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UN mission in South Sudan calls for unhindered freedom of movement

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Government authorities and opposition forces in South Sudan have been urged to allow UNMISS, the UN mission and humanitarian workers in the country to move freely to do their work. The appeal follows incidents in which UNMISS patrols were stopped by the South Sudanese army. UN Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York on [...]

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Sudanese authorities urged not to execute a 27-old pregnant woman

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The Sudanese authorities have been urged to respect the freedom of religion of a 27-year old woman who has been sentenced to death for apostasy and adultery. On 11 May Sudan's Criminal Court convicted Meriam Ibrahim, nullified her marriage to a Christian man and gave her three days to declare her return to Islam. Rupert [...]

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Efforts made to contain cholera outbreak in South Sudan

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Health experts are closely monitoring the situation in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, where one person has died of cholera and 18 people are suspected to have caught the infection. South Sudan's Ministry of Health on Thursday officially declared an outbreak of cholera which is transmitted by contaminated food or water. Dr Dominique Legros [...]

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Lebanon faces pressure of Syrian refugees

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The international community is being urged once again to help Lebanon support over one million Syrian refugees. The appeal has been made by Ross Mountain, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon. Speaking to reporters in Geneva on Friday, he asked how many refugees the international community expects Lebanon to take in and still remain a [...]

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“Alarming" deterioration in human rights found in Ukraine: UN

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United Nations monitors have found an alarming deterioration in the human rights situation in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine has been in turmoil since February when its president was forcibly removed from power after months of political unrest. In a report the monitors raise concerns about the lack of law and order and armed groups acting with [...]

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Crisis-hit farmers receive seeds and tools in Central African Republic

Listen / Internally Displaced Children in Bangui, Central African Republic.  UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The operation, has been launched by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which is working with 16 international and national non-governmental organizations. Alexis Bonte, the FAO Representative for the Central African Republic,  says each family will receive 25 kg of seeds and two hoes to produce groundnuts, maize and rice. "The objective is that [...]

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WOMEN: UN appoints its first female Force Commander

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Being a woman in the top ranks of the military has been "challenging but interesting", according to the new head the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). Major-General Kristin Lund is the very first woman to be appointed Force Commander at the UN. She had broken new ground before as the first female officer in [...]

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UN CALLING ASIA: Polls close in India, vote counting begins

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India has started counting votes on Friday, following the world's largest ever electoral exercise. Voter turnout is estimated at 835 million, according to the UN Development Programme's Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific. The agency says around 11 million personnel were deployed by India's Electoral Commission to help people exercise their right to vote. [...]

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Major seed distribution operation underway in Central African Republic

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A major operation to distribute seeds and tools to support crisis-hit farming families has been launched in the Central African Republic. It's hoped that farmers receive the agricultural kits in time for the next planting season. Sixteen international and national non-governmental organizations are working with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization to overcome the challenges [...]

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"Alarming deterioration" in human rights in eastern Ukraine

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An "alarming deterioration" in human rights in eastern Ukraine has been reported by the UN human rights office. Separatists have continued to fight security forces leaving many dozens of people dead. The uprising in the east of Ukraine has gathered pace after Russia annexed the autonomous Ukrainian region of Crimea in March. Claire Doole asked [...]

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Expert proposes ban on "robot soldiers"

Listen / Noel Sharkey, emeritus professor of robotics and artificial intelligence at the University of Sheffield in England.  Photo credit:  UNOG

An expert on robotics is part of a campaign seeking a legally binding prohibition on the use, development and production of so-called "robot soldiers" or "robot killers". A debate has just concluded at the UN in Geneva on the ethics of using Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems or LAWS during war. Noel Sharkey, emeritus professor of [...]

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Polls close in India, vote counting begins

Listen / A huge proportion of voters in India are young people under 25.  UNifeed (video capture)

India has started counting votes on Friday, following the world's largest ever electoral exercise. Voter turnout is estimated at 835 million, according to the UN Development Programme's Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific. The agency says around 11 million personnel were deployed by India's Electoral Commission to help people exercise their right to vote. [...]

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Tangible Earth on show at UN

Listen / Professor Shinichi Takemura demonstrating the Tangible Earth. UNISDR@PHOTO

An interactive digital globe that graphically depicts the vulnerability of the planet to natural disasters is making its debut at UN Headquarters on Friday. The "Tangible Earth" globe allows users to view and understand the condition of the planet, by dynamically visualizing scientific data such as earthquake and tsunami-prone zones. It also maps climate variations, [...]

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