A photograph taken from Turkey shows Islamic State (IS) flags displayed by militants in the east of Syrian Kobani city, at the Syria-Turkey border near Sanliurfa, yesterday. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

Turkey’s president said the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani was “about to fall” as Islamic State fighters pressed home a three-week assault that has cos(...)

Mary Robinson says it is “incredibly important that Europe will be at the heart of a progressive alliance for a new climate agreement” at the UN conference in Paris in 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

EU heads of state and governments need to adopt an ambitious target to cut carbon emissions if Europe is to retain its leadership on climate change(...)

Actors parade on a street after performing at Anono school, during an awareness campaign against Ebola in Abidjan, Ivory Coast yesterday. Photograph: Luc Gnago/Reuters.

US president Barack Obama has warned that the world is doing too little and moving too slowly to address the Ebola outbreak in West AfricaMr Obama cit(...)

Outgoing UN human rights commissioner Navi Pillay giving  an interview  in her office in Geneva earlier this month. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters.

Outgoing UN rights chief Navi Pillay last night rebuked the UN security council for putting short-term geopolitical concerns and narrowly-defined nati(...)

Palestinians take cover as warning Israeli air strikes are fired at a nearby building in Gaza City yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Finbarr O’Reilly

American and major European airlines last night cancelled all flights to and from Israel for at least 24 hours after shrapnel from a rocket fired fro(...)

South Africans protest in support of more than Nigerian 200 girls abducted from their school, outside the South African parliament in Cape Town, South Africa today.  Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

The UN Security Council has expressed outrage at the abduction of hundreds of Nigerian school girls in two attacks by Islamist militants, demanding th(...)

Central African Republic’s foreign minister Toussaint Kongo Doudou arrives to the podium to speak with the media after voting on a resolution approving UN peacekeepers for the Central African Republic, at UN headquarters in New York. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

The United Nations Security Council has authorised the creation of a nearly 12,000-strong UN peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry speaks with Saudi Arabian foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal as UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon looks on, as long-delayed peace talks on the Syrian civil war opened in Montreux, Switzerland, today. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/New York Times

Syria’s government and opposition, meeting for the first time, vented their mutual hostility today but a UN mediator said the enemies may be ready to (...)

United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) personnel guard South Sudanese people displaced by recent fighting in Jabel, on the outskirts of capital Juba. Photograph: James Akena/Reuters.

A mass grave containing some 75 bodies has been found in South Sudan’s Unity State and two other mass graves have been reported in Juba after ethnic (...)

People run at a site hit yesterday by what activists said was an air raid by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograph: Mohamed Abdullah/Reuters

Chemical weapons were likely used in five out of seven attacks investigated by UN experts in Syria, where a two-year civil war has killed more than 10(...)