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UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan, refugees in Kenya and UNAMID

Refugee movements from South Sudan a “disturbing trend”

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North Korea urged to halt nuclear tests

The United Nations continues to monitor developments in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) following the country’s testing of a nuclear bomb.

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UN chief says DPRK nuclear test “deeply troubling”

A hydrogen bomb test carried out by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has drawn strong condemnation from the United Nations.

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Refugee arrivals in Europe not slowing despite winter conditions

The number of refugees arriving in Europe is not slowing despite harsh winter conditions in the region according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Almost a million people arrived by sea alone in 2015.

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Empowerment of Afghan women promoted by UN

Finding practical solutions to the challenges that Afghan women face accessing education and health services was the focus of a day-long workshop held recently in the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul.

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Saudi Arabia executions provoke reactions in region and at UN

The recent mass execution in Saudi Arabia continues to spur reactions in the region and at the UN in New York.

On Saturday the Kingdom announced that it had executed 47 prisoners, including a prominent Shia cleric, on terrorism-related charges.

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Rain exacerbates cholera outbreak at refugee complex in Kenya

A culmination of issues, including excess rains, has exacerbated a cholera outbreak at the world’s largest site for displaced people, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said.

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Outgoing UNHCR head reflects on European refugee crisis

The new head of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, has started work at the agency's headquarters in Geneva.

He succeeds António Guterres, whose more than 10 years in office ended last week.

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Libya political deal “not open for renegotiating"

The recent political accord paving the way for a unity Government in Libya is "not open for renegotiating," according to the UN representative for the country.

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