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Former President of the United Nations General Assembly, John William Ashe. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Former President of the United Nations General Assembly, John William Ashe. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
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Former UN General Assembly chief dies amid bribery case

Former U.N. General Assembly President John Ashe of the twin-island Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda died on Wednesday in the United States as he was facing criminal charges in a bribery case. He was 61.

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Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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McIlroy opts out of Rio Olympics over Zika concerns

Golfer Rory McIlroy became one of the most high-profile sports stars to opt out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of concerns about the Zika virus, saying Wednesday it is "a risk I am unwilling to take."

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CAMPINAS, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 11: A Biologist works with genetically modified mosquitoes on February 11, 2016 in Campinas, Brazil. Technicians from the Oxitec laboratory located in Campinas, 100km from Sao Paulo, are releasing genetically modified mosquitoes Aedes Egypti to combat Zika virus. The laboratory is acting in Piracicaba who had a dengue outbreak last summer with 132 cases and after treatment showed only two cases this summer .The Lab will release 250,000 genetically modified mosquitoes in two neighborhoods with a large concentration of incident cases of egypti aedes mosquito, the modified mosquitoes compete with wild mosquitoes and replace them with non-Zika transmitting mosquitoes . (Photos by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
A Biologist works with genetically modified mosquitoes on February 11, 2016 in Campinas, Brazil. (Photos by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
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Sex transmission of Zika more common than first thought

The U.N. health agency says sexual transmission of Zika is more common than first thought. It is updating its advice to women who have been in areas hit by the virus, telling them to wait even longer to conceive.

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Health workers get ready to spray insecticide to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that transmits the Zika virus, under the bleachers of the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro
Health workers get ready to spray insecticide to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that transmits the Zika virus, under the bleachers of the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)
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UN health agency rejects Rio Olympics postponement call

The World Health Organization says there is "no public health justification" for postponing or canceling the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of the Zika outbreak.

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Actress Angelina Jolie attends the premiere of DreamWorks Animation and Twentieth Century Fox's 'Kung Fu Panda 3' at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 16, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Actress Angelina Jolie attends the premiere of DreamWorks Animation and Twentieth Century Fox's 'Kung Fu Panda 3' at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 16, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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Jolie ‘disheartened’ by US response to migrant crisis

Angelina Jolie says she is "very disheartened" by the U.S. response to the global migration crisis, and fears countries will adopt increasingly isolationist policies instead of acting together to tackle the challenge.

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Mohammad Javad Zarif
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif gives a speech Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in Canberra, Australia. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)
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Iran foreign minister denies missile test breached UN rules

Iran's foreign minister said Tuesday that he had deliberately negotiated the wording of the latest United Nations resolution restraining his country's nuclear program to ensure that the test-firing of nuclear-capable Iranian missiles would be legal.

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Syria Besieged
In this Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 file photo, people wait to leave the besieged town of Madaya, northwest of Damascus, Syria.(AP Photo, File)
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More than 1 million are besieged in Syria, new report says

More than one million Syrians are trapped in besieged areas, a new report says in a challenge to the United Nations, which estimates just half that amount and has been accused by some aid groups of underplaying a crisis.

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Steam and smoke rises from a coal burning power plant in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.  (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
Steam and smoke rises from a coal burning power plant in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
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UN panel adopts landmark climate report

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- The United Nations' expert panel on climate science on Saturday finished a report on global warming that the UN's environment agency said offers "conclusive evidence" that humans are altering the Earth's climate system.

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A health worker carries a bin at an Ebola Isolation centre owned by Doctors Without Borders in Donka, Guinea, Thursday.  (AP Photo/Youssouf Bah)
A health worker carries a bin at an Ebola Isolation centre owned by Doctors Without Borders in Donka, Guinea, Thursday. (AP Photo/Youssouf Bah)
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UN: We botched response to the Ebola outbreak

LONDON (AP) -- The World Health Organization has admitted that it botched attempts to stop the now-spiraling Ebola outbreak in West Africa, blaming factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information.

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, speaking in New York Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, speaking in New York Wednesday. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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Iran’s president condemns ISIS at UN, urges Arab response

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Iran's president told the U.N. General Assembly Thursday that moderate leaders in the Middle East must spearhead the fight against extremists, warning that their goal of destroying civilization is generating anti-Muslim hatred and creating fertile ground for further intervention of foreign forces in the region.

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