By Stephanie Nebehay

Risk that Zika will spread further in U.S., elsewhere: WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Singapore has handled its Zika outbreak in a textbook fashion so far, while the United States could see the disease spread beyond Florida despite mosquito-control measures, officials at the World Health Organization...

Friday, September 2, 2016, 6:48 PM

U.N. rights office urges French towns to repeal burkini bans

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights office has called on French beach resorts to lift their bans on the burkini, calling them a "stupid reaction" that did not improve security but fueled religious intolerance....

Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 5:23 PM

Russia backs 48-hour Aleppo truce, U.N. wants other sides to commit

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Russia has agreed to a 48-hour humanitarian ceasefire in the divided Syrian city of Aleppo to allow aid deliveries, but security guarantees are awaited from other parties on the ground, U.N....

Friday, August 26, 2016, 1:58 PM

Russia backs 48-hour Aleppo truce, U.N. wants other sides to commit

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Russia has agreed to a 48-hour humanitarian ceasefire in the divided Syrian city of Aleppo to allow aid deliveries, but security guarantees are awaited from other parties on the ground, U.N. officials said on...

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 9:36 PM

Transparency, accountability, needed on Saudi air strikes in Yemen: U.N.

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights office called on Thursday for more light to be shed on the Saudi-led coalition air strikes in Yemen and for violations including attacks on protected sites like hospitals...

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 2:33 PM

Arms sales to Saudi 'illicit' due to civilian deaths in Yemen: campaigners

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - A group that campaigns for stricter arms sales controls said on Monday that Western powers were breaking international law by selling vast amounts of weapons to Saudi Arabia that are being used to hit civilians in Yemen...

Monday, August 22, 2016, 9:07 PM

Economic downturn, Islamist attacks cause hunger to spread in Nigeria: U.N.

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Nigeria's economic slowdown, compounded by Boko Haram attacks, could mean 5.5 million people needing food aid in the volatile northeast by next month, double the current number, the United Nations warned on Friday...

Friday, August 19, 2016, 7:45 PM

U.N. welcomes Russian words on Aleppo truce, trucks 'ready to move'

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Russia said on Thursday it would support a 48-hour ceasefire in Aleppo, a move the U.N. Syria envoy said would allow aid to reach besieged areas soon, as long as...

Thursday, August 18, 2016, 3:50 PM

Conjoined twins evacuated to Damascus, among 20 urgent cases: WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Conjoined twin baby boys in Syria were being evacuated across lines from a rebel stronghold to Damascus Children's Hospital on Friday, the first of at least 20 patients who need urgent transfers to be saved, the World Health...

Friday, August 12, 2016, 7:19 PM

U.N. rights boss decries purge in Turkey, voices concerns on China

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The top U.N. human rights official urged Turkey on Wednesday to stem a "thirst for revenge" following a failed coup that has led to the arrest of more than 16,000 people and to uphold detainees' right to due...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 10:34 PM

Ethiopia must allow in observers after killings: U.N. rights boss

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. human rights chief urged Ethiopia on Wednesday to allow international observers into restive regions where residents and opposition officials say 90 protesters were shot dead by security forces at the weekend...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 9:15 PM

U.N. urges Maldives to stop executions, raises concern over rule of law

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations urged the Maldives on Tuesday not to carry out planned executions for convicts on death row and to uphold a moratorium the Indian Ocean archipelago had respected for decades. The country has not...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 8:42 PM

U.N. urges Aleppo ceasefire to repair water system, stem outbreaks

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations called on Tuesday for an urgent ceasefire in the divided Syrian city of Aleppo, where it said two million people lacked access to clean running water, with children most at risk of disease...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 2:35 PM

U.N. urges Aleppo ceasefire to repair water system, stem outbreaks

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations called on Tuesday for an urgent ceasefire in the divided Syrian city of Aleppo, where it said two million people lack access to clean water,...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 6:01 AM

Up to one million people could flee battle for Iraq's Mosul: ICRC

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Up to 1 million people could be driven from their homes in northern Iraq soon as fighting intensifies in a government offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)...

Friday, July 29, 2016, 2:03 PM

MSF fears famine in northeast Nigeria; calls for U.N. food pipeline

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Severely malnourished children are dying in large numbers in northeast Nigeria, the former stronghold of Boko Haram militants where food supplies are close to running out, Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Wednesday...

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 5:50 AM

Nearly 3,000 dead in Mediterranean already this year: IOM

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Nearly 3,000 migrants and refugees have perished in the Mediterranean Sea already this year while almost 250,000 have reached Europe, the International Organization for Migration said on Friday. The...

Friday, July 22, 2016, 5:36 AM

U.N. rights panel urges Kuwait to amend broad DNA testing law

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - A U.N. human rights watchdog called on Kuwait on Friday to amend a counter-terrorism law requiring nationwide compulsory DNA testing, saying that it was disproportionate and violated the right to privacy. Any...

Friday, July 15, 2016, 10:55 AM

Montreux Jazz Festival celebrates 50th edition

By Stephanie Nebehay MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) - The Montreux Jazz Festival kicked off its 50th birthday edition on Thursday night, marking its half-century with a nod to its origins. Charles Lloyd, an American saxophonist who...

Friday, July 1, 2016, 2:24 AM

U.N. rights council creates role of expert to protect LGBT people

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. Human Rights Council agreed on Thursday to appoint an independent investigator to help protect homosexuals and transgender people worldwide from violence and discrimination. After a heated debate...

Thursday, June 30, 2016, 10:20 PM