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New law on use of Internet in Turkey could breach human rights

UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

A new law curbing the use of the Internet in Turkey could lead to "breaches of human rights, in particular the right to privacy, free speech and opinion". The warning to Turkey's authorities came from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The law would allow the country's telecommunications authority to [...]

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UN Daily News 14 February 2014

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Syria government "deeply regrets" lack of progress at Geneva talks

Faisal Makdad

A top delegate of the Syrian government expressed his "deep regret" over the lack of progress at the Geneva II peace conference. Faisal Makdad, the Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister told reporters on Friday that his delegation had gone to the talks with an aim to "reach a political solution to the crisis". The talks are [...]

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Second round of Syria talks ends in deadlock

Lakhdar Brahimi

A second round of peace talks in Geneva to end the ongoing crisis in Syria has ended in deadlock after the warring parties failed to agree on a way forward. The three-year conflict in Syria has killed more than 100,000 people and forced millions of others to flee their homes. Representatives of the Syrian government [...]

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UN Daily News 13 February 2014

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Syria opposition: peace talks have "reached an impasse"

Louay Safi

The second round of the UN-sponsored peace talks for Syria in Geneva has reached an impasse, according to a member of the opposition. Louay Safi, Spokesperson for the Syrian National Coalition, made the announcement on Friday on day four of the talks. More than 100,000 people have been killed and millions have fled their homes [...]

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Sniffer dogs ensure safety of UN South Sudan base


It's a rare occurrence to see a dog on a lead in South Sudan… even rarer, a dog with a job. But that is set to change, at least at the United Nations mission in the country, UNMISS. Eight dogs have been trained to sniff out any explosives, weapons or contraband being brought into the [...]

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Deep concern over violence in Venezuela


The UN says it's "deeply concerned" about the escalation of violence and the death of at least three people during demonstrations in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. The government's Public Prosecutor added that, 66 people were wounded and 69 detained. Thousands of people in cities throughout Venezuela reportedly participated in protests against the detention of student [...]

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Children in CAR facing horrific cruelty and violence

A young girl stands outside a UNICEF-supported child-friendly space in Bossangoa, Central African Republic (CAR). Photo: UNICEF

At least 133 children have been killed or maimed in the past two months in the Central African Republic, according to the UN Children's Fund UNICEF. The organisation saysthe growing secterian and retaliatory attacks by opposing rebel groups has lead to unprecedented levels of violence against children. UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Director, Manuel Fontaine [...]

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Central African Republic public health sector in ruins

Thousands of people have been forced from their homes by fresh fighting in the capital, adding to the previous CAR total or some 206,000 IDPs (© UNHCR/D.Mbaiorem)

Health services in the war torn Central Africa Republic have collapsed leaving the civilian population vulnerable to disease outbreaks and the war wounded without proper treatment, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). WHO says medical facilities have been looted and extensively damaged, forcing health workers including doctors and nurses to abandon their posts. Essential [...]

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WOMEN: Gender equality promoted on UN's World Radio Day


Radio broadcasting is being promoted as a key way to promote gender equality and women's empowerment around the world. On World Radio Day on Thursday, the UN's cultural organization, UNESCO, is raising awareness of the power of radio to promote access to information and the freedom of expression as a means to boost equality. The [...]

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UN CALLING ASIA: Second chance for male trafficking victims in Cambodia


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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Conflict threatens wildlife in South Sudan

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South Sudan is endowed with a rich variety of wildlife and has a huge potential to become a source of income through tourism and other economic activities. But instability is affecting this vital sector and authorities have raised concerns about increased poaching. The Bandigilo and Boma National Parks have both been affected by the crisis. [...]

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"Challenges and successes" of young migrants explored in UN report


The concerns, challenges and successes experienced by young migrants around the world have been documented in an annual UN report. The 2013 World Youth Report, which is released on Friday, offers a global snapshot of the situation of young migrants. International migration has increased steadily over the years and now stands at over 230 million [...]

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