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UN Chief "seriously concerned" about Uganda's anti-gay law

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The signing into law of an anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda could fuel prejudice and encourage harassment and violence against gay, bisexual and transgender persons. The UN Secretary-General added that the law could also obstruct effective responses to HIV/AIDS. Mr. Ban Ki-moon said he hoped the law could be revised or repealed at the earliest opportunity. [...]

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UN human rights chief reiterates call for Syria crisis to be put before ICC

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The Security Council has been urged again to refer the Syrian crisis to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The call was made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, in her briefing to the General Assembly on Tuesday. She said despite peace talks to resolve the crisis, the violence in Syria continued [...]

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Over 15,000 people in imminent danger of attack in Central African Republic

Listen / A man and his child walk through a crowded site for internally displaced people in Bangui. © UNHCR/S.Phelps

Thousands of civilians in the Central African Republic are facing an imminent danger of being attacked, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Attacks and counter attacks by former Muslim rebels known as ex-Séléka and Christian militias known as Anti-Balaka continue despite the efforts of the country's new government to stabilize the situation. UNHCR says [...]

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Middle East Peace Process nears "defining moment": UN Political Chief

Listen / Jeffrey Feltman

The Middle East peace process is nearing a defining moment, the UN Political Chief told the Security Council on Tuesday. Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General and head of the Department of Political Affairs, was referring to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s role in addressing Israeli and Palestinian aspirations and concerns in a fair and balanced manner [...]

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UN warns continued violence in Libya threatens stability

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Libyan authorities are being urged to do their utmost to put an end to instability and insecurity in the country. The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) released a statement on Tuesday to express its deep concern about the continued violence in the country. Assassinations, bombings, kidnappings are just some of the ongoing violent [...]

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Malnutrition an emerging threat amongst Syrian refugees in Lebanon

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Malnutrition has become a silent and emerging threat amongst Syrian refugees, especially children, according to a recent assessment by UN agencies in Lebanon. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP) conducted the nutrition assessment in October and November 2013. In the Bekka Valley and the North [...]

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Four fallen UN staff remembered at ceremony in Afghanistan

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Four United Nations staff members who were killed in a terrorist attack on a restaurant in the Afghan capital Kabul in January have been remembered at a ceremony. A commemorative plaque was unveiled in the UN mission office (UNAMA) in Kabul on Tuesday. The outlawed Taliban movement claimed responsibility for the attack which left a [...]

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Refugees from Central African Republic struggling to cope in neighbouring countries

Listen / Children from the Central African Republic carrying clean water for their family.  UNHCR/S.Phelps

More than 150,000 refugees from the Central African Republic have fled into neighbouring countries, where aid agencies say many are struggling to meet their basic needs. The UN World Food Programme(WFP) says the refugees are desperately in need of food and nutritional assistance, but they have fled to countries that are fragile and food insecure. [...]

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UNHCR warns of imminent attack on civilians in the Central African Republic

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Nearly 15,000 civilians have been surrounded by armed groups in the Central African Republic and there is imminent danger that they will be attacked, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. The majority of those trapped are Muslims and are scattered in 18 locations in the northwest and southeast of the country including some locations [...]

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UN proposes Arab world integration

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A vision for the political, social and economic integration of Arab states is being launched by the United Nations. A report by the UN's Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, (ESCWA) says integration across the Arab world is an "urgent necessity," and would help to develop the region. It says integration would ultimately lead [...]

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Vision of integration across Arab world proposed by UN

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Countries across the Arab world can gain "enormous benefits" if they follow a path towards social, political and economic union, according to a report being launched by the United Nations. The report by the UN's Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, (ESCWA) lays out a vision for integration which it says is now an [...]

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Fighting leaves Malakal town deserted in South Sudan

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  The town of Malakal in Unity State in South Sudan remains deserted, with signs of looting and more than 100 dead bodies scattered around following fighting last week. That's what was witnessed by staff from the UN Mission in South Sudan, (UNMISS) which conducted a number of patrols in the town over the weekend. [...]

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