General News

Former Timorese President to head UN Office in Guinea-Bissau

Nobel Peace laureate and former President of Timor-Leste José Ramos-Horta has been appointed head of the UN office in the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau.

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Thousands of Liberians return home with help from UN refugee agency

The New Year means a new start for thousands of Liberians who have returned to their homeland after fleeing to neighbouring countries following the outbreak of civil war more than two decades ago.

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UNICEF expresses concern over children’s safety in the CAR

Concerns are mounting over the safety of the thousands of civilians, particularly the children, as fighting continues in the Central African Republic.

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Two peacekeepers freed after 136 days in captivity in Darfur

Two peacekeepers serving with the joint United Nations-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) were freed on Wednesday after four and a half months in captivity.

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Tears of rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Conflict-related sexual violence persists in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where thousands of people were displaced around the city of Goma as a result of the latest attacks by the rebel group M23.

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Road deaths in Catalonia, Spain are reduced by over 50 per cent

Strict measures implemented in the Spanish region of Catalonia between 2000 and 2010 helped to reduce the number of people killed in road accidents by over 50 per cent.

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60,000 people killed in Syria conflict

Sixty thousand people have been killed in Syria between 15 March 2011 and 30 November 2012. That’s according to data specialists who carried out an in-depth analysis on behalf of the UN Human Rights Office.

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