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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 [...]

UN Allocates $100 Million to Assist Vulnerable People

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UN Allocates $100 Million to Assist Vulnerable People

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released Friday $100 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for severely underfunded aid operations in nine neglected emergencies. The funds will enable life-saving help for millions of people forced from their homes in Central and Eastern Africa, those affected by conflict and food insecurity in Libya and [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Efforts Begin to Meet Sustainable Development Goals

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Efforts Begin to Meet Sustainable Development Goals

As 2015 comes to an end, and with it the 15-year cycle of the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations (UN) officially ushers in today – 1 January 2016 – an even more ambitious set of goals to banish a whole host of social ills by 2030. “The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) [...]

UN Sets Date to Begin Intra-Syrian Peace Talks

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UN Sets Date to Begin Intra-Syrian Peace Talks

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has set 25 January 2016 as the target date to begin talks between the parties aimed at ending the five-year-old conflict, it was announced Saturday. The announcement, issued in Geneva, where the talks are also expected to take place, comes just over a week after the Security Council [...]

Central African Republic Polls Delayed

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Central African Republic Polls Delayed

The presidential and legislative elections that had been scheduled to take place this Sunday in the Central African Republic (CAR) will now be held on 30 December 2015, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country has reported. The new date for the polls was announced by the national electoral authorities, who stated that more [...]

United Nations – Year in Review 2015

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United Nations – Year in Review 2015

As the year draws to a close, the United Nations (UN) has released a video that chronicles the important events of the year 2015. According to the UN, it was a year of triumphal moments and haunting images: A little boy, washed up on the shore symbolising the plight of 60 million refugees; people in [...]

Syrian Journalist’s Murder Denounced by UN Agency

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Syrian Journalist’s Murder Denounced by UN Agency

The United Nations agency responsible for defending the freedom of the media denounced Monday the murder of a Syrian journalist from an organization reporting on human rights abuses in the area of the country controlled by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). “It is an unacceptable tragedy for society as a whole [...]

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