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News in Brief 25 September 2017 (PM)

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Iraq: UN chief concerned about Kurdistan vote The UN Secretary-General has expressed concern over Monday's referendum in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, citing its "potentially destabilizing effects." Citizens in the autonomous northern region went to the polls to vote on whether or not to seek independence. In a statement issued by his spokesman, UN chief [...]

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UN General Assembly president calls for action as debate wraps up

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With debate now over in the UN General Assembly, heads of state and government are being urged to "get to work" in the service of the world's people. UN General Assembly president Miroslav Lajčák made the appeal in his closing speech delivered on Monday. Dianne Penn reports. For the first time in more than a [...]

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No evidence torture produces reliable info: former investigator

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Torture is not only immoral and illegal, it is also counterproductive to effective intelligence gathering, an independent international security consultant has said. Mark Fallon spent more than three decades with the US Government, mainly as a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). Since the 1990s he has been working in counter-terrorism operations, [...]

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Settlements making two-state solution "increasingly unattainable": UN official

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Israel's continued settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territory is making the two-state solution "increasingly unattainable." That's the message UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolay Mladenov, delivered to the Security Council on Monday. Dianne Penn reports. Mr Mladenov presented his latest report on the implementation of a 2016 Council resolution which [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 25 September 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: There have been "multiple and grave" human rights violations in Ukraine's Crimea region under Russian occupation says a landmark new report. We'll have the full details… And we'll be reporting on how [...]

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"Multiple and grave violations" committed by Russia in Crimea

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"Multiple and grave violations" of human rights have occurred across Crimea, since it was occupied by Russian forces in March 2014. That's according to a landmark report published on Monday by the UN human rights office, OHCHR. The report documents evidence of arbitrary arrests, detentions and enforced disappearances of civilians in the Ukrainian Peninsula, at [...]

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News in Brief 25 September 2017 (AM)

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UN chief condemns deadly attack on blue helmets in Mali The killing of three peacekeepers in Mali has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. The blue helmets from Bangladesh were part of a convoy travelling in the Gao region on Sunday which came under attack. Five of their colleagues also were seriously injured. UN chief [...]

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