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UN Security Council condemns terrorist attack in Yemen

Listen / Security Council Chamber. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The UN Security Council has condemned a terrorist attack that occurred in Yemen on Monday, in which one person was killed. The victim worked for the European Union Mission in the Yemeni capital Sana'a and was reportedly French. The members of the Council expressed their "deep" sympathy and condolences to the family of the victim [...]

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Heavy fighting continues in South Sudan close to UN base in Bentiu

Listen / Displaced civilians sheltering at the UNMISS base in Bentiu, Unity State. Photo: UNMISS/Anna Adhikari

Heavy fighting continued in South Sudan on Monday close to the UN base in Bentiu, according to the UN mission in the country (UNMISS). Clashes between government forces and opposition rebels in the Unity State capital have broken out close to where 23,000 displaced civilians are being protected by the United Nations. South Sudan plunged [...]

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Preventative measures for natural disasters needed in Afghanistan

Listen / Hundreds of people were killed when a landslide struck in Abi-Barik's Nowabad area in north-eastern Afghanistan following heavy rainfall. Photo: Fardin Waezi/UNAMA

Long-term preventive measures are needed to fight natural disasters in Afghanistan, according to top United Nations humanitarian officials. UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief Kyung-Wha Kang and UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Mark Bowden visited the location of a deadly landslide which killed hundreds in north-eastern Afghanistan last Friday. Four decades of conflict and recurrent natural disasters, [...]

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Major recovery needs remain in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan

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Millions remain in a precarious situation six months after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, according to the  International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The group has now launched an ambitious plan geared towards supporting the long-term recovery of survivors. Sixteen million people were affected by the typhoon, with thousands losing family members, homes and [...]

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Spread of polio an international public health emergency: WHO

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The spread of polio has been declared an international public health emergency by the head of the World Health Organization (WHO). This follows a meeting of the Emergency Committee for the international spread of wild polio virus in Geneva last week. According to WHO, polio has re-emerged in ten countries: Afghanistan, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, [...]

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Bollywood actress "saddened" by treatment of gay community in India

Listen / Celina Jaitly. OHCHR@PHOTO

The Bollywood actress, Celina Jaitly, says she's "saddened" by the treatment of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in India. Ms Jaitly, who is also a human rights equality champion for the United Nations, was in New York for the launch of a Bollywood-style music video made with the UN human rights office. [...]

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Climate change the "defining issue of our time": Ban

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits Shams solar power plant in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Climate change is the "defining issue of our time" and concrete actions are needed to tackle the phenomenon. That was the UN Secretary-General's call to action to the one thousand plus participants at the end of a two-day meeting he co-hosted with the Arab United Emirates (UAE) in Abu Dhabi. The Gulf country has invested [...]

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Global spread of polio is a health emergency

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The international spread of polio is a public health risk that requires a coordinated response, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). An emergency committee of the WHO advised on Monday that wild poliovirus now constitutes an "extraordinary event". The current transmission rate could result in failure to globally eradicate one of the world's most [...]

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No climate change strategy means trouble, says UN chief

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) visits Shams solar power plant in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Any government or major business that doesn't have a climate strategy is in trouble, according to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Ban Ki-moon wrapped up a two-day meeting on climate change that he co-hosted with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government in Abu Dhabi on Monday, reminding world leaders that "change is in the [...]

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Internet "crucial right" for children

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Access to the Internet is a "crucial right" for young people around the world according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Only 30 per cent of people in the developing world have access to the Internet. The agency says that in some parts of Asia women and children are being "left behind." It's now looking [...]

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Clean hands needed to fight drug-resistant germs

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Health care workers around the world are being encouraged to make sure their hands are thoroughly clean as a way to protect against the spread of drug-resistant germs. The World Health Organization, (WHO) is highlighting the importance of clean hands on Hand Hygiene Day marked every year on the 5th of May. It says many [...]

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Highlighting the need for clean hands to fight hospital infections

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Health care workers around the world are being told that keeping their hands clean at work is vital for the health and safety of patients. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that up to 10 per cent of people treated in developing countries catch a new infection directly from the health worker treating them. Nicki [...]

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