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Middle East Quartet praises resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians

Listen / Israeli forces take possession of vacated Al Faluja handed over to them by U.S. observers. In a brief ceremony troops salute the white and blue Israeli flag hoisted from the roof-top of a shell-scared building. [UN Photo/ on or around 26 February 1949]

Direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians resumed on 29 July and have been welcomed by the Middle East Quartet, which is made up of the United Nations, the Russian Federation, the United States and the European Union. Senior negotiators from both sides are meeting in Washington to begin final status negotiations. A statement issued by [...]

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River blindness breakthrough in Colombia

Listen / River Blindness [Photo: WHO/Mark Edwards]

Colombia is the first country in the world to eliminate onchocerciasis, commonly known as river blindness. This parasitic disease is transmitted to humans through the bite of black flies common in river areas and is the second-leading infectious cause of blindness globally. WHO Director-General, Margaret Chan, congratulated the Government of Colombia and urged it to [...]

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Only one in five countries fully implements WHO's infant formula code

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Only 20 percent of countries reporting have passed laws that fully implement the World Health Organization's (WHO) infant formula code, according to a new WHO report. The International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, as the code is formally known, promotes breastfeeding as a way of improving the health and nutrition of infants and young [...]

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Disarmament on Trial

Listen / Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (centre)

“The jury is you” in this drama about disarmament, starring actors Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Dennis King and Edward Mulhare. Language: English Genre: Drama 1957 Duration: 28’35″

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UN mission helps to keep the peace in Liberia

Listen / UNMIL Force Commander Major-General Leonard Muriuki Ngondi of Kenya

For the past decade, the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has been supporting the country's efforts to consolidate peace gains following civil war in the 1990s which killed more than 200,000 people. Major-General Leonard Muriuki Ngondi of Kenya, Force Commander at the mission, says UNMIL forces are busy with patrols and assisting the government in [...]

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Beyond Reasonable Doubt

Listen / A justice symbol at the International Court of Justice

“The rule of law is the rule of life and neither can exist without the other”. Language: English Genre: Drama 1957 Duration: 50’58″

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International Day of Friendship celebrated

Listen / Children at Delmas 33 camp for displaced Haitians in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, play inside a clean, safe area designated by independent organization Save the Children. [UN Photo/Sophia Paris]

Tuesday the 30th of July is being observed as the International Day of Friendship. First proclaimed by the United Nations in 2011, the aim of the day is to show that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. In his message for the day, UN Secretary-General [...]

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Fighting and insecurity disrupting food distribution efforts in Syrian cities

Listen / WFP food distribution in Syria (WFP@PHOTO)

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says many areas in Syria are becoming inaccessible due to increased fighting, disrupting efforts to reach the displaced with food assistance. WFP says it had planned to reach 3 million Syrians with food assistance during the month of July, but only managed to reach about 2.4 million due [...]

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An act of kindness goes a long way

Listen / Save the Grace volunteers in Lebanon repackage excess food from restaurants for distribution to Syrian refugee families. [Adapted from UNIFEED]

Ramadan is the holiest time of the year in Islam when Muslims all around the world abstain from food, drink and other physical needs for a month, from dawn until the sun sets. In Lebanon, a local non-governmental organization (NGO) ‘Save the Grace’ started a helpful initiative during this period.  It collects leftovers from restaurants [...]

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UNHCR: Sexual violence on the rise in DR Congo's North Kivu Province

Listen / Crowd of people in DRC

Recurrent conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province is uprooting more civilians and exposing an increasing number of women, girls and men to rape, according to the UN Refugee agency (UNHCR). Since January this year, UNHCR teams in the region have registered 705 cases of sexual violence, including 619 cases of rape. [...]

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