UN’s Balkan war crimes tribunal decides to appoint defence counsel for Karadžić

The United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to prosecute the worst offences committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today instructed its registrar to appoint a defence lawyer for former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić, who stands accused of genocide.

Working together, nations can tackle today’s major challenges – Ban

No country, however, powerful, can tackle alone the multiple challenges facing the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, stressing the need to work together on issues such as climate change, the economic crisis and global peace and security.

Era of increased mobility requires better protection of migrants’ rights, says Ban

In an era where people are crossing borders in greater numbers seeking better opportunities, it is more vital than ever that States safeguard the rights of migrants, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a high-level gathering in Athens today.

Cyprus: UN deminer killed in accidental bomb blast

A United Nations bomb disposal expert died today in an accidental explosion while clearing landmines in Cyprus’ buffer zone separating the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides of the Mediterranean island.

UN’s Balkan war crimes tribunal re-elects President and Vice-President to new terms

The two most senior officials of the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to try people accused of committing the worst offences during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s have been elected to another stint in office, the court announced today.

Climate change tops the agenda of Ban’s visit to United Kingdom and Greece

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel next week to the United Kingdom and Greece to spotlight the issue of climate change, just weeks before countries will gather in Copenhagen to try to reach agreement on a wide-ranging pact to cut greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the effects of global warming.

Cyprus talks on federal government continue under UN auspices

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders held further discussions today on the shape of a federal government of a future bi-communal republic as United Nations-backed talks to unify the Mediterranean island picked up pace.

UN refugee agency urges probe into alleged abuses at Greek detention centre

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today expressed serious concern over recently reported violent incidents at a detention centre in Greece, and called for a thorough investigation into the matter.

Genocide trial at UN tribunal adjourned by a day after Karadžić boycotts opening

The genocide trial of the former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić opened today before a United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague but was then adjourned by a day after the defendant failed to attend the proceedings.

African swine fever spreads to northern Russia, UN reports

The devastating pig disease known as African swine fever (ASF) has now been found in northwest Russia, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today.