News in Brief

News in Brief 10 January 2017 (PM)

UN concerned for Syrians affected by anti-ISIL operations in Aleppo

The UN remains “very concerned” for the situation of civilians affected by an offensive to dislodge ISIL militants from Al Bab town in Syria’s Aleppo governorate.

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News in Brief 10 January 2017 (AM) - Geneva

Cyprus talks enter second day

Talks to decide the future of the Cyprus have entered a second day in Geneva.

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News in Brief 09 January 2017 (PM)

Terror “will not bring a solution” to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

“Violence and terror” will not bring a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the UN Secretary-General said on Monday, following an attack which left four Israelis dead in Jerusalem.

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News in Brief 09 January 2017 (AM)

Prisoners of conscience in Iran “at risk of dying” warns UN expert

At least eight prisoners of conscience in Iran are “at risk of dying” while on hunger strike, the UN’s expert on human rights for the country has warned.

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News in Brief 06 January 2017 (PM)

“Game-changing” strategy urged to counter sexual exploitation

A “game-changing” strategy is needed to respond to sexual exploitation and abuse within the UN according to the Secretary-General, António Guterres.

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News in Brief 6 January 2017 (AM) – Geneva

DRC’s Kabila “needs to endorse political accord” and avoid new violence

The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila, should publicly support an agreement which offers free and fair elections there, the UN said on Friday.

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News in Brief 5 January 2017 (PM)

Observers let go from UN Mission in Colombia

Three observers have been let go from the UN Mission in Colombia following their participation in a celebration organized by the largest rebel group in the country, FARC.

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News in Brief 5 January 2017 (AM)

Climate change threatening coral reefs

One of the planet’s most important ecosystems, coral reefs, is under threat from climate change.

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News in Brief 4 January 2017 (PM)

Mosul operation displaces more than 130,000

Nearly 132,000 people have been displaced by the Iraqi military operation to liberate the city of Mosul from the ISIL terrorist group, the United Nations has reported.

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News in Brief 4 January 2017 (AM)

US$310 aid appeal for Cameroon

An appeal for US$310 million has been launched to provide life-saving assistance to 1.2 million people in northern and eastern Cameroon, the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, has reported.

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