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‘Signs of hope’ toward a political settlement in Yemen, UN special envoy tells Security Council

Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:38:56 -0500

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The momentum to reach a political settlement in Yemen “has been building”, the United Nations Special Envoy to the country told the Security Council on Friday, attributing the positive development to compromises on “a range of issues”.

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Missile strike kills at least 12 civilians, including children, in Syria’s Idlib: UN humanitarians

Thu, 21 Nov 2019 11:15:14 -0500

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Violence in Syria continues to kill and maim civilians with reports that missiles fired into settlements for people fleeing conflict in the country’s northwest on Wednesday night, killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens more, including children, UN humanitarians said on Thursday.

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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Israeli settlements, Sahel crisis, Iran protests, reconciliation for peace, World Toilet Day

Tue, 19 Nov 2019 16:28:12 -0500

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A recap of Tuesday’s stories in brief: UN ‘regret’ over US settlements reversal; Almost daily attacks plunge Sahel into ‘three-country crisis’;  live ammunition reportedly used against Iranian protesters; reconciliation helps ‘repair fractures’, promote peace; call for poorest countries to take leading role in their own development agendas; and World Toilet Day.

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‘Three-country crisis’ across central Sahel puts whole generation at risk, warns UN food agency

Tue, 19 Nov 2019 11:56:31 -0500

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Violent attacks by extremists “almost every day” in the Sahel nations of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso have displaced nearly one million people and caused emergency levels of malnutrition, UN humanitarians have said.

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One-third of Afghans need urgent humanitarian aid, millions suffer ‘acute food insecurity’

Mon, 18 Nov 2019 12:56:57 -0500

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Over the last three months (August to October 2019), around one-third of the Afghan population required urgent humanitarian action, according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Alert, released on Monday, which declares that some 10.23 million people are living in a state of “severe acute food insecurity”.

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Hundreds of thousands of civilians at risk in Syria amid ongoing violence in northeast and northwest

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 13:28:27 -0500

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Almost daily violence targeting built-up areas and health facilities in Syria continues to threaten the lives of civilians there, UN rights experts and humanitarians said on Friday.

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‘Everyone needs to do more’ to help suffering Venezuelans, says UN Emergency Relief Coordinator

Wed, 06 Nov 2019 16:37:03 -0500

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“Ordinary women, men and children face overwhelming challenges” just to survive in Venezuela today, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said on Wednesday in the capital, Caracas.

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Nearly two million Cameroonians face humanitarian emergency: UNICEF

Tue, 05 Nov 2019 10:52:44 -0500

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Ongoing violence in Cameroon’s northwest and southwest has created a fast-growing humanitarian emergency now affecting some 1.9 million people, a “15-fold increase since 2017”, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday.

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Ebola emergency chief decries new attacks on frontline staff, after DR Congo worker death

Mon, 04 Nov 2019 11:51:55 -0500

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Security measures for staff helping to fight health emergencies need to be stepped up urgently, a UN health agency top official said on Monday, after a frontline Ebola epidemic community worker was reportedly stabbed to death at his home in northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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UN migration agency appeals to South Sudan group to free volunteer worker and child

Fri, 01 Nov 2019 12:36:27 -0400

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The UN migration agency appealed on Friday for the immediate liberation of a volunteer and child who’ve been missing since a gun battle in South Sudan at the weekend that claimed the lives of three agency workers.

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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Slow progress on women and peace, rights in Kashmir, Venezuela refugees, Guterres on key Syria talks

Tue, 29 Oct 2019 16:03:39 -0400

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A recap of Tuesday’s top stories: ‘Real change’ too slow for women’s peace and security role; UN rights chief urges India to ‘unlock’ Kashmir restrictions; UN chief welcomes milestone Syria constitution meeting.

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Security Council: UN welcomes efforts to de-escalate crisis in northeast Syria

Thu, 24 Oct 2019 17:48:46 -0400

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The United Nations welcomes efforts to de-escalate the crisis in northeastern Syria in the wake of Turkey’s incursion, a senior official with responsibility for the region told the Security Council on Thursday.

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Wednesday's Daily Brief: New food agency partnership for children, conference on solidarity for Venezuela, snow leopard at risk of extinction

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 16:55:42 -0400

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A recap of Wednesday's top stories:  UN food agency partnership to feed millions of hungry children; Solidarity conference for 4.5 million Venezuelans on the move;  new panel to aid internally displaced persons; healthy working conditions still not universal - UN rights expert; Environment Programme to help endangered snow leopard.

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Millions of young lives at risk due to humanitarian funding shortfall: UNICEF

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:50:02 -0400

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“Substantial” shortfalls in humanitarian funding are placing the lives of millions of children in areas affected by conflict and disaster at risk, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday.

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Friday's Daily Brief: Afghan mosque killings, Syrians flee violence, South Sudan floods, Ukraine human trafficking, antisemitism rises, Guterres on Mozambique poll

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:00:51 -0400

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A recap of Friday's main stories: Afghanistan mosque killings condemned by UN chief, Syrian civilians flee violence, thousands affected by flooding in South Sudan, UN migration agency warns of “pervasive” human trafficking in Ukraine, UN expert calls for better education to combat growing antisemitism.

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Amid ongoing fighting in northeast Syria, hundreds cross Iraqi border in search of safety

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 10:01:30 -0400

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Shelling and clashes in northern Syria on the border with Turkey continue to cause hundreds of people to flee, the UN said on Friday, despite a cessation of hostilities deal between Turkish forces and Syrian-backed Kurdish military. 

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Yemen conflict: 'Fragile’ hopes rise, as violence decreases and life-saving humanitarian funding surges

Thu, 17 Oct 2019 15:26:25 -0400

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There are “small signs” of hope for Yemeni civilians caught up in fighting, following a reduction in violence, coupled with a 20 per cent increase in funding for the UN’s humanitarian response, the Security Council heard on Thursday.

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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: UNICEF child health report, Peacekeeping operations end in Haiti, Syria-Turkey latest, Haitian migrants deported from Bahamas

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:10:19 -0400

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A recap of Tuesday’s stories: Millions of children undernourished and overweight says landmark report; Security Council marks transition after 15 years of ‘blue helmets’ in Haiti; violence continues ‘on both sides’ of Syria-Turkey border; UN human rights office raises concerns over deportation of Haitian migrants from the Bahamas; UN migration agency helps migrants in Algeria return to Niger; rural women celebrated on International Day.

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Syria war: executions condemned as violence continues ‘on both sides’ of border with Turkey

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:50:19 -0400

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Amid ongoing fighting in northern Syria and disturbing reports that extrajudicial killings have been streamed online, the United Nations and their partners are continuing to deliver humanitarian supplies to tens of thousands of people displaced by the violence, UN agencies stressed on Tuesday.

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Military operation in northeast Syria could see unintentional release of ISIL affiliates: UN chief

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:37:41 -0400

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The ongoing Turkish military incursion in northeast Syria could unintentionally lead to the release of scores of people associated with the terrorist group ISIL, the UN Secretary-General fears.

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UN migration agency launches $10 million appeal to support hurricane recovery in The Bahamas

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 16:46:17 -0400

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has launched a $10 million appeal to assist The Bahamas as the country continues to recover from the devastation brought on by Hurricane Dorian just over a month ago.

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Friday’s Daily Brief: Day of the Girl Child, mayors lead on climate emergency, Turkey Syria offensive, new statelessness pledges, extremism in social media

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 16:09:19 -0400

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Our top stories for Friday: Day of the Girl Child celebrated around the world; city mayors lead on climate fight; humanitarian alarm rising over Turkey’s Syria offensive; history’s made as countries step forward to tackle global statelessness; Burkina Faso violence forces 500,000 from their homes; 'white extremist’ use of social media in attacks must be curbed.

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Turkey’s Syria offensive could spark another catastrophe, warn humanitarians

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 12:04:02 -0400

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Airstrikes and a ground offensive by Turkey in northern Syria against Kurdish forces have left civilians dead and forced tens of thousands to flee, UN agencies said on Friday, amid fears of another “humanitarian catastrophe” in the war-torn country. 

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Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Mistreatment rife during childbirth, UNICEF Cryptocurrency Fund, Synagogue attack in Germany, World Post Day

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 16:31:03 -0400

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A recap of Wednesday’s stories: Alarming accounts of women mistreated in childbirth; UNICEF enters new world of cryptocurrency funding; UN chief condemns synagogue attack in Germany; mission chief calls on DR Congo political class to build on progress; UN celebrates mail services around the world.

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Athens urged to fast track asylum seekers amid island shelters crisis – UNHCR

Tue, 01 Oct 2019 12:35:50 -0400

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A spike in the number of refugees reaching Greek island reception centres is likely to worsen the situation in already “dangerously overcrowded” facilities there, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday. 

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#UNGA NEWS ROUNDUP: Funding plea for UNRWA, Burkina Faso and CAR updates, Guterres praises climate change ‘pioneer’ Chirac

Thu, 26 Sep 2019 16:41:48 -0400

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A short roundup of events and statements making the news at UN Headquarters on this Thursday, of General Assembly high level week.

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Security Council: Two draft resolutions, zero consensus on ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 14:59:26 -0400

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The UN Security Council on Thursday failed to reach consensus on either of two competing resolutions on a cessation of hostilities in Idlib, Syria: the last province in the war-torn nation that is still largely held by rebel forces.

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One million facing food shortages, nutrition crisis after Mozambique cyclones: UNICEF

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 17:16:58 -0400

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Such was the extent of devastation caused by two back-to-back cyclones in Mozambique earlier this year, nearly one million people, including 160,000 children under five, are still facing food shortages and a nutrition crisis, the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, said on Monday.

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Attack on Saudi facilities risks dragging Yemen into ‘regional conflagration’: UN Envoy

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:47:18 -0400

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Attacks against oil facilities in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, claimed by rebel fighters in Yemen, are a sign that the war-torn country could be drawn into even greater conflict, the top United Nations official there told the Security Council on Monday.

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In The Bahamas, Guterres sees impact of ‘Category Hell’ hurricane, ‘powered by climate change’ 

Sat, 14 Sep 2019 19:16:57 -0400

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The UN chief saw for himself the deadly power of Hurricane Dorian on the shattered islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama on Saturday, describing it as more like a “Category Hell” disaster, than the official Category 5 designation used by meteorologists. 

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