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UN chief condemns "heinous" Barcelona terrorist attack

Listen / Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Mark Garten (file)

A terrorist attack in the Spanish city of Barcelona on Thursday has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. The attack took place in the historic Las Ramblas district in Barcelona, a popular tourist area. Thirteen people were killed and up to 100 injured when a white van crashed into a crowd, according to media reports. [...]

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News in Brief 17 August 2017 (PM)

Listen / A young girl walks along the edge of a drainage chanel in in the in Protection of Civilian (POC) camp in the evening light in Bentiu, South Sudan. Photo: UNICEF/UN043961/Holt

  UN campaign stresses that civilians caught in conflict are #NotATarget An online campaign by the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, is calling on world leaders to do everything in their power to protect civilians caught in conflict. The campaign, #NotATarget, has been launched ahead of World Humanitarian Day, observed this Saturday, 19 August The day [...]

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UN-backed court orders extremist to pay reparations for Timbuktu destruction

Listen / The El Farouk monument in Timbuktu, Mali, destroyed by the extremists. Photo: MINUSMA/Sophie Ravier (file photo)

A former Islamic militant has been ordered to pay 2.7 million Euros, or just over US$3 million, for directing attacks against religious and historic buildings in the city of Timbuktu in Mali. The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday issued the reparations order against Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi who had been sentenced to nine [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 17 August 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: The number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda passes the one million mark, and two young women from Kenya have a message for their peers: You can do anything you set your mind to. [...]

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South Sudan refugees in Uganda pass one million mark: UNHCR

Listen / A young South Sudanese refugee cooks food at a camp in northern Uganda Photo: UNHCR/Will Swanson

The number of people from South Sudan seeking refuge in Uganda has reached one million, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has warned. An average of 1,800 South Sudanese civilians have been crossing into Uganda every day during the past year. Another one million or more South Sudanese are being hosted by Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, the [...]

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News in Brief 17 August 2017 (AM)

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  UNICEF responding to Sierra Leone landslide tragedy Teams from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) are on the ground in Sierra Leone supporting displaced families affected by flooding and landslides which have killed several hundred people, including at least 109 children. The death toll is expected to rise, with more than 600 people, many of [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on Sahel and South Sudan

Listen / Families fled their home in north-east Nigeria in fear of the militant group Boko Haram. They do not live in camps but are seeking refuge in local communities across the border, in Niger. File Photo: OCHA/Franck Kuwonu.

“Time running out" to stop terrorism's spread across the Sahel Time is "running out" to find and implement solutions to the spread of terrorist groups and their extremist ideology across Africa's Sahel region. That's according to El Ghassim Wane, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, briefing the Security Council on Tuesday. He was outlining preparations [...]

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UN Gender Focus: Protecting LGBTI defenders in Honduras, justice in Afghanistan, and raising awareness of children in armed conflict

Listen / Vitit Muntarbhorn, UN Photo /Jean-Marc Ferré (file)

Experts call for more action to protect LGBTI defenders in Honduras Authorities in Honduras are being urged by UN human rights experts to do more to protect activists who defend the rights of sexual minorities in the Central American country.  The joint appeal was sparked by the attempted murder in July of Osmin David Valle [...]

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You can do anything you set your mind to: Kenya youth delegate

Listen / Winnie Michaels (left) and Miss Tourism Kenya, Mourine Soro. Photo: UN News/G. Kaneiya

Young people can do anything they set their mind to, a delegate from Kenya said during the 20th Session of the Youth Assembly at the United Nations. Winnie Michaels delivered this message on the margins of the conference which was held on 12 August, International Youth Day. Nearly 1,000 young leaders, changemakers and entrepreneurs from [...]

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