BBC journalist among those detained this year in the pariah state
Record number of countries to back Paris accord limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius
Bulgarians Irina Bokova and Kristalina Georgieva lead the race to become secretary general
Netanyahu condemns UN chief for saying 'it is human nature to react to occupation'
US and China 'embrace' their responsibility to combat the global effects of climate change
A 'major environmental success story', but scientists warn urgent action is now required to tackle climate change
Wife and child of Hamas leader Mohammed Deif hit by Israeli airstrikes after truce breaks down
At least 30 people, many of them civilians, died in clashes between Christian and Muslim militias this week
Foreign ministers descend on Montreux despite 'near-zero' expectations of a political breakthrough
Syrian Opposition threatens to boycott talks after Ban Ki-Moon extends invitation to Tehran
UN confirms 21 August attack on Damascus was gas – and the 'most significant' use of chemical weapons since Saddam's day
As UN chief Ban Ki-Moon urges immediate inspection of site, experts warn evidence is already fading
Fears of further violence as world leaders avoid calling army takeover a 'coup'
Top US officials downplay Pentagon report that says Pyongyang has advanced its nuclear programme
Ban Ki-moon condemns Pyongyang's threats, but will they allow US to forge closer links with China?
Experts say Pyongyang knows nuclear strike on US would be 'suicidal' and technically 'impracticable'
Paris and London are preparing to take 'real action' over Israel's plan to build in sensitive 'E1' area