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Three dead in UN helicopter crash in South Sudan

Listen / Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The United Nations Mission in South (UNMISS) Sudan has confirmed that three crew members of a UN-contracted helicopter have died in a crash near Bentiu in Unity State. One crew member survived. UNMISS says the helicopter lost contact with the UN at 2: 30 in the afternoon on Tuesday as it was flying from Wau [...]

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Health claims for E-cigarettes disputed by UN health body

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Claims made by the manufacturers of electronic or e-cigarettes regarding the safety of the product are being disputed by the UN's World Health Organization (WHO). Manufacturers often market e-cigarettes as aids to quit smoking, or as healthier alternatives to tobacco. WHO disagrees with both claims. It's thought the industry is worth around $3 billion a [...]

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E-cigarettes use poses a threat to adolescents and pregnant mothers, says WHO

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Electronic-cigarettes known as e-cigarettes pose a threat to people's health and efforts  made to discourage adolescents from smoking. That's according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO on Tuesday issued a report on regulating e-cigarettes which are marketed by manufacturers as aids to quit smoking, or as healthier alternatives to tobacco. The agency said that [...]

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UNICEF mounts largest emergency supply operation in a single month

Listen / A child at the health center in Grand Dessalines, Haiti receives oral re-hydration salts being administered by UNICEF.  UN Photo/UNICEF/Marco Dormino

The UN children's agency (UNICEF) is mounting its largest ever emergency supply operation in a single month to help children in multiple crises around the world. The agency says the operation comes in response to the conflict in Iraq and the Ebola fever outbreak in West Africa. In 27 days, UNICEF has dispatched 33 humanitarian [...]

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South Sudan leaders urged to implement ceasefire agreement

Listen / Salva Kiir Mayardit and Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon.  UN Photo

Political leaders in South Sudan have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to implement the latest ceasefire deal they agreed on Monday. President Salvar Kiir and former Vice-President Riek Machar signed the agreement in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa under the auspices of the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD). IGAD, a trading bloc of eight [...]

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Record number of migrants die crossing the Mediterranean Sea

Listen / A boat carrying sub-Saharan African migrant workers arrives in Lampedusa from Tripoli. Thousands of migrants have made the perilous journey.  © Kate Thomas/IRIN

Nearly 1,900 migrants have lost their lives on the Mediterranean Sea this year trying to cross into Europe , according to the UN Refugee agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The number of dead or missing migrants this year surpasses by far the 700 recorded in 2013 and about 500 recorded in [...]

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Samoa prepares to welcome international community

Listen / Ali'ioaiga Feturi Elisaia. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The Pacific Ocean nation of Samoa is preparing to welcome the international community for a meeting focussing on the challenges faced by small island developing states. The SIDS conference is being described as a once in a decade opportunity to bring the issues to a worldwide audience. Ali'ioaiga Feturi Elisaia is the Permanent Representative to [...]

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Small developing islands to reach out to international community

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Small island developing states are using a conference in the Pacific Ocean nation of Samoa to reach out to the international community for support. Countries from around the world will meet on the island in the first week of September to discuss the challenges faced by the so-called SIDS. Climate change, sustainable development and disaster [...]

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