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UN chief welcomes accord for peace in Mali

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the signing of an accord by Malian authorities and Tuareg movements to bring sustainable peace to Mali. The agreement  was signed by the government of Mali the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad and the High Council for the Unity of Azawad, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on Tuesday. It [...]

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Refugees flee crisis in north-eastern Nigeria to Cameroon

Listen / A family of 17 who fled from  from Nigeria to Niger. [UNHCR Photo/ C.Arnaud]

The ongoing confrontation between the Nigerian army and the Boko Haram rebel group in north-eastern Nigeria is forcing more people to flee to Cameroon, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says refugees have been fleeing to Niger as the crisis continues in Nigeria's Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. Spokesperson Adrian Edwards [...]

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A new law in Libya risks further weakening of institutions: UN envoy

Listen / Tarek Mitri Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) addresses Security Council. [UN Photo/ Devra Berkowitz]

A law to exclude certain individuals from public office in Libya, which was adopted on 5 May, risks further weakening state institutions in the North African country. This warning has come from Tarek Mitri, the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) during his briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday. He said [...]

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Work-sharing has potential to save jobs, says ILO book

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Many companies cut down working hours for their employees in order to save jobs during the Great Recession of 2008-2009. Such work-sharing measures also have the potential to generate more employment in the longer term, according a new ILO book launched on the sidelines of the International Labour Conference in Geneva. The book, titled "Work [...]

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NASA chief sees role for global participation in deep space exploration

Listen / Mazlan Othman, Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and Charles Bolden, Administrator of NASA at a press briefing in Vienna. [UNIS Vienna photo]

The United States is looking to strengthen its partnerships with the UN and other countries in the promotion of the peaceful uses of outer space. That's what Charles Bolden, head of NASA, the country's National Aeronautics and Space Administration, told journalists in Vienna on Tuesday. He was speaking at a press briefing held by the [...]

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World Oceans Day focuses on climate change and Pacific Islanders

Listen / Locals in Tebikenikora, a village in Kiribati. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

The impact of climate change and degradation in one particular area of the world was highlighted during the observance of World Oceans Day. The Day is observed every year on the 8th of June and is designed to raise awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans. This [...]

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NASA envisages first-ever human mission to an asteroid

Listen / Charles Bolden, Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) [UNIS Vienna photo]

The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is planning to send a first-ever mission to capture and re-direct an asteroid. The initiative was announced on Tuesday by NASA's Charles Bolden at a meeting the UN Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in Vienna. He said the idea is to capture an asteroid [...]

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A Vietnamese child with disability inspires others

Listen / Nguyen Phuong Anh "also known as Crystal"

Children with disabilities are often discriminated against and excluded from society, leaving them among the most vulnerable in the world. The 2013 State of the World's Children with Disabilities report was launched recently by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to bring global attention to the urgent needs of a largely invisible population. Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports. [...]

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UN human rights chief calls for restraint in Brazilian protests

Listen / Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré]

Brazilian authorities have been urged to exercise restraint in response to spreading social protests as thousands of demonstrators gathered in Brazil's largest cities on Monday night. The protests, which are mainly over the rising cost of public transport and the expense of staging the 2014 World Cup and the Rio Olympics in 2016, began on [...]

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UN refugee chief urges support for Lebanon as risk grows that Syria conflict could cross borders

Listen / A Syrian girl in a makeshift Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon. [UNHCR photo]

An alarm has been sounded about the massive support needed for refugees and for the countries and communities hosting them. The call comes from UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres as he kicked off a visit to the region to mark World Refugee Day by meeting with leaders and refugees in Lebanon on Tuesday. [...]

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US donates $123 million to UNRWA

Listen / An UNRWA staff member distributing food aid to refugees in Gaza.

A new contribution of US$ 123 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) will enable the Agency to continue its work serving a population of some five million registered Palestine refugees in the region. The latest donation announced by the United States, brings the total U.S. contribution to UNRWA [...]

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UN Human Rights: Heavy-handed response to protests in Turkey unacceptable

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United Nations Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay has expressed concern over the heavy-handed response to demonstrations in Turkey against the proposed redevelopment of Istanbul’s Gezi Park. Ms Pillay says the excessive force used by the police has led to the broadening of  protests to include other aspects of governance, fundamental human rights, freedom of assembly [...]

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