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Food Crisis Looms Over South Sudan: UN

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Food Crisis Looms Over South Sudan: UN

South Sudan faces unprecedented levels of food insecurity, with 2.8 million people, nearly 25 per cent of the population, in urgent need of aid, at least 40,000 of them on the brink of catastrophe, at a time when the war-torn country is traditionally most food secure, United Nations agencies warned Monday. “It is not only [...]

UNICEF Launches $2.8 Billion Appeal for Children

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UNICEF Launches $2.8 Billion Appeal for Children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced Tuesday the launch of a $2.8 billion appeal to reach 43 million children in humanitarian emergencies worldwide, with for the first time ever the largest portion of the appeal – 25 per cent – going towards their education. “Millions of children are being robbed of their education,” said [...]

Children Facing Death Penalty in Iran: Amnesty

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Children Facing Death Penalty in Iran: Amnesty

Scores of youths in Iran are languishing on death row for crimes committed under the age of 18, said Amnesty International in a new report published Tuesday. The report, according to Amnesty, debunks recent attempts by Iran’s authorities to whitewash their continuing violations of children’s rights and deflect criticism of their appalling record as one [...]

Intra-Syrian Talks for Ceasefire Delayed

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Intra-Syrian Talks for Ceasefire Delayed

Intra-Syrian talks that were scheduled to begin in Geneva Monday under United Nations sponsorship will now start on Friday. The first priority of the talks will be a broad ceasefire, humanitarian aid, and halting the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS). But in announcing the new date, [...]

Half the Population of Central African Republic Faces Hunger

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Half the Population of Central African Republic Faces Hunger

An emergency food security assessment by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners has revealed that half the population of the Central African Republic (CAR) – nearly 2.5 million people – faces hunger. This marks a doubling in the number of hungry people in a one-year period, as conflict and insecurity have [...]

Iranian Bank Removed from Sanctions List

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Iranian Bank Removed from Sanctions List

The United Nations Security Council announced Sunday that it has removed Iranian Bank Sepah and its international subsidiary from a sanctions list. The decision follows Saturday’s announcement of a UN report confirming that Iran has completed necessary preparatory steps to start the implementation of a plan of action aiming to resolve the nuclear issue. The [...]

Syria: ‘Starvation as a Weapon Is a War Crime’

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Syria: ‘Starvation as a Weapon Is a War Crime’

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the situation is “utterly unconscionable” in Syria and warned that the use of starvation as a weapon during conflict is a war crime. “Perhaps nothing more urgently reflects the need to act than the harrowing scenes from Madaya,” Mr. Ban said in New York on Thursday. For months, the [...]

UN Condemns Suicide Bombing at Mosque in Cameroon

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UN Condemns Suicide Bombing at Mosque in Cameroon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned Wednesday a deadly suicide bombing in the village of Kouyape, in the Far North region of Cameroon, during morning prayer at a mosque. “The attack, perpetrated by suspected Boko Haram elements, resulted in the death of an estimated 13 people, including the imam, and numerous injured,” indicated a statement [...]

UN Wants Access to Besieged Areas in Syria

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UN Wants Access to Besieged Areas in Syria

The UN calls for unimpeded humanitarian access to reach those in need in hard-to-reach and besieged areas in Syria, according to a statement issued Thursday. “We are particularly concerned about the plight of nearly 400,000 people besieged by parties to the conflict in locations such as Deir Ez- Zor city, Daraya, Foah and Kafraya, as [...]

Saudi Arabia Put 157 People to Death in 2015

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Saudi Arabia Put 157 People to Death in 2015

Top United Nations (UN) officials have expressed dismay over Saturday’s executions by Saudi Arabia of 47 people, including the cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, and called on the country’s authorities to commute all death sentences. “Sheik al-Nimr and a number of the other prisoners executed had been convicted following trials that raised serious concerns over [...]

Shia Cleric Among 47 Executed by Saudi Arabia

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Shia Cleric Among 47 Executed by Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s authorities have demonstrated their utter disregard for human rights and life by executing 47 people in a single day, said Amnesty International. Those put to death Saturday included Shi’a Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, who, according to Amnesty, was convicted after a “political and grossly unfair trial” at the Specialized Criminal Court [...]

Yemen Conflict: WFP Appeals for Food Supply in Taiz

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Yemen Conflict: WFP Appeals for Food Supply in Taiz

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says it is deeply concerned about the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in the city of Taiz where people have been going hungry for weeks as WFP struggles to reach vulnerable families in the war-torn city. The Yemen civil war broke out last year when two warring factions claimed [...]

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