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Human Rights chief concerned about civilians caught in siege in Homs, Syria

Listen / Smoke drifts into the sky from buildings and houses hit by shelling in Homs, Syria (June 2012). [UN Photo/David Manyua]

The UN Human Rights High Commissioneris concerned about the impact of a major offensive in the Syrian city of Homs. In a statement on Friday, Navi Pillay cited reports received by her office concerning heavy shelling in the Al-Khaldiya neighbourhood since the early hours of that morning. The initiative had been launched in late June [...]

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UNHCR concerned about continued displacement in Central African Republic

Listen / Internally displaced children in the Central African Republic. [UNHCR/H. Caux]

The continued displacement of thousands of people in the Central African Republic three months after the government was ousted by a rebel coalition remains of extreme concern to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency reports that there are more than 200,000 internally displaced people and over 20,000 refugees in the country. UNHCR and its [...]

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Peacekeeping chief: Darfur security situation deteriorating

Listen / USG for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous and head of UNAMID Mohamed Ibn Chambas pay a visit to an injured UNAMID peacekeeper in Nyala, Darfur. [UN Photo/Albert González Farran]

There's been a deterioration in the security situation in Sudan's Darfur region, with more than 300,000 people being displaced since the beginning of the year, according to the head of UN peacekeeping. Hervé Ladsous said the displacement was mostly due to inter-community clashes, and he called on all parties in Darfur to cease hostilities. Ladsous [...]

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Tourism looking up for St. Kitts-Nevis: Skerrit

Listen / St.Kitts-Nevis' Minister of Tourism and International Transport, International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Ricky Skerrit.

The sounds of the Caribbean waffled through the New Yorker Hotel in New York as the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) celebrated Caribbean Week in New York. During the week of activities, UN Radio spoke with a number of regional officials. Today, it's St.Kitts-Nevis' Minister of Tourism and International Transport, International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer [...]

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Force Commander discusses new challenge for UN troops in Lebanon

Listen / Major General Paolo Serra, Force Commander, the United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

As conflict persists in Syria and the number of displaced people continues to flee into neighbouring countries, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is more active than usual. According to UNIFIL Force Commander Major General Paolo Serra, "Lebanon's policy of neutrality has helped to keep the country out of trouble over the past two [...]

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Political Affairs chief underlines UN commitment to Somalia

Listen / The UN's Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey D. Feltman, [center] stands for a moment of silence next to a wreath laid for the victims of a recent terrorist attack on a UN compound in Mogadishu, Somalia, on June 27.
UN Photo/Tobin Jones

The deadly attack last month on the UN compound in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, will not deter the United Nations. That message comes from Jeffrey Feltman, head of the UN's Department of Political Affairs, who recently travelled to the country. Feltman met with the Somali President who also mourned and attended a service in memory of [...]

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Somalis and Eritreans top migrants crossing Mediterranean into southern Europe: UNHCR

Listen / Migrants arriving on Italy's Lampedusa Island after crossing the Mediterranean on a dilapidated boat. [UNHCR/F.Noy]

More than 8,000 migrants and asylum seekers landed on the coasts of Italy and Malta during the first six months of the year, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reports. UNHCR says the majority departed from North Africa, principally Libya, while others crossed from Greece and Turkey. The Mediterranean is one of the world's busiest seaways, [...]

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WHO emergency committee to discuss Middle East flu virus

Listen / Doctors look at an X-ray. Photo: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the spread of the Middle East coronavirus is yet to reach emergency or pandemic levels but is urging health authorities worldwide to step up surveillance. WHO says it will convene an emergency committee of international health experts to deliberate on the spread of the virus and to determine whether [...]

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Ban tells Egyptian foreign minister of the need to protect fundamental human rights of all Egyptians

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

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern about the military intervention into Egypt's civilian and constitutional affairs. The Secretary-General spoke Thursday with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamal Amr reminding the foreign minister of the need for the Egyptian authorities to protect the fundamental human rights of all Egyptians, including freedom of speech and assembly. Secretary-General [...]

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UN report predicts dire food security picture in Syria

Listen / WFP food distribution in Syria. [WFP photo]

A limited "window of opportunity" exists to ensure families affected by the crisis in Syria do not lose vital sources of food and income, according to two UN agencies. In a report released on Friday, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) warn that food security will worsen if the [...]

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UN: Detention of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood leaders worrying

Listen / Navi Pillay

The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) has expressed concern over the reported widespread detention of leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the new interim authorities in Egypt must quickly re-establish the rule of law and a system of government that respects the human rights [...]

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