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Aid workers scaling up efforts to help thousands of Iraqi displaced

Listen / August 2014, Dahuk, Iraq: These people escaped Sinjar Mountain, making their way the Iraq's Kurdish region where authorities and aid groups are scaling-up their response efforts. Credit: UNICEF/Wathiq Khuzaie

Aid workers are scaling up efforts to address the needs of thousands of displaced people in the Dahuk Governorate in Iraq, according to United Nations agencies in the area. Dahuk is in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan, which is hosting people fleeing the advances of the jihadist militants, known as ISIS. Hundreds of thousands are [...]

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Ebola-affected countries to check for "signs of virus" at international departures

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Authorities in countries affected by Ebola should check people departing at international airports, seaports and major border crossings, and stop any with signs of the virus from travelling. The World Health Organization (WHO) made the recommendation on Monday although it also said there is no need for "wider travel or trade restrictions". The agency is [...]

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Lack of education provides breeding ground for terrorism: Ban

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Lack of education provides a breeding ground for extremism and terrorism, which is why education has to be promoted. That's what the Secretary-General told participants at a UN special event to mark the 500 days until the target date for the UN Millennium Development Goals. Mr Ban K-moon deplored that 50 million children around the [...]

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The Day It Happened

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A drama on the work of the International Red Cross, featuring actors Madeleine Carroll and Franchot Tone, writer Lowell Thomas, and Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General of the UN. Language: English Genre: Drama 1954 Duration: 28’58″

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UN marks 500 days from deadline for MDGs

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The UN has launched a global call to action during a special event to mark the 500 days that remain before the deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The eight goals were set by world leaders in September 2000 to fight poverty, hunger and disease, protect the environment and expand education, basic health [...]

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Actor Melvyn Douglas tells the story of UN staff working in the field, lending his voice as an ‘eyewitness’ to poverty around the globe and the cruelties of war. Language: English Genre: Report 1953 Duration: 28’32″

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Fighting in Tripoli poses serious threat to Libya's security, stability

Listen / Displaced people in eastern Libya outside the town of Ajdabiya

The fighting in Libya poses a serious threat to the security and stability of the country, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has warned. In a statement released on Monday, UNSMIL condemned the "grave escalation in the military confrontations in Tripoli and its suburbs". The Mission also strongly denounced the shelling of residential [...]

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UN Chief condemns suicide attack in Timbuktu

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

The Secretary-General has condemned a suicide attack in the town of Ber, Timbuktu region in Northern Mali. On 16 August, two peacekeepers were killed and seven others wounded in what Mr Ban Ki-moon described as a "criminal act" against United Nations personnel. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said that such attacks [...]

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Gaza parties urged to reach deal before truce expires at midnight

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Israeli and Palestinian delegations holding talks in Cairo are being urged to agree on a durable ceasefire before the current truce expires at midnight. The UN Special Envoy for the Middle East, Mr Robert Serry, made the appeal on Monday before the Security Council. On 13 August, a temporary ceasefire that was in place between [...]

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Avoiding a hard landing in China: IMF

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Chinese economic growth has been slowing in recent years, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The agency says part of the slow down is natural as China becomes a more developed economy. But economists at the IMF who recently completed the Fund's annual assessment of the country's economy are concerned that China could experience [...]

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Lessons in traditional music revitalise indigenous self-identity

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Traditional music is being used in the Philippines as a creative way to engage indigenous youth in the dialogue about self-identity. Julius Ceasar Daguitan is a member of the Igorot people living in the Cordillera Region of the South-East Asian country. Sophie Outhwaite asked him how he uses music and song to help children explore [...]

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