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Fighting continues in South Sudan even as exploratory talks start

Listen / Civilians at the UN House compound on the southwestern outskirts of Juba, South Sudan. UN Photo/Julio Brathwaite

• Fighting that broke out in mid-December in South Sudan is continuing with thousands of people displaced. The crisis was sparked by a confrontation between soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir and those supporting former Vice President Riek Machar who was sacked in July. The UN estimates that over 1,000 people have died in the [...]

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Cambodia tribunal instils hope for justice

Listen / Nicholas Koumijian

It's six years now since the UN–backed Cambodia tribunal was established to bring to trial senior leaders and those most responsible for genocide and war crimes committed during the Khmer rouge regime which lasted from 1975 to 1979. So far, only one person has been convicted by the tribunal, which is expected to deliver its [...]

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UN and partners needed more than ever: Humanitarian Affairs chief

Listen / Valerie Amos

Last year was a "real test of the global humanitarian system" and 2014 is shaping up to be just as exacting, UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator Valerie Amos told reporters in New York on Thursday. She said 2013 ended with three major emergencies—Syria, the Central African Republic and the Philippines—while the New Year has begun with [...]

2 Jan 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Syrian refugees clothed by UN ahead of Jordan winter

Listen / Za'atri Camp © UNHCR/J.Kohler

Winter clothing is being sent to the UN-run Za’atri refugee camp in Jordan to clothe up to 50,000 people who have fled the ongoing conflict in neighbouring Syria. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is working with a Japanese NGO and company to ensure that refugees are able to stay warm through the region's harsh winter. [...]

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UN official condemns deadly car blast in Beirut

Listen / Derek Plumbly

The UN envoy in Lebanon has condemned a car bombing that killed and wounded civilians in the capital, Beirut, on Thursday. Derek Plumbly, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, expressed outrage that this was the fourth bomb exploded in Beirut's southern suburbs since July. In a statement, he said "It is deeply distressing to have to [...]

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FAO supports Philippine rice farmers affected by Typhoon Haiyan

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With the Philippines still recovering from Typhoon Haiyan, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is providing nearly 44,000 households there with rice seeds in time for the planting season. The UN agency says the nearly 2,000 tonnes of rice seed it is currently distributing in the country should yield enough to feed around 800, 000 [...]

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Fighting continues in South Sudan as exploratory talks are set to start

Listen / Civilians taking refuge at UNMISS compound in Juba. Photo: UNMISS

Fighting that broke out in mid-December in South Sudan is continuing with thousands of people displaced. The crisis was sparked by a confrontation between soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir and those supporting former Vice President Riek Machar who was sacked in July. Over one thousand people are estimated to have died in the violence [...]

2 Jan 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN envoy calls for peace in New Year's message for South Sudan

Listen / Hilde Johnson

The senior UN official in South Sudan is calling on the country's people to work for peace in the wake of political turmoil and violence which has killed upwards of 1,000 people since mid-December. In a New Year's Day message, Hilde Johnson, head of the UN mission in the country (UNMISS), called the escalation of [...]

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South Sudan: UN Human Rights experts investigating reported atrocities

Listen / Civilians at the UN House compound on the southwestern outskirts of Juba, South Sudan. UN Photo/Julio Brathwaite

UN Human Rights officers are working "around the clock" gathering information on alleged atrocities and abuses in South Sudan, the spokesperson at the UN mission in the country (UNMISS) reports. UNMISS spokesperson Joseph Contreras said on Thursday that it's estimated that more than 1,000 people have been killed as a result of the recent political [...]

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Iraq reports highest number of civilian casualties since 2008

Listen / Nickolay Mladenov

Nearly 8,000 civilians were killed in Iraq last year, the highest number of casualties since 2008, according to the United Nations mission in the country (UNAMI). The mission reports that 7,818 civilians and police were killed in 2013 while almost 18,000 others were injured. Nickolay Mladenov, UN representative in Iraq, described this as "a sad [...]

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