News in Brief

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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News in Brief 3 January 2017 (PM)

Displacement rises as Mosul fighting intensifies

More than 13,000 people have fled the Iraqi city of Mosul since Friday, the UN has reported, as military operations to retake the city from extremists have intensified.

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News in Brief 03 January 2017 (AM)

Somalia mission chief welcomes moves towards peace in Gaalkacyo

A renewed commitment by two regional leaders in Somalia to achieve peace in the city of Gaalkacyo has been welcomed by the senior UN official in the country.

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