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Syrian refugees in Lebanon most vulnerable during winter

Syrian refugees in Lebanon are at their most vulnerable and need the most assistance during the winter months, according to a representative from the UN’s Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in the region.

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“Poverty and lack of education” increases slavery

Lack of education and poverty pushes people into forced labour and slavery according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

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Concern over Somalia electoral process

The international community has expressed grave concern over Somalia’s electoral process, the first in more than four decades.

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Women’s representation in Colombia’s judiciary remains low

The number of women representing Colombia’s judiciary remains low and this, in turn, exacerbates gender inequality problems in the country.

That view is expressed by Belen Sanz, Country Representative of UN Women in Colombia.

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Terrorist groups exploit social media, ICTs to fund activities

Terrorist groups are exploiting all the new social media platforms and communication technologies to expand and fund their activities, according to a representative from the UN’s Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED).

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UN fails to adopt arms embargo against South Sudan

A vote to impose an arms embargo and targeted sanctions against South Sudan has failed to garner enough support among the 15 members of the UN Security Council.

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Fears that DR Congo violence is spreading

At least 40 civilians have been killed by security forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the past week, the UN said on Friday, a sign of growing instability in the country.

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UN “part and parcel” of Middle East history

The UN is “part and parcel” of the modern history of the Middle East, but has also been “shaped” heavily itself by the region.

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“Crucial” day for thousands fleeing Syria’s Aleppo, says UN Envoy

A “race against the clock" has started to help thousands of people leaving Syria’s Aleppo city, the UN said Thursday, amid a call from UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura that now is the time to push for new talks to bring an end to the conflict.

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Leaders need “passion and compassion” says outgoing UN chief

Leaders around the world need not just passion but also compassion to bring about change according to the outgoing United Nations Secretary-General.

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