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Senior humanitarian official says Syrians losing hope as crisis deepens

The Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the Arab League, Lakhdar Brahimi, has reiterated his call for all parties in Syria to reach a solution that would in his words “meet the aspirations of the Syrian people.”

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Security Council authorizes mission in Mali

The Security Council has authorized the deployment of a mission in Mali which is plagued by political instability since a military coup in March.

In addition to this, armed rebels now control the northern parts of the country.

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Displaced Palestinian refugees in Syria to receive food assistance

Palestinian refugees are among the scores of people who have been affected by the ongoing crisis in Syria.

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Syrian conflict takes on sectarian nature: UN independent experts

What started as a protest against the government and developed into a conflict, is now becoming sectarian violence, according to a new report on Syria.

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UNHCR urges Kenya to continue upholding refugee rights

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has condemned recent security incidents in Kenya which have killed scores of citizens and refugees.

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2012 was “tumultuous year” says Ban Ki-moon

A tumultuous year is coming to a close, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday.

Speaking at his last press conference for the year, Mr. Ban said that turmoil tested the United Nations once again on its founding obligation to stop conflict and build peace.

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UN launches $1.5 billion appeal to address Syrian humanitarian crisis

The United Nations is appealing for $1.5 billion to address the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria.

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Africa: Beyond Commodity Dependence

The volatility in prices of raw commodities has affected many regions in recent years, including those in Sub Saharan Africa.

That is because the price of a commodity whether, oil or cocoa, can make or break the health of a country in this region.

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Getting food in Syria is ‘a nightmare,’ says WFP

It is becoming increasingly difficult for Syrians to get enough food as the conflict continues in the country, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

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Expert Group says private military and security firms in Somalia need regulation

As Somalis continue to rebuild their country, a group of human rights experts is hoping that all citizens receive the right to protection, not just those who can afford it.

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