The former president of Ireland Mary Robinson is the top candidate for the post of UN special envoy to Africa’s Great Lakes region, where she would help implement a peace deal to end the conflict in eastern Congo, UN sources said on Monday.
The US Transportation Security Administration said on Tuesday that travellers can soon bring small pocket knives on board airplanes for the first time since the September 11 attacks, sparking outrage from flight attendants who said the decision would endanger passengers and crew.
North Korea has cut off a Red Cross hotline with South Korea as it escalates its war of words against Seoul and Washington in response to a military drill in the South and UN sanctions imposed for its recent nuclear test.
France gave the first indication on Monday that it believed reports that Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, one of al Qaeda’s most feared commanders in Africa, had been killed in Mali, an event that would deal a serious blow to the militants’ leadership.
Sobbing and shouting, a throng of Hugo Chavez’s supporters paraded his coffin through the streets of Caracas on Wednesday in an emotional outpouring that could help his deputy win an election to keep his socialist revolution alive.
Renewed international efforts to negotiate curbs on Iran’s disputed nuclear programme have backfired by giving it more time to work on building a bomb, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.
Syrian rebels have seized a convoy of UN peacekeepers near the Golan Heights and say they will hold them captive until President Bashar al-Assad’s forces pull back from a rebel-held village which has seen heavy recent fighting.
Venezuelans mourned the death of Hugo Chavez and prepared on Wednesday for his body to lie in state as attention turns to a new election to succeed the socialist leader after 14 years of tumultuous and divisive rule.
President Francois Hollande wants to boost trade ties with Moscow and will have to balance that with French concerns over Russia’s human rights record during a debut Moscow visit on Thursday that could prove a diplomatic obstacle course.