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Some Conservative MPs have criticised the U-turn by David Cameron under which about 500 refugees from Syria will be allowed to enter Britain.

Indian homeless eat food at a feeding programme for the poor in Hyderabad

Malnutrition costing the world trillions a year, says UN report

Malnutrition now costs the world $3.5 trillion (£2.3 trn) – or $500 for every person– in healthcare and lost productivity, the United Nations has warned.

Murder victim Fabiana Luzzi

Murder in Calabria: Fabiana's fate shames Italy

A teenager's brutal homicide heightens debate over attitudes to violence against women

Rise of the machines: Christof Heyns points to the history of drone-deployment as evidence that countries could escalate to using autonomous robots

UN envoy urges end to plans for battle-field killing machines

Ethical groups join call to halt machine-soldiers that identify and kill without human input

Rise of the machines: Christof Heyns points to the history of drone-deployment as evidence that countries could escalate to using autonomous robots

'Killer robots' which are able to identify and kill targets without human input should be banned, UN urged

Human rights investigator Christof Heyns to lead calls against lethal robotic weapons

Aung San Suu Kyi has criticised plans by authorities in western Burma to revive a two-child limit on Muslim Rohingya families

Aung San Suu Kyi opposes Burma plan for two-child limit

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has criticised plans by authorities in western Burma to revive a two-child limit on Muslim Rohingya families, a policy that does not apply to Buddhists and comes amid accusations of ethnic cleansing.

UN warns DR Congo rebels it will intervene

The United Nations Secretary General has warned armed rebels in Eastern Congo that the organisation's new “intervention brigade” would prevent any repeat of the fighting which has driven thousands of refugees out of camps this week. In a visit to the embattled lakeside city of Goma, Ban Ki-moon said the 3,000-strong force which has begun deployment will “enforce the peace”.

North Korea 'fires three missiles' as nuclear programme slows down, according to UN

North Korea is still trying to import and export nuclear and ballistic missile-related items but financial and trade sanctions are slowing progress on development of their prohibited weapons, UN experts say in a new report.

Benefit cuts risk rise in child poverty, doctors warn

A report by the UN children’s fund has found that Britain's children are worse off overall than in many other industrialised countries

Insects such as these fried grasshoppers are considered a delicacy in some countries

UN has a new nutritional, sustainable diet for a hungry world: insects

The solution to world poverty may have been under our noses all along. The United Nations has issued official advice suggesting that Earth’s inhabitants eat insects to help combat food-insecurity and reduce pollution worldwide.

Rescued boy soldier is stoned to death

A child soldier rescued from a rebel militia group in the Central African Republic by Unicef before being forcibly re-recruited has been stoned to death by a mob, it has emerged.

UN's Carla Del Ponte says there is evidence rebels 'may have used sarin' in Syria

UN officials insist inquiry 'has not reached conclusive findings'

A malnourished Somali baby at the Banadir hospital in Mogadishu. Almost 260,000 Somali people, half of them children, died of dire hunger from 2010 to 2012, greatly more than was feared at the time

Somalia: UN’s late declaration of famine in 2011 cost lives

The United Nations has admitted that a delay in declaring a famine in Somalia in 2011 cost additional lives, after a new report revealed that more than a quarter of a million people died, half of them young children.

James McCormick arrives for sentencing at the Old Bailey

Conman James McCormick jailed for 10 years over fake bomb detectors

Judge who told him that he had blood of the innocent on his hands

Ancient Syrian minaret reduced to rubble

The 11th-century minaret of a landmark mosque in Aleppo was destroyed, leaving the once-soaring stone tower a pile of rubble and twisted metal scattered in the tiled courtyard.

Millionaire businessman James McCormick found guilty of selling fake bomb detectors

A British businessman who sold bogus bomb detectors to countries at war where hundreds of people were dying and injured by explosive devices has been found guilty of fraud at the Old Bailey.

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