The council heard briefings from individuals such as Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad (right) and international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney. Photograph: Getty Images

A US threat to veto UN Security Council action on sexual violence in conflict was averted on Tuesday after a long-agreed phrase was removed because th(...)

Operation Hamilton: Rafale fighter jets prepare to take off for Syria on Friday night, from a military base in eastern France. Photograph: ECPAD/French Military via Reuters

French participation in strikes against three chemical-weapons sites in Syria in the early hours of Saturday morning marked the most significant milit(...)

Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya speaks after Members of the United Nations Security Council voted against a Russian resolution condemning “aggression” against Syria by the US and its allies during an emergency meeting on Syria at the UN headquarters in New York, US. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

A Russian bid for the United Nations Security Council to condemn US, British and French air strikes on Syria over a suspected chemical weapons attack (...)

 Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas: called for an international Middle East peace conference to be convened later this year. Photograph:  Timothy A Clary/Getty Images

The United States is “ready to talk” Middle East peace with the Palestinians, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday in remar(...)

Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN, raises her hand to vote Yes to levy new sanctions on North Korea at UN headquarters in New York on Monday. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The United Nations Security Council unanimously stepped up sanctions against North Korea on Monday over the country’s sixth and most powerful nuclear (...)

A Syrian child received treatment  at a field hospital in Saraqib, Idlib province in northern Syria after a chemical attack. Photograph: Stringer/EPA

US officials dismissed Russia’s assertion on Wednesday that Syrian rebels were to blame for a poison gas attack rather than president Bashar al-Assad,(...)

Members of the UN Security Council at UN Headquarters in New York in February. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

Russia on Tuesday cast its seventh veto to protect the Syrian government from United Nations Security Council action, blocking a bid by Western powers(...)

Syrian children wait for other members of their family after they crossed into Turkey at the Cilvegozu border gate with Syria, near Hatay on Saturday. Photograph: Emrah Gurel/AP Photo

A new deal is being negotiated to complete the evacuation of rebel-held areas of Syria’s east Aleppo which ground to a halt on Friday after demands f(...)

Nominated UN secretary general António Guterres: “I have two words to describe what I’m feeling now: gratitude and humility”, he said in a statement.  Photograph: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday unanimously nominated former Portuguese prime minister António Guterres to be the next secretary gener(...)