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Gaza on "knife-edge", situation could slip beyond "anyone's control"

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Gaza is on "knife-edge" and the deteriorating situation is leading to a downward spiral which could quickly get beyond anyone's control. That's what the UN Secretary-General told the press regarding what he called the "volatile" situation in the Middle East. A new wave of violence has engulfed the Gaza, southern Israel and the West Bank [...]

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Implications of Israeli wall in occupied Palestinian Territory "goes beyond legality"

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Israel's construction of a wall to separate the country from the occupied Palestinian territory severely restricts Palestinian movement, cuts off land and access to resources for development. That's what Oscar Fernández-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs said during a special meeting to mark the tenth anniversary of the UN World Court's ruling on the illegality [...]

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Food security in Somalia expected to deteriorate over next 6 months

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The food security situation in Somalia is expected to deteriorate over next 6 months, according to the UN humanitarian office, OCHA. The agency says the availability of food will decline due to a combination of late and erratic seasonal rains, rising food prices and ongoing insecurity. Currently, 2.9 million people are food insecure and 50,000 [...]

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More than 200 civilians killed in Yemen, women and children included

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More than 200 civilians have been reportedly killed in northern Yemen, including women and children, according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country. Mr Johannes Van Der Klaauw has expressed "extreme alarm" over the recent escalation of the conflict in the city of Amran. Over the past few days, violence has displaced thousands of [...]

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Civilian casualties rise by 25% in Afghanistan

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The number of civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan has risen by 25 per cent in the first six months of 2014, according to a report by the UN mission in the country UNAMA. The report reveals that the increase was caused by intensified fighting near populated areas. The rise in violence comes ahead of [...]

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Fish drying method changes women's lives in Burundi

Listen / The use of raised drying racks has exploded along the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Photo:FAO@Oumou Khairy Ndiaye

A simple rack for drying fish is changing the lives of women in Burundi for the better. Before the introduction of the racks by the Food and Agriculture Organization in 2004, a large proportion of the fish caught in Lake Tanganyika along the shores of Burundi was wasted. That impacted both the livelihoods of local [...]

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Attack against Somalia's Presidential compound condemned by UN

Listen / Nicholas Kay, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia.  UN Photo/Tobin Jones

An attack by Islamic militants on the Presidential compound in Mogadishu, known as Villa Somalia, has been condemned by the UN Special Envoy to the country. It is the latest in a series of assaults by Al Shabaab against Somalia's political institutions. And it comes after a failed raid against Parliament on 5 July. Mr [...]

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One million people in China die annually from smoking-related diseases

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Every year more than one million people in China die as a result of tobacco-related illness, according to the World Health Organization's Director-General. Margaret Chan made the remarks as she concluded an official visit to the country on Wednesday. She urged China to take urgent action to strengthen its tobacco control policies to reduce deaths [...]

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Boost for UN relief operations in Iraq

Listen / This family fled the fighting in Mosul, Iraq, and are close to the Khazair checkpoint. They hope to stay in Erbil city until it is safe to return home. Photo: UNHCR/R. Nuri

Kuwait has donated $9.5 million to the United Nations humanitarian response plan in Iraq. The UN Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos has welcomed the contribution saying it will help the humanitarian community in Iraq scale up relief efforts to provide aid to displaced families and host communities. The latest upsurge in violence [...]

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Afghanistan armed conflict claiming more civilian lives

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The number of Afghan civilians killed or wounded in the country's armed conflict has risen by a quarter in the first half of 2014, according to a report by the UN Mission in Afghanistan UNAMA. Between January and June this year, 4,853 civilians casualties were documented, up from about 3,900 casualties over the same period [...]

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Refugee children facing catastrophic nutrition situation in Africa

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Refugee children in Africa are facing what has been described as a "catastrophic nutrition situation" following a cut in food rations. The UN has warned that funding difficulties, compounded by security and logistical problems in some countries, have forced cuts in food rations for nearly 800,000 refugees in nine African countries. It could worsen already [...]

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