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Security Council decides to reinforce UN Mission in South Sudan

Listen / Civilians arriving in the UN House compound on the Southwestern outskirts of Juba to take refuge from fighting that broke out in the South Sudanese capital. Photo: UNMISS/George Mindruta

• The Security Council this week decided to reinforce the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The decision came as inter-ethnic conflict worsened in the new nation. In a resolution unanimously adopted on Tuesday, the Council decided to increase the strength of UNMISS from its current over 6,800 troops and police to more than 12, [...]

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Ban gravely concerned about escalation of fighting in Syria

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is gravely concerned about escalating fighting in Syria in recent days, particularly in Aleppo, where reports indicate that civilians are among hundreds of people killed and injured. In a statement through his Spokespersons' Office, the Secretary-General condemns the continued and indiscriminate use of heavy weapons and mortar shelling against areas with civilian [...]

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UNICEF appeals for over $830 million to help Syrian children

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The UN children's agency (UNICEF) is appealing for $835 million to help Syrian children affected by the ongoing conflict in their country in next year. The agency says this is the largest amount it has ever sought from donors in its 67 year history. It is part of a broader appeal launched by the United [...]

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UN peacekeepers assist in repelling rebel attack in eastern DRC

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United Nations peacekeepers in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo on Tuesday gave logistical and other support to the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) to help them regain control over all its positions in Kamango in the Beni area (North Kivu). Earlier, elements of the Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces [...]

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OCHA: People in South Sudan displaced by fighting need urgent aid

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The international community is being asked to disburse $166 million to provide life-saving aid to people displaced from the fighting in South Sudan, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). OCHA estimates that at least 90,000 people have been displaced in the past ten days, including some 58,000 who are [...]

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UN mission supports regional efforts to resolve conflict in South Sudan

Listen / Hilde Johnson briefing via video-link

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) supports the regional efforts to resolve the ongoing inter-ethnic conflict in the new country. That's what the head of UNMISS Hilde Johnson told reporters in a briefing via video-link on Thursday. She said leaders in the region and the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) are talking with [...]

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Delivery of WHO medical supplies delayed over security concerns

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The security situation in the Central African Republic is delaying much needed medical supplies. The World Health Organization (WHO) says some 2.6 tons of medical supplies it received last week are still at the Bangui airport awaiting handover to health partners that operate health facilities in the capital city because of the security situation. The [...]

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Christmas Day deaths of Haitians spur call for action from IOM's chief

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The Christmas Day drowning of at least 18 Haitian migrants when their sailboat capsized off the Turks and Caicos Islands, has re-focused attention on the crisis of “desperation migration,” according to Ambassador William Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration. He offered "… condolences and deep sympathy to the families of those affected [...]

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UN expert urges Somalia's government to finalise and implement human rights roadmap

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The Somali Federal Government has been urged to finalise and implement a human rights roadmap endorsed by the cabinet in August. The call comes from the UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Shamsul Bari days after the Somali Parliament confirmed Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, who was nominated by President Hassan Sheikh [...]

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UNICEF launches biggest funding appeal for children of Syria

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  UNICEF is seeking $835 million to fund its response to the urgent humanitarian needs of children affected by the Syria crisis in 2014. The funds being requested – a 77 per cent increase over last year – are the largest amount ever sought from donors by the UN children's agency in its 67 year [...]

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Aid agencies in South Sudan need $166 million now to save lives of people caught by crisis

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Aid agencies need US$166 million from now until March 2014 in order to address the immediate needs of people resulting from the past days' violence as the crisis in South Sudan evolves. This includes emergency programmes for some 200,000 refugees from Sudan in Unity and Upper Nile states of South Sudan. The agencies say the [...]

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