The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization established after World War Two in 1945 to promote international co-operation and maintain international security.
The UN has 193 members and its headquarters are in New York City. Its objectives also include promoting human rights, fostering social and economic development, protecting the environment, and humanitarian aid. It is financed through contributions from its member states.
The presence of Turkish troops on a potentially reunited Cyprus has split leaders taking part in UN-sponsored talks. Ankara has said a Greek Cypriot call for Turkish troops to leave the island was "out of the question."
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gave his first speech in the position to the Security Council Tuesday. Guterres wants the UN to stop merely responding to conflict and do more to prevent it in the first place.
Officials in Tunisia estimate that 3,000 Tunisians have joined jihadist groups in Syria, Iraq and neighboring Libya. The United Nations puts the figure at 5,000. In the capital Tunis, people turned out to demonstrate amid fears that the fighters have returned home, bringing violence with them.
A simmering dispute between President Barack Obama and his incoming successor Donald Trump looked destined to boil over. However, a call from the President appears to have at least momentarily eased tensions for now.