{FD} First treaty banning nuclear weapons expected to be adopted

More than 120 countries are expected to adopt the first-ever treaty to ban atomic weapons Friday despite a boycott by all nuclear-armed nations, including the United States, which has pointed to North Korea's escalating nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

{FD} Former French judge to head UN body to probe Syria crimes

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed a French legal expert and former judge to head the U.N. investigative body that will assist in documenting and prosecuting the most serious violations of international law in Syria, including possible war crimes and crimes against humanity.

{FD} France and US agree on UN resolution welcoming Sahel force

France and the United States say they have reached agreement on a U.N. resolution that welcomes the deployment of a 5,000-strong force from five countries in Africa's vast Sahel region to fight the growing threat from extremists.

{FD} UN and AU recommend big cuts to Darfur peacekeeping force

The United Nations and the African Union are recommending a 44 percent cut in the number of peacekeeping troops in their joint force in Sudan's troubled Darfur region and a 30 percent reduction in the international police force, a move certain to be welcomed by the United States which is seeking major cuts to the U.N. peacekeeping budget.

{FD} Security Council backs UN efforts to promote Somalia peace

The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday underscoring the importance of the United Nations in promoting peace and reconciliation efforts by Somalia's new government and strongly condemning attacks by the al-Shabab extremist group.

{FD} Branson calls Trump ‘naive’ for exiting Paris climate accord

British billionaire Richard Branson is calling President Donald Trump very "naive" for withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, saying he failed to recognize that clean energy is cheaper than coal and oil and is going to create "massively more jobs."