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UN, Somali Government seek $80 million in immediate relief for flood-affected populations

UN, Somali Government seek $80 million in immediate relief for flood-affected populations

The United Nations and the Somali Government on Sunday launched a joint appeal for $80 million to provide immediate help for the people affected by recent flooding in the country’s centre and south.
UN chief welcomes start of Church-mediated national dialogue in Nicaragua

UN chief welcomes start of Church-mediated national dialogue in Nicaragua

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the start of a national dialogue in Nicaragua between civic groups and the government, following deadly clashes between security forces
Afghanistan: UN condemns blasts that leave 8 dead at cricket stadium

Afghanistan: UN condemns blasts that leave 8 dead at cricket stadium

The United Nations has condemned Friday's attack in eastern Afghanistan that killed at least eight people and injured at least 55 at a cricket stadium.
In Washington D.C., Guterres signs pact with World Bank, meets US President Trump

In Washington D.C., Guterres signs pact with World Bank, meets US President Trump

The United Nations and the World Bank Group on Friday signed an agreement to work closer together to help countries implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieve measurable results
Central Africa Republic: Violence drives thousands of refugees into neighbouring DR Congo, says UN agency

Central Africa Republic: Violence drives thousands of refugees into neighbouring DR Congo, says UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency is calling for urgent support for thousands of people arriving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after fleeing conflict in south-eastern Central African
Teenage girl’s death sentence spotlights Sudan’s failure to tackle forced marriage, gender-based violence – UN rights office

Teenage girl’s death sentence spotlights Sudan’s failure to tackle forced marriage, gender-based violence – UN rights office

The case of Noura Hussein Hammad Daoud, a Sudanese teenager convicted of fatally stabbing the man she was forced to marry, after he had allegedly raped her, highlights the country’s failure to tackle
DR Congo Ebola outbreak not yet a global ‘health emergency’, but strong response to disease vital – UN health experts

DR Congo Ebola outbreak not yet a global ‘health emergency’, but strong response to disease vital – UN health experts

An emergency meeting of United Nations health experts said on Friday that the Ebola outbreak in north-west Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – where cases of the deadly disease have been
Force used against protestors in Gaza ‘wholly disproportionate’ says UN human rights chief

Force used against protestors in Gaza ‘wholly disproportionate’ says UN human rights chief

A special session of the UN Human Rights Council has ended with a resolution by Member States to investigate weeks of violence on the Israeli border with Gaza, which has claimed the lives of more than
UN warns of ‘deteriorating climate’ for human rights defenders in Guatemala

UN warns of ‘deteriorating climate’ for human rights defenders in Guatemala

It’s becoming increasingly dangerous to defend the rights of indigenous people in Guatemala, the United Nations human rights office warned on Friday, following the murder of three activists over the
Syria: Civilians bear brunt of unilateral sanctions, exacerbating ‘unparalleled suffering, destruction,’ says UN expert

Syria: Civilians bear brunt of unilateral sanctions, exacerbating ‘unparalleled suffering, destruction,’ says UN expert

Syrian civilians are frequently being denied live-saving humanitarian support – an unintended consequence of unilateral sanctions, that are exacerbating an already dire situation, according to a
Judges urge Security Council to serve interests of all UN Member States

Judges urge Security Council to serve interests of all UN Member States

The Security Council should act on behalf of the entire United Nations membership rather than prioritizing their own national interests, or those of close allies, international court judges said on
Economic growth ‘exceeds expectations’ but trade tensions are rising: UN report

Economic growth ‘exceeds expectations’ but trade tensions are rising: UN report

Global economic growth is exceeding expectations this year but heightened geopolitical tension and uncertainty over international trade could thwart progress, according to a new United Nations report.
UN chief condemns attack against ‘blue helmets’ in Central African Republic

UN chief condemns attack against ‘blue helmets’ in Central African Republic

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, on Thursday condemned an attack against UN peacekeeping troops in southeastern Central African Republic (CAR) that claimed the life of one
End ‘cycle of violence’ in Gaza, UN deputy chief tells forum on Palestine

End ‘cycle of violence’ in Gaza, UN deputy chief tells forum on Palestine

The “cycle of violence” in Gaza serves no one and it must end, the United Nations deputy chief said on Thursday, calling on everyone with a stake in Middle East peace, to exercise utmost restraint to
Celebrate love, strengthen partnerships to end AIDS epidemic by 2030 says UN agency

Celebrate love, strengthen partnerships to end AIDS epidemic by 2030 says UN agency

Marking the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the United Nations is calling for strengthened partnerships to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex
Emergency meeting called as Ebola spreads to Congolese city – UN health agency

Emergency meeting called as Ebola spreads to Congolese city – UN health agency

The World Health Organization (WHO) is convening an emergency meeting on Friday to “consider the international risks” of the latest outbreak of the deadly disease Ebola, which has now moved to an
Obese people more likely to smoke, says new gene research: WHO

Obese people more likely to smoke, says new gene research: WHO

New research indicates that people who are genetically prone to being overweight have a higher risk of taking up smoking - and they are likely to smoke more than average — UN scientists said on
Leading Palestinian legislator calls for ‘new international engagement’ in two-state solution

Leading Palestinian legislator calls for ‘new international engagement’ in two-state solution

Describing a viable two-state solution to end the Palestine-Israel conflict as “very much in doubt”, a leading Palestinian legislator called on Wednesday for “new international engagement” to move the
UN envoy ‘encouraged’ by latest talks on avoiding ‘worst-case scenario’ in Syria’s Idlib

UN envoy ‘encouraged’ by latest talks on avoiding ‘worst-case scenario’ in Syria’s Idlib

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria on Wednesday detailed his most recent efforts to revive stalled peace talks which could end the brutal conflict that has been raging there for more than
Europe should make voice ‘more heard’ in today’s ‘dangerous world,’ says UN chief

Europe should make voice ‘more heard’ in today’s ‘dangerous world,’ says UN chief

In an increasingly dangerous world, the European Union (EU) need to make its voice “more and more heard” as a “central pillar” of multilateralism, said the United Nations Secretary-General on