UN Global Perspective: focus on Iraq, Syria and death penalty

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ISIL poised to "prolong its reign of terror" in Iraq

Security Council. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

The terrorist organisation, ISIL, has the money and military capabilities to "prolong its reign of terror" in Iraq. That warning, from the top UN official in the country in a briefing to the Security Council. ISIL controls large portions of territory in the northern and western parts of Iraq. Although security forces have reclaimed some of those areas, millions of Iraqis remain internally displaced, while many others have fled the country. The security situation there remains volatile, according to the latest report from the UN Secretary-General. Ján Kubiš, the head of the UN's mission in Iraq, said ISIL poses a long-term, serious threat to the security and stability of the country.

"ShareTheMeal" and feed Syrian refugee children

ShareTheMeal app. Image: World Food Programme (WFP)

Fifty cents—whether in Euro or United States coins—probably won't buy you much anywhere in the world. But this relatively small sum can feed a hungry child for an entire day, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). The UN agency is banking on a new mobile phone application, or "app," to support its school feeding programmes for Syrian refugee children in Jordan. Dianne Penn has the story.

Nations should protect the innocent, and abolish death penalty

Launch of the book. From left to right: Sebastiano Cardi; Ivan Šimonović and Kirk Bloodsworth. Photo:Matthew Wells

Countries around the world have a duty to protect the innocent and abolish the death penalty. That was the message brought to the heart of the UN by Kirk Bloodsworth this week. On death row for two years, he was the first prisoner to be exonerated thanks to DNA evidence. He was joined by a host of top officials and diplomats at UN headquarters in New York for the launch of a new edition of the book "Moving Away from the Death Penalty." Matthew Wells was there.

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Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
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