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Al-Qaeda remains "real and lethal threat" to Yemen

Listen / Jamal Benomar, the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Yemen.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

The militant Al-Qaeda network in the Arabian Peninsula remains "a real and lethal" threat to Yemen as people try to forge ahead with political transition in the country. That's what the Jamal Benomar, the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Yemen told the Security Council on Friday. Yemen is recovering from the political crisis [...]

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Over 6,000 people flee from Pakistan to Afghanistan

Listen / Civilians begin to flee new offensive against militants in Pakistan. Photo: IRIN/Umar Farooq

More than 6,000 refugees fleeing conflict in Pakistan have been registered in Afghanistan, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The agency says that women, men and children have trekked the mountainous terrain across Pakistan's border to seek safety in Afghanistan. The refugees are being accommodated with local Afghan communities for now but UNHCR says [...]

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Neglecting plight of Palestine refugees "risk world cannot take"

Listen / A mother and her son find relief upon receiving an UNRWA food parcel.  Yarmouk, Damascus.  Credit:  UNRWA Archives

The Palestine refugee crisis in the Near East is "unsustainable", the Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has warned. On World Refugee Day, Pierre Krähenbühl said the number of refugees is projected to increase to over 6 million in 2021 and the number of "poor" people will rise to 1.7 [...]

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Concern over IDPs and Syrian refugees as Iraq crisis deepens

Listen / WFP in Iraq.  UNifeed (video capture)

Aid agencies say that the humanitarian needs of people who have been forced to flee their homes in Iraq continue to escalate. The United Nations estimates that there are one million displaced people in the country. The United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says that its aid operation is currently focused on the north. While many [...]

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International community urged not to abandon people of Syria

Listen / Civilians approach the distribution area via Yarmouk Street.  Yarmouk, Damascus.  UNRWA Archives

The international community has been urged by the UN Secretary-General not to abandon the people of Syria to what he called "the never ending waves of cruelty and crisis". Speaking at an event organized by the Asia Society in New York Ban Ki-moon said the death toll in Syria may be well over 150,000. Half [...]

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"Concern" over displaced people and Syrian refugees as Iraq crisis deepens

Listen / Syrian refugees.  Credit:  UNRWA

Aid agencies say that the humanitarian needs of people who have been forced to flee their homes in Iraq continue to escalate. The United Nations estimates that there are one million displaced people in the country. As the fighting continues, there are concerns that more and more people could be forced to leave their homes [...]

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Suicide bombing in Lebanon condemned by UN envoy

Listen / Derek Plumbly, Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General for Lebanon.  UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

A suicide bombing near a police check point in eastern Lebanon on Friday has been strongly condemned by the United Nations envoy in the country. According to reports, a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle in Dahr El-Baidar killing one person and injuring scores of others. The UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly expressed his [...]

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Human rights concerns over force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners

Listen / Palestinian refugee from Syria.  Credit:  UNRWA

The United Nations Human Rights office says that it's concerned about a proposed change to Israeli law that would reportedly allow prisoners on hunger strike, who refuse force-feeding, to be sedated. The amendment could be passed next Monday. The office says it is closely following the situation of Palestinian hunger strikers who are protesting against [...]

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Global displacement tops 50 million for first time in post-war era

Listen / A woman and child at Za'atri refugee camp, host to tens of thousands of Syrians displaced by conflict, near Mafraq, Jordan.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

The number of refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced people worldwide has exceeded 50 million for the first time in the post-World War II era. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)’s annual Global Trends report shows 51.2 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2013, six million more than in 2012. The increase was driven [...]

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"Political solutions" needed for humanitarian crises

Listen / Peacekeepers distributing water to Wau residents sheltering at UNMISS compound. Wau, Western Bahr El-Ghazal, South Sudan. 19 December 2012.  UN Photo

Political solutions need to be found to solve humanitarian crises around the world according to the chief of the UN refugee Agency (UNHCR). Antonio Guterres was speaking as the agency launched its annual Global Trends report which shows a record number of displaced people in 2013. For the first time since the Second World war [...]

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