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Commission of Inquiry details Syria abuses

Widespread, systematic and gross human rights violations, amounting to crimes against humanity are being committed in Syria with the apparent knowledge and consent of the highest levels of state.
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Naming and shaming perpetrators of conflict related sexual violence

Ending the use of rape and other forms of sexual violence as a weapon of war is still one of the greatest challenges to the protection of human rights according to the UN's Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

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Africa’s rising energy needs pressed by UNEP meeting in Nairobi

Africa’s rising energy needs has been the focus of a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya this week that brought together environmental experts from across the globe.

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Timor-Leste elections: A repeat of violence or a peaceful process

Timor-Leste saw a great deal of violence during the political crisis in 2006, but this year the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is looking forward to a largely peaceful electoral process.

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Using climate-smart agriculture to feed the world

Smarter ways of growing crops could be one of the answers to the growing problem of not having enough food for a growing population, according to world leaders at an International Fund for Agricultural Development conference.

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Security Council votes to increase AU troops in Somalia

The number of African Union troops serving in Somalia will be increased from the current level of 12,000 to over 17,000.

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Japan helps South Sudan rebuild

One hundred and twenty Japanese engineers arrived in South Sudan this week to join the United Nations peacekeeping mission there in helping the young country build roads and bridges.

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African diaspora seeks to strengthen ties with Africans

Preparations are underway for a first ever summit in South Africa in June to create partnerships between the various nations and the diaspora communities around the world.

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Yemen votes for new president

Voters flocked to the polls in Yemen on Tuesday.

They are voting  for a new president under a deal reached last year after months of deadly protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who ruled the country for 33 years.

Dianne Penn reports.

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West Africa and Sahel threatened by organized crime

Organized crime is threatening the already fragile peace, security and stability in West Africa and the Sahel region, according to UN officials and other leaders.

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