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UN awaiting notice on Kenyan troop withdrawal from South Sudan mission

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The United Nations is awaiting official word from Kenya that it is withdrawing its troops from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), a spokesperson for the global body told reporters in New York on Wednesday. The decision by the Kenyan authorities came a day after the UN Secretary-General ordered the "immediate replacement" of the [...]

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News in Brief 2 November 2016 (PM)

Listen / Displaced people shelter on the grounds of a church in Bossangoa. Until recently, religious institutions were considered safe havens for people fleeing conflict in the Central African Republic. Photo: UNHCR/B. Heger (file photo)

  CAR leaders urged to put country's interests first Leaders in the Central African Republic (CAR) have been urged by the UN Deputy Secretary-General to put the best interests of the country above all else. Jan Eliasson is on a two-day visit to the nation, where he met with the President on Wednesday before addressing [...]

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Protecting Afghan civilians means protecting journalists too

Listen / Pernille Dahler Kardel (left) speaking to Mohammad Hamed Haleem . Photo: UNAMA

Protecting Afghan civilians means protecting journalists too and monitoring their safety, according to the deputy head of the UN Mission in the country (UNAMA). Pernille Dahler Kardel, was speaking on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, marked each 2 November, and said it was time for the government to follow through [...]

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"Moment of hope" for reconciliation and development in CAR

Listen / Jan Eliasson. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

A "moment now of hope" has arrived in the Central African Republic (CAR) which could represent a new era of reconciliation and development. That's the view of UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, speaking in the capital of CAR, Bangui, shortly after meeting the country's new president, Faustin-Archange Touadéra. Three years of fighting between Christian and [...]

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Armed groups in eastern DRC still a "growing threat": UN envoy

Listen / Said Djinnit. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Armed groups in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continue to be a "growing threat" to the peace and stability of the entire region. That's according to the UN Special Envoy for Africa's Great Lakes countries, Said Djinnit, in a report to the Security Council on Wednesday. Matthew Wells reports. Duration: 2’28″

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UN Daily News 02 November 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Matthew Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: rebel groups holding sway in eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo are still "a growing threat" the region's envoy tells the Security Council… And, we hear why so many journalists continue [...]

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News in Brief 2 November 2016 (AM)

Listen / This child was among thousands of Iraqis who fled to the high-altitude region of northern Kurdistan during the winter of 2014 with nothing but the clothes on their backs, and found themselves entirely dependent on humanitarian agencies. Photo: OCHA/Iason Athanasiadis (file photo)

  Funding shortfall for winter assistance programme in Iraq A US$120 million programme to provide essential winter items to displaced people in Iraq and Syrian refugees in the country is only half-funded, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has reported. UNHCR said the assistance will be critical for people displaced from Mosul, where a military campaign [...]

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France, UK "fell short" over children in "Jungle" camp closure

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France and the UK "fell seriously short" in their handling of unaccompanied children who were forced to leave the so-called “Jungle” camp for migrants in Calais. That's the assertion made on Wednesday by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which examines how Member States live up to their obligations to children under [...]

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Afghan media "self-censor" due to lack of safety

Listen / Najib Sharifi (right) speaking to Mohammad Hamed Haleem . Photo: UNAMA

Media workers in Afghanistan "self-censor" their work due to a lack of safety according to a senior Afghan journalist speaking on the UN's International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. Deadly threats are commonplace in the South Asian country, making it one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a [...]

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Methods used to measure corruption in Africa "unreliable"

Listen / A view of Africa Hall, Headquarters of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. UN Photo/Yutaka Nagata (file photo)

The way in which corruption is measured in Africa is unreliable and it doesn't give the whole picture, a new report by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has found. The assessment is based mostly on an individual's perception of the extent of the crime and often ignores the international dimension of corrupt acts [...]

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“Systematic” increase in violence against journalists in past decade

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Organised crime, ethnic and armed conflicts and a rise in demand for information from the public about corruption has resulted in more acts of violence against journalists. That's according to Frank La Rue, from the UN cultural agency UNESCO. More than 800 journalists have been killed in the course of their work over the past [...]

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