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UN condemns killing of civilians in eastern DR Congo

Listen / M23 fighters move along the road towards Goma as Peacekeepers observed gathering of armed people North of the city [MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti] (Photo from file)

• The UN has condemned the killing of civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The UN refugee agency(UNHCR) says that at least seven civilians have been killed by shells that landed in residential areas during fighting between the Congolese army and the M23 rebel group around the town of Goma. The UN says that [...]

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Syrian exodus into Iraq continues

Listen / Syrian refugees streaming to Iraq

Syrian men, women, and children in unprecedented numbers crossed into Iraq on foot when the Kurdistan Regional Government opened the Peshkhabour pontoon bridge on the 15th of August. In just one week, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says, over 45-thousand Syrians fleeing the conflict in their country have crossed the bridge into Iraq. UNHCR says [...]

29 Aug 2013 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UN envoy reports progress towards implementing accord on Kosovo

Listen / Security Council Chamber

Leaders of Kosovo and Serbia continue to make progress towards implementation of their 19 April agreement, according to the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Kosovo, Farid Zarif. The 15-point agreement, facilitated by the top European Union diplomat, Catherine Ashton, provides for representation of ethnic Serbs in the Central government. The accord also provides for holding [...]

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UN Daily News 29 August 2013

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No justification for further delay in signing CTBT: Ban

Listen / Credit: Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization

There are no justifiable grounds for further delay in achieving the great goal of having all States ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, allowing it to come into force. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday in a message for the Fourth Observance of the International Day against Nuclear Tests. He said "it [...]

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UN Secretary-General condemns killing of a peacekeeper in DR Congo

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Vienna

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the killing of a Tanzanian peacekeeper and the wounding of ten others in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Wednesday. The peacekeepers serving with MONUSCO, the UN mission in the country, came under fire from the M23 rebels as they supported the Congolese army [...]

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Aya's life and future on hold

Listen / Aya

The Syrian war is well into its third year.  The number of Syrian children forced to flee their homeland has now reached one million, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the UN Children's Agency (UNICEF). The agencies say half of all refugees from the Syria conflict are children.  Most of them have arrived [...]

29 Aug 2013 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Violence in Central African Republic displaces thousands of people

Listen / Thousands of people have been forced from their homes by fresh fighting in the capital, adding to the previous CAR total or some 206,000 IDPs (© UNHCR/D.Mbaiorem)

Thousands of people in the Central African Republic have fled to the international airport in the country's capital Bangui to escape violence, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). According UNHCR, armed groups have increased their attacks on civilians in the Boy-Rabe and Boeing neighbourhoods. The agency says that life for civilians in Bangui has [...]

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UN chief expects report on Syria chemical weapons probe on Saturday

Listen / Secretary-General speaks to reporters in Vienna

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he expects to receive on Saturday a report on the activities of the UN experts investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. Speaking to reporters in Vienna, Austria on Thursday, the Secretary-General Ban reiterated his position that "the use of chemical weapons by anyone, for any reason, [...]

29 Aug 2013 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Thousands flee to Central African Republic airport to escape violence

Listen / Children in the Central African Republic. OCHA/ Laura Fultang

A fresh wave of insecurity and fighting in the Central African Republic capital of  Bangui has displaced at least 6,000 people, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. The agency says there has been an increase of attacks on the civilian population by armed groups in the Boy-Rabe and Boeing neighborhoods and is appealing to [...]

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