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UN honours staff members who died in Gaza

The United Nations flag flies at half-mast at the Organization's headquarters in New York, in memory of fallen colleagues who lost their lives in the conflict in Gaza. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The United Nations flag flew at half-mast on Thursday to honour the eleven staff members and contractors of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) who died in Gaza over the past month. A moment of silence was observed on the grounds of the UN headquarters in New York.  In his remarks to the General [...]

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Thousands of Iraqis trapped following ISIS attack

Iraq: An eight year old girl holds her little brother, aged three.  Credit: S. Baldwin/UNHCR

Thousands of Iraqis are trapped in a mountain area after fleeing an attack by fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), according to the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA). ISIS attacks on the city of Sinjar in the northern part of the country have forced the people belonging to minority communities to flee [...]

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Security situation has improved in eastern DR Congo: UN envoy


There has been progress in the efforts to stabilize the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo which has been plagued by armed groups. That's what the head of the UN mission in the country (MONUSCO) Martin Kobler told the Security Council during his briefing on Thursday. The Congolese rebel group known as [...]

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Global food prices drop to lowest levels since January 2014: FAO

Photo: FAO/G. Napolitano

Global food prices have dropped to their lowest levels since January 2014, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO. The FAO Food Price Index measures monthly changes for a basket of food commodities like cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar. According to the agency, the sharp decline in grain prices has helped push [...]

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Food prices dropped in July, says UN agriculture agency

A woman is seen here food shopping at the market. Photo: FAO/J. Spanner

Food prices dropped for a fourth consecutive month in July mainly as a result of a sharp decline in international prices of maize, wheat and oil seeds. That's according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)'s latest Food Price Index which attributes the decline to ample supplies of these commodities. FAO says that in [...]

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Security Council condemns attacks against aid workers in South Sudan

A wide view of the the Security Council meeting .UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Recent attacks against civilians and aid workers in South Sudan have been strongly condemned by the UN Security Council. On Wednesday, UN agencies and donors in the new African country said they were horrified by the killings of at least six South Sudanese aid workers in Maban County, Upper Nile State. The country is embroiled [...]

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65,000 Palestinians in Gaza left homeless by Israeli bombardment

Palestinians search through the rubble of their home destroyed by Israeli strikes in Khuza'a, southern Gaza Strip. UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

Over 65,000 Palestinians have no homes to go back to after they were destroyed during the recent Israeli military offensive in Gaza. Preliminary estimates by the United Nations indicates that over 10,000 housing units were destroyed or severely damaged. There has also been extensive damage and destruction to basic infrastructure including water and sanitation networks, [...]

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Senior Khmer Rouge leaders get life sentences for crimes against humanity

Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Photo: ECCC

Two former Khmer Rouge senior figures have been found guilty of crimes against humanity and given life imprisonment by the UN backed Cambodia tribunal. Those jailed were Khieu Samphan, who was the regime's head of state, and Nuon Chea who was the Deputy Secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea. In its judgement the trial [...]

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

Devastation of World War II (NICA ID: 84791)

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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Malaysia Airlines investigation and recovery efforts hampered by shelling: OSCE

Aircraft on runway. Photo: World Bank/Arne Hoel (file)

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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Japan donates $5.1m to fund WFP emergency operations in South Sudan


A donation of $5.1 million dollars from Japan will help save lives in South Sudan by averting a looming hunger catastrophe. That's according to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) which will receive the grant intended to help the agency scale up its operations. The food insecurity in the country is severe and the rate [...]

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Jobless growth in India "worrying" for policy makers

Lise Grande, the UNDP Resident Coordinator.  UN Photo/Isaac Billy

The economic growth that India has experienced over the last ten years has, many would say, been impressive, but there are concerns that too few new jobs have been created to meet the needs of the country's massive population of 800 million. The growth has lifted millions of people out of poverty, but large inequalities [...]

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