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Guinea-Bissau prepares for elections

Listen / Voting in first round presidential polls in Guinea-Bissau. A military coup scuppered the run-off in April 2012. Photo: IRIN/John James

The people of Guinea-Bissau are gearing themselves up for elections scheduled to be held on 13 April this year. The impoverished West African country, which gained independence from Portugal in 1974, has been beset by military coups and political assassinations. Concerns have also been raised about the country becoming a major transit for cocaine being [...]

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Shipment of mustard gas leaves Syria: OPCW-UN

Listen / Sigrid Kaag

A shipment of sulphur mustard out of Syria has been welcomed as an "important step" in the elimination of the country's chemical weapons programme. That’s according to Sigrid Kaag, the Special Coordinator of the UN-backed Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). It’s the Government of Syria's fourth consignment of [...]

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UN Chief condemns escalation of violence in Thailand

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General is urging the authorities and anti-Government protestors in Thailand to resolve their political differences and disputes peacefully. Mr. Ban Ki-moon issued a statement on Wednesday condemning the recent escalation of violence in different parts of the country. Armed attacks against the protestors resulted in the death of at least two children last [...]

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Nearly 900,000 displaced from South Sudan conflict

Listen / Feb 2014, Malakal, South Sudan

Nearly 900,000 people have fled their homes since the conflict in South Sudan began in December, according to the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA. That includes the 710,000 people who remain inside the country and the 171,000 who have crossed into other countries. Meanwhile, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) continues to assess the aftermath [...]

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Major cholera campaign launched in South Sudan displaced camps

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140,000 thousand people living in temporary camps in South Sudan are being targeted by a major cholera vaccination campaign. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes in the country as fighting continues between government troops and rebel forces. They've found refuge in the camps where the conditions are said to be poor and [...]

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Spotlight put on role of women as global leaders

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Innovative approaches to getting more women into leadership positions around the world are being discussed at a conference being held at the United Nations on Wednesday. Representatives from the UN as well as the public and private sectors are taking part in the "Power of Collaboration Summit" to discuss new ways to work together to [...]

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"Peace-building" project launched in conflict-affected communities in CAR


An initiative to promote peace-building and social cohesion among the Central African Republic's conflict-affected communities has been launched by the UN. The programme by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) aims to help rebuild the social fabric in the country, by tackling social, economic and security concerns. CAR has been affected by internal conflict for over [...]

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At least 95 per cent of voters register in Guinea-Bissau

Listen / Jose Ramos-Horta

At least 95 per cent of potential voters in Guinea-Bissau have registered for April presidential and parliamentary elections according to the top UN envoy in the country. José Ramos-Horta, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Guinea-Bissau told the Security Council that there are 12 candidates for the presidency. He said 40 political parties are expected [...]

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UN chief condemns "brutal slaying" of Nigerian students

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The UN Secretary-General has strongly condemned what he has described as the "brutal slaying" on Tuesday of dozens of students at a college in north-eastern Nigeria. At least 29 teenage boys reportedly died in the attack by unidentified gunmen on the Federal Government College of Buni Yadi in Yobe state. The region has been prone [...]

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Security Council creates sanctions committee for spoilers in Yemen

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A committee to impose sanctions on individuals and groups that threaten peace and security in Yemen has been created by the Security Council. In a resolution unanimously adopted on Wednesday, the Council expressed its strong support for the political transition in the Gulf country. Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down in 2012 following mass [...]

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Women encouraged to become global leaders

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Women are being encouraged to discuss innovative ways to become global leaders at a conference being held at the United Nations on Wednesday. The "Power of Collaboration Summit" will look at how women can accelerate promotion to positions of influence with the engagement of their male counterparts. The summit, which is being organised by the [...]

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Conflict threatens food security in Near East and North Africa

Listen / Ami Vitale FAO@PHOTO

Conflict, rapid population growth and urbanization are posing serious challenges for food security in the Near East and North Africa, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Despite progress made in some countries, the number of undernourished people in the region remains high. Nearly 43.7 million people, or 10 percent of the overall population, [...]

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