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South Sudan Becomes 193rd United Nations Member

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The national flag of the newly independent South Sudan went up outside the United Nations on Thursday, shortly after becoming the world body’s 193rd member. The U.N. General Assembly in New York admitted the country by acclamation, after a Security Council resolution recommending South Sudan for membership. The U.S. representative to the U.N., Susan Rice, […]

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South Sudan Becomes 193rd United Nations Member

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations has admitted newly independent South Sudan to the world body. The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday admitted the country by acclamation, after a Security Council resolution recommending South Sudan for membership. The world’s newest nation declared independence on Saturday, splitting from Sudan. The two sides fought a bloody 21-year civil war that […]

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Security Council Recommends South Sudan For UN Membership

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council has recommended newly-independent South Sudan for U.N. membership. In a statement Wednesday, the council noted South Sudan’s commitment to upholding the U.N. charter and said it looked forward to the new country joining the world body. The U.N. General Assembly is expected to vote in favor of South Sudan’s membership […]

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Security Council Recommends South Sudan For UN Membership

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council has recommended newly-independent South Sudan for U.N. membership. In a statement Wednesday, the council noted South Sudan’s commitment to upholding the U.N. charter and said it looked forward to the new country joining the world body. The U.N. General Assembly is expected to vote in favor of South Sudan’s membership […]

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UN Ends Mission Monitoring Sudan Peace Pact

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.N. Security Council has voted to shut down the peacekeeping force that tracks the 2005 peace deal between Sudan’s former north and south. The Council voted unanimously on Monday to end the more than 10,000-member force and to withdraw all troops from Sudan by August 31. The force’s mandate officially ended on July 9, […]

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Horn of Africa Drought Crisis Overwhelms Aid Agencies

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations and international relief agencies are appealing to the international community to help millions of people in the Horn of Africa who are suffering from the region’s worst drought in 60 years. The agencies say they are overstretched and underfunded in dealing with the drought crisis that is affecting Ethiopia, Kenya, central and southern […]

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UN Report: Poverty Rates Falling in Burma

Posted July 8th, 2011 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Development Programme says progress has been made in reducing poverty rates in Burma. A survey of 18,660 households across Burma between 2009 and 2010 found that overall poverty and cases of people not having enough food in Burma had fallen by six percent from a similar study conducted from 2004 through 2005. […]

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UN Report Shows Progress on Some Millennium Goals

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A new U.N. report says the world is on track to meet a series of goals to help people become healthier, wealthier, and more educated – but it says despite progress, the world’s poorest peoples are the ones getting left farthest behind. The U.N. Millennium Development Goals Report for 2011 notes progress on the goals […]

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Cyprus Reunification Talks End Without Solution

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.N. mediated talks on reunifying the divided island of Cyprus have ended without agreement in Geneva. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu for the third session of Cyprus talks since November. Mr. Ban says progress in healing the decades-long division of the island is far too […]

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UN: Afghanistan at a Crossroad

Posted July 6th, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan, Staffan de Mistura, told the U.N. Security Council Wednesday the war-torn country is at a crossroad as it begins to take on responsibility for its own security. De Mistura said that Afghanistan’s transition must not be just about security, but must also be linked to social and economic […]

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