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"Not impossible" to fully disarm Colombian rebels "by June"

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia Jean Arnault. Photo: UNIC Bogotá (file photo)

It's "not impossible" that the disarmament process which is central to Colombia's historic peace deal could be complete "by June". That's the view of the Head of the UN Mission in Colombia, Jean Arnault, briefing the Security Council on Wednesday. Matthew Wells has the details. Mr Arnault acknowledged that it had proved impossible to reach [...]

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News in Brief 11 January 2017(PM)


  "Military progress" in Mosul slowed by civilians-first policy of Iraqis "Military progress" in the battle to retake Mosul from ISIL terrorist forces in Iraq has been slowed down by an Iraqi military decision to protect civilians as much as possible. That's according to Lise Grande, the UN 's humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, who said [...]

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Hepatitis C virus infecting many in Syria


A growing number of people in Syria are being infected with the virus Hepatitis C according to a survey conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The study noted with concern that among 21,858 people surveyed across Syria, numerous cases of hepatitis C, which affects the liver, had been registered among vulnerable groups such as [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 11 January 2017


Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Matthew Wells. In today's programme…Peacekeeping chief urges swift implementation of DRC agreement And… the harrowing situation of children traumatized by ongoing fighting in Iraq

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Peacekeeping chief urges swift implementation of DRC agreement

A wide view of the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and implementation of the mandate of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in that country (MONUSCO). UN Photo/Manuel Elias

The UN Security Council has been urged to continue calling for the swift endorsement of a recent political agreement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The appeal was made by UN peacekeeping chief, Hervé Ladsous who has updated members on political and security developments in the country. Government and opposition groups had signed [...]

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Cyprus talks: many issues "solved", says UN

Espen Barth Eide (second from left, table). UN Photo/Violaine Martin

Talks to reunite Cyprus have made significant progress and could produce an "historic" outcome by the time they end late on Wednesday, the UN has said. The comments come from Espen Barth Eide, the UN Special Advisor on the divided Mediterranean island, who's been facilitating talks between Cypriot leaders. Taking a break from the discussions, [...]

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News in Brief 11 January 2017 (AM)

Migrant and asylum seeker camp on the Greek island of Lesvos covered in snow as icy temperatures and heavy snowstorms affect region. Photo: IOM 2017

Major concern expressed for migrants as winter freeze continues Freezing temperatures across much of Europe and the eastern Mediterranean have led to "dozens of deaths" of migrants due to exposure, according to the UN Migration Agency (IOM). IOM expressed particular concern for more than 15,500 migrants and asylum seekers housed in camps on Greek islands [...]

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United Nations condemns terror attacks in Afghanistan

A wide view of Kandahar, Afghanistan. Photo: UNAMA

Terrorist attacks in Afghanistan which left dozens dead in the capital Kabul, and at the home of the Provincial Governor of Kandahar have been condemned by the United Nations. The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Afghanistan, and the governor of Kandahar are reported to be among the injured. More details from Matthew [...]

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Displaced youth in Iraq face psychological problems


Violence and insecurity in Iraq have caused children and teenagers serious psychological problems, such as post- traumatic stress disorder and extreme anxiety. That's according to Abdulwahed Abdullah, a psychologist at Terre des Hommes, a UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) partner organization that deals with child migration. More than 3 million people are currently displaced across Iraq, [...]

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