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UN Chief Urges North, South Korea to Ease Tensions

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged North and South Korea to ease tensions on the peninsula. Mr. Ban’s comments came during a meeting Monday with South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan in Seoul. “The most important thing is that the countries concerned, North and South Korea, should solve the problems through dialogue and widen exchanges […]

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World Food Program Employee Killed in Sudan

Posted August 5th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says a World Food Program employee was shot to death Saturday in the southern part of Sudan. A WFP spokeswoman said Sunday that two unidentified gunmen opened fire on a UN car 80 kilometers north of the South Kordofan state capital of Kadugli and killed the Sudanese driver. She said another person […]

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Six Dead In Price Protest In Sudan’s Darfur

Posted July 31st, 2012 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Six people have been killed in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region during a protest against high prices. Officials say the deaths occurred Tuesday in the regional capital Nyala, but they did not say how. Several other people were injured. Earlier, witnesses said police fired tear gas at the demonstrators who burned tires and called for “the […]

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Buddhist Protesters Greet UN Rights Expert in Western Burma

Posted July 31st, 2012 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.N. human rights expert has traveled to several Burmese towns in the country’s west where deadly riots erupted between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims last month. A local monk told VOA’s Burmese service that about 100 Buddhists staged a peaceful protest in the town of Maungdaw as Tomas Ojea Quintana visited Burma’s Rakhine state, near […]

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UN Renews Darfur Mission, Shrinks Force

Posted July 31st, 2012 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.N. Security Council has extended the mandate of peacekeepers in Sudan’s Darfur region but is slightly cutting the size of the force. The Security Council adopted a resolution Tuesday extending the joint U.N.-African Union mission in Darfur, known as UNAMID, through July 31 of next year. The measure lowers the number of troops in […]

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UN to Visit Flood-Hit North Korea

Posted July 31st, 2012 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations team will visit parts of flood-hit North Korea Tuesday to assess the damage and consider possible aid. An official with the U.N. Children’s Fund said U.N. workers already in North Korea would go to the two areas most affected by the flooding that began July 18. North Korea says torrential rains spawned […]

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Burma Rejects Criticism of Response to Buddhist-Muslim Riots

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese officials have told a visiting U.N. human rights expert that security forces exercised “maximum restraint” in responding to deadly riots between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingyas in the country’s west last month. In a statement Monday, the Burmese foreign ministry said it “strongly rejects” accusations that authorities engaged in abuses and excessive force to end […]

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UN Envoy: Prospects for Middle East Peace Process Bleak

Posted July 25th, 2012 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A top United Nations official says talks aimed at restarting the Middle East peace process remain stalled, and that time is running out for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Robert Serry, the U.N. coordinator for Middle East peace, spoke Wednesday at a Security Council debate on the decades-long conflict. He said efforts to […]

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UN Extends Observer Mission in Syria

Posted July 20th, 2012 at 10:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.N. Security Council on Friday unanimously approved a 30-day extension of the monitoring mission in Syria, but remains divided on how to resolve the increasingly bloody conflict. The 300 unarmed military observers were deployed as part of U.N. envoy Kofi Annan’s plan to end the conflict that has killed thousands in the past 16 […]

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UN Investigator: Too Early to Lift Eritrean Sanctions

Posted July 17th, 2012 at 7:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of the United Nations monitoring group on Somalia and Eritrea says it is too early to lift U.N. sanctions against Eritrea, despite a report suggesting the Asmara government no longer actively supports Somali al-Shabab insurgents. U.N. coordinator Matt Bryden spoke to VOA Tuesday. “While we’ve seen some improvement, I don’t think we see […]

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