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Mali: UN mission calls for restraint, return to negotiations after clash in Kidal

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali today strongly condemned the latest violence in Kidal, in the northern part of the country, and called for restraint.

UN rights expert calls on Viet Nam to ensure pluralistic cultural expression

Now that Viet Nam has made great strides in economic development, it is time to increase opportunities for public debate and better protect ethnic, artistic and academic freedom of expression, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today.

Sudan: UN relief official deplores killing of health workers in West Darfur

The top United Nations humanitarian official in Sudan today strongly condemned the killing of two Ministry of Health staff members who were part of a measles vaccination team in West Darfur.

Audit of Argentina’s foreign debt necessary for accountability, UN expert says

A United Nations independent expert today urged authorities in Argentina to undertake an audit of its external debt to improve transparency, and to intensify efforts to improve social conditions for their people.

UN agencies promote breastfeeding to protect babies in typhoon-hit Philippines

United Nations agencies are promoting breastfeeding to avoid unnecessary illness and deaths of children in the wake of the disaster wrought on the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) earlier this month.

UN agency names cricket ‘Blaster’ as ambassador for hygiene, sanitation in South Asia

Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar is going to bat for hygiene and sanitation in South Asian, promoting the use of toilets and hand washing, the United Nations children’s agency today announced.

UN chief deplores shelling of Russian Embassy in Damascus

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the shelling on Thursday against the Russian Embassy in the Syrian capital, Damascus, which killed one person and wounded nine others.

UN agency welcomes selection of two female negotiators for Colombia’s peace talks

The United Nations entity tasked with advancing gender equality today applauded the appointment of two women to the team negotiating between Colombian authorities and the rebel group known as the FARC.

UN atomic energy chief: Iran invites inspectors to visit Arak nuclear facility

Iran has invited inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to visit a nuclear heavy water facility, the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog announced today.

Security Council strongly condemns deadly shelling of Russian embassy in Damascus

Strongly condemning the shelling of the Russian Embassy in Damascus today, the Security Council deplored the incident - which left one person dead and 9 others injured - as a “heinous terrorist act,” and reaffirmed the need to combat all manifestations of terrorism “by all means”, in accordance with the United Nations Charter and international law.