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UN helps young Cambodians to take part in local democracy

Listen / Chhin Sothea, Loy9 Drama Director (video capture)

Young people in Cambodia are being encouraged to get involved with the running of their neighbourhoods by engaging with their Commune Council. The Council is at the heart of local government, but many youths do not know how to work with it to further their needs and the needs of the locality in which they [...]

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UN offers support to China after Yunnan earthquake disaster

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The United Nations stands ready to support China in its relief efforts following an earthquake in the town of Wenping in the southern Yunnan province. That's according to a statement released by the Secretary-General through his Spokesperson on Sunday. According to local media reports, hundreds of people were killed and thousands of homes collapsed when [...]

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Humanitarian tragedy unfolds after ISIL seizes more N Iraqi towns

Listen / Baharka camp, 5km north of Erbil in northern Iraq, thousands of IDPs forced from their homes by ISIL.Photo: Emma Beals/IRIN

A humanitarian tragedy is unfolding in two northern Iraqi towns after militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took control, triggering the flight of as many as 200,000 civilians. The UN special envoy to Iraq, Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, confirmed on Sunday the capture of nearly all Sinjar and Tal Afar districts [...]

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Health and humanitarian disaster rapidly unfolding in Gaza, warns UN


A health and humanitarian disaster of widespread proportions is rapidly unfolding in the Gaza Strip, senior UN officials in the region have warned. The Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt), UNRWA and WHO released a joint statement on Sunday. After more than three weeks of intense conflict, the statement reads, Gaza's medical services [...]

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Secretary-General condemns killing of civilians outside UN shelter in Rafah

Listen / Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The Secretary-General has called for a swift investigation into an attack outside a UN shelter in Rafah on Sunday which killed 10 Palestinian civilians. Mr Ban Ki-moon released a statement calling the attack "a moral outrage, criminal act" and another gross violation of international humanitarian law. He also asked for more investigations regarding other breaches [...]

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Japanese Peace keeper falls in love with South Sudan's sun

Listen / Blue helmets in South Sudan. UN Photo/Isaac Billy

A Japanese peacekeeper serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has discovered the beauty of sunrise and sunset in the newest African nation. Daisuke Yamane is part of the Japanese contingent of UNMISS that is helping the country stand on its feet since it gained independence from Sudan in 2011. After the recent [...]

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