United Nations

Maria Sharapova to be reinstated as UN ambassador

It says that the UN is looking forward to working with her to discuss her role "at an appropriate date".

The player admitted in March that she had taken the substance meldonium at the Australian Open in January.

She was subsequently banned for two years by an investigating tribunal.

But last month her suspension was reduced to 15 months after she filed an appeal.

UN sacks South Sudan peacekeeping chief over damning report

The report backed claims by aid workers that the UN troops refused to respond when government soldiers attacked an international aid compound in Juba.

In the fighting between the army and former rebels, a local journalist was killed and aid workers were raped.

The clashes derailed efforts to form a unity government and end the civil war.

232 executed near Mosul, thousands more used as human shields

The terror group carried out the mass killings Wednesday, punishing people who had defied its orders, a spokeswoman for the UN human rights arm told CNN.

"ISIS executed 42 civilians in Hammam al-Alil, south of Mosul. Also on Wednesday ISIS executed 190 former Iraqi security forces for refusing to join them, in the Al Ghazlani base near Mosul," said Ravina Shamdasani of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Another 24 former Iraqi security forces officers were reportedly killed Tuesday, the office said.

Syria conflict: UN urges inquiry into deadly air strike on school

Activists say a village school was targeted in rebel-held Idlib.

The UN also warned that the coming winter could be the worst yet in Syria's five-year-long civil war.

Its Syria humanitarian effort head, Jan Egeland, said the brutal conflict had become more ruthless.

He said it was affecting increasing numbers of civilians.

Unicef said that, including the one in Idlib, five Syrian schools had been targeted since 11 October in "simply inhuman" attacks.

UN warns of 'fear, censorship and retaliation' in Australia

In a damning report Tuesday, United Nations special rapporteur Michel Forst said several human rights defenders had refused to meet him because of the fear of persecution.

"Many activists spoke of an atmosphere of fear, censorship and retaliation," Forst said.

Forst has just finished a two-week tour of Australia on behalf of the UN's Human Rights Council to assess how well human rights defenders were being treated in the country.

Yemen conflict: Truce to start on Thursday, says UN envoy

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said he had received assurances from all Yemeni parties for such a move.

Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi's forces have been fighting Houthi rebels, who control the capital Sanaa.

Mr Ahmed's announcement follows international alarm over the deaths of 140 people in a Saudi airstrike which hit a funeral gathering in Sanaa.

Saudi officials say the airstrike in the capital earlier this month should have hit Houthi rebel leaders, but erroneous intelligence meant that the wrong site was targeted.

Australian detention atrocity exposed on Nauru

     

Dr Nina Zimmerman was contracted by the United Nations to visit Nauru in April and gauge the level of mental disorder within the group of about 1000 refugees and asylum seekers marooned there.

UN slams Australian and Nauru detention centres

It slammed the Nauru's "limited capacity" to investigate allegations of sexual assault of children and its failure to follow up complaints while also severely criticising the harsh living conditions inside Australian's regional processing centres.

Girls spend 40% more time on chores than boys, UN report finds

Unicef said the difference in time spent working amounted to 160m extra hours a day worldwide.

Two out of three girls cook and clean in the home, and almost half collect water or firewood.

They also perform more "less visible" domestic work like childcare or looking after the elderly, the report says.

It also found that the extra workload increased with time: between ages five and nine, girls spend 30% more time on chores - by 14, it rises to 50%.

Jakarta urged to open up on Papua

Several days ago, leaders of a number of Pacific Island countries raised concern at the UN general assembly about alleged human rights abuses against West Papuans.