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"Intolerable" escalation of violence against media in Iraq

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An escalation of violence against the media in Iraq has been described as "intolerable" by the head of UNESCO, the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom. Six journalists were recently killed in two incidents in Iraq. Five died in an attack on Salaheddin TV in Tikrit on 23 December last year. Another journalist [...]

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UN expert deplores violent crackdown on protectors in Cambodia

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  The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Surya Subedi, has appealed for calm after military police on Friday opened fire on striking garment workers, reportedly killing at least four people. Mr. Subedi deplored the loss of life and called on the authorities to exercise restraint towards the protestors. [...]

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Aid delivery in CAR hampered by insecurity

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The number of internally displaced people in the Central African Republic has reached over 935,000, according to the UN Refugee agency UNHCR, severely limiting the delivery of aid supplies. The country has been in turmoil for the last year after rebels launched attacks and forced President François Bozizé to flee. Daniel Dickinson has more details. [...]

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UN prepares for pledging conference for Syria

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The United Nations says it's working hard to ensure that a pledging conference for Syria scheduled to be held in Kuwait in mid January is a success. The conference is aimed at rallying international financial support to meet the basic humanitarian needs of  more than 9 million Syrians as the conflict continues in their country. [...]

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UN: Safety of civilians and aid workers crucial in South Sudan


With over 200,000 people displaced by the upsurge of violence in South Sudan, the United Nations is appealing to all parties to the conflict to ensure civilians are spared from the fighting and that peace and the rule of law are restored as a matter of urgency. United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan Toby [...]

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UNHCR: Nearly One Million people displaced by crisis in the Central African Republic.

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Targeted attacks against civilians, looting and the presence of armed elements at some displacement sites in the Central African Republic are severely limiting the ability of humanitarian agencies to access those in need of urgent assistance, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). UNHCR says over 935,000 people have been displaced in the country. In [...]

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Malawi commits to UN Women initiative to tackle gender-based violence

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Malawi is the latest country to join an advocacy initiative by UN Women which urges leaders to make new and concrete national commitments to end violence against women and girls. A call for greater action to prevent and control breast and cervical cancers Research from more than 180 countries reveals that cancer is on the [...]

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