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Worst drought in Namibia in 30 years

Listen / Drought-stricken area in Namibia. [Photo adapted from UNIFEED]

Struggling to survive the severe shortage of food and water, people in Namibia's Kunene region have no choice but to wait out the worst drought in three decades. The UN Children's Agency (UNICEF) says over 700,000 people including 109,000 children under the age of five are at risk of malnutrition. Dianne Penn has more. Duration: [...]

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UN chief condemns attacks in Borno State of Nigeria

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the recent attacks that have killed scores of civilians in Nigeria. According to reports, the attacks in the localities of Mafa and Konduga in Borno State left more than 50 people dead, including worshipers shot to death while praying inside a mosque on Sunday. In a statement [...]

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Heavy floods disrupt Sudan's economy, says OCHA

Listen / A man on a flooded street in Sharg al Nil Area, Khartoum. [Photo: Rodraksa/OCHA]

Heavy floods that have displaced about 150,000 people in Sudan have also disrupted economic activities, says the head of the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) in the country. Mark Cutts says that these are the worst floods seen in the Sudanese capital Khartoum since 1988 when the Nile burst its banks. He tells UN Radio [...]

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UN Daily News 13 August 2013

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UN agencies continue to support strife-torn Central African Republic

Listen / Internally displaced children in the Central African Republic. [UNHCR/H. Caux]

The Central African Republic, CAR, has been marked by decades of instability and fighting, according to the United Nations. The situation took a turn for the worse in December of 2012 when rebels known as the Séléka coalition launched a series of attacks, which led to the President being forced to flee and the formation [...]

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Over 150,000 people affected by heavy flooding in Sudan: OCHA

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Heavy flooding in Sudan has left thousands of people in need of relief assistance, according to the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA). Citing local sources, OCHA says that over 150,000 people have been affected by the floods across nine states in the country. It points out that while it is too early to determine the [...]

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UN agency appeals for dialogue following violent clashes in Myanmar's Rakhine state

Listen / Taung Paw camp in Myanmar's Rakhine state. [Photo: UNOCHA/David Ohana]

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is reiterating its call for peaceful dialogue and confidence building in Myanmar's Rakhine state following recent violent clashes which left one man dead and 10 people injured. The agency reports that the latest incident occurred last Friday following the discovery of a dead body in a creek near a camp [...]

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UN chief praises Pakistan for contributing to peacekeeping

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the inauguration of the Centre for International Peace and Stability in Islamabad. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended Pakistan for its contributions to peacekeeping operations around the world. Mr. Ban, who is on an official visit to the Asian country, spoke at the inauguration of Pakistan's Centre for International Peace and Stability in the capital, Islamabad, on Tuesday. He said Pakistan is "number one" among more than [...]

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Talks continue over deployment of UN chemical weapons team to Syria

Listen / Ake Sellström, head of the UN team investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

A UN team investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian crisis will travel to the country "without delay" as soon as the government confirms acceptance of its modalities of work. That information comes from the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General in a note to correspondents issued on Tuesday. It says that over [...]

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Government of Bangladesh urged to release human rights defender

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Authorities in Bangladesh have been urged to secure the immediate release of a prominent human rights defender in the country. The appeal has come from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva which has expressed concern about the arrest of Adilur Rahman Khan. Liz Throssell, Spokesperson for the UN High [...]

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UNICEF helps restock health clinics in CAR but population remains desperate

Listen / Internally displaced people in the Central African Republic (© OCHA/Laura Fultang)

The humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic remains dire with insecurity hampering access and delivery of much needed relief supplies, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). However UNICEF says its emergency teams have managed in the past few weeks to restart health services in two districts in the centre of the country [...]

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Forced displacement from CAR continuing amid widespread lawlessness

Listen / Refugees from Central African Republic arrive in Democratic Republic of the Congo's Equateur province earlier this month after crossing the Oubangui River. © UNHCR/G.Casteele

Nearly 63,000 refugees from the Central African Republic have fled the country to neighbouring countries since the latest political crisis in the country erupted in December last year, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). Some 40,500 have fled into the Democratic Republic of Congo, while another 13,000 have streamed into Chad. UNHCR says [...]

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