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Situation in Burundi "disconcerting" just nine months away from 2015 elections

Listen / Parfait Onanga-Anyanga. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The socio-political situation in Burundi is disconcerting just nine months away from the 2015 elections, according to the top United Nations envoy in the country. Parfait Onanga-Anyanga told the Security Council during his briefing on Wednesday that there have been attempts to improve the situation. They included calls made by President Pierre Nkurunziza to his [...]

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WHO panel to decide if Ebola outbreak constitutes public health emergency of international concern

Listen / A woman waits to enter an Ebola isolation ward to feed her husband, along with Liberian Ministry of Health, WHO, and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) personnel who are treating several Ebola patients located in the capital Monrovia. Photo: UNMIL/Staton Winter

Health experts are meeting at the World Health Organization (WHO) to decide whether the Ebola outbreak in West Africa constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. If so, says WHO Spokesperson, Fadela Chaib, recommendations will be made to put in place temporary measures to reduce the spread of the diseases to other countries. The [...]

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UN health agency convenes first emergency meeting on Ebola

Listen / A health-care worker takes recommended protective measures from Ebola. (WHO video capture

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday convened the first two-day meeting of its emergency committee to discuss the outbreak of the deadly Ebola haemorrhagic fever in West Africa. According to the agency, the number of Ebola cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria stands at 1, 711 including 932 deaths. WHO Spokesperson, Fadela [...]

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UN chief calls for progress in eliminating nuclear weapons

Listen / Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Photo: UNESCO/G. Boccardi

Countries with nuclear weapons have been urged to make immediate and concrete progress in the elimination of these weapons of mass destruction. The call was made by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday in his message to mark the anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese City of Hiroshima. The Secretary-General paid his deepest [...]

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South Sudan "on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe"

Listen / Edmond Mulet. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

South Sudan, which became the newest independent African country three years ago, is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe. This warning was made by the Deputy Chief of UN peacekeeping operations, Edmond Mulet, in his report to the Security Council on Wednesday. The country has been plagued by a conflict between government forces and [...]

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Day two of 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza still holding

Listen / General Assembly. UN Photo/Mark Garten

A 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire agreed to by both parties to the Gaza conflict is holding, the UN Relief and Development Agency (UNRWA) confirmed on Wednesday. The truce started on Tuesday at 8:00 am local time. Meanwhile, Israeli and Palestinians delegations are in Cairo to hold talks under the auspices of the Egyptian government. On the [...]

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Israelis and Palestinians urged to return to negotiations to end their conflict


Israelis and Palestinians have been urged to return to negotiations in order to end their conflict through a viable two-state solution. The appeal came from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the General Assembly held an informal meeting on the situation in Gaza on Wednesday. The meeting took place as the Israeli army and Hamas were [...]

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Report on the Invisible

Listen / The devastation in Hiroshima caused by an atomic bomb. (NICA ID: 84769)

A summary of the report by the United Nations Scientific Committee on the effects of atomic radiation. Language: English Genre: Report 1958 Duration: 28’30″

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Aid workers killed in South Sudan

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At least six South Sudanese aid workers have been killed in the last two days, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The killings took place in Maban county Upper Nile state, where a major humanitarian operation is underway to provide lifesaving relief to over 127,000 refugees and local communities. [...]

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Security Council condemns ISIL attacks in Iraq

Listen / Mark Lyall Grant.  UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Communities in Iraq have been urged by the Security Council to unite to respond to the threat posed by the rebel fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). In a statement issued late on Tuesday, the Council condemned the recent attacks on Sinjar and Tal Afar in Ninewa province by ISIL. [...]

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World War II "comfort women" in Japan need justice, reparations

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Women who were used as sex slaves by the Japanese army during the Second World War need justice and reparations for what they have endured. That's what United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said on Wednesday as she made the appeal once again for an effective resolution of the issue. Instead of [...]

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Japan urged to provide redress to victims of sexual slavery

Listen / Navi Pillay. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The human rights of women who were forced into sex slavery, as so-called "comfort women" by the Japanese army during World War II, continue to be violated today. That's what the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, says in a statement issued on Wednesday. Ms Pillay profoundly regrets that Japan has failed to [...]

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Congolese refugees successfully return home from exile: UNHCR

Listen / Congolese refugees disembark from the boat that has brought them back home across the Oubangui River. © UNHCR/G.Diasivi

Over 120,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been successfully returned to their homeland by the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, after five years in exile. Local boats last Wednesday took the final refugees across the Oubangui River from the town of Betou in the Republic of Congo. The refugees fled the [...]

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