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WFP Aims to Help 1.2 Million in Eastern Congo

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations is launching an emergency operation aimed at helping 1.2 million people affected by violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The U.N. World Food Program said Friday that fighting has intensified in the eastern DRC as militia groups fight to extend their zones of influence. It said violence and human rights violations […]

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UN Aid Chief Urges More Support for Mali

Posted August 31st, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations’ humanitarian chief is calling for more aid to Mali, where a food crisis and conflict have impacted more than four million people. Valerie Amos spoke to reporters in Mali’s capital, Bamako, late Thursday at the end of a three-day trip to the West African country. She said almost 150,000 children in Mali […]

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Burma’s President Pardons 2 UN Staff, 3rd Aid Worker

Posted August 28th, 2012 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Burmese President Thein Sein has pardoned two U.N. personnel and a third aid worker who were sentenced to prison last week for alleged involvement in a deadly outbreak of Buddhist-Muslim violence in June. The Burmese presidential office said Tuesday Mr. Thein Sein granted the pardon to the three aid workers employed by the U.N.’s World […]

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UN Humanitarian Chief to Visit Mali

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos is going to Mali, where a food crisis and unrest in the north have affected millions of people. The United Nations says Amos will visit the capital of Bamako and the central town of Mopti during a three-day visit beginning Tuesday. Amos is to assess efforts to aid an estimated […]

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UN Humanitarian Chief to Visit Mali

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos is going to Mali, where a food crisis and unrest in the north have affected millions of people. The United Nations says Amos will visit the capital of Bamako and the central town of Mopti during a three-day visit beginning Tuesday. Amos is to assess efforts to aid an estimated […]

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Burma Sentences Three UN Staff to Prison Over Violence

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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A court in Burma has sentenced three U.N. staff workers to prison for their alleged involvement in recent communal violence in western Rakhine state. The government’s Rakhine Riot Information Committee chairman, Hla Thein, says Friday a district court found the three staffers, all Burmese Muslims, guilty of inciting violence, promoting hatred between Buddhists and Muslims […]

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UN Chief to Visit Iran

Posted August 23rd, 2012 at 1:45 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to travel to Iran next week for a meeting of non-aligned nations, amid objections from the United States and Israel which say the visit sends a bad signal. Mr. Ban’s spokesman, Martin Nesirky, announced the trip Wednesday. He says the U.N. chief will convey the international community’s concerns and […]

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UN Observers Leaving Syria After Mandate Ends

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Members of the United Nations observer mission have left the Syrian capital, Damascus, after the expiration of their mandate to watch over a cease-fire that never took hold. The monitors who departed for Lebanon Monday are some of the last remaining from a group that at one time included 300 observers. The rest of the […]

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Brahimi: New Syria Mission Difficult Without UN Unity

Posted August 19th, 2012 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The new U.N. special envoy for Syria says his mission to find a peaceful resolution of the Syrian conflict will be difficult unless the U.N. Security Council supports him by speaking “with a unified voice.” Former Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi was speaking in an interview with The Associated Press published Sunday, two days after his […]

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UN Chief Condemn’s Iran’s Anti-Israel Rhetoric

Posted August 18th, 2012 at 1:45 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sharply rebuked Iran’s supreme leader and president Friday, describing their latest anti-Israel rhetoric as “offensive and inflammatory.” At a rally Friday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahamadinejad told thousands of screaming worshippers at Tehran University that a new Middle East would have no trace of Americans or Israelis. Earlier this week, Iranian media […]

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