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UN chief condemns "indiscriminate" killing of people in Nigeria bus station attack

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The "indiscriminate" killing of more than 70 people in a bomb blast at a bus station in Nigeria has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. The explosion at a crowded bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, happened on Monday morning during the rush hour. In a statement Mr Ban said he was [...]

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All countries can reach Universal Health Coverage

Listen / Two doctors are shown in consultation at Kabul's tuberculosis hospital.  UN Photo/Fardin Waezi

Any country whatever its economic performance can provide Universal Health Coverage (UHC), according to health policy experts. Ministers and health representatives gathered at the United Nations on Monday to discuss the importance and feasibility of ensuring that everyone has access to affordable primary health services. Global support for UHC has been gathering momentum since 2012, [...]

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Modest trade growth anticipated for next two years following slump

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World trade is expected to grow by a modest 4.7 per cent in 2014 and only slightly faster in 2015, according to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Economists on Monday said that for the past two years, growth has averaged only 2.2 per cent, which remains below the 20-year average of 5.3 per cent, following [...]

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Vote counting proceeds smoothly in Guinea Bissau

Listen / Voters in Guinea Bissau went to the polls 13 April 2014 for presidential and parliamentary elections, which many hope will bring stability to this small country in West Africa.  UNDP/Guinea Bissau

The counting of votes is taking place in Guinea Bissau following Sunday's general elections. The people in the West African country came out in big numbers to elect a president and members of parliament. It follows years of coups and failed attempts to establish constitutional rule in the country since it gained independence from Portugal [...]

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Constructive dialogue needed between Kiev and Moscow, says Ban Ki-moon

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the phone (file photo).

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is continuing to call for restraint and direct and constructive dialogue between Kiev and Moscow, according to his Spokesperson. Ban Ki-moon spoke by phone on Monday to Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov. Mr. Turchynov had previously invited the United Nations to join his army’s "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Russian militants, who on Saturday [...]

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Guinea-Bissau holds "watershed" general elections

Listen / Civic education officials visit communities to explain voting procedures ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections on 12 April, 2014 Photo: UNDP Guinea Bissau.

The counting of votes has begun in Guinea-Bissau following what have been described as "watershed" general elections on Sunday. The West African country has been plagued by political instability since it gained independence from Portugal in 1974. The last coup was in April 2012 and elections were promised within a year but did not take [...]

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Countries urged to step up action against destructive banana disease

Listen / A young girl sells bananas along a road in Timor-Leste.   UN Photo/Martine Perret

A destructive banana disease that has spread from Asia to Africa and theMiddle Eastposes a major risk to livelihoods and banana markets, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned. Banana is the 8th most important food crop in the world and the 4th most important among the world's least-developed countries. Fusarium wilt Tropical Race [...]

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Sixty-five per cent of chemical weapons removed from Syria

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Sixty-five per cent of Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons has now been removed from the country, according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, (OPCW). The organization has been tasked by the UN Security Council with eliminating the country’s chemical weapons by the end of June this year. The removal followed allegations that [...]

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Torture at "reception parties" in Syrian detention facilities

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Detainees arriving at detention facilities across Syria are routinely tortured in what has come to be known as a "reception party", according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Navi Pillay condemned this rampant use of torture by Government forces and some armed opposition groups, who have been at war for more than three [...]

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Detainees in Syria routinely "tortured"

Listen / Ravina Shamdasani, UN Human Rights spokesperson

People who have been detained in Syria by Government forces and some armed opposition groups are routinely tortured according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Syria is in its third year of an internal conflict which has led to the deaths of over 100,000 people and the displacement of millions more. Navi Pillay [...]

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Up to 40,000 Russian troops amassed near Ukraine border

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Up to 40,000 Russian troops are amassed on the border of Ukraine according to the British Ambassador to the United Nations. The accusation follows the storming of Ukrainian government buildings in the east of the country by pro-Russian militants. Last month the Ukrainian region of Crimea voted in a referendum to join the Russian Federation, [...]

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Children given right to complain to UN about violations of their rights

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Children can now complain directly to the United Nations about alleged violations of their rights, according to UN human rights experts. A new treaty is entering into force on 14 April allowing children to submit complaints to the Committee on the Rights of the Child about specific violations. However, children can only complain if their [...]

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Russia accused of "waging war against Ukraine"

Listen / Yuriy Sergeyev, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN.

Russia has been accused of "waging war against Ukraine" following the storming of government buildings in the east of the country by pro-Russian militants. Unrest is continuing in Ukraine after a referendum in March in which the region of Crimea voted to secede from the country and join the Russian Federation. On Saturday, militants took [...]

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Call to invest more in human development on Global Day of Action on Military Spending

Listen / Alfred de Zayas UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Governments should cut military spending and invest more in human development, according to a United Nations expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order. On the occasion of the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, marked on 14 April, Alfred de Zayas said every democracy must determine what the real priorities [...]

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Ukraine accuses Russia of "waging war"

Listen / A wide view of the Security Council in session. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Ukraine has accused Russia of "waging war" after pro-Russian militants took control of government buildings in the east of the country. It follows a period of unrest which began when the region of Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council was called late [...]

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European governments discuss health and environmental impacts of transport

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Senior government officials from Europe are gathering in Paris on Monday for a three-day meeting on the health and environmental impacts of transport. The meeting is being held under the auspices of the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme, (THE PEP) which is run by the UN Economic Commission for Europe and the World Health [...]

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