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Secretary-General calls for restraint following latest fighting in eastern DRC

The UN Secretary-General is calling for restraint following the latest round of fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. In a statement issued on Thursday by his spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon expresses deep concern about the hostilities initiated by the M23 rebel group near the city of Goma in North Kivu province. The M23 [...]

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UN allocates extra $1.5 million to fight cholera in Haiti

The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator says additional funding will be given to support cholera response in Haiti. Valerie Amos on Thursday announced that a further $1.5 million will be allocated to the effort, bringing the total amount this year to $4 million. The money will help humanitarian partners provide treatment in high-risk areas ahead of [...]

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UN expert urges Syria to enforce anti-child soldier recruitment law

Leila Zerrougui, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.

Syrian authorities are being encouraged to enforce a law which forbids the use and recruitment of children. The call comes from Leila Zerrougui, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, who on Thursday concluded a visit to Syria and nearby states hosting refugees from the country's ongoing crisis. The UN expert says she continues [...]

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Seven Tanzanian UNAMID peacekeepers killed and 17 others injured in ambush in Darfur, Sudan

UNAMID peacekeeper recuperates in Nyala following deadly ambush. [UN Photo/ Albert González Farran]

United Nations/African Union Peacekeepers under joint patrol were ambushed Saturday, the 13th of July in the Khor Abeche team site in Darfur, Sudan. Seven Tanzanian peacekeepers from the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) were killed and 17 others injured. Heavy ammunition was used in the attack from an unidentified group, according to Chris [...]

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UN Daily News 18 July 2013

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Expand social protection, reduce poverty for persons with disabilities

Ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya, President of the Conference of States Parties to Disabilities Rights Convention at a press briefing. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

Improving living standards and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities is a major focus of attention of a meeting taking place on disabilities at the United Nations. The 132 States parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities are looking at ways to make development "disability-inclusive". Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 3’04″

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ICC rejects Libyan appeal related to Gaddafi case


The International Criminal Court (ICC) has rejected Libya's request to suspend the surrender of the son of the country's former leader who is wanted for crimes against humanity. The request had been filed in June but on Thursday the ICC Appeals Chamber said it was not convinced that surrendering Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi would create problems [...]

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General Assembly commemorates Nelson Mandela International Day

Mr. Andrew Mlangeni in an event commemorating the Nelson Mandela International Day. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

The UN General Assembly on Thursday commemorated the birthday of a global hero and icon of justice and equality: former South African President Nelson Mandela. Among the guest speakers was Andrew Mlangeni, who was imprisoned alongside Mandela in June 1964 for fighting the racist apartheid regime in their homeland. "Madiba has become the symbol of [...]

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Nelson Mandela International Day celebrated at the UN

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former US President Bill Clinton, and Reverend Jesse Jackson during an event commemorating the Nelson Mandela International Day [UN Photo/Eskinder Debeb]

July 18 is Nelson Mandela International Day. It's also the day when President Nelson Mandela celebrates his 95th birthday. The UN General Assembly in New York marks this Day with an informal meeting to honour the South African leader's contributions to democracy, racial justice and reconciliation. Speakers include former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Mr. Andrew [...]

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Director-General condemns murder of Honduran broadcaster Anibal Barrow

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre]

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, on Thursday denounced the killing of Honduran broadcaster Anibal Barrow whose dead body was found on 11 July near the city of San Pedro Sula. In a statement, Ms. Bokova said she trusts "that the authorities will be able to bring to justice those responsible for this crime which [...]

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New round of reforms needed for China's continued success: IMF

China's economy is expected to expand at 7¾ percent this year—broadly the same pace as last year—but the risk of moderation has grown, say International Monetary Fund (IMF) economists. In their annual report on China's economy, the economists emphasize the importance of reforms to secure more consumer-based and sustainable growth going forward. The report says [...]

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Nelson Mandela Addresses General Assembly

Nelson Mandela

ANC leader Nelson Mandela addresses the General Assembly about his fight against the Apartheid regime in South Africa, four years before being elected President. Language: English Genre: Speech 1990 Duration: 25’33″

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UN chief concerned over reports of alleged mistreatment of M23 detainees

Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon Joint Press Stakeout

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern over reports of alleged mistreatment of M23 detainees and desecration of corpses of M23 combatants by the Congolese armed forces. A statement from the Spokespersons' office says the Secretary-General calls on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to bring the perpetrators of these reported acts to justice and [...]

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Hope for young South African opera student

Thesele Kemane, Graduate student at the University of Cape Town Opera School, preforming in the General Assembly Hall. [UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz]

For more than four decades, black and non-white South Africans lived under a brutal system of Apartheid. This intolerance prevented many young people from ever realizing their potential. When the Apartheid regime officially ended in 1994, Nelson Mandela, the new leader, brought hope to many talented young people. UNTV and Public Broadcasting Service of the [...]

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Nelson Mandela International Day a time for action and reflection: UN Secretary-General


People everywhere are being encouraged to take action on behalf of others this Thursday in celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day. The appeal comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who observes that the commemoration comes at a moment of deep reflection on the life and work of the universally revered leader who remains in hospital. [...]

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