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"Good Progress" reported on destruction of chemicals outside Syria

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There has been "good progress" on the destruction of Syria's chemicals outside the country, according to Ambassador Mark Lyall-Grant of the United Kingdom the President of the Security Council. Ambassador Lyall Grant spoke to reporters on Tuesday, following a briefing to the Council behind closed doors by Sigrid Kaag, the Special Coordinator for the Joint [...]

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Tanzanian farmers acquire modern skills for higher yields

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Twenty-two thousand subsistence farmers in rural Zanzibar, an island off the cost of Tanzania, are reaping the benefits of higher yields by acquiring new skills and techniques, according to the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development. IFAD has set up farmer field schools managed by smallholder farmers who share new research and technologies and incorporate [...]

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Arrests in Thailand cause concern for UN human rights office

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The methods used to arrest and detain politicians, activists, academics and journalists in Thailand following a military coup in May this year have caused concern at the United Nations human rights office. According to the Office, since 22 May, more than 700 individuals have been summoned and arrested by the National Council for Peace and [...]

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Malaysia Airlines investigation and recovery efforts hampered by shelling: OSCE

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The investigation and recovery effort on the site where the Malaysia Airlines passenger flight was shot down has been hampered because of continued shelling in Eastern Ukraine area. That's according to the Spokesperson for the OSCE Special monitoring mission to Ukraine who told UN Radio that the shelling creates a climate of fear which makes [...]

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World Bank allocates $200 million to battle Ebola outbreak in W Africa

Listen / A government health worker at the Kenema Ebola Treatment Centre in Sierra Leone attends to a victim. Photo: IRIN/Tommy Trenchard

The World Bank Group is mobilizing millions of dollars to assist families and communities affected by the Ebola virus outbreak and to build up public health systems in West Africa. The agency has pledged to give $200 million dollars in emergency aid following an appeal from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the three African [...]

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Concern mounts for refugees and asylum seekers in Libya

Listen / These Eritreans and Somalis in Benghazi told UNHCR about their concerns. Many wished to go to Europe. © UNHCR/L.Dobbs

As violence escalates in Libya, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has expressed its deep concern about the safety of refugees and asylum-seekers in the country. Libya has been embroiled in factional fighting since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in an armed uprising three years ago. Fighting by armed factions has intensified in recent weeks in the [...]

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Children in Gaza bearing brunt of on-going conflict

Listen / Medics care for children injured in airstrikes in Rafah, south Gaza. Photo: UNICEF/Eyad El Baba

Nearly 400 Palestinian children have been killed and over 2,500 wounded in Gaza as a result of airstrikes and shelling by Israeli defence forces, according to the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF. The agency points out that almost 70 per cent of the children killed in Gaza were below the age of 12 with the youngest [...]

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Global health experts to meet over Ebola outbreak

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The World Health Organization is to convene an Emergency Committee meeting to ascertain whether the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa constitutes a "public health emergency of international concern. The meeting takes place on Wednesday and Thursday this week. This is the first time the WHO Emergency Committee is being convened to deliberate on the [...]

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Gaza ceasefire welcomed by UN chief


The efforts leading to a new ceasefire announced by Israelis and Palestinians have been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General. Late on Monday, the two parties agreed on a 72-hour truce starting on Tuesday morning at 8:00 local time. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commends the parties for committing to [...]

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UNHCR warns of growing humanitarian needs in Eastern Ukraine

Listen / A UNHCR staff member asks a displaced Ukrainian man about the situation in his native Donetsk region. © UNHCR/I.Zimova

About 730,000 Ukrainians have fled the country into Russia since the start of the on-going conflict in the eastern parts of the country, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. The agency says majority of those who have fled are staying in border areas, although Russian authorities have established some 600 temporary accommodation facilities which [...]

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WFP steps up delivery of emergency food rations in Gaza

Listen / The Jabalia Elementary Girls School serving as a shelter for Palestinians in Gaza was hit by shells on 30 July 2014. Photo: UNRWA Archives/Shareef Sarhan

  As the situation in Gaza deteriorates, the UN Food Agency, WFP, has been responding to the needs by increasing the delivery of emergency food to civilians. To date, WFP has reached more than 318,000 conflict-affected people in Gaza with emergency food assistance. The breakdown of the cease-fire has forced WFP and its partners to [...]

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