General News

Africa Year in Review 2015

Spread of Ebola in West Africa remains a concern for UN

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World passing through “delicate” human rights moment

The world is passing through a very “delicate” moment with regard to human rights.

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Vulnerability of Syrian refugees in Lebanon “skyrocketed” in 2015

The vulnerability of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has “skyrocketed” over the last year, according to a new report released by a group of UN agencies.

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Peacekeepers on quest to reach highest peak in Africa

Three peacekeepers from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) are on a quest to reach the top of Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.

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Cotton: A matter of life or death for some Indian farmers

For some farmers in India, cotton yields have become a life-or-death matter.

In India's Maharashtra state, three million farmers depend on cotton for their livelihoods.

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Syria talks to resume in Switzerland next month

Talks aimed at bringing an end to the conflict in Syria will resume in Geneva in early next year.

That’s according to Michael Møller, the Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva.

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Drastic improvement in security situation in Pakistan

The security situation in Pakistan has drastically improved according to the country director of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) there.

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Situation in Afghanistan “cannot continue indefinitely”

The war in Afghanistan, which is preventing political and economic progress in the country, “cannot continue indefinitely.”

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New campaign in Hungary “fuelling xenophobia”

Hungary is being urged to refrain from “policies and practices that promote intolerance”.

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“We are moving” on peacekeeping reform into 2016, says UN chief

“We are moving” to enact necessary reforms to UN peacekeeping in 2016, says the top official in charge of operations.

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