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Conflict displaces 500,000 people in DR Congo's Katanga Province

Listen / A view of an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in the DRC. UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

Approximately half a million people have been displaced by conflict in the Katanga Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to humanitarian organizations. Government forces have been fighting with armed groups in the mineral-rich province since the beginning of the year. UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric has more. "Humanitarian organizations reported that some 100,000 [...]

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Ethnic killings and radio hate speech deplored in South Sudan

Listen / UNMISS evacuation support in Bentiu, Unity State, on 16 April. Photo: UNMISS Military

Hundreds of civilians have been killed in South Sudan's Unity State capital, Bentiu, because of their ethnic origins, according to the UN mission in the country, UNMISS. The mission says that hate messages calling for violence are also being used to promote what it has called "vengeful sexual violence." The killings began on April 15th [...]

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Killing of Somali Parliamentarian condemned by UN envoy

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The murder of a Somali Member of Parliament has been strongly condemned by the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay. Isaak Mohamed Rino was killed in the country's capital Mogadishu on Monday morning when a bomb planted in his car detonated. Another parliamentarian, Mohamed Ali and several civilians were reportedly injured in the [...]

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Killings of civilians in South Sudan condemned by UN mission

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The murder of civilians based on ethnicity and nationality in Bentiu, the capital of Unity State in South Sudan, has been condemned by the UN mission in the country (UNMISS). The mission also denounced the use of Radio Bentiu FM to broadcast hate speech against certain ethnic groups. According to UNMISS Acting Spokesperson, Joe Contreras, [...]

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Syria urged not to go ahead with elections in June

Listen / Spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Stephane Dujarric briefs the press. Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten (file)

The Syrian authorities are being urged by the United Nations not to hold presidential elections amidst the ongoing conflict and massive displacement of people. On Monday, the Syrian government said that the elections will be held on June 3. The country has been at civil war for three years. Over 100,000 people have been killed [...]

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Two missing UN staff members in Pakistan reunited with families

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Two staff members of the UN children's agency (UNICEF), who had been missing for three days in the Pakistani city of Karachi, have been reunited with their families. According to UNICEF, the two local employees went missing on Thursday evening and were thought to have been kidnapped. UN spokesperson Vittorio Cammarota said when UNICEF could [...]

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Participation of Afghan women in decision-making urged by UN envoy

Listen / UNAMA: A women voting in 2014 presidential election to select her future president at Zarghuna Girls High School polling centre, in the capital, Kabul, Afghanistan.

The participation of Afghan women in the national political process is critical to Afghanistan's development according to the top United Nations envoy in the country. Speaking after meeting with women parliamentarians in Kabul on Monday, Ján Kubiš, offered his congratulations on the participation of women as voters, electoral workers, observers and candidates. He said through [...]

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Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars sing about peace and forgiveness

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The civil war in Sierra Leone which raged from 1991 to 2002 was known for the brutality of the rebels who cut off people's limbs and forced thousands of others to flee to neighbouring countries. One of the refugees from the war is Reuben Koroma, composer and lead singer for Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. [...]

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