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UN Urges Russia and US to Cooperate for Peace in Syria

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UN Urges Russia and US to Cooperate for Peace in Syria

Amid the unprecedented military assault on eastern Aleppo (a city in Syria), where fireballs from incendiary bombs “light up the pitch darkness,” the United Nations (UN) had a special message for the Security Council. Special Envoy for Syria appealed Sunday to the Security Council – particularly permanent members Russia and the United States – to [...]

Syrian Ceasefire Sees Drop in Violence: UN Envoy

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Syrian Ceasefire Sees Drop in Violence: UN Envoy

Nearly 24 hours after the latest cessation of hostilities in Syria began, a United Nations (UN) envoy said Tuesday that despite allegations of mortar shelling and airstrikes on Monday evening, violence in the country has declined substantially. “By early morning, every report we have been seeing indicates a significant drop in violence,” the UN Special [...]

Coalition Forces Hit ISIS Terrorist Leader Adnani

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Coalition Forces Hit ISIS Terrorist Leader Adnani

With a strong force of over 70,000 fighters under its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIL is attacking different nations with the aim to set up a large Islamic State called the Caliphate. By Rakesh Raman According to Pentagon, the U.S.-led coalition forces targeted top terrorist leader Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani in a strike on Tuesday near [...]

Boko Haram-Hit Nigeria Faces Food Scarcity

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Boko Haram-Hit Nigeria Faces Food Scarcity

The number of people in need of food assistance in north-eastern Nigeria has risen to 4.5 million, nearly twice as many as in March, according to a mid-August analysis (Cadre Harmonisé) by various agencies including the UN World Food Programme (WFP). A worsening economy could see this figure rise by a further million as early [...]

UNESCO Demands Safety of Journalists in Iraq

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UNESCO Demands Safety of Journalists in Iraq

Kurdistan TV cameraman Mustafa Saeed was killed on 14 August while covering fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul. The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, on Thursday urged measures to improve the safety of journalists in Iraq following the killing of Mustafa Saeed, the second such killing in the last week. [ Also Read: 15 [...]

UNICEF Appoints Zade Dirani to Protect Rights of Children

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UNICEF Appoints Zade Dirani to Protect Rights of Children

UNICEF has appointed world famous Jordanian pianist and composer, Zade Dirani, as Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa with a special focus on advocating for the most marginalised children especially those caught in conflict, violence, and poverty. “We are deeply honoured that Zade Dirani has accepted this role. His appointment will be [...]

South Sudan Facing ‘Catastrophic’ Food Insecurity

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South Sudan Facing ‘Catastrophic’ Food Insecurity

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says that it is responding to a growing food security emergency causing malnutrition in children in both rural and urban areas of crisis-gripped South Sudan. “The situation in South Sudan is catastrophic, and even more so for children,” UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac told a news briefing in Geneva. He [...]

U.S. Attack Kills al-Qaida Terrorists in Yemen

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U.S. Attack Kills al-Qaida Terrorists in Yemen

The U.S. military conducted a counterterrorism strike against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in the Shabwah Governorate in central Yemen, according to a U.S. Central Command news release. The strike, conducted Aug.4, killed three al-Qaida operatives, the release said. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) quoted the release to say that the strikes against al-Qaida [...]

Ewan McGregor Visits Displaced Children in Iraq

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Ewan McGregor Visits Displaced Children in Iraq

UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor travelled to northern Iraq last week to see how the conflicts sweeping across Iraq and Syria are devastating children’s lives. According to UNICEF, tens of thousands of children have been killed, injured, separated from their parents, forced to work, tortured and recruited into fighting. During his visit McGregor travelled to Debaga [...]

African Elephants Continue to Face Serious Threats

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African Elephants Continue to Face Serious Threats

Many populations of African elephants continued to face serious threats to their survival in 2015 from the illegal trade in ivory and unacceptably high levels of poaching. Two new reports to be presented to the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna [...]

Afghanistan: 5,166 Killed or Maimed in 2016

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Afghanistan: 5,166 Killed or Maimed in 2016

In the first six months of this year, 5,166 civilians were either killed or maimed in Afghanistan, a half-year record since counting began in 2009, a United Nations report published Monday shows. Between January and June this year, the human rights team of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) documented 1,601 civilian deaths and [...]

Do You Oppose Female Genital Mutilation?

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Do You Oppose Female Genital Mutilation?

Approximately two-thirds of men, women, boys and girls in countries where female genital mutilation (FGM) is common say they want the practice to end – according to UNICEF data. In countries with available data, 67 per cent of girls and women and 63 per cent of boys and men oppose the continuation of the practice [...]

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