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UNICEF welcomes release of 24 children from Myanmar armed forces

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The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has welcomed the release of 24 children from the armed forces in Myanmar. The agency says this is part of a commitment made by the country's government to end the recruitment and use of children under 18 years old in the armed forces, known as the Tatmadaw. The children were [...]

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UN Daily News 18 February 2013

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All parties becoming increasingly reckless with human life, says Syria inquiry

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Both pro- and anti-government forces in Syria have become increasingly violent and reckless with human life, according to a report by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Syria. The report details massacres committed by both government and anti-government forces. It shows that across Syria, murder, torture, rape, enforced disappearance and other inhumane acts have [...]

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Top UN Envoy says South Sudan has been "put to the test"

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  It's been a tough first year for South Sudan since it became independent from Sudan, says the head of the UN Mission in the country. Ms. Hilde Johnson told UN Radio's Donn Bobb on Friday that despite worrying trends of violence in the country, there have been positive developments in the new African country. [...]

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UNESCO event seeks to create action plan to safeguard Mali's cultural heritage

Listen / UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, made a visit to Mali on Saturday 2 February 2013 with French President François Hollande and the interim President of Mali Dioncounda Traoré. © Présidence de la République

Decision-makers and experts from Mali, France and the United Nations are meeting in Paris on Monday to devise an action plan for rebuilding and safeguarding the West African country's cultural heritage. The event is being held at the headquarters of (UNESCO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and will provide an overview of damage [...]

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Displaced Somalis welcome move to new camp in Mogadishu

Listen / IDPs in the Wardhiglay area of Mogadishu, Somalia. Credit: IRIN/Kate Holt

  Although UN agencies report an improvement in humanitarian conditions in Somalia, they point out that more than 250,000 displaced people are still living in camps in the capital, Mogadishu. While many arrived there during the 2011 famine which affected the country, some have been living in camps for more than 20 years due to [...]

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Iraqi leaders urged to stand up against "atrocious" attacks following deadly car bomb explosions

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  A series of deadly car bombs in Iraq on Sunday has been strongly condemned by the top UN official in the country. Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, said nothing can justify the attacks which occurred in several neighbourhoods in the capital, Baghdad. Media reports say at least 20 people [...]

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Secretary-General calls for swift action following terrorist attack in Pakistan

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The UN Secretary-General is calling for "swift and determined action" following a deadly terrorist attack in Pakistan over the weekend. In a statement from his spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the bombing which targeted the Shi'a Hazara, a religious minority community. The attack took place in a busy market area in Quetta, a city in [...]

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