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"Small breakthrough" as humanitarian aid delivered to besieged Syrian city

Listen / Residents of Homs, Syria, in March 2012. Photo: OCHA/Jutta Hinkkanen

The delivery of humanitarian aid and the evacuation of besieged people from the Syrian city of Homs has been described as a "small breakthrough" by the UN's humanitarian office, OCHA. Eighty-three people were evacuated from Homs on Friday during a three day pause in hostilities agreed by the warring parties. The conflict in Syria has [...]

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ICC opens new preliminary investigation into CAR killings

Listen / Fatou Bensouda

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has announced it is opening a new preliminary investigation into what it calls "heinous" crimes taking place in the Central African Republic (CAR). The ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, issued a statement on Friday, which comes on the heels of several public statements urging the groups engaged in the conflict to [...]

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World Food Price Index down in January

Listen / FAO@PHOTO

The price of cereals, sugars, oils and meat around the world fell in January for the first time in three months. The Food Price index published by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, tracks the prices of internationally-traded food commodities. While the overall trend was down, the price of diary products increased. The Index averaged [...]

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Ban calls on people to adopt Olympic spirit

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participates in Olympic torch relay ahead of Sochi Games. UN Photo

The UN Secretary-General has called on people to take the Olympic spirit of fair play, mutual respect and spread it around the world. Ban Ki-moon made the remarks in a video-message aired at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Russia. The UN Chief attended the event along with President Vladimir Putin [...]

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83 people evacuated from besieged city of Homs in Syria: UN

Listen / OCHAWFP in Homs, Syria

Eighty-three people have been evacuated from Old Homs City during a three-day humanitarian pause agreed between the parties to the conflict, the Secretary-General's Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq, confirmed on Friday. According to media reports on the ground, the fighting has effectively stopped in Homs and civilians trapped in the rebel-held areas were being evacuated. "I [...]

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Truce between South Sudan fighters allows for deliver of aid in Malakal

Listen / A UNHCR staff member helps a displaced woman with her aid items at the Malakal Boys Secondary School.

Basic relief supplies are reaching an estimated 10,000 displaced people outside of the UN base in the town of Malakal, in South Sudan. That's according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Malakal has been the scene of some of the fiercest fighting last month, the agency says. Earlier, said UNHCR's Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba [...]

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Agreement by Syria parties for humanitarian "pause" welcomed by UN

Listen / Homs, Syria Credit: WFP/Abeer Etefa

Reports that the Syrian parties have agreed to a "humanitarian pause" to allow aid into the Old City of Homs has been welcomed by the UN's Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos. Jens Laerke, Spokesperson for the Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) made the announcement in response to a question by the media [...]

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Government of Syria to attend next round of Geneva peace talks

Listen / Corinne Momal-Vanian

A new round of peace talks between the warring parties in Syria will start on 10 February at the United Nations offices in Geneva. The face to face negotiations are aimed at ending the three year conflict that has claimed over 100,000 lives and left millions of Syrians displaced or under siege. Corinne Momal-Vanian, Director [...]

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WOMEN: There are gender disparities in radio broadcasting: UNESCO official

Listen / 13 February is World Radio Day

There is still a lot of work that needs to be done to promote equality between men and women involved in the radio broadcasting industry.  That's according to Mirta Lourenco, chief of Media Development and Society at the UN Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).   UNESCO observes 13 February as World Radio Day each year [...]

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CAR violence forces thousands to flee to neighboring Cameroon

Listen / A makeshift camp for internally displaced in Bengui. FAO@PHOTO

Thousands of civilians have fled the Central African Republic into Cameroon in the past few days escaping fierce fighting between rival rebel groups, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. In the past ten days nearly 9,000 people have arrived in Kentzou in eastern Cameroon. The majority of the refugees are from the Central Africa [...]

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Need for global coalition to fight illicit and financial flows out of Africa

Former President of South Africa and Chair of the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows, Thabo Mbeki.

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki has stressed the need for global efforts to address the problem of illicit financial flows from Africa. President Mbeki chairs a ten member panel established in March 2011 by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union (AU) to tackle the issue. The High Level Panel [...]

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Record low drop in the number of estimated deaths from measles

Listen / Child being vaccinated

Annual measles deaths have reached historic lows, dropping 77 per cent from the year 2000 to 2012 and preventing a little over 13 million deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO) made the announcement at the launch of a report on the agency's new mortality estimates regarding the disease. Measles is a very contagious disease marked [...]

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Great Lakes region of Africa needs peace for development

Listen / Mary Robinson

Countries in the Great Lakes region of Africa need peace in order to be able to take advantage of their enormous natural resources to promote development. That view has been expressed by Mary Robinson, the UN Special Envoy for the region. Ms Robinson believes that an agreement reached by 11 African countries in February last [...]

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