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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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Record number of refugees crossing Gulf of Aden and Red Sea

A record number of African refugees made the perilous journey across the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea in 2011.

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North Korea, a “humanitarian basket case”

North Korea has been described as a humanitarian basket case by a senior UN official.

The isolated Asian country has recently undergone a change in leadership with the international community hoping that it will open up and address human rights issues.

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Eastern and Southern Africa makes progress in fighting HIV

Eastern and Southern Africa is making good progress in fighting HIV and AIDS, but challenges still remain.

That’s according to the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

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Earthquakes claimed more lives in 2011 natural disasters

Earthquakes were the biggest killers in natural disasters last year, according to a report published on Wednesday.

According to statistics released by the UN, there were 302 major disasters in 2011.

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$300 million needed to help Gaza and West Bank

Palestinian refugees in Gaza and the West Bank continue to depend on outside help to survive.

The UN Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has appealed for just over $300 million to continue its projects in the territories.

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