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Middle East peace process discussed in Security Council

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An agreement is still in the process of being finalized, Robert Serry told the Security Council on Tuesday. He was referring to negotiations on a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians which are scheduled to take place in the near future, as he summarized events taking place during the past reporting period. Gerry Adams has [...]

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We have now reached a decisive point in the Middle East Peace Process: Serry

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The Middle East peace process remains critical for the fate of the region, UN Special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry told the Security Council on Tuesday. He said progress in the peace process and a more constructive dynamic between the Israelis and the Palestinians would have important positive political regional implications. [...]

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Decade-long conflict escalates in Darfur, displacing 250,000 people

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The World Food Programme (WFP) says an escalation of new violence in Sudan's western region of Darfur has prompted over 250,000 people to flee their villages and abandon their livelihoods since early this year. Although this was the season when people should be planting and working on farms, they were instead fleeing their villages. WFP's [...]

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UNHCR welcomes Yemen national policy on Internally Displaced People

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The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has welcomed the adoption by Yemen of a national policy on internally displaced people (IDPs). The government approved the policy in late June. It aims to protect the more than half-a-million Yemenis who have been forced to flee their homes in recent years and to help solve the problem of [...]

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WFP launches emergency operation in South Sudan

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The World Food Programme (WFP) is appealing for $20 million to bring emergency aid to an estimated 60,000 people affected by fighting in South Sudan's largest state. The operation will include the use of helicopters as the people have fled to hard-to-reach areas of Pibor County, located in Jonglei State, which are inaccessible due to [...]

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WFP appeals for $20 million to deliver critical lifesaving food aid to South Sudan

Listen / Women return to shelters after receiving food assistance provided by WFP at Yusuf Batil refugee Camp. Photo: WFP/George Fominyen

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is launching an urgent appeal for $20 million for its emergency operation in South Sudan. WFP spokesperson Elizabeth Byrs says this money will provide critical life-saving food assistance, as well as transport to difficult remote areas, to over 60,000 people displaced by violence in Jonglei state, South Sudan. [...]

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IPU: Many parliaments lack oversight of World Bank and IMF loan agreements

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More than 40 per cent of parliaments around the world lack the legal authority to ratify loans negotiated by governments with financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This is according to a global study jointly undertaken by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the World Bank. The study reveals [...]

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UNHCR: Mali refugees missing from voters register

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With the first round of Mali's presidential elections scheduled for Sunday July 28th, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR is concerned that a large number Malian refugees may not be able to exercise their democratic right. UNHCR says although  19,000 Malian refugees voluntarily registered to take part in the elections, only about half of the [...]

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Life-saving supplies reach children and families in conflict-affected Aleppo

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  UNICEF and partners have just completed delivery of life-saving supplies to the embattled city of Aleppo in north-western Syria. The mission, which also included the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and United Nations agencies, was part of a 15-truck convoy that travelled from Damascus to Aleppo. UNICEF's supplies included diarrhoeal disease kits to treat [...]

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Young Latin Americans welcome future with optimism, but demand less corruption, poverty and violence

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Young people in Latin America, Portugal and Spain are optimistic about their future—two out of three believe that in five years they will be better off than they are now—, according to the 1st Ibero-American Youth Survey, presented in Madrid. The first study ever conducted with youth in 20 countries, with over 20,000 interviews, revealed [...]

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