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Tens of thousands are refugees or internally displaced:UNHCR

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Every four seconds there’s a new refugee or internally displaced person in the world, says UNHCR, the UN refugee agency. People continually flee to other countries — tens of thousands of Malians to Niger, Mauritania and Burkina Faso; thousands of Sudanese to South Sudan, and now well over one million and a half Syrians to [...]

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UN Secretary-General condemns attack on Turkish office in Mogadishu

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack on the office housing Turkish personnel in Mogadishu, Somalia. The attack took place on the 27 of July, according to a statement attributable to the Secretary-General's Spokesperson. The Secretary-General expresses his heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of Turkey, as well [...]

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Mali elections went well:Electoral Division official

Listen / Electoral kits being unloaded in Timbuktu, ahead of the 28 July 2013 presidential elections in Mali. [Photo: MINUSMA/Blagoje Grujic]

Elections in Mali have gone well, according to the Deputy Director of the Electoral Division (DPA). Ali Diabacté is currently in Bamako on mission to support the efforts of UNDP, the United Nations Development Programme, and MINUSMA, the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali, in the electoral process. Elections were peaceful, basically well-organized, with a turn-out [...]

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Food and water major concerns at Za’atari camp in Jordan

Listen / Children form a line outside the school at Za'atari camp in northern Jordan. [Photo: UNICEF/Simon Ingram]

Food, water and sanitation are among the major concerns of refugees in Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, says UNICEF Communication Officer Marc Vergara. The camp, which marks its one year anniversary on the 29th of July, hosts Syrians fleeing from the on-conflict in their country. According to the UNICEF Communication Officer, the camp, which is [...]

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Syria war a chronicle of missed opportunities: Pinheiro

Listen / Paulo Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria

Syria is in free-fall. That's the assessment of Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, the Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria. He told the UN General Assembly on Monday that the relentless shelling has killed thousands of civilians and displaced the populations of entire towns. An untold number of men and women have disappeared [...]

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UN maritime body lauds 'Women at the Helm' of the shipping industry

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Although shipping has traditionally been a male-dominated industry, women increasingly are becoming more visible in the sector. In fact, 'Women at the Helm' is the title of a film launched recently by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) which shows how the agency is making efforts to overturn tradition. An IMO programme that promotes the integration [...]

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Za'atri camp for Syrian refugees a year later

Listen / Children keep warm in the bitter cold at Za'atari refugee camp. [Photo: UNICEF/Pattinson]

The Za'atri camp for Syrian refugees in the middle of the desert opened on July 29, 2012, according to UNICEF's Communications Officer in the country. Mark Vergara says a year later, the camp has become the fourth largest city in Jordan and the second largest refugee camp in the world, housing 127- thousand people with [...]

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UN expert welcomes prisoner releases, is concerned over on-going arrests in Myanmar

Listen / Tomás Ojea Quintana, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar. [UN Photo/Evan Schneider]

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, has welcomed the release of 73 prisoners of conscience. Tomás Ojea Quintana said "The release of prisoners of conscience continues to be one of the most tangible outcomes of Myanmar's reforms". At the same time, the Special Rapporteur raises concerns over ongoing arrests [...]

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UN envoy urges Iraqi political leaders to take decisive action to stop senseless bloodshed

Listen / Aftermath of a bombing attack in Iraq. [Photo - IRIN]

The top UN official in Iraq has expressed his deep concern following Monday's new wave of car bombings that killed and injured dozens more Iraqis. Acting Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Gyorgy Busztin said he's "deeply concerned about the heightened level of violence which carries the danger that the country [...]

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Egypt should not betray democratic aspirations of its people

Listen / Clashes with policemen have become a regular scene in downtown Cairo. Photo: Amr Emam/IRIN

All sides in Egypt have a responsibility to ensure violence and conflict do not derail a two-year struggle to make the Arab country a democratic state. The call comes from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). IPU President Abdelwahad Radi urged all sides not to lose sight of what the majority of Egyptians have demanded for years [...]

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Confrontational approach in Egypt leading to disaster: Pillay

Listen / Egyptians protest in Cairo in July 2013. Photo: UN News Centre

"Egypt stands at a crossroads. The future of this great country that gave so much to civilization, depends on how its citizens and authorities act over the following days and months," High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has warned. Citing the latest uncompromising announcement from the Ministry of Interior, the human rights chief cautioned [...]

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