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Two-thirds of South Sudanese food insecure

Listen / Some 3.7 million people are now facing acute or emergency levels of food insecurity.

Up to 7 million people in South Sudan, nearly two thirds of the total population, are not getting enough access to food according to the United Nations. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said 3.7 million were already facing acute or emergency levels of food insecurity. The UN's food agency said that the ongoing political [...]

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Attack on Iraqi foreign ministry condemned by UN

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An attack on the Foreign Ministry of Iraq, which killed and injured a number of people, has been condemned in the "strongest terms" by the UN. It was reported that two car bombs exploded outside the ministry in Baghdad, near the heavily-fortified Green Zone on Wednesday. Sectarian violence has surged over the last year in [...]

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Withdraw amnesty law UN expert tells Spain

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Spain should investigate alleged atrocities committed in its 1930s Civil War and under the regime of Francisco Franco that followed, a United Nations independent expert has urged. Special Rapporteur Pablo de Greiff, called on Spanish authorities to withdraw the 1977 Amnesty Law that shields any Franco-era crime from being brought to court. He said it [...]

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Polio vaccination campaign begins in Syrian camp for Palestinian refugees

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A large-scale polio vaccination campaign targeting thousands of Palestinian children has begun in the Yarmouk refugee camp just south of the Syrian capital Damascus. The UN agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA, said it had also continued with food distributions in the camp, delivering over 800 parcels on Tuesday. Food supplements, and rehydration salts were also [...]

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2013 recorded among top ten warmest years

Listen / A view of the Langjökull glacier in Iceland, taken in July 2013, which has retreated considerably in the last few decades due to warmer temperatures. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The year 2013 was among the top ten warmest years since modern records began in 1850, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The agency says the warmest years on record are 2010 and 2005, with global temperatures about 0.55 °C above the long term average, followed by 1998, which also had an exceptionally strong [...]

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Palau's waters to become the world's largest marine sanctuary

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Palau is increasing efforts to protect its environment by declaring a ban on foreign commercial fishing to create the world's largest marine sanctuary. President Tommy Remengesau of Palau issued the statement in a briefing to the press on Tuesday, at UN headquarters in New York. The Pacific Island nation has decided to close its Exclusive [...]

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2013 among top ten warmest on record

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The year 2013 was among the top ten warmest years since modern records began in 1850, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Global land and ocean surface temperature was 0.50°C (0.90°F) above the 1961–1990 average. WMO says the global temperature for 2013 is consistent with the long term warming trend, and although the rate [...]

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Child rights precede reputation of the Catholic church, says UN Committee

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The Vatican has been told by a United Nations Committee to immediately remove all clergy within the catholic church known or suspected of involvement in child sex abuse. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child heavily censured the Vatican for failing to put in place measures to address cases of child sex abuse [...]

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Nepalese peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan

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Two hundred and sixty Nepalese troops have arrived in Juba in South Sudan to join the United Nations peacekeeping mission, UNMISS. The Nepalese force, which follows an advance party of 25 soldiers from Nepal which arrived in January, will be deployed at UN sites for the protection of IDPs, people displaced by the ongoing conflict. [...]

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Syrian children subjected to "unspeakable" suffering

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Children in Syria have been subjected to "unspeakable" suffering in nearly three years of civil war in the country, according to the first United Nations report on how the conflict has affected young people. The report accuses the Syrian Government and allied militia of being responsible for countless killings, as well as the maiming and [...]

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UN condemns killing of staff member in DRC

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The killing of a member of staff of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has been condemned by the most senior UN representative in the country. The staff member was shot dead in Beni in North Kivu province on Wednesday morning on the way to work. Beni, in the [...]

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Address “root causes” of conflict in South Sudan says UN official

Listen / Hervé Ladsous (second right) on a visit to the protection of civilians area at the UNMISS base in Tomping, South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS/Isaac Billy

The root causes of the conflict in South Sudan that has led to the deaths and displacements of thousands of people need to be identified and addressed in order to have lasting peace. That's what has been said by the head of UN peacekeeping operations, Herve Ladsous, who has concluded a two day visit to [...]

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South Sudanese government urged to deal with root issues of conflict

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The government of South Sudan has been urged by the United Nations to deal with the root causes behind the ongoing conflict in order to bring peace to the country. South Sudan is experiencing ongoing internal instability after forces loyal to the former Vice-President took up arms against the government in December last year. Speaking [...]

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