ARTICLES RELATING TO UN

Apartheid flourishing in many parts of US - Pillay

2014-08-19 21:41
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Clashes between police and protesters in the US town of Ferguson are reminiscent of the racial violence spawned by apartheid, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says.

UN says Gaza requires unprecedented reconstruction

2014-08-19 13:44

The top UN official in the Mideast says that Gaza will require massive reconstruction and proposed expanding a UN-Israeli system to import construction materials into the Palestinian territory.

2013 record year for attacks on aid workers

2014-08-19 11:29

Attacks on aid workers reached a new peak in 2013, with 155 relief staff killed, and danger levels remain high this year, according to new figures.

UN urges Ebola exit screening

2014-08-18 21:27

The UN has urged Ebola-hit countries to start exit screening at airports, ports and major crossings.

Nigeria now has 12 Ebola cases, 5 recovered

2014-08-18 15:50

Nigeria has 12 confirmed cases of the Ebola virus, up from 10 at last week's count, of which five have almost fully recovered, the health ministry says.

Brazil praised for saving forests

2014-08-18 11:40

Brazil has made good progress in safeguarding the Amazon rainforest but Indonesia's plans for its forests could face setbacks under a new government, a study says.

Ugandan gays who fled to Kenya still feel danger

2014-08-18 05:59

Ugandan gays who have fled to Kenya still feel in danger, despite court striking down anti-gay laws.

UN to feed up to one million hit by Ebola

2014-08-16 07:34

The UN is set to step up food aid to reach up to a million people affected by the Ebola outbreak wreaking havoc in west Africa, the World Food Programme says.

WHO: Ebola toll vastly underestimated

2014-08-15 08:47

Staff with the WHO battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimates the scale of the outbreak, the UN says.

'Heavy shelling' in Ukraine's Donetsk

2014-08-14 14:23

Pro-Russian separatists say heavy shelling has hit several neighbourhoods around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine where government forces are trying to tighten their grip.

Saudi Arabia gives UN $100m to fight terrorism

2014-08-13 22:34

Saudi Arabia has given $100m to the United Nations to support counter-terrorism efforts and called on other countries to do the same.

Pope to speak to N Korea's 'church of silence'

2014-08-13 15:39

Pope Francis will offer prayers for Korean reconciliation, but they are unlikely to be heard in North Korea which pays lip-service to religious freedom but treats unsanctioned acts of devotion as criminal.

Clock ticks down to end of Gaza truce deadline

2014-08-13 13:16

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Cairo will readdress the thorny issue of a ceasefire and Israel's Gaza blockade, as the clock ticks down to the deadline ending a 72-hour truce.

UN warns of 'genocide' in Iraq

2014-08-13 08:51

Up to 30 000 people are still facing a "potential genocide" on a mountain in northern Iraq, the UN has warned.

UN chief: Avoid Ebola panic and fear

2014-08-12 23:44

Urging governments to avoid panic and fear, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has announced plans to step up the global response to the Ebola outbreak and bring it under control.

George Clooney's fiancée Alamuddin rejects Gaza probe job

2014-08-12 15:00

Lawyer Amal Alamuddin, who is engaged to George Clooney, has pulled out of an appointment to serve on a UN commission on possible violations of the rules of war in Gaza.

WHO backs use of experimental Ebola drugs in outbreak

2014-08-12 14:41

A World Health Organisation panel of medical ethics experts has ruled that it is ethical to offer unproven drugs or vaccines as potential treatments or preventions in West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak.

Ebola death toll in West Africa passes 1 000

2014-08-12 08:28

The World Health Organisation says the death toll in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has passed 1 000.

S Korea offers $13.3m in aid for North Korea

2014-08-11 12:36

South Korea says it would provide $13.3m in funding for UN humanitarian projects in North Korea, its second indirect aid package for the North in a month.

SA, Chile foster trade, military ties

2014-08-09 10:00

Trade, investment, and military co-operation have been discussed when President Jacob Zuma met his Chilean counterpart Michelle Bachelet Jeria at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

S Sudan: Conditions 'an affront to human dignity'

2014-08-08 15:13

The aid group Doctors Without Borders says that residents in South Sudan living in a UN camp because of the fear of violence are enduring conditions that are an affront to human dignity.

Libya calls for supervised ceasefire

2014-08-07 22:12

Libya's new parliament has called for a supervised ceasefire for rival militias.

US will boost security aid to help Africa

2014-08-07 12:34

The US will step up its support for the African militaries battling Islamic extremists or conducting dangerous peacekeeping missions, President Barack Obama says.

Violence puts South Sudan close to catastrophe - UN

2014-08-07 10:14

A top UN official has told the Security Council that a fresh wave of violence in South Sudan is dragging the country closer to a 'humanitarian catastrophe'.

 

Ethiopia now Africa's biggest refugee host

2014-08-19 15:36

The spiralling crisis in war-ravaged South Sudan has sent nearly 200 000 refugees into Ethiopia, making it Africa's largest refugee-hosting country.

Ebola has killed 1 200 people so far

2014-08-19 12:36

Cases in West Africa's Ebola outbreak this year have risen to 2 240, including 1 229 deaths, the WHO says, reporting the toll in four countries including Nigeria.

Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities

2014-08-18 21:27

Pope Francis has endorsed the use of force in Iraq to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities, but says the international community should decide how to intervene.

Iran won't sign nuclear deal 'at any price'

2014-08-18 21:27

Iran is committed to securing a nuclear agreement with world powers but will not sign one "at any price", its negotiators say, as a key deadline for Tehran nears.

South Sudan shuts key radio station

2014-08-18 14:15

Security forces in South Sudan have shut one of the country's main independent radio stations and arrested its news editor after it broadcast rebel views, the station says.

Unidentified war planes, explosions heard in Tripoli

2014-08-18 08:09

Unidentified war planes are flying over the Libyan capital Tripoli and explosions are being heard, residents say, adding the cause is unclear.

Months needed to repair facilities in Gaza: UN

2014-08-17 21:50

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos says it will take months to repair damage to the UN's infrastructure caused by the Israeli bombardment of Gaza.

Mogadishu: Warlord's house raided by troops

2014-08-15 10:29

The sounds of warfare have rattled Mogadishu residents from their beds as government troops launched an attack on a house belonging to a former warlord.

Maliki refuses to go as Iraqis turn to new leader

2014-08-14 14:23

An increasingly isolated Nuri al-Maliki again protested his removal as Iraqi prime minister, as his own political party and his former sponsor in Iran publicly endorsed his successor.

North Korea fires 3 rockets as pope visits South

2014-08-14 05:50

North Korea fired three short-range rockets off its east coast, South Korea's Ministry of Defence says, shortly before Pope Francis arrived in Seoul on his first visit to Asia.

UN: Ukraine death toll doubles in two weeks

2014-08-13 20:27

The number of people killed in conflict-hit in eastern Ukraine has nearly doubled in two weeks to 2 086, including at least 20 children, the UN human rights agency says.

UN Security Council envoys visit war-torn Somalia

2014-08-13 14:30

UN Security Council ambassadors met with Somalia's president under heavy security in the war-ravaged capital Mogadishu, the presidency said in a statement.

UN threatens S Sudan leaders with sanctions

2014-08-13 10:15

The UN has warned South Sudan's warring leaders they would face sanctions if a civil war that has pushed the young nation to the brink of famine does not stop.

WHO approves experimental Ebola drugs

2014-08-13 08:50

The World Health Organisation has authorised the use of experimental drugs to fight Ebola as the death toll topped 1 000 and a Spanish priest became the first European to succumb to the outbreak.

Libya's president to be elected by popular vote

2014-08-12 16:34

Libya's new parliament has agreed that the next president would be elected by a popular vote as lawmakers sought to overcome a confrontation between two armed factions.

UN Security Council in S Sudan to push for peace

2014-08-12 14:41

UN Security Council ambassadors have landed in war-torn South Sudan in a bid to end eight months of conflict that has pushed the young nation to the brink of famine.

Russia sends 280 aid trucks to Ukraine

2014-08-12 11:46

A Russian convoy of 280 trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine has set off, amid Western warnings against using help as a pretext for an invasion.

US mulls options to evacuate Yazidis from Iraqi mountain

2014-08-11 14:33

The US is exploring options to evacuate thousands of Iraqi civilians trapped on a barren mountain in northern Iraq by Islamic militants, after four nights of humanitarian relief airdrops.

N Korea to publish 'rosy' human rights report

2014-08-11 12:36

North Korea says it would publish its own 'rosy' human rights report, six months after a UN inquiry published a list of violations so severe it amounted to crimes against humanity.

UN preparing Iraq humanitarian corridor

2014-08-08 20:09

The United Nations is working on opening a humanitarian corridor in northern Iraq to allow stranded civilians threatened by jihadist fighters to flee.

UN warns DRC rebels to disarm or face military

2014-08-08 08:18

The UN mission chief in the Democratic Republic of Congo has warned the last remaining rebel group in the east to lay down arms or face military action.

World food prices hit six-month low in July

2014-08-07 13:43

Global food prices hit a six-month low in July led mainly by sharp declines in grains, oilseeds and dairy, which balanced out rising meat and firm sugar prices.

Libya congress calls for UN-backed ceasefire

2014-08-07 11:26

Libya's house of representatives has called for an immediate ceasefire under UN supervision to end three weeks of clashes among rival factions that have killed more than 200 people.

US will help Africa set up peacekeeping force - Obama

2014-08-07 08:31

The United States will help African nations set up a rapid response force to support United Nations and African Union peacekeeping missions, President Barack Obama says.

Charity lists dead Gaza children in UK paper ads

2014-08-06 13:11
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Save the Children placed full-page adverts in British newspapers on Wednesday listing the names of 373 Palestinian children killed in Israel's offensive on Gaza, as part of the charity's campaign for a permanent ceasefire.

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