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Audits requested to break deadlock over Presidential run-off

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The UN Mission in Afghanistan has suggested for additional audits to be conducted in order to break the deadlock over the presidential election run-off. The proposal was presented at a meeting convened by the incumbent President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai. For weeks, the two presidential candidates have requested a full investigation of serious and credible [...]

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Rockets fired from south Lebanon aimed at Israel, no casualties

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Three rockets were fired into Israel by unknown assailants in south Lebanon early on Friday according to UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). The Israeli Defence Forces returned artillery fire towards the general area from where the rocket fire originated. No casualties have been reported from either side, says UN Spokesperson, Farhan Haq. "The UNIFIL [...]

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Food stocks running low for Nigerian refugees in Cameroon

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Food stocks are running low for the thousands of Nigerians who have fled across the border into a remote region far north in Cameroon, the World Food Programme has warned. Leaving behind burned homes and often running for their lives, close to 8,000 Nigerians have fled since May. They come from the northern Nigerian states [...]

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Diets becoming "unhealthy" in developing world

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The diets of people living in developing countries are becoming more unhealthy leading to an increase in non-communicable diseases or NCDs. That's according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Sedentary lifestyles, inactivity and the availability of junk food are all contributing to a growth of NCDs, like obesity, heart disease and [...]

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Europe urged to do more for Syrian refugees seeking asylum

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European countries are being urged to grant access to Syrian refugees and to provide a fair asylum procedure. The call has come from the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR as it launched a new report on the situation of Syrian refugees in Europe. States are also being asked to grant adequate reception conditions and to protect [...]

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South Sudan refugee crisis seriously under funded

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Humanitarian agencies responding to South Sudan's growing regional refugee crisis are urgently appealing for $658 million to help as many as 715,000 refugees expected by end 2014. The UN refugee agency UNHCR says the ongoing conflict and worsening humanitarian situation inside south Sudan is fueling a refugee exodus into Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda at [...]

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UN Human rights chief alarmed at mounting civilian toll in Gaza

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The UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay has expressed alarm at the Israeli military operations resulting in the killing of Palestinian civilians in Gaza. So far, 88 Palestinians including at least 21 children and 11 women have been killed since the start of Israel's latest military operation "Protective Edge" on Tuesday night. While noting that [...]

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Children affected by military operations in Gaza, health services collapse

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Aid workers are calling for an end to indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks targeting civilians in the Gaza Strip in the occupied Palestinian territory. The UN humanitarian agency OCHA has expressed concern about the humanitarian situation in Gaza following the launch of military operations by Israel on 7 July. Israel says the intervention is needed to [...]

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Genocide in Central African Republic "can be avoided"

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A genocide can be avoided in the Central African Republic with the intervention of the United Nations, according to an international body investigating human rights abuses in the country. Fighting between mainly Muslim and Christian communities in CAR has fuelled a conflict which began at the end of 2012. Thousands of people have died and [...]

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World Population Day: Invest in the future of the youth

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World leaders are being asked to safeguard the rights of young people and invest in their future on World Population Day. Observed annually on 11 July, the Day seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. A young person's potential can be fulfilled, says the UN Population Fund or UNFPA, if he or she can [...]

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Agriculture sector in Cambodia faces climate change challenge

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The authorities in Cambodia are becoming increasingly concerned about the possible effects of climate change on the agriculture sector. Different weather patterns, especially when it comes to rain, could have a significant impact on the South-East Asian country's main crop, rice. Cambodia has recently unveiled its Climate Change Strategic Plan which outlines how the country [...]

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Alcohol the silent killer in South Sudan

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There is a lack of awareness among the people of South Sudan regarding the dangers of consuming excessive amounts of alcohol, an assistant professor of Pathology at the University of Juba warned. The World Health Organization recently published a global status report on alcohol and health 2014 to assist countries in their efforts to reduce [...]

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