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Situation "calm" in eastern DRC following end of ultimatum to disarm rebels

Troops with the Force Intervention Brigade of  MONUSCO during a training session in Sake. [UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti]

The situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo on Thursday was described as calm following the end of a 48 hour ultimatum for rebels to disarm. The ultimatum was established by the UN mission in the country (MONUSCO) to enforce a security zone around the city of Goma, scene of repeated attacks by [...]

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CAR's state institutions could collapse: human rights expert

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović.

State institutions throughout the Central African Republic are "close to collapse," according to United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović. Šimonović warned on Thursday that the state does not exist outside the capital of Bangui – there is no rule of law, there are no police or social services and the people live [...]

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Mali presidential elections

Malians at a polling station in Bamako

• On 28 July, the citizens of Mali took to the polls to cast their vote in the first round of presidential elections. The recently established UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) commended the West African country for the peaceful conduct of the elections, turnout for which was reportedly high across the country. A former [...]

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UN Mission welcomes South Sudan's new Cabinet

The Flag of the United Nations. [UN Photo/John Isaac]

UNMISS, the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan, welcomes the appointment of a new Cabinet of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan, which was announced on 31 July 2013. The installation of the new, leaner and restructured Cabinet, says the Mission, offers the Government a new opportunity to deliver on key [...]

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UN Daily News 1 August 2013

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MONUSCO ultimatum expires, situation remains calm

MONUSCO Observation Mission on Munigi Hill, Goma. [UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti]

A 48-hour ultimatum given to rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo to hand over weapons has expired with no indication that fighting is going on, according to Carlos Araujo, Spokesperson for MONUSCO, the UN Mission in the country. Mr. Araujo said the 48 hour ultimatum was the first time MONUSCO had used [...]

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Breastfeeding saves lives: UNICEF

A mother breastfeeding her child.[Photo: UNICEF/ Giacomo Pirozzi]

Breastfeeding is the cheapest and most effective life-saver in history, according to UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund. This fact is being highlighted during World Breastfeeding Week, from the 1st to the 7th of August. UNICEF says breastfeeding is the most effective and inexpensive way to save a child's life. UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Geeta Rao [...]

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Draft law in Uruguay would make cannabis legal

Marijuana plants. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

A draft law in Uruguay, if adopted, would permit the sale of cannabis herb for non-medical use. The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) is concerned that such a law would go against the provisions of international drug control treaties, in particular the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, to which Uruguay is a party. The [...]

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UNICEF reports great strides in ending Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

At age one, Fatima was subjected to female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in her village in Afar Region of Ethiopia which has one of the world's highest prevalence rates. [Photo: UNICEF/Kate Holt]

Over the past 30 years, governments and civil society have been intensifying efforts to stamp out Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). A recent report from the UN children's fund (UNICEF) shows that 125 million girls and women have already undergone the process and that 30 million more are at risk. The report draws on data from [...]

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WHO stresses long-term benefits of breastfeeding

breastfeed week logo

Breast-milk is the best source of nourishment for infants and young children, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). But although nearly all mothers are physically able to breastfeed, the agency says many are discouraged from doing so because they are misled to believe that infant formula is better for their babies. Ahead of World [...]

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