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Double bomb attack in Beirut condemned by UN envoy

Listen / Martin Nesirky, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General

Two bomb attacks in southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital, Beirut have been condemned by the top United Nations envoy in the country. According to reports, two suicide bombers in a car and a motorcycle blew themselves up near an Iranian cultural centre, killing at least four people and wounding dozens of others. Martin Nesirky [...]

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CAR cycle of violence and revenge needs to stop: UN Rights Chief

Listen / Residents left Bangui, Central African Republic and headed towards Chad.  OCHA:  E. Schneider

Efforts must be made to restore security and the rule of law in order to break the cycle of violence and revenge in the Central African Republic. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay issued the strongly worded statement on Wednesday. The former Muslim rebels known as the ex-Séléka are regrouping in their traditional [...]

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Teenage activist urges improved education for Syrian children

Listen / Malala visited Syrian refugees in Jordan

A teenage activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee is calling for better and more accessible education for Syrian children in a refugee camp in Jordan. Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan visited the UN-run Za’atari Camp in northern Jordan which is home to around 100,000 Syrians who have fled the ongoing civil war in Syria. Malala was [...]

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Rule of law "at heart" of UN's work: Ban Ki-moon

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The rule of law is at the heart of the work of the United Nations, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Ban spoke as the Security Council began an open debate on Wednesday under the theme "The promotion and strengthening of the rule of law in the maintenance of international peace and security." He [...]

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UN agriculture agency rules out human-to-animal transmission of bird flu

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There is no evidence that people infected with the A (H7N9) strain of bird flu can transmit the virus to animals, including birds, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The agency issued a statement on Wednesday after the first human case of the virus outside China was recently detected in Malaysia. FAO [...]

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"Appalling crimes" committed in Central African Republic

Listen / Children wait for water at a school where they have taken shelter from the increasingly brutal sectarian violence in the Central African Republic. Photo: IRIN/Hannah McNeish

People holding positions of authority in the Central African Republic are being reminded that they will be held personally accountable for atrocities that are being committed in the country. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said the authorities have a legal obligation to stop the acts of violence which may amount to [...]

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UN rights office calls on Ukraine to open dialogue with opposing voices

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The UN Human Rights Office has called for an independent investigation into the violent clashes between riot police and protestors in Ukraine which have left dozens dead. Thousands of people have been demonstrating in the capital Kiev since November against the government’s perceived rejection of integration with the European Union. On Tuesday the situation took [...]

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Government and protestors in Ukraine urged to exercise restraint

Listen / Ravina Shamdasani, UN Human Rights spokesperson

The exercise of restraint is being urged in Ukraine following the killing of more than 22 people during violent clashes between riot police and protesters in the capital, Kiev on Tuesday. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is shocked and gravely concerned about the escalation of violence in the country and is calling for the [...]

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Small island states discuss critical role of tourism in their economies

Listen / The Berry Island in the Bahamas

The critical role of tourism in the economies of Small Island Development States is being discussed at a two-day conference starting on Wednesday in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. The meeting under the theme "Tourism as a Key Sector for Development in Island States" is being held in conjunction with the United Nations World Tourism [...]

19 Feb 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's News | Read More »

Small Island Developing States discuss tourism as key for development

Listen / Ecotourism in the Bahamas

The role of tourism in  the economies of small island development states is being discussed at a two-day conference in the Bahamas starting on Wednesday. Ministers of Tourism, Transport and Airline Executives from Latin America and the Caribbean, experts and other stakeholders are participating in the meeting in Nassau. The conference, under the theme "Tourism [...]

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