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India and Nepal respond to landslide with UN support

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With support from the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA), India and Nepal are responding to landslides that have hit the two Asian countries. According to OCHA, more than 100 people have reportedly been killed by a landslide in western India and about 60 are still missing and feared dead. Vanina Maestracci is UN Spokesperson in New [...]

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Emergency measures to battle Ebola outbreak already in action

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An emergency response plan for the three West African countries currently battling the Ebola outbreak has been launched with a $100 million price tag. World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Director, Margaret Chan, was recently in Guinea, where she met with the sitting President as well as the Presidents of Liberia and Sierra Leone to devise [...]

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UN chief deplores upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks

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The recent upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks, particularly in Europe, in connection with protests over the escalation of violence in Gaza, has been deplored by the UN Secretary-General. The spokesperson for Ban Ki-moon issued a statement on Sunday amidst reports of increasing anti-Semitic incidents in Europe. They include hate speech, painting of swastikas on synagogues, and [...]

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Lebanese army's efforts to bring stability supported by UN

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Efforts of the Lebanese Armed Forces to bring stability and security to their country are supported by the United Nations. This commitment was reiterated by the top UN envoy in Lebanon following clashes between Lebanese troops and Syrian rebels in the eastern border town of Arsal. According to reports, at least 13 Lebanese soldiers have [...]

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Meeting of Libya's parliament welcomed by UN

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The convening of Libya's newly elected parliament has been welcomed by the UN Mission in the country (UNSMIL). In a statement issued on Monday, UNSMIL says the Council of Representatives, as the parliament is known, is meeting amid difficult circumstances. On Monday the parliament held its first official session in the eastern port city of [...]

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Breastfeeding in early hours of birth can save infant lives

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Giving a baby breast milk in the early hours of birth has been scientifically proven to increase a newborn's chances of survival. That's according to Dr. Noel Marie Zagre, the Regional Nutrition Advisor for UNICEF in Equatorial and Southern Africa. The world is currently celebrating Breastfeeding Week which began on 1 August and ends on [...]

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World Breastfeeding Week celebrated from 1 to 7 August

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Countries around the world are being reminded of the critical importance of exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months of a baby's life. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) are promoting breastfeeding as the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need. On World Breastfeeding Week, observed from [...]

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Relief workers in Gaza scramble during 7-hour truce to distribute aid


Aid workers are scrambling to re-supply shelters where Gazans have sought refuge from the fighting during a 7-hour Israeli truce that began on Monday morning. UNRWA, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees, is using the "period of calm" to get the basic necessities to the displaced like food, water and hygiene items. [...]

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Nearly 270,000 Palestinians "traumatized" by conflict in Gaza


Thousands of people displaced by the ongoing conflict in Gaza are deeply traumatized and live in fear, according to the Spokesperson for the UN Relief Agency for Palestine Refugees UNRWA. Chris Gunness told UN Radio on Monday that during what is called "the seven hour window" announced by Israel in Gaza, the urgency is to [...]

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$100 million response plan launched in West Africa to fight Ebola

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A new $100 million response plan has been launched to intensify efforts to bring the Ebola outbreak under control at the international, regional and national level. The Presidents of the West African nations and the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) made the announcement in Guinea on Friday. Treatment facilities are overstretched, says WHO, [...]

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Boko Haram prevents children from going to school in N. Nigeria

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An Islamist militant group operating in northern Nigeria has been creating an "atmosphere of fear" in region, according to the UN children's agency UNICEF. Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is forbidden", is preventing children in Northern Nigeria from going to school. Over three months ago the group kidnapped more than 200 girls from [...]

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