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Situation for Iraqis trapped on Mount Sinjar "critical"

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The situation of Iraqis who remain trapped on Mount Sinjar in the northern part of the country is critical, according to a spokesperson for the UN Mission in Iraq (UNAMI). Thousands of people, mainly from Yezidi and other minority communities have been targeted by rebel fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant [...]

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Air drops of relief supplies help thousands of displaced Iraqis

Listen / The Khazair checkpoint between Iraq and the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region has seen hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) cross into Kurdistan following the takeover of large swathes of Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). Photo: Emma Beals/IRIN

Air drops of relief supplies, including food and water by the United States are helping the people trapped on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, but their situation remains dire. That's the assessment of Kieran Dwyer, Chief of Communications at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) who briefed reporters by phone on [...]

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Move to form government in Iraq welcomed by UN chief

Listen / UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  UN Photo/Mark Garten

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed what he has described as "the forward movement toward government formation in Iraq." This follows reports that Iraqi President Fuad Massoum on Monday asked Deputy Speaker of parliament Haider al-Abadi to form a new government. Iraq has been embroiled in a political crisis as the incumbent Prime Minister insists [...]

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Auditing of Afghan votes continue with over 5,000 ballot boxes opened

Listen / Nicholas Haysom, the United Nations Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan.   Photo: Fardin Waezi / UNAMA

As the auditing of the votes from the June 14 run-off presidential election continues in Afghanistan, more than 5,000 ballot boxes have been opened. The auditing process is part of the effort to resolve a dispute created by the objections to the announcement of the preliminary results by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in July. [...]

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Assistance needed for displaced Iraqis, says UNHCR

Listen / Fani, a displaced Iraqi mother.  (UNHCR video capture)

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, many of them from vulnerable Christian and Yezidi communities, have been displaced by attacks by the rebel fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Officials in Iraq's Kurdistan region have told the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) that tens [...]

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Over 5,000 ballot boxes opened for auditing in Afghanistan

Listen / Nicholas Haysom, the UN Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan.  Photo: Fardin Waezi / UNAMA

More than 5, 000 ballot boxes from the June 14 presidential run-off election in Afghanistan has been opened, according to the UN Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative in the country. Preliminary results were first announced by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in July but there were widespread objections on the basis of alleged fraud. Nicholas Haysom [...]

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Mass polio vaccination campaign launched in Iraq

Listen / Medical worker vaccinates child against polio.  UN Photo  # 184827

A mass polio vaccination campaign has been launched in Iraq to protect more than four million children under the age of five against the crippling disease. The four-day campaign is being undertaken by the Ministry of Health with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN children's agency (UNICEF). It is part [...]

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New 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza welcomed by UN chief

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

A new three-day humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza announced by Israelis and Palestinians has been welcomed by the United Nations Secretary-General. Israelis and Palestinians meeting in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, announced on Sunday that they had accepted the unconditional humanitarian ceasefire. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General expresses his strong hope that this will [...]

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Australia promotes appropriate broadband technology for developing countries

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Developing countries that want to boost Internet access should adopt technologies that are most appropriate to their particular situation. That's according to Malcolm Turnbull, the Minister for Communications, in Australia. He's advocating focussing on the goal of increasing broadband connectivity using the best available resources and not necessarily choosing the newest technology. Mr Turnbull has [...]

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