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Security Council discusses Russia's relief aid to Ukraine

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Concern has been raised in the Security Council about Russia's decision to send humanitarian aid to Ukraine without authorization by the country's government. That's what the President of the Security Council, Ambassador Mark Lyall-Grant of the United Kingdom, told reporters on Friday afternoon. This follows reports that Russia had decided to send more than 100 [...]

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UN Special Envoy on Yemen helping to address unrest in country

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Political parties in Yemen have been urged to cooperate to overcome challenges they face and move the political process forward. The appeal has come from the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Yemen, Jamal Benomar, who is in the country holding talks with Yemen's highest authorities and various political leaders. Yemen has faced a political crisis [...]

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UN humanitarian chief holds "positive" discussions in Ukraine

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The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator has held what has been described as "very positive" talks with the authorities of Ukraine on how to provide assistance to displaced people in the country. Valerie Amos is on a four-day visit to the country to see how the conflict in the eastern part of the country has affected [...]

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UN humanitarian chief visits Ukraine to assess situation of IDPs

Listen / Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Discussions with the authorities in Ukraine have been "positive" with regards to meeting the humanitarian needs of the people in the East. That's what the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, told UN Radio on the phone from Kyiv on Friday. Ms Amos is on a 4 day visit to the country, including Donetsk [...]

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Massive operation to ship tons of aid to Iraq underway: UNHCR

Listen / A young girl sleeps surrounded by relatives in their new home, a primary school in Alqosh, Duhok, after fleeing their home in Mosul. Photo: UNHCR/S. Baldwin

A massive operation to ship over 2,400 tons of aid by air, land and sea over 10 days for Iraqi civilians displaced by the conflict is underway, according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. A second cargo transport aircraft carrying tents into Erbil in Iraq's Kurdistan region has left while more flights are expected to [...]

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Ebola outbreak"very serious" in Sierra Leone

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The outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone has been described by a senior United Nations official as very serious. The West African country has about 900 confirmed cases of Ebola, more than 400 deaths and over 1,200 people who are currently under quarantine surveillance for the disease. United Nations health experts are [...]

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Relief operation in northern Iraq in full swing: UNHCR

Listen / Workers unload trucks laden with hundreds of tents for families displaced by recent fighting in Iraq .© UNHCR/E.Colt

The massive operation to provide humanitarian assistance to displaced people in northern Iraq is in full swing, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). UNHCR flights continue to deliver tens, kitchen sets, blankets and jerrycans from the agency's warehouse in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. The recipients are victims of violence perpetrated by [...]

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World leaders have "moral obligation" to help end Syria conflict: Ban

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The international community has the moral obligation to unite immediately and help put an end to the Syrian conflict. That's what the UN Secretary-General says in a statement on the first anniversary of the chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Ghouta. Ban Ki-moon describes the attack as "horrific" and "shocking", as he once [...]

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Maurice Chevalier: Penicillin Featurette

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French actor and singer Maurice Chevalier tells the story of a young woman in a village in Haiti who is saved with the help of penicillin. Language: English Genre: Drama 1959 Duration: 6’43″

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Rock Hudson: The Open Door

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American actor Rock Hudson tells the story of a reformed mental health institution in Bethlehem and the work of World Health Organization. Language: English Genre: Drama 1959 Duration: 4’28″

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Thousands of migrants risking their lives at sea in South East Asia

Listen / Fishermen manoeuvre a boat in a waterway near Sittwe in Mynamar. © UNHCR/V.Tan

The outbreak of inter communal violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state has forced over 87,000 people to undertake the perilous sea journey across the Bay of Bengal over the past two years, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. Majority of those fleeing the violence are the Rohingya from Myanmar, but also Bangladeshis are among them. [...]

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Syria conflict death toll nears 200,000

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More than 191,000 people have been killed in the Syrian civil war, according to the UN Office for Human Rights. The death toll compiled from several sources including the government is for the period between march 2011 and April 2014. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay however says the death toll is [...]

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An information and communication technology project helps people in Vanuatu

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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is encouraging its Member States to implement projects that promote digital inclusion. The ITU says that successful digital inclusion projects that people implement in one country can serve as practical inspiration for others to carry out similar projects in their own countries. One such project is being implemented in Vanuatu, [...]

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