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Eight countries holding the world “hostage” over nuclear treaty

Eight countries which have so far failed to ratify a Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty are holding the international community “hostage”.

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Women peace activists in Syria “glimmer of hope”

Women activists from war-torn Syria have been a “glimmer of hope” in a peace process that has been very “challenging and depressing”, the head of UN Women’s Arab States Section has said.

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"Children's emergency" at core of South Sudan refugee crisis

Around 1,000 South Sudanese are fleeing across the border into Uganda each day in what the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is describing as

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“Very significant shock” of lower oil prices in Africa

Eight oil-producing countries in Africa are facing a “very significant” economic shock following the collapse in oil prices over the past two years.

A barrel currently costs around US$50 on global markets, down from a high of US$125.

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Tributes paid to first woman Under Secretary-General of UN

Tributes have been paid following the death of the first woman to serve as a United Nations Under-Secretary-General; the third highest rank in the global organization.

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Syrian air force and ISIL behind at least 3 chemical attacks: UN report

The origin of three separate  chemical weapons attacks in Syria has been clearly established following an “independent, impartial, and objective” investigation mandated by the UN Securi

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Nigeria displaced are “on point of starvation”

In Nigeria, the terror campaign carried out by Boko Haram extremists and the government’s efforts to defeat them have left civilians malnourished to the point of starvation, a leading UN rights expert has said.

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Water collecting a “double whammy” for women and girls

Time wasted collecting water is a “double whammy” for women and girls around the world.

That’s according to Sanjay Wijesekera, Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programmes at the UN Children’s Fund, (UNICEF).

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Forced disappearances leave communities in “spiral of anguish”

The ‘horrendous’ practice of enforced disappearances can affect entire communities by creating an atmosphere of fear and chaos.

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“Cease and reverse” illegal Israeli settlements, UN urges

Israeli authorities should “cease and reverse” illegal settlement-building on occupied Palestinian land as prospects “dwindle” for a two-state solution to the conflict.

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