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Thirty UN peacekeepers raise concerns in Mali about working conditions

Thirty UN peacekeepers based in northern Mali are returning to their camp after having left to raise concerns about their working conditions, according to the UN Mission in the country, MINUSMA.

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UN’s anti-torture watchdog cautions US

The United States has been under the human rights spotlight as Human Rights Council investigators look into several contentious policy areas including prisoner detention at Guantanamo Bay and the question of torture committed

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Progress in fighting Ebola in Guinea reviewed by senior UN official

The progress made by the authorities in Guinea in fighting the deadly Ebola virus is being reviewed by a senior UN official.

Almost 5700 people have died as a result of the outbreak in West Africa, which has mainly affected Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Income inequality “broad-based” disease

Income inequality or the disparity between the wealth of rich and poor people, has been described by a prominent economist as a “pandemic” and a “very broad-based disease” affecting large parts of the world.

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Modern slavery proving hard to tackle in Niger

Modern-day forms of slavery are widespread in Niger according to a top UN human rights investigator who warns that young boys are being exploited and young girls trafficked to Nigeria.

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“Paradox” of emerging countries still hampering growth

The world’s most vulnerable nations have seen record economic growth but they must change dramatically if they’re to transform people’s fortunes, according to the UN.

The warning comes from the UN’s trade and development body UNCTAD.

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Peacekeepers to remain in South Sudan into 2015

The mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has been extended until May 2015 amid what’s been described as “grave alarm about the further deteriorating political, security and humani

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South Sudan Women urged to speak out about gender-based violence

Women in South Sudan are being urged to speak out about violence they have experienced at the hands of men.

According to the UN, most violent acts against women are carried out by family members or intimate partners.

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Papua New Guinea faces up to “resource curse”

Papua New Guinea is facing up to the challenge of a so-called “resource curse” as it focuses on boosting the well-being of its citizens according to the United Nations’ senior representative in the country.

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Rare St Francis of Assisi documents go on show at UN

Documents dating back over 800 years which tell the story of the life and work of the Italian friar and preacher St Francis of Assisi are making a rare appearance at the United Nations.

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