UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said the truce, called to mark the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan later this week, should last for at least two weeks to allow life-saving supplies into the country. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

The UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, launched Yemen peace talks in Geneva on Monday with a call for a humanitarian truce after warplanes from a Saud(...)

People speaking on the phone in Nairoi. Many talk about how African countries are “leapfrogging” economic growth stages with the adoption of cellular and internet technologies. Photograph:  Simon Maina/AFP/GettyImages

Rising gross domestic product rates, growing populations, an emerging middle class and employment driven by technology are combining to create a new n(...)

 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced a review of how the body dealt with claims of child sexual abuse by soldiers from France, Chad and Equatorial Guinea in the Central African Republic. File photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Wednesday that he would set up an external independent review of how the world body handled (...)

 United Nations secretary general   Ban Ki-moon  speaking in Dublin Castle on May 25th, 2015.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland must align its climate change policies to match its record on addressing world hunger, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said i(...)

Poland’s prime minister Ewa Kopacz meets UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon in Gdansk in advance of commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the second World War in Europe. Photograph: Adam Warzawa/EPA
VE Day commemorations

Poland’s president Bronislaw Komorowski is leading international commemorations today marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the second World War,(...)

Paying tribute at a Singapore community club yesterday following the death of Lee Kuan Yew. Photograph: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

Tributes were paid by world leaders yesterday to Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, who led the city state for more than three decades, follo(...)

A man walks past an Ebola awareness painting on a wall in downtown Monrovia, Liberia. One year has passed since the declaration of what has become the largest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 10,000 deaths. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

One year has passed since the declaration of what has become the largest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 10,000 deaths. The virus escaped co(...)

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon is to receive the Tipperary International Peace Award. File photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Ban Ki-moon is to be awarded an international peace prize for his role in tackling climate change, global conflicts and natural disasters, it has been(...)

Pope Francis  has called world hunger “one of the most dramatic paradoxes of our time which we are witnessing helplessly and often with indifference”.  Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Pope Francis will today address the second International Conference on Nutrition in Rome, organised by the UN bodies, the Food and Agriculture Organis(...)

Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu. “The Barbaros ship will continue to do its seismic studies . .  nobody should try to create a crisis.” Photograph: Kerem Uzel/Bloomberg

Cyprus’s president Nikos Anastasiades is to raise Turkey’s incursion into the island’s maritime exclusion zone at today’s European Council summit in B(...)