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UN Chief condemns "horrific murder" of US journalist in Iraq


The Secretary-General has strongly condemned the horrific murder of an American journalist in Iraq. According to media reports, James Foley was last seen in Syria in 2012. His murder has reportedly been claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) through a graphic video of the journalist's beheading. The UN Chief has [...]

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UN deplores violence over audit of Afghanistan vote

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The United Nations has deplored the violence that took place on Tuesday between representatives of the campaign teams over the ongoing audit of the Afghan vote. Clashes between supporters of Dr Abdullah Abdullah's campaign team and workers from the Independent Election Commission (IEC) left several people hurt at the audit centre compound in Kabul. Dr [...]

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Breach of Gaza ceasefire strongly condemned by UN chief

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

The breach of the temporary humanitarian ceasefire that was due to expire on Tuesday in Gaza has been strongly condemned by the UN Secretary-General. A statement was issued by his spokesperson amidst reports of Hamas rocket attacks at Israel and Israel's airstrikes against Gaza. Israelis and Palestinians have been negotiating in the Egyptian capital, Cairo [...]

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UN refugee agency relief operation starts in northern Iraq

Listen / The UNHCR-chartered Boeing 747 disgorges its vital cargo of aid after landing at Erbil in Iraq's Kurdistan region. © UNHCR

The first flight of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) carrying relief supplies landed in the Iraqi city of Erbil on Wednesday at the start of a massive humanitarian operation in the region. UNHCR says the operation in northern Iraq is aimed at helping almost half a million people displaced by violence and living rough in [...]

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UN envoy warns against targeting of Sunnis in Iraq's Basra province

Listen / Nickolay Mladenov. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Iraqi authorities in the Basra governorate have been urged to reassure Sunni citizens in southern Iraq of their safety and security. The appeal has come from the top UN envoy in Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov who has expressed his grave concern about the recent acts of violence against Sunnis in Basra. According to the UN Assistance [...]

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Ebola threatens to create a food security crisis in West Africa

Listen / Local community women.	© WFP/Shiomi Kadoya Shimbun

  The outbreak of the Ebola haemorrhagic fever in West Africa is threatening to create a food security crisis for the affected people, according to the UN food agency. The World Food Programme (WFP) says this is because people cannot move freely to go and work in their fields or trade. WFP is providing food [...]

20 Aug 2014 | Posted in Ebola Outbreak, Today's Features | Read More »

Ebola affected communities in West Africa at risk of severe food shortages

Listen / WFP school feeding in Guinea. © WFP/Tom Haskell

Up to 1.3 million people require food assistance in areas worst affected by the Ebola disease outbreak in West Africa, according to the UN World Food Programme (WFP). The agency says populations in areas that have been placed under quarantine by governments to stop the spread of the Ebola virus were at risk of severe [...]

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Lebanon: A Tradition Yields New Opportunities

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With no end in sight to the conflict in Syria, life as a refugee goes on for millions of people who were forced to flee to neighbouring countries. In one refugee camp in Lebanon, the art of woodblock printing is being revived. This traditional fabric printing was once at risk of becoming extinct but with [...]

20 Aug 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

São Tomé – Saved by Chocolate

Listen / Solar drying of cocoa beans. ©IFAD/Susan Beccio

São Tomé in West Africa was once the world’s biggest exporter of cocoa, but a decade ago the global cocoa price crash destroyed the industry in the country. Since then, desperate farmers have been clearing the forests to find alternative ways to make a living, destroying the island's unique biodiversity. But then a change came [...]

20 Aug 2014 | Posted in Small Island Developing States, Today's Features | Read More »

Fiji: the Organic Island

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Fiji is an island country in the South Pacific that faces unique economic and environmental challenges. In response to these challenges, an island in Fiji called Cicia has made an unusual decision to secure its future. Last year, the elders declared it an organic island as they believe organics is the key to a healthy [...]

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