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No progress on security and economic agreements between Sudan, South Sudan

The UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) is helping to keep the peace. Photo: IRIN/Hannah McNeish

There has been a lack of progress regarding an agreement signed by Sudan and South Sudan two years ago. That's what Security Council President Sylvie Lucas of Luxembourg told the press on Wednesday after closed door consultations on recent developments in the two countries. The agreement covers security, the common border and economic relations as [...]

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Family visit flights resume in Western Sahara


Flights to reunite families in Western Sahara who have been separated for nearly forty years are due to resume in April the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, announced on Wednesday. The flights from Algeria and Mauritania to Western Sahara are part of the agency's confidence-building measures to support people involved in one of the world's most [...]

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Family flights to Western Sahara resume, says UN refugee agency


Families that had been separated for nearly forty years will be able to visit each other soon. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has arranged for Saharawi families to fly from Algeria and Mauritania to Western Sahara Western Sahara, a former colony of Spain, is disputed between Morocco which claims it, and the Polisario Front which [...]

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UN rights official denied entry into Crimea

Ivan Šimonović

A senior UN official has been denied access to the Ukrainian region of Crimea, where he had hoped to carry out an assessment of the human rights situation. Ivan Šimonović is the Assistant-Secretary-General for Human Rights. UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the reasons given were the complexity of the situation on the ground as well [...]

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Youth unemployment “major challenge” in Sub-Saharan Africa

ILO© Arnaud Mugisha 2014

  "Does investing in education pay off for African youth?" That's the question the International Labour Organization (ILO) tries to answer in a report analysing surveys in eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The report shows that having higher rates of education in this region does not translate into better chances to be employed. The situation, [...]

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North Korea evades sanctions, persists with arms trade

Security Council Chamber

North Korea shows no signs that it intends to abandon its nuclear, ballistic missile and other weapons of mass destruction. That's according to a report by a panel of UN experts tasked with monitoring sanctions imposed on the country. On the contrary, the panel notes, it is persisting with its arms trade and other prohibited [...]

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UNESCO deplores killing of Iraqi journalists

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The killing of two Iraqi cameramen has been condemned by Irina Bokova, the Director General of the UN's Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The journalists who worked for the Al-Iraqia television network were killed last week in a suicide blast at a checkpoint in the city of Hilla. Bokova voiced concern for the safety of media workers [...]

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Violence in Syria reaching "unthinkable levels" says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The ongoing violence in Syria is reaching "unthinkable levels" according to the UN Secretary-General. In a statement released in New York on Wednesday, Ban Ki-moon said that Syria was now the biggest humanitarian and peace and security crisis facing the world. The civil war in the country is now entering its fourth year. Hundreds of [...]

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Executions surge in Iran despite calls for a moratorium on the death sentence

death row prisoners

The Iranian government has been accused of executing prisoners at a staggering rate, despite serious questions about fair trial standards. This year, at least 176 people have reportedly been hanged in Iran for drug related offences, which a group of United Nations Human Rights experts say was in violation of international legal provisions limiting the permissibility [...]

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Countries meet to counter $320 billion global drug trade

cache of seized drugs

Countries from around the world are meeting in the Austrian capital, Vienna, to look at ways to counter the $320 billion a year global drug trade. The High-Level review of the 57th Session of the Commission on Narcotics Drugs is being attended by senior Government officials as well civil society organizations. Participants will examine how [...]

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Zimbabwean farmers helped to increase production


Smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe are getting a helping hand from the European Union to increase their crop and livestock production. The EU has given $19 million, which is being channelled through the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), to help Zimbabwean farmers to commercialize their production. FAO says the programme will be implemented over a 4-year [...]

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Countries urged to look at gender equality ahead of 2015 MDG deadline

UNESCO-©Florence Migeon

The international community is being asked to look at what can be done to improve gender equality and women's rights ahead of the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals. The MDGs are a set of internationally agreed targets to halve world poverty and include specific targets on equality and the empowerment of women as [...]

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