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Powers fail to agree new date for Syria peace talks

Major power foreign ministers failed to agree a new date to resume Syrian peace talks at a meeting on Tuesday, and the opposition said it would not come back to Geneva negotiations unless conditions improved on the ground. A pessi

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Lack of funds hitting war against AIDS, says UN

Global progress fighting AIDS could be lost because prevention programmes are suffering from a lack of leadership, accountability and funding, the head of the United Nations warned on Friday. Headway in tackling the epidemic has b

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UN to inspect commercial shipments to Yemen

The United Nations will start inspecting shipments to rebel-held ports in Yemen in a bid to boost commercial imports and enforce an arms embargo, the world body said on Tuesday. The United Nations will start inspecting shipments t

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UN panel to study toughest limit on global warming

The UN's panel of climate scientists agreed to study how to limit global warming to the toughest target set by world leaders, saying even small rises in temperatures could be harmful.   The panel would look i

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60 world leaders to attend UN climate signing in NY

About 60 world leaders will attend an April 22 ceremony in New York opening the period for signatures on last year's Paris climate change agreement, though it remains unclear how many will actually sign the document that day.

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Yemen combat to halt April 10, talks week later

The warring parties in Yemen have agreed to a cessation of hostilities starting at midnight on April 10 and peace talks in Kuwait beginning a week later, United Nations special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said. "This is re

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Yemen peace talks likely in Kuwait next month

Talks aimed at ending Yemen's war are expected in Kuwait next month along with a temporary ceasefire, a senior Yemeni government official said, raising the prospect of an end to violence that has killed thousands. "The ta

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Future of Egypt's wheat supplies hangs on FAO analysis

Egypt will allow wheat imports with trace levels of the common ergot fungus, the country's agriculture minister said, while government agencies try to resolve a dispute that has disrupted shipments to the world's biggest wheat buyer.

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There is no 'Plan B' for Syria, but war: UN

A UN mediator said on Monday there was no "Plan B" other than a resumption of conflict in the Syrian war if the first of three rounds of talks which aim to agree a "clear roadmap" for Syria fail to make progress.

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Syria govt, opposition far apart over Assad presidency

Syria's government on Saturday ruled out any discussion of the fate of the presidency at peace talks this week, just as the lead opposition negotiator said a political transition could not even start unless Bashar al-Assad was no longer pres

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