General News

World should not have been “too surprised” by migrant crisis

The world should not have been “too surprised” by this year’s migrant and refugee crisis.

That’s according to the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), William Lacy Swing.

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Internet, social media help ISIL recruit 30,000 fighters

The terrorist organization ISIL has used the internet and social media to recruit at least 30,000 foreign fighters from more than 100 countries to fight in Syria and Iraq.

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Level of suffering outpacing funding for UN emergency response fund

The level of suffering is outpacing funding for the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund, or CERF.

Donors from around the world met on Thursday, the 10th anniversary of the fund, for a High-Level Pledging Conference.

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Conflict and natural disasters pushing record number of people from homes

Conflict and natural disasters are pushing an unprecedented number of people from their homes, according to the High Commissioner of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

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Every Tunisian home to have internet “within five years”

Every family in Tunisia will have access to the internet in their home “within five years.”

That’s according to Noomane Fehri, the north African country’s Minister of Communication Technologies and Digital Economy.

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Security worse, but humanitarian access improves in Afghanistan

The security situation in Afghanistan has worsened over the last year, although humanitarian access has improved in the country.

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The people of South Sudan “are suffering”

The people of South Sudan “are suffering”; that’s according to Ellen Løj, the head of the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

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Syrian refugees prepare for new life in US, despite opposition

Syrian refugees are continuing to arrive in the United States, despite public fears and political opposition.

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UN “hopeful” political process can still move ahead in Western Sahara

The UN remains “hopeful” the political process can still move ahead in Western Sahara, nearly 25 years after the peacekeeping mission was authorized there.

Western Sahara was administered by Spain until 1976, but then claimed by neighbouring countries; Morocco and Mauritania.

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Pacific countries focus on increasing women in parliaments

Countries in the Pacific are looking at how to get more women into legislative positions, a process that the UN is supporting.

Just five per cent of parliamentarians in the region are women.

They face a number of barriers in getting into politics.

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