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Reports of machete and axe attacks in DRC

A hungry, exhausted boy waiting in line to receive food rations just outside the IDP site in Kibati.  UNHCR/P.Taggart

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said it is greatly concerned by the ongoing killings and human rights violations against civilians in the Beni area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's North…

19 Dec 2014 / Listen /

Dry season marks start of race to stock up food reserves for South Sudan

Refugees from Sudan's war-torn Blue Nile State at a site called Kilometre 18 in South Sudan's Upper Nile State are living under makeshift tents.  © Hannah McNeish/IRIN

The race is on to get food into South Sudan now that the dry season has started to avoid a "hunger catastrophe", according to the World Food Programme (WFP). Announcing the development Friday…

19 Dec 2014 / Listen /
"Different approach" needed to support Syrians Disaster-related deaths in Asia-Pacific rise three-fold in past decade Migrant deaths increase globally in 2014 Funding urged to counter “biggest threat” to Syrian children "Significant progress" made in Afghanistan Grassroots movement "to stop the bloodshed" in Libya Normalization of US-Cuba relations "heartily" welcomed by UN Chief World Bank urged to recognize human rights in its policies Donors asked by UN chief to "dig deep" for emergency funds More “global action” needed in 2015, says UN Chief US$450 million target set for humanitarian operations in 2015 UN chief to visit Guinea and Liberia Resolution adopted to renew humanitarian access into Syria
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South Sudanese leaders need to put nation first

Refugees at Yida refugee camp in South Sudan's Unity State queue for hours for food and soap. As the camp swells and disease takes a toll, aid agencies are working to raise awareness about proper hygiene 
© Hannah McNeish/IRIN

Political leaders in South Sudan should make the needs of the nation a priority rather than putting their personal…

22 Dec 2014 / Listen /

Vanuatu: connecting the "unconnected" key to future

Fred Samuel, Chief Information Officer for the Office of the Prime Minister for the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.  (ITU video capture)

Developing internet connectivity for the so-called "unconnected" can help impact economic and social development, particularly in the least developed…

22 Dec 2014 / Listen /

Number of Ebola cases in West Africa still "too high", says UN chief

A lab technician is getting ready to enter the Isolation ward of the government run hopital of Kabala, Sierra Leone to take blood sample from a suspected ebola case.  Photo by UNMEER/ Martine Perret.

Despite the progress that has been made in containing the spread of Ebola in Liberia, now is not the…

19 Dec 2014 / Listen /

Humanitarian priorities for 2015 to be set by aid workers battling crises

(left to right) Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator; Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; and Lisa Doughten, Chief of the CERF secretariat at 2014 High-level Conference on the UN's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
Credit: UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

The humanitarian priorities for 2015 will be set by relief workers battling crises and disasters on the ground, a…

19 Dec 2014 / Listen /
Battered women in Spain need better protection Azerbaijan promises broadband internet access to all citizens No better way forward for Afghanistan than unity government Young working migrants resented in industrialized countries Action needed to save migrants from exploitative smugglers Accord hailed as "ground-breaking first step" in US-Cuba relations Pledges are made to UN emergency relief fund One million people could face food insecurity due to Ebola Women held for spouses' crimes in South Sudan Afghanistan needs "unity of purpose and common vision" Pakistan receives UN support following "most barbaric attack" Guinea faces "daunting" challenges in fighting Ebola Investment in agriculture needed to feed 9 billion people by 2050 Broadband is "highway" to inclusivity South Africa’s “economic challenges” after 20 years of democracy New diagnostic tests for Ebola expected in coming months South Sudanese mark one year anniversary of conflict Rap music tunes knowledge of economic theory
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