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Iraqi authorities urged to reconsider decision to ban TV stations

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The authorities responsible for communication and media in Iraq have been urged to reconsider their decision to stop several television stations from broadcasting. The call has come from the UN mission in the country after Iraqi authorities reportedly suspended the licences of 10 satellite channels because of a rise in sectarian unrest that has killed [...]

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UNRWA condemns mass displacement of Palestinian refugees in Syria

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The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has condemned the conduct of armed conflict in civilian areas in Syria. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the agency also condemns the failure of all parties to the conflict to safeguard the safety and lives of Syrian and Palestinian civilians. It says that [...]

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Deputy Head of Peacekeeping travelled to Afghanistan

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  Edmond Mulet, the Deputy Chief of UN Peacekeeping, travelled to Afghanistan recently to assess the future role of the United Nations mission in the country (UNAMA). In his first ever visit to Afghanistan, Mr. Mulet said the UN had to rally the international community in support of Afghanistan and to remind Member States that [...]

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UNICEF and partners fight measles outbreak in Syria and neighbouring states

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Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children and the UN children's fund (UNICEF) and its partners are stepping up vaccination campaigns among a particularly vulnerable population. They're working to combat measles outbreaks in Syria and neighbouring countries housing thousands of Syrian refugees who have fled their homeland due to the [...]

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UN envoy says an accord to bring peace to Great Lakes must succeed

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An agreement by African leaders signed in February to bring peace to the Great Lakes region must succeed, says Mary Robinson, the United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy for the region. Ms. Robinson is on a week long mission to discuss the implementation of the "Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo [...]

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World celebrates second International Jazz Day

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The Second International Jazz Day is being commemorated on April 30th 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. UNESCO proclaimed International Jazz Day in November 2011 and five months later, the first celebration was held at United Nations headquarters in New York. According to UNESCO, the day honours jazz's virtues as an educational tool, as a vehicle for [...]

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Wet season threatens thousands of Chadian migrants and refugees

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The approaching wet season is threatening the lives of thousands of Chadian migrants and refugees stranded at the border between Chad and Sudan. This warning has come from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) which participated in a recent joint-fact finding and assessment mission to the area. IOM spokesperson Jumbe Omari Jumbe says the mission, [...]

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ILO sends mission to Bangladesh following building collapse

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) is sending a high-level mission to Bangladesh following the collapse of a building housing textile factories last week. According to reports, more than 380 people died in the disaster at the Rana Plaza building where workers produce garments. The ILO's Deputy Director-General for Field Operations, Gilbert Houngbo, will lead the [...]

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UN chief condemns killing of Somalia's Deputy State Attorney

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the killing of Somalia's Deputy State Attorney last week. According to reports, Ahmed Malim Sheikh Nur was gunned down in the capital, Mogadishu on Friday. In a statement issued late on Monday, Secretary-General Ban expresses his sincere condolences to Mr. Nur's family. The Secretary-General expresses his deep concern [...]

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Syrian crisis triggers measles outbreak

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Mass vaccination campaigns are underway in countries hosting Syrian refugees to bring an outbreak of measles under control, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). There have been sporadic outbreaks of measles reported in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey. UNICEF says with the large population movement and the breakdown of regular health services [...]

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UNHCR warns against forcible returns to CAR amid violence and abuses

Listen / Refugees from Central African Republic arrive in Democratic Republic of the Congo's Equateur province earlier this month after crossing the Oubangui River. © UNHCR/G.Casteele

United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says refugees who have fled the Central African Republic should not be forcibly returned home. The agency warns that the security situation in the country remains fluid and dangerous with widespread human rights abuses and a deteriorating humanitarian situation. The situation in the CAR has worsened since December 2012 when [...]

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