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Ban reiterates demand for lifting of Gaza blockade

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in the Middle East as part of his efforts to help Israel and the Palestinians find a solution to their ongoing conflict.

On Thursday, he crossed into Gaza where he called once again for the lifting of the blockade by Israel.

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Ban: Israel’s contribution “vital” to Mid-East peace talks

Israel is being urged to do more to create a “positive dynamic” in the Middle East peace process by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Mr. Ban is on tour in the Middle East to encourage Israelis and Palestinians to re-engage in peace talks.

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Security Council debates Syria draft resolution

A packed UN Security Council has been hearing calls for support of an Arab League plan to resolve the unrest continuing for 10 months in Syria.

The Security Council has been unable to come up with a solution to the ongoing crisis.

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Togo to push for “positive solution” in Syria

Togo says it will do everything it can to make sure a positive solution is found to the ongoing conflict in Syria.

The West African country takes over the presidency of the UN Security Council on Wednesday and is responsible for pushing forward discussions on the Arab state.

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1,500 Africans drown crossing the Mediterranean in 2011

2011 has been the deadliest year for Africans crossing the Mediterranean to flee to Europe, according to the UN’s refugee agency.

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Human Rights Office worried former Haiti leader will escape human rights charges

Former Haitian leader Jean-Claude Duvalier could only face trial for financial corruption charges during his regime and not human rights violations, a move which concerns the UN Human Rights Office.

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World food prices down, but Africa still a concern

World food prices fell in the last three months of 2011, but they’re still 24 per cent higher than they were in 2010.

That’s according to the World Bank which released its latest Food Price Watch report on Tuesday in Washington DC.

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Security Council to take up draft resolution on Syria

A major diplomatic effort is due to get underway at the UN Security Council on Tuesday to try to stop an ongoing conflict in Syria.

The UN estimates up to 5,000 people have been killed in a struggle to oust incumbent president Bashar al-Assad.

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Sustainable development planet’s best chance for survival

A group of global policy makers examining ways to combat challenges such as climate change, water scarcity and human consumption patterns, has presented its findings to the UN Secretary-General.

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UNDP’s “Energy Plus” approach brings power and progress to rural areas

It’s 2012 and still roughly 800 million people in Asia and the Pacific lack access to electricity.

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