve gas sarin, says UN investigator

 Former war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte (right) takes questions next to head of the UN's Commission of Inquiry on Syria, Paulo Pinheiro at the UN headquarters in Geneva. Photo: AFP

Syrian rebels have made use of the deadly nerve agent sarin in their war-torn country’s conflict, UN human rights investigator Carla del Ponte has said.

Tuesday, 7 May, 2013, 2:48am 2 comments

UN says Syria conflict a humanitarian catastrophe

Displaced Syrian youths line up for food at a refugee camp in Aleppo. The UN says the Syrian conflict is a humanitarian catastrophe. Photo: AFP

Syrian families have been burned in their homes, people bombed waiting for bread, children tortured, raped and murdered and cities reduced to rubble in Syria’s two-year-old war that has sparked a humanitarian catastrophe, the United Nations said on Thursday.

19 Apr 2013 - 9:29am

UN chief urges North Korea not to conduct nuclear test

UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon. Photo: AFP

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is appealing to North Korea not to conduct another nuclear test and do more for the well-being of its people who face a “dire” humanitarian situation.

8 Feb 2013 - 10:51am

UN fails in attempt to restart Iran nuke probe

Herman Nackaerts. Photo: AP

UN experts returned from Tehran on Friday without sealing a long-sought deal that would restart a probe of suspicions that Iran worked on atomic arms, adding to doubts that upcoming separate talks between six world powers and the Islamic Republic will succeed in reducing fears about Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

19 Jan 2013 - 3:50pm

UN ends its East Timor peacekeeping mission after 13 years

Australian soldiers with the International Stability Force in East Timor queue up to board a flight home. Photo: Reuters

The UN ended its peacekeeping mission in East Timor yesterday after 13 years in Asia's youngest nation following a bloody transition to independence - leaving behind a country facing the task of tackling rampant poverty.

1 Jan 2013 - 6:22am

UN control of internet rejected by Western nations

Mohamed Nasser Al-Ghanim (left), Hamadoun Toure and Sarah Parkes attend a press conference before the closing session of World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai. Photo: EPA

In a moment of high drama at the end of nearly two weeks of talks on an international telecommunications treaty, Western nations led by the US rejected a proposal negotiated by more than 190 countries after delegates were unable to resolve an impasse over the internet.

15 Dec 2012 - 4:44am 1 comment

UN chief urges M23 rebel group to leave Congo city of Goma

M23 rebels patrol around Congo's Central Bank in Goma, eastern Congo. Photo: AP

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged M23 rebels in Congo to lay down their weapons and leave the city of Goma which they seized.

Ban said he welcomed a joint statement by the presidents of the former Zaire, Rwanda and Uganda making the same appeal at a summit during the weekend in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

27 Nov 2012 - 6:02am

UN calls for millions more in donor aid to Myanmar

Myanmar policemen stand guard as Rakhine people sell snacks and vegetables at the Sittwe market, Sittwe, western Myanmar. Photo: AP

The United Nations says millions of dollars more in humanitarian aid is urgently needed to help more than 110,000 people displaced by violence in Myanmar’s strife-torn Rakhine state.

22 Nov 2012 - 2:37pm

Retiring consumer chief Connie Lau to head new UN body

Connie Lau, who is quitting the Consumer Council and taking up a United Nations post. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Connie Lau Yin-hing, who retires this month as chief executive of Consumer Council, is to head a newly created UN consumer rights body.

Lau, who has worked for the consumer watchdog for 38 years and has been its chief executive since 2007, had been expecting some leisure time after her last day on November 15.

6 Nov 2012 - 3:28am

Connie Lau steps down as Consumer Council chief

The young Connie Lau, who is retiring after 38 years at the Consumer Council, where she rose to be chief executive. Photo: SCMP

She was a young sociology graduate fresh from Chinese University starting out at the Consumer Council, then a mere seven-month-old watchdog fielding complaints such as fried beef noodles being served with too little meat.

That was 1974. In the next 38 years, Connie Lau Yin-hing would go from researcher all the way to chief executive.

6 Nov 2012 - 3:29am

Syria rejects UN call for truce as rebels intercept reinforcements

Syrian armed forces in Aleppo province.  Photo: EPA

The Syrian regime rejected a UN call for a unilateral ceasefire on Wednesday as rebels confronted columns of tanks and troops sent to retake a town on the road to main battleground city Aleppo.

10 Oct 2012 - 11:16pm

UN praises Philippines-Muslim rebel peace deal

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Photo: AFP

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday praised the recent peace accord ending a decades-long Muslim separatist insurgency that killed 150,000 people, offering UN aid “as needed.”

10 Oct 2012 - 3:14pm

UN condemns Syria over Turkey shelling

Turkish soldiers guard the Syrian border at Akcakale, Sanliurfa province. Photo: AFP

The UN Security Council condemned Syria “in the strongest terms” for its deadly shelling of Turkey, while UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged restraint along the neighbours’ tinder-box border.

5 Oct 2012 - 12:12pm

Opposite meanings

'Is it necessary for me to do all this revision?' 'Of course. But it's quite unnecessary for you to complain all the time.'

The prefix 'un' is very useful. It can be added to a lot of adjectives to give them the opposite meaning.

Eg. Was your bedroom tidy when you left for school this morning? Mine was very untidy but I'm going to clear it out this weekend.

3 Jan 2008 - 12:00am