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UN warns about increase in fighting in parts of South Sudan

Listen / David Shearer (seated, left), head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), briefs the press in the capital Juba. Photo: UNMISS

The top UN official in South Sudan has expressed concern about the deteriorating security situation throughout the country. In his briefing to the press on Thursday, David Shearer also shared an update on the actions of the UN Mission in the country, UNMISS, to protect civilians, as well as its support to humanitarian workers. David [...]

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News in Brief 12 may 2017 – (PM)

Listen / Severe food insecurity affects eight per cent of the population of Ouham-Pendé, Central African Republic, while another 48 per cent are just moderately food secure. Photo: OCHA Central African Republic

Missing peacekeeper in the Central African Republic found dead The Moroccan peacekeeper reported as missing in the Central African Republic (CAR) following an attack on a convoy has now been found dead, the UN Spokesperson has confirmed. His death brings the number of soldiers killed during the attack to five, with eight wounded. The soldiers [...]

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UN Gender Focus: Chibok girls, refugees and Afghan women journalists

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Release of 82 more kidnapped Chibok girls welcomed by UN The release of a further 82 of the so-called Chibok girls abducted by the Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria has been welcomed by the United Nations. The girls were freed this past weekend and a representative of the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, in the [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 11 May 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: International community pledges support to Somalia as it faces a devastating drought; And…How refugee chefs are teaching hungry New Yorkers to Eat Offbeat

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News in Brief 11 May 2017 – (AM)

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  Gradual progress on human rights in Uzbekistan: UN High Comissioner Uzbekistan's human rights record has progressed gradually over the past four years, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said to reporters on Thursday, as he wrapped up a visit to the country. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein is the first UN official in his [...]

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London conference on Somalia tackles drought, security reform

Listen / Former pirate, 27 year old Mohammad received social skills training to rejoin his community & build a #FutureForSomalia. Photo: UNDP

Heads of state from East Africa and international partners have rallied to support Somalia as it faces a devastating drought. UN Secretary-General António Guterres was among those addressing a conference in London on Thursday hosted by the United Kingdom government. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’40″

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UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan, migrants and CAR

Listen / A young South Sudanese refugee looks out of a truck before being transported to the Imvepi settlement at the Imvepi Reception Centre, Arua District, in northern Uganda. Photo: UNHCR/David Azia

"Tragic milestone": 1 in 5 South Sudanese children now a refugee, UNICEF South Sudan's intensifying humanitarian crisis now means that a "tragic milestone" has been reached, with more than a million children forced to flee the country. UNICEF's Chief of Communication in Sout h Sudan, Tim Irwin, said it represented a "generation on the brink of [...]

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Drought "most pressing priority" in Somalia: UN chief

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres appealed for additional assistance to address the drought in Somalia, describing it as "the most pressing priority." He made the appeal at an international conference for the Horn of Africa country on Thursday, in London, the capital of the United Kingdom. Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo and other Heads of State [...]

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Alternative to Syria truce is "another 10 Aleppos": Envoy

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Top UN negotiator for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has expressed cautious optimism that a new ceasefire deal could help a fresh round of talks in Geneva. Failure to take advantage of it for the benefit of war-weary Syrians could result in "another 10…Aleppos", the Special Envoy said – a reference to the suffering caused by [...]

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