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Central African Republic: UN mission issues 48-hour ultimatum to armed groups (Do, 18 Jan 2018)
The United Nations Mission in the troubled Central African Republic, known by its French acronym, MINUSCA, has given armed groups in the north of the country 48 hours to clear out.
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UN chief welcomes second anniversary of ‘Implementation Day’ for Iran nuclear deal (Mi, 17 Jan 2018)
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday welcomed the second anniversary of the day when Iran was confirmed to have taken a series of nuclear-related actions under the nuclear agreement reached with key countries in 2015.
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US funding cuts for UN Palestine refugee agency put vital education, health programmes at risk (Mi, 17 Jan 2018)
The decision by the United States to withhold more than half its annual funding commitment to the United Nations relief agency providing aid for Palestine refugees threatens “one of the most successful and innovative human development endeavours in the Middle-East,” the head of the body said Wednesday, warning that the rights and dignity of an entire community are at stake.
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UN poised to scale up support for Libya’s post-conflict transition, Security Council told (Mi, 17 Jan 2018)
The United Nations is implementing its Action Plan for Libya to create the necessary conditions for the completion of the North African country’s post-conflict transition, the head of UN mission there said Wednesday.
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World cannot stand idle as millions in DR Congo ‘suffer in silence,’ says UN agency (Mi, 17 Jan 2018)
The dramatic deterioration in the humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic over the past year has been further complicated by recent floods and health crises, the United Nations migration agency said Wednesday, appealing for urgent funding to ensure continued assistance and protection for millions in need.
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Somalia: UN, partners seek $1.6 billion to protect millions of lives from drought (Mi, 17 Jan 2018)
While Somalia, with the international community’s help, averted famine last year, long-term solutions for drought, conflict and displacement must still be found, the United Nations office in the country said Wednesday, launching the 2018 humanitarian response plan, which calls for $1.6 billion to protect the lives of 5.4 million people.
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Intensified fighting across Syria having 'devastating' impact on civilians, warn UN agencies (Mi, 17 Jan 2018)
Intensification in hostilities across Syria is having a &#8220devastating&#8221 impact on civilians, United Nations agencies in the war-ravaged country said Wednesday, warning that the fighting is also severely limiting life-saving humanitarian operations.
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Resolve differences peacefully, Security Council to DR Congo political actors (Di, 16 Jan 2018)
Voicing serious concern over the continued political impasse and violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations Security Council has called upon all political actors to exercise maximum restraint and to address their differences peacefully.
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Syria: Uptick in violence exacerbates already dire situation, says UN food relief agency (Di, 16 Jan 2018)
On top of the already-desperate conditions in Syria’s war-ravaged East Ghouta and north-west Idlib governorate, a violence upsurge is intensifying insecurity, the United Nations food relief agency said Tuesday.
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Preserving intangible culture for future generations (Di, 16 Jan 2018)
The traditional Assyk games of Kazakhstan and Italy’s culinary art of the Neapolitan ‘Pizzaiuolo’ are two of the newest elements inscribed on the United Nations Representative List of intangible contributions to preserve for future generations.
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Warning that ‘peace remains elusive,’ UN chief outlines areas for action in 2018 (Di, 16 Jan 2018)
Having taken office with a call for peace to be the watchword of 2017, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday said the world instead had ‘gone in reverse,” and that there are critical areas that need action in the New Year, including climate change, the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, the Middle East conflict, and the Rohingya crisis.
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Dire situation for Rohingya children could become ‘catastrophic,’ as new threats loom – UNICEF (Di, 16 Jan 2018)
As the Bay of Bengal region gears up for cyclone and monsoon seasons, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is warning that more than half-a-millon Rohingya children already living in “horrific” conditions in makeshift settlements in Bangladesh may face compounded risks of disease and displacement.
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Nearly every child in war-torn Yemen now needs humanitarian aid – UNICEF (Di, 16 Jan 2018)
As the brutal conflict in Yemen nears its grim third anniversary, malnutrition and disease are running rampant in the country and virtually every child there is dependent on humanitarian aid to survive, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.
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UN condemns twin suicide attacks in Baghdad (Mo, 15 Jan 2018)
Strongly condemning two terrorist attacks in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has underscored the Organization’s support for the country in its fight against terrorism.
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PODCAST: Tea and empathy – Refugee ZamZam Yusuf’s extraordinary journey (Mo, 15 Jan 2018)
Somali refugee ZamZam Yusuf has a message for any neighbours who think she doesn’t have the right to call Leicester, in the English Midlands, home.
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