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To serve, protect and promote literacy: UN police in South Sudan

Listen / Fred Yiga (right) is interviewed by May Yaacoub

International police officers serving at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) are helping to consolidate the rule of law in the world's newest nation, says UNMISS Police Commissioner Fred Yiga. Top cops from UN peacekeeping operations are in New York this week to review the growing importance of UN police (or "UNPOL") who number [...]

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Security Council renews mandate for combating piracy in Somalia

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The UN  Security Council has renewed authorization for member states and regional organizations to cooperate with the Somali government in fighting piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia. The Council took the decision in a unanimous resolution adopted on Monday. Ambassador Liu Jieyi of China, the Council President for this month, says the [...]

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UNAMID facilitates mediation between Misseriya and Salamat in Central Darfur

Listen / Farhan Haq

The joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) facilitated the travel of the governor of Sudan's Central Darfur to the town of Um Dukhun where two ethnic groups clashed in the past weeks. The fighting between Salamat and Misseriya in Um Dukhun reportedly left about 100 people dead and dozens more injured, as well [...]

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UNRWA demands humanitarian access to Yarmouk

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The UN Agency assisting Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) is increasingly concerned at the continued prevention of access for desperately needed humanitarian assistance to Palestinian civilians in Yarmouk. A statement from the agency says the Syrian authorities and all concerned parties have the power to allow UNRWA to deliver safely humanitarian assistance into Yarmouk, to ease the [...]

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UN expert urges Italian government to democratize media

Listen / Frank La Rue

The United Nations independent expert on the right to freedom of opinion and expression has urged the Italian government to democratize the media. Speaking at the end of a seven day visit to Italy, Frank La Rue said this could be done by allocating the concession of broadcasting frequencies in a fair manner. He also [...]

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UN envoy briefs Security Council on South Sudan developments

Listen / Hilde Johnson

South Sudan is at a crossroads with the fledgling government struggling to expand and extend its authority, the head of the UN mission in the country (UNMISS) told the Security Council on Monday. Hilde Johnson detailed pressing issues facing the world’s youngest nation, including insecurity and human rights abuses by ill-disciplined security forces. Dianne Penn [...]

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Foreign medical teams arrive to support Filipino government efforts

Listen / C-130 cargo plane lands in badly affected Tacloban City in the Philippines, in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Photo: courtesy of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Foreign medical teams have arrived in typhoon-affected areas in the Philippines to assist national health authorities dispense basic health services for the survivors, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). There are 12 medical teams on the ground already and another 19 teams are expected to arrive on Monday, said WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic. Speaking [...]

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Auschwitz-Birkenau not simply a register of atrocities but also a repository of courage and hope: SG

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

“I am truly overwhelmed and humbled. No words can adequately express my feelings”, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday in remarks at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland. He asked: How can a state and individuals be so cruel and use systematic brutality against humanity? He pointed out that over the years, he has seen many [...]

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Violence threatens efforts to stabilize South Sudan's Jonglei State

Listen / Hilde Johnson

The continuing inter-communal violence in South Sudan's Jonglei State is threatening the government's effort to bring stability to the state. That warning came from Hilde Johnson, the head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) during her briefing to the Security Council on Monday. Ms Johnson said "the world's youngest nation still travelling [...]

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No large outbreaks of diseases in typhoon-hit Philippines: WHO

Listen / Residents of Tacloban (Photo: WFP/Saripa Alangadi)

Disease surveillance teams are on the ground in the Philippines to monitor the situation and prevent any possible outbreaks of diseases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The agency says national health authorities are doing all they can to ensure that basic health services are available and the people injured during the typhoon receive [...]

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UN chief commends Baltic States for empowering women

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Baltic States have been commended by the United Nations Secretary-General for the progress they have made in using technology for development and in empowering women. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at a press conference in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, as he wrapped up his visit to the Baltic States on Monday. He said he has [...]

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