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Security Council imposes sanctions against Islamist terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq

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The Security Council has imposed sanctions against Islamist terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq. In a resolution adopted unanimously on Friday, the Council expressed concern that territory in parts of Syria and Iraq is under the control of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Al Nusrah Front  (ANF). The Council condemned [...]

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Over 4,000 people displaced by conflict in northern Yemen: OCHA

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More than 4,000 people have been displaced by conflict in northern Yemen, according to the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA). Yemen is struggling to rebuild following the political turmoil of what is known as the Arab Spring when people rose up against the government in 2011. OCHA says there has been fighting between Al Houthi and [...]

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UN health agency scales up operations in Iraq

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is scaling up its operations in Iraq where thousands of people have been displaced by conflict. Attacks by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have forced people to flee their homes for safety. The UN health agency says Iraq is now facing several crises, including [...]

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Iraqi Prime Minister commended for agreeing to step down

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The decision of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to withdraw his candidature has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General. On Monday Iraqi President Fuad Masum nominated Haide al-Abadi as Iraq’s new Prime Minister and charged him with forming a government. Initially Prime Minister al-Maliki appeared to be resisting stepping down but on Thursday he announced [...]

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UNMISS condemns clashes in Bentiu, Unity State South Sudan

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Clashes between government forces and rebel fighters near Bentiu, the capital of Unity State in South Sudan, have been condemned by the UN Mission in the country (UNMISS). According to UNMISS, heavy, sustained small arms and artillery fire was heard to the south-east of its base in Bentiu on Friday morning. The mission says one [...]

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Ebola remains serious health problem in West Africa

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The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa remains a serious health problem in the region but it appears to have been understated, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The UN health agency says that 1, 069 people have died from the diseases out of 1,975 cases reported in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. [...]

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Ebola outbreak in West Africa underestimated

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the extent of the West Africa Ebola disease outbreak could be larger than previously thought. The agency says staff at the outbreak sites see evidence that the number of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak. WHO says it operational response plan will extend over [...]

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Small fish, big gains in Bangladesh

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The consumption of small fish in Bangladesh is bringing big health gains to local people, thanks to a project supported by the United Nations. In the past, many Bangladeshis would have rejected small fish in favour of larger varieties, despite the fact that they are high in micronutrients like vitamin A, zinc, iron and calcium. [...]

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Jobless growth in India "worrying" for policy makers

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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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