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Central African Republic faces division along religious lines

Listen / Jeffrey Feltman

The Central African Republic is facing the long-term danger of being polarized along religious lines according to the head of the UN Department of Political Affairs. Jeffrey Feltman said since communal violence erupted on 5 December, over 750 casualties have been confirmed in the capital Bangui alone. Mr. Feltman told the Security Council on Monday [...]

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UN chief calls for restraint in wake of violence in Bangladesh

Listen / Bangladesh

The deadly violence that marred parliamentary elections in Bangladesh on Sunday is "unacceptable", according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In a statement Mr. Ban said he was "saddened by the loss of life and incidents of violence" during the elections. The Secretary-General said the vote was "characterized by polarization and low participation." He added that [...]

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Jordan to push for end of use of veto in Security Council for war crimes

Listen / Security Council chamber [UN file photo].

  Jordan will campaign for members of the Security Council not to use their veto power when faced with decisions on genocide war crimes or crimes against humanity. Jordan assumed the presidency of the Council for the month of January on Monday. The country's representative Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein says his country will continue [...]

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UN urges warring parties to allow resupply flights in South Sudan

Listen / Refugees at Yida refugee camp in South Sudan's Unity State queue for hours for food and soap. © Hannah McNeish/IRIN

The UN Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, has called on government and anti-government forces to allow flights to resupply its bases. UNMISS says that there have been signs of troop mobilisation by both sides over the weekend as fighting continues in pockets across the country. The situation remains tense in Bor, the capital of Jonglei [...]

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UN Daily News 06 January 2014

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News and features from United Nations Radio.

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200,000 people displaced in South Sudan

Listen / Displaced South Sudanese family.

Two hundred thousand people have been dispaced in South Sudan following ongoing conflict in the African country, according to the UN's humanitarian agency (OCHA). The agency says it is expecting more people to arrive in urban areas in the coming days as insecurity continues to drive people from their homes in various parts of the [...]

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Human Rights chief welcomes decision against Nepal amnesties

Listen / A staff member of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) monitors a demonstration by the Young Communist League (YCL), as Nepal prepares for the upcoming 10th April 2008 Constituent Assembly elections.  UN Photo/Mukunda Bogati

A decision by Nepal’s Supreme Court to block amnesties for serious crimes committed during the country’s 10-year internal conflict has been welcomed as a “significant development” by UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay. It is estimated that at least 13,000 people were killed in the long-running conflict between Maoist rebels and the government which [...]

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African elephants face extinction threat, warns UN official

Listen / Ivory destruction in China.  (UNEP)

The high levels of elephant poaching in Africa could soon lead to local extinctions if the present killing rates continue. The warning has come from John Scanlon, the Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Speaking at a ceremonial destruction of over six tonnes of confiscated [...]

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Human rights chief welcomes amnesty block for serious crimes in Nepal

Listen / Navi Pillay

A decision by the Supreme Court of Nepal to block amnesties for serious human rights violations committed during the country's 10-year conflict has been welcomed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Navi Pillay says the decision "is a significant development for the thousands of victims of the conflict". The Supreme Court's ruling [...]

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UN chief appoints adviser for Camp Hurriya in Iraq

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Jane Holl Lute, United States Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary.

An American official has been appointed by the UN Secretary-General to facilitate the relocation of Iranian exiles being housed in a camp in Iraq. Jane Holl Lute, who is a former United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security will serve as the Secretary-General's Special Adviser for the Relocation of Camp Hurriya Residents outside of Iraq. [...]

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