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UN agency reports death of 2 Palestinian refugee children in Iraq

Two sick Palestinian refugee children waiting for resettlement from Iraq died in the last two weeks, underscoring the precarious conditions faced by the group, a spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

UNESCO chief condemns murder of Pakistani journalist

Speaking out against the murder of Pakistani journalist Zubair Ahmed Mujahid, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today raised alarm about growing pressures on freedom of expression in the country.

Table salt seen as likely cause of mass bromide poisoning in Angola – UN agency

Contaminated table salt has been identified as the most likely cause of nearly 500 cases of bromide poisoning that led to an outbreak of a mysterious neurological illness in Angola, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.

UN-backed Global Fund treats nearly 1.5 million living with HIV

Almost doubling last year’s results, the United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced today that over 1.4 million people living with HIV have received antiretroviral (ARV) treatment through programmes it supports.

HIV/AIDS threatening livestock production, UN agriculture agency warns

HIV/AIDS is affecting not only humans but is also dramatically impeding livestock production, which is the main source of income for rural households, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) cautioned today.

Uganda’s deadly Ebola outbreak confirmed – UN

Uganda’s Ministry of Health has confirmed an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus – with 16 reported dead – in the west of the landlocked country, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

Ugandan rebel group members agree to disarm and return home – UN mission

Seven members of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which has been fighting Ugandan Government forces for two decades, have surrendered to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and agreed to enter a disarmament, repatriation and reintegration scheme.

Myanmar: UN envoy denounces closure of monastery used as HIV/AIDS hospice

The top United Nations envoy for Myanmar today spoke out against the closure in the South-East Asian nation of a monastery used as a hospice for those living with HIV and AIDS.

Security must improve before displaced in Darfur can return home – UN aid chief

Darfur’s hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) will only return to their home villages and areas once security conditions improve and basic services are operating, the top United Nations humanitarian official said today after visiting one of the war-wracked Sudanese region’s biggest IDP camps.

Ivorian supplementary peace agreements welcomed by UN mission

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire has welcomed the signing by the country’s political leaders of supplementary agreements to a major peace accord that is designed to end the prolonged national crisis and bring elections early next year.