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Amidst new violence in Bangladesh, UN chief urges restraint, respect for rule of law

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is concerned about the latest wave of deadly violence in Bangladesh ahead of parliamentary elections due by January.

Cambodia: On final day of UN-backed trial, former leaders deny war crimes charges

Two of the surviving former leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime charged with mass killings during the 1970’s requested to be acquitted today, as closing arguments began at the United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal in the south-east Asian country.

Syria meets deadline, renders chemical weapons facilities ‘inoperable’ – OPCW-UN mission

Syria’s chemical weapons facilities are “inoperable,” the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations overseeing the destruction of the country’s weapons programme confirmed today.

Funding shortage forces UN to reduce food rations for refugees in northern Kenya

Two United Nations humanitarian agencies announced today that they will be forced to reduce food rations for more than half a million refugees in the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps in northern Kenya beginning tomorrow due to lack of resources.

UN agency reports jump in foreign investment in developing, transition economies

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) today reported that foreign investment in developing and transition economies rose to $745 billion in the first half of 2013, up some 4 per cent over the same period last year.

UN envoy expresses concern over renewed clashes in northern Lebanese city

The top United Nations envoy in Lebanon today expressed serious concern over the recurrence of armed clashes in the city of Tripoli, and stressed the need for a long-term solution to stop the violence.

International court chiefs brief UN Assembly on progress, challenges

Senior officials from the top United Nations judicial body – the International Court of Justice (ICJ) – and from the International Criminal Court, briefed the UN General Assembly today, highlighting the work of the courts over the past year tackling their respective cases.

UN-backed awards recognize innovative green enterprises

Biodegradable plates made from Colombian seeds, an online car-sharing scheme in Viet Nam, and sanitary pads made from banana waste are some of this year’s winners of a United Nations-backed award recognizing projects that help promote sustainable development.

UN expert urges Belarus to guarantee the right to elect and to be elected

Belarus is the only country in Europe with no opposition in parliament, a United Nations independent expert has said urging the Government to strengthen the right to elect and to be elected.

‘Motherhood in childhood,’ new UN report, spotlights adolescent pregnancy

A United Nations report released today spotlights the high rates of teenage pregnancies in developing countries – 7.3 million every year – and calls on Governments to help girls achieve their full potential through education and adequate health services.