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China reports four cases of avian influenza among people

Listen / Courtesy of WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan.

The authorities in China have reported four cases of avian influenza among people to the World Health Organization (WHO). The cases of the H7N9 virus were recorded in the provinces of Shandong and Jiangsu. Bird flu viruses continue to pose a serious threat to human and animal health. Stéphane Dujarric is the Spokesperson for the [...]

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UN Chief "gravely concerned" by Iraq violence

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The UN Secretary-General has said he is "gravely concerned" by the serious deterioration of the security situation in Mosul in Iraq. Thousands of civilians have been displaced in the recent violence in the city in the north of the country. He also condemned terrorist attacks in Anbar, Baghdad, Diyala, Ninewa, and Salah al-Din provinces that [...]

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Thousands of Somali children face death due to measles: UNICEF

Listen / A child being screened at Madina Maternal Child Health centre in Mogadishu, Somalia.  WHO/Somalia/P. Vicentini

Outbreaks of measles in several regions in Somalia have left thousands of children at risk of disability or death according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). In March and April 2014, there were over 1350 suspected cases of measles, four times the number seen during the same period last year. UNICEF says many children could [...]

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Central African refugees in Cameroon reach 95,000

Listen / Internally displaced children at the main mosque in Bangui, CAR.  UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The total number of refugees form the Central African Republic who are now living in neighbouring Cameroon has reached 95,000 according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Almost 60 per cent are children. The majority of people are living with host families, but around 33,000 are sheltering in UNHCR camps. The World Food Programme (WFP) [...]

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Thousands of people risk lives sailing from Bay of Bengal

Listen / A man from Myanmar eating a simple meal.  IRIN/Nyan Lynn

Thousands of people desperate for peace and a better life elsewhere continue to risk their lives by crossing the Bay of Bengal, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). They include the Rohingya people who fled Myanmar when inter-communal violence erupted there two years ago. UNHRC has expressed concern about reports of growing abuse and [...]

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Human Rights chief decries "tide of racism" in European politics

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The rise of racist and anti-immigrant feelings amongst elected politicians in Europe was one of the concerns expressed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as she spoke to delegates at the UN in Geneva today. Addressing the Human Rights Council on the opening day of its 26th session, Navi Pillay also talked [...]

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"Growing abuse" of refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state: UNHCR

Listen / A young Rohingya boy bathes at the Sin Tet Maw IDP camp in Pauktaw Township, western Rakhine State.  David Swanson/IRIN

The UN Refugee Agency says it’s concerned about the growing abuse of refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state who are arriving by boat in other countries. Two years after intercommunal violence erupted in the state, thousands of people are still fleeing across the Bay of Bengal. More than 86,000 have left since June 2012. UNHCR spokesman [...]

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Hate speech" by political leaders in Western Europe "disturbing": Pillay

Listen / Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, says that she's disturbed by the recent increase, across the political spectrum, in several countries in Western Europe of discussions which she says are "rooted in anti-immigrant and racist sentiment, and religious intolerance." Speaking at the opening of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Ms [...]

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Boat migrants to Europe top 50,000

Listen / A boat carrying sub-Saharan African migrant workers arrives in Lampedusa from Tripoli. Thousands of migrants have made the perilous journey.  © Kate Thomas/IRIN

The number of migrants who have crossed by boat from North Africa to Europe in 2014 has exceeded 50,000, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). It follows the arrival of almost 5,500 people in Sicily over the weekend. Operations are regularly launched in the Mediterranean Sea to rescue people who are travelling on [...]

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Unlock savings to finance sustainable development in Asia-Pacific, says UN

Listen / A firewood seller arranges his pile of wood. This photograph was taken in Jharkhand, India.  UN Photo/Somenath Mukhopadhyay

The Asia-Pacific region has vast private savings which should be mobilized to finance sustainable development, the UN has said. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) met in Jakarta, Indonesia on Tuesday to discuss sustainable development financing. The ESCAP Executive Secretary, Dr Shamshad Akhtar, said that investments in sustainable [...]

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South Sudan peace talks resume in Ethiopia

Listen / A group of displaced women and children rest on Ethiopian territory after crossing the Baro River from South Sudan. Photo: UNHCR/L.F. Godinho

The South Sudanese President Salva Kiir is due to meet the rebel chief Riek Machar in Ethiopia on Tuesday in an attempt to bring an end to nearly six months of internal conflict. Thousands of people have been killed as fighting between government and rebel forces continues. Over 1.3 million people have fled their homes. [...]

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Small and medium-sized companies get help from joint UN World Trade Organization agency

Listen / Arancha González, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC).  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Thousands of small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) are being assisted by the International Trade Centre (ITC) to improve their competitiveness and create jobs. The head of the ITC says the big challenge faced by developing countries today is that thousands of SMEs "are born every day and thousands of them die everyday." The joint agency [...]

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People cannot "turn blind eye" to sexual violence in conflict: UN envoy

Listen / Zainab Hawa Bangura UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

People have a responsibility to take action against sexual violence in conflict and not "turn a blind eye". That's what the UN Special Envoy on sexual violence in conflict said ahead of Tuesday's Global Summit in London on the issue. Last year, two-thirds or 149 UN Member States signed a "Declaration of Commitment to End [...]

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