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Egypt peace initiative "promising" but Hamas has yet to respond

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An initiative put forward by Egypt, based on a November 2012 ceasefire, is the most promising framework to end the fighting in Gaza. That was the Secretary-General's message to members of the Security Council via video conference from Ramallah, the fifth stop on his journey to raise support for an end to the conflict. Addressing [...]

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Prevention can help solve the world's drug problem – INCB

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The world's drug problem can be solved by reducing the demand for drugs, or focusing on drug abuse prevention, according to Dr. Lochan Naidoo, of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB). One dollar invested in prevention can save ten dollars in later costs, he noted. The INCB is an independent, quasi-judicial monitoring body for the [...]

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Ban: military action will not increase Israel's stability, security

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While demanding the end of all rocket attacks by Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the UN Secretary-General also warned Israel that military action will not increase Israel's stability and security in the long term. Mr Ban Ki-moon made the remarks in Israel on Tuesday, the third leg of his Middle East tour which aims to secure [...]

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Global action needed to protect children against polio in Syria, Middle-East

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Over 25 million children have been vaccinated against Polio in the Middle East in one of the biggest immunization campaigns to be jointly undertaken by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund UNICEF. In Syria close to two million children were immunized but according to UNICEF, many displaced children are at risk [...]

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CAR refugees in desperate need of humanitarian assistance

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The humanitarian situation of refugees fleeing Central African Republic into neighbouring countries continues to worsen as aid agencies struggle to raise adequate funding to meet their growing needs. United Nations refugee agency UNHCR says the number of refugees who have fled the CAR into Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo and the Congo now stands [...]

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WHO voices concerns over attacks on health facilities and workers in Gaza

Listen / Palestinian families take shelter at an UNRWA school in Gaza City (13 July 2014). Photo: Shareef Sarhan/UNRWA

At least 18 health care facilities have been damaged and 20 health workers injured, as the Israeli military offensive against Hamas militants continues in Gaza. The World Health Organization (WHO) says it is gravely concerned about the increasing attacks on health facilities and is appealing to all parties to the conflict to respect their obligations [...]

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A summit to end female genital mutilation and child marriage

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An international summit to rally a growing movement to end female genital mutilation and child marriage is taking place in London, United Kingdom. Tuesday's event, co-hosted by the UN's Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the UK Government, will bring together child protection experts as well as field experts from many African and Asian countries. According to [...]

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Young people in Uzbekistan take on social innovation challenge

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Young people in Uzbekistan have been challenged by the United Nations to come up with ways of promoting volunteerism through social media. Part of the challenge is to create a one minute long video clip which will attract young people to volunteer for their communities. Nigina Mirbabaeva has been speaking to the UN Development Programme’s [...]

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Gaza: Number of displaced in UN shelters exceeds 100,000

Listen / Palestinian families take shelter at an UNRWA school in Gaza City (13 July 2014). Photo: Shareef Sarhan/UNRWA

The number of people in Gaza seeking refuge in its sites has jumped to over 100 000, according to the UN relief and works agency for palestine refugees (UNRWA). An expanded ground offensive by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) has resulted in an 'exponential increase' in internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Gaza over the past [...]

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