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Framework hold hope for peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Four months ago, the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region was signed, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a meeting of the Security Council on Thursday. His remarks were made as the Security Council opened debate on the Great Lakes region, that is the countries surrounding Africa's [...]

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Human Rights chief calls for prompt investigation into killing of Tunisian opposition leader

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The UN human rights chief is urging authorities in Tunisia to launch a prompt and transparent investigation into the assassination of a leading opposition politician. Mohamed Brahmi, a member of the National Constituent Assembly, was shot in front of his home in the capital, Tunis, on Thursday in the presence of his daughter. UN Human [...]

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US Secretary of State calls for an end to support to armed groups in eastern DRC

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All parties to the conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo are being urged to move forward together to address the root causes of two decades of fighting and instability. The call comes from United States Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking on Thursday during a Security Council meeting on the situation in [...]

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WFP, US strengthen Kenya's national school meals programme

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday presented the Kenyan Ministry of Education with 60 motorbikes and a four-wheel-drive vehicle to strengthen the government's expanding Home-Grown School Meals Programme (HGSMP). The motorbikes and 4WD, with a combined value of $93,000 (about Ksh. 8 million), are part of a $305,000 contribution to WFP from [...]

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Arab Bedouins threatened with eviction and forcible displacement

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The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) says an Israeli draft bill calling for the demolition of dozens of Bedouin villages in the Negev Desert is threatening the eviction and forcible displacement of over 35,000 Arab Bedouins. The Negev Desert, which covers more than half of Israel's land area, is home to Arab Bedouins who have [...]

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International community, remain engaged in Burundi: Security Council

Listen / SRSG Parfait Onanga-Anyanga briefing the Security Council. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

The international community should continue to be engaged in Burundi. That was the message of speakers who addressed the UN Security Council as it discussed the progress of the peace process in the country. Decade long conflict escalated in Darfur, Sudan displacing 250,000 people The World Food Programme (WFP) says an escalation of new violence [...]

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We have to bring the Syrian conflict to an end: Ban

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held discussions on Thursday with US Secretary of State John Kerry on what he termed, "the appalling situation in Syria". Secretary-General Ban told reporters ahead of the meeting that the conflict is now continuing for almost two and a half years. ” More than 100,000 people have been killed. Millions of [...]

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North eastern DPRK inundated by floods

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Heavy seasonal rains over the past two weeks have resulted in flooding in many parts of the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea. And, the United Nations has dispatched assessment teams to a number of areas in (DPRK) that the government has identified as the most badly affected by flooding. The government reported that the provinces [...]

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Israel accused of violating the rights of Arab Bedouins

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Nearly 40,000 Arab Bedouins are threatened with eviction and forcible displacement should the Israeli parliament adopt a draft law calling for the demolition of up to 35 Bedouin villages in the Negev Desert, according to the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR). The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the legislation was an [...]

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Ban counting on Israelis and Palestinians to revive the two-state solution

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"I now count on the Israelis and Palestinians to respond courageously to revive the two-state solution," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday in remarks to the media before meeting with United States Secretary of State John Kerry. The Secretary-General said "hard negotiations lie ahead and only the parties can make the tough choices. But at least [...]

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