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"Long, complex process" to address roots of South Sudan crisis: Ladsous

Hervé Ladsous

There are several priorities regarding the South Sudan crisis, but for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the protection of civilians is on top of its agenda. That's what Hervé Ladsous, the head of UN peacekeeping operations told reporters following a Security Council meeting on South Sudan. The next priority is to work on [...]

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"Limited flight options" for Palestinians in Syria

Filippo Grandi

Palestinians who fled to Syria as refugees have had fewer opportunities than others to leave the country, according to the head of the UN agency which deals with Palestinian refugees. Speaking in New York, Filippo Grandi the head of UNRWA said of the more than half a million Palestinians living in Syria, around 270, 000 [...]

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Cyprus to resume peace negotiations after two-year hiatus

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General has welcomed news regarding the resumption of peace talks in Cyprus after a two-year interruption. Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders issued a joint communiqué announcing the re-launch of negotiations aimed at reaching a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem. The UN has been facilitating the talks with a view to establish [...]

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Afghanistan launches new policy to improve conditions of internally displaced

Photo: Eric Kanalstein/UNAMA

The Afghan government has launched a new national policy in order to address the problem of internally displaced people. That's according to a statement issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The policy specifies the roles and responsibilities of Government ministries and their international partners, including the United Nations, in addressing the problem [...]

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UN Daily News 11 February 2014

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Assassination attempt against Iraqi Speaker of parliament condemned by UN

Nickolay Mladenov

A UN Special Envoy for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, has strongly condemned an assassination attempt against the country's Speaker of parliament. Mr. Osama Al-Nujaifi's convoy was attacked in the city of Mosul in Ninewa Province Monday afternoon. Martin Nesirky, the UN Spokesperson, said the UN Envoy wished a speedy recovery to those who were injured in [...]

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Security situation deteriorates in Central African Republic

French troops patrol a street in Bangui, Central African Republic, as the body of a man lynched by a mob burns in the distance. Photo: IRIN/Nicholas Long

The security situation in the Central African Republic continues to deteriorate and threatens to degenerate into lawlessness. The crisis started in December 2012 when rebels attacked government forces but has become an inter-religious conflict. The former rebels who were known as Séléka and Muslim civilians have been attacked by Christian militias known as anti-Balaka. Derrick [...]

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UN to help Burundi flood and landslide victims recover

Burundi map

Fifty-one people have died due to floods and landslides caused by heavy rains in the capital Bujumbura, in the east African nation of Burundi. The UN Office in Burundi (BNUB) confirmed the news on Tuesday, quoting official sources. The majority of victims were children, a BNUB spokesperson said. Houses collapsed and roads were destroyed. Vladimir [...]

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Climate of impunity reigns in CAR, warns UN Rights agency

Central African Republic (Credit: OCHA/C. Illemassene)

A climate of complete impunity reigns in the Central African Republic (CAR), warns the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Anti-Balaka militants, a term used to refer to Christian militias, are reportedly extorting money from small businesses and individuals. They have also been claiming responsibility for the crimes and murders they have [...]

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Children evacuated from Syrian city "terrified, frail and emaciated"


Children who have been evacuated from the old city of Homs in Syria have been described by the UN Children's Fund UNICEF as "terrified, frail and emaciated." The warring parties in Syria agreed a ceasefire during which at least 500 children were brought out of the city which has been under siege for the last [...]

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UN envoy appeals to warring parties to end "nightmare" of Syrian people

UN and Arab League Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi

The UN and Arab league envoy for Syria is urging the warring parties in Syria to end what he has called the "nightmare" that Syrian people are experiencing. More than 100,000 people have been killed during the three-year conflict and millions have fled their homes. Lakhdar Brahimi was speaking after face-to-face meetings with the government [...]

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World Radio Day 2014 – interview with Stephane Dujarric


To mark World Radio Day 2014, Elena Vapnitchnaia, Chief of the Russian UN Radio sat down with Stephane Dujarric, Director of the News and Media Division in the UN Department of Public Information, to discuss the past, present and future of UN Radio. Duration: 6’45″  

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Syrian government detaining 295 men evacuated from Homs

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

Aid agencies have so far managed to evacuate 1,132 civilians from the Syrian old city of Homs. Among the people evacuated by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) were 124 elderly people, 308 children under 18 years old, 465 men aged between18 and 55 years old and 252 women. United Nations refugee agency UNHCR however [...]

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Second chance for male trafficking victims in Cambodia

Male victims of trafficking.

Migrant workers from Cambodia are falling into the hands of human traffickers and smugglers in their quest for decent jobs abroad according to the International Organisation for Migration(IOM). The South-East Asian country's steady economic growth over the past few years has not yielded enough employment opportunities to absorb the growing youth population. And as a [...]

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Gender disparities apparent in radio broadcasting: UNESCO

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 to [...]

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Sudan Sanctions Committee to brief the Security Council

Security Council Chamber

A panel of experts monitoring United Nations sanctions imposed on Sudan in connection with the conflict in Darfur is expected to deliver its monthly briefing to the Security Council. The four experts were assigned by the Council to assist the "1591" Sudan Sanctions Committee set up in March 2005. The panel is tasked with helping [...]

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