Iraqi security forces detain a boy after removing a suicide vest from him in Kirkuk, Iraq.
A young boy is strapped with explosives and sent to detonate himself and those around him at a school. An expert on terrorism explains how and why children become embroiled in militant conflicts.
The Haiti cholera outbreak has killed 10,000 people.
It has long been known that UN forces brought disease to the country in the aftermath of an earthquake, but how can amends be made?
Only Australia uses less-developed countries to process refugee claims.
Reports of abuse on Nauru should provide a flashpoint for the Turnbull government to reassess its asylum-seeker policies before more serious harm is inflicted on Australia's international standing.
The first international water decade was a great success ... so why do we need another?
Galileo was right, but that doesn’t mean his fans are.
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One Nation Senator-elect Malcolm Roberts lauds Galileo as a hero who turned scientific consensus on its head. But the 'Galileo gambit' is just one weapon in the climate conspiracists' arsenal.
An African migrant stranded in Costa Rica.
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At what point is the movement of people away from their land of origin called a diaspora? A sociologist explores what the term has meant in the past, and why that might soon change.
All politics is local. It’s a cliché but one that never goes out of style. Malcolm Turnbull’s unwillingness to endorse Kevin Rudd for the world’s top diplomatic post, the secretary-general of the United…
Kevin Rudd had been hoping to succeed Ban Ki-moon as UN secretary-general.
How does one go about nominating to be UN secretary-general? And who needs to be on your side to get the top job?
Doubts have been expressed in the bureaucracy about the government nominating Kevin Rudd to be UN secretary-general.
Malcolm Turnbull has been left to decide whether the government should allow Kevin Rudd to be a candidate for secretary-general of the United Nations.
Julie Bishop chats with her counterparts during the East Asia Summit’s foreign ministers meeting in Laos.
The strength of Julie Bishop will be tested on Thursday when she proposes the government should nominate Kevin Rudd to run for secretary-general of the United Nations.
Scott Morrison has indicated he does not support the government nominating Kevin Rudd for the UN secretary-general job.
Scott Morrison has set himself in apparent opposition to Julie Bishop over Australia's nomination of Kevin Rudd as a candidate for secretary-general of the United Nations.
Time to take a different road?
The world's use of finite resources continues to rise as global development continues. Can we help poorer nations raise their standard of living without exhausting all of our raw materials?
Kevin Rudd is rated as having an ‘outside chance’ of securing the UN secretary-general job.
Brendan Nelson, a former Liberal leader who was appointed an ambassador by Kevin Rudd, has strongly backed the former prime minister’s request for the government to nominate him for the United Nations…
Now that UN peacekeepers have left Liberia, the country has much work to do.
There's no doubt it was time for the United Nations mission in Liberia to end. But there are some gaps in the country's plan to move on without the men and women in blue helmets.
Tshwane Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, surrounded by school pupils and officials, samples the metropole’s free internet service.
Pretoria News/Masi Losi
That South Africa has voted against rights enshrined in its globally celebrated, progressive constitution suggests a troubling indifference to its human rights commitments.
Should killing too many fish be dealt with in the same way as war crimes?
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The world has global authorities for trade and security, but not for threats to the environment. It's time the natural world got its own version of the World Trade Organisation or UN Security Council.
Baby Lurky, whose family was displaced by Boko Haram in the northeast region of Nigeria, sleeps at a camp in Adamawa State.
The rise in the number of people fleeing Boko Haram terror calls for urgent amendments to Nigeria's constitution to provide legal protection to the country's millions of internally displaced citizens.
Outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s successor faces the challenge of making the organisation more accountable.
The ‘functional immunity’ granted to UN officials made good sense when the body was founded after World War II. But as its organisational functions have expanded, so has this immunity.
From the EU to the UN.
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Few would advocate a withdrawal from the United Nations. But international law has a big impact on Britain too.
Futile: the head of UNAIDS opens this year’s High-Level Meeting.
Enough tiptoeing around: without ending state discrimination, we have little hope of stopping HIV and AIDS.