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United Nations urges all countries to observe truce ahead of Beijing Games

The U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday urged all nations to observe a truce during the Beijing Winter Olympics starting in February, saying a halt to conflicts during one of the world's premiere sporting events can be "a tool to promote peace, dialogue and reconciliation."

Syria believes it's on the way to military victory

Syria's top diplomat told the world's nations Saturday that his country's belief in military victory is greater now, because the army "is making great strides in its war against terrorism" with support from Russia, Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah fighters.

First Nations chief from B.C. calls for urgent effort to save indigenous languages

A First Nations chief from British Columbia is calling for urgent efforts to revive indigenous languages, saying their extinction is going unnoticed while the world focuses on the preservation of cultural heritage sites.

Russia outlines plan for steering Syria out of conflict

Russia has circulated a document on ending the nearly five-year-old Syrian conflict that calls for drafting a new constitution in up to 18 months that would be put to a popular referendum and be followed by an early presidential election.

Refugees can compete at Rio Olympics, says International Olympic Committee

Highly qualified athletes who are refugees will be allowed to compete in the Olympic Games for the first time, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach announced Monday.

Ebola new case numbers still alarming despite trend, WHO says

At least 50 Ebola hotspots remain in the three hardest-hit West African countries but new cases are declining and the deadly disease will be defeated, the U.N.'s Ebola chief said Thursday.