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The giant cash deal to save the planet – proposed by Europe for the forthcoming Copenhagen climate conference – will not be enough, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, said today.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made a surprise visit to Afghanistan today as international pressure mounted for a quick resolution to the country's electoral turmoil.

Derek Tonkin: West's hardline policy has been a disaster

US Sectretary of State Hillary Clinton's confirmation that the US would soon reveal a change of approach on Burma will mean a considerable change of style in dealing with the military regime. It is rather less likely to herald any change of substance.

Bangladesh in the frontline against climate change

It’s still Monsoon-time in Bangladesh – and the rain continues to fall. Coping with flooding has already become a way of life for the resilient people living in Satkhira, southern Bangladesh, who are learning to live with the increasing impacts of climate change.

James Ross: Abuses on both sides must be investigated

This ghastly video clip is short but very hard to watch. While there is no way to prove the authenticity of the scene, I and individual experts on the recent fighting, found nothing that would suggest otherwise.

Violence increases as Afghans prepare to vote

Gunfire and explosions reverberated through Kabul today on the eve of the presidential election after three gunmen forced a shoot-out in a bank.

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The trial of Lubna Hussein for wearing trousers has failed to outrage women concerned with pettier issues

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UN's Ban denied Suu Kyi meeting

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he was "deeply disappointed" that military-ruled Myanmar's top general had rejected his request to meet with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Iran: the diplomatic battle heats up

Tit-for-tat embassy expulsions by London and Tehran as Obama starts to toughen stance

Ban Ki-Moon: Women must have more prominence in UN peacekeeping forces

The international community's reliance on United Nations peacekeeping continues to deepen. Deployment is at a record high, with the number of troops, civilians and police totaling more than 113,000.

Japan, EU: North Korean nuclear test violates UN sanctions

Japan and the European Union condemned North Korea's reported nuclear test as a violation of U.N. sanctions, as several leaders, including President Barack Obama, suggested Monday that they would bring the matter to the Security Council.

Health officials weigh supply of global flu vaccines

Health officials today sought to find ways to increase the global supply of vaccines that could be used to protect the world's most vulnerable people against H1N1 flu.

Tigers prepare for last stand as thousands flee

Sri Lankan troops advanced on the Tamil Tigers yesterday and 5,000 civilians fled the shrinking war zone, signalling a military finish to Asia's longest modern war despite Western condemnation and calls for a negotiated end.

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