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UN officials pay tribute to late President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela

Listen / Chaves Gives Press Conference

United Nations officials have paid tribute to the late President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez who passed away on Tuesday. The 58 old leader  returned to his country last month after cancer treatment in Cuba. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had just briefed the Security Council late on Tuesday when he was asked about the death [...]

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Security Council urged to authorize an Intervention Brigade in DR Congo

Listen / Security Council Chamber

The Security Council has been urged to authorize the deployment of an Intervention Brigade to help stabilize the situation in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The call came from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during his briefing to Council on Tuesday. He said the situation remains fragile in that part of [...]

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Safe return of displaced people at risk due to landmines in Yemen

Listen / A Demining specialist removing an anti-personnel mine. Photo:UNDP

The safe return of displaced people in Yemen is at risk because of landmines and other explosive remnants of war, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Thousands of people are returning to their homes in southern Yemen after government forces reclaimed most of the territory that has been controlled by [...]

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WFP-backed team reaches summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro

Listen / The all-female climbing team of women from Africa and Nepal. Photo: WFP/Claudia Altorio

An all-female climbing team supported by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Tanzania has reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest mountain. The ten women made the ascent to highlight the importance of girls' education and of school meals. The team which timed their climb to mark the week of International Women's Day [...]

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Assisting rape survivor mothers and their children

Listen / Rebecca Kiessling

When a rape victim becomes pregnant, she should be able to choose to parent her child without having to worry about a life of being tethered to the rapist, says the organization "Hope after Rape Conception". Rebecca Kiessling, who founded the organization, explained to Gerry Adams that women who conceive as a result of rape are a [...]

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UNRWA cancels 2013 Gaza Marathon

Listen / Participants compete in the annual UN-sponsored marathon along the Gaza Strip (01/03/2012)

This year's Gaza marathon organized by the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has been cancelled. UNRWA says it regrets what it says is a 'disappointing decision" which was made following discussions with the authorities in Gaza who have insisted against women's participation in the event. According to the agency, a total of 256 [...]

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US to be called to account over Bush-era CIA terrorism programme

Listen / Ben Emmerson

The United States has been told to release the findings of a report into the Bush-era CIA programme of secret detention, rendition and torture of terrorist suspects. Ben Emmerson, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms While Countering Terrorism, told the Human Rights Council in Geneva that [...]

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Conflict in Syria deprives children of education

Listen / Syrian children outside their UNHCR tent at Jordan's Za'atri refugee camp. Photo: UNHCR/M. Abu Asaker

The ongoing conflict in Syria is depriving hundreds of thousands of children of their education, according to the United Nations children's agency (UNICEF). The agency says that an assessment conducted in December last year shows that Syria's education system is reeling from almost two years of conflict, with severe damage to infrastructure and attendance rates [...]

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People with albinism targeted in Tanzania

Listen / Albino children in Tanzania

There's an increase in attacks against people with albinism in Tanzania and the UN Human Rights Commissioner is calling on the authorities in the country to take stronger measures to halt the crimes and tackle the underlying discrimination. Navi Pillay says she "strongly condemns these vicious killings and attacks, which were committed in particularly horrifying [...]

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UN officials welcome overturning of conviction of Somali woman

Listen / Zainab Hawa Bangura

  United Nations officials have welcomed a court decision in Somalia to overturn the conviction of an alleged rape victim accused of maligning the reputation of the state. The woman and a journalist who interviewed her about the claim that she was raped by soldiers were convicted and sentenced last month. On March 3 the [...]

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Two-thirds of victims of left-over munitions in Mali are children

Listen / UNMAS Mali is training and working with local Malian military and police to clear landmines and unexploded ordinance in the northern part of the country. Photo: UNMAS/Marc Vaillant

  Two out of three of those killed or injured by left-over ammunition and explosive devices in conflict-affected areas of Central and Northern Mali are children, according to the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF. It's thought that around 200,000 children in the region are at risk from unexploded ordnance. Since April last year, 53 people [...]

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Vicious attacks on people with albinism in Tanzania condemned by UN human rights chief

Listen / Navi Pillay

Authorities in Tanzania must take action following reports of a surge in the number of violent attacks on people with albinism in the country, says the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Navi Pillay says that she's 'appalled' by the vicious killings and attacks, committed in particularly horrific circumstances, which have involved dismembering people, [...]

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New INCB report calls for concerted action to curb global drug problem

Listen / Raymond Yans

New psychoactive substances, known as 'legal highs' and 'designer drugs', are a growing threat to public health, as seen by increased emergency room admissions and calls to poison centres, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) says in its Annual Report for 2012, launched Tuesday in London. The report says these new psychoactive substances are easily [...]

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