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UN peacekeepers rescue sailors from Lebanese ship in distress

Following an extensive search and rescue operation, peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today saved 14 sailors from a Lebanese ship in distress at sea.

First set of Mauritanian refugees return home under UN programme

Over 100 Mauritanian refugees, part of a group of 24,000 who fled to neighbouring Senegal over two decades ago, are returning to their home country today under a voluntary repatriation programme launched by the United Nations refugee agency after steps were taken by the governments concerned to address their plight.

UN agency resumes repatriation of Sudanese refugees from Kenyan camp

The United Nations refugee agency has resumed its repatriation of Sudanese from a camp in the northwest of neighbouring Kenya after the operation had been temporarily suspended because of deadly tribal clashes.

Morocco, Frente Polisario remain far apart on Western Sahara – Ban Ki-moon

Morocco and the Frente Polisario are still far apart on how to provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara, despite the two parties’ commitment to a process of negotiations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report.

Kenya: UN reports sharp deterioration in security, humanitarian situation

The post-electoral crisis in Kenya has taken a sharp turn for the worse in recent days with violence claiming many more lives and hampering relief efforts by United Nations agencies and their partners, further worsening an already dire situation.

UN officials warn of malnutrition threat as Gaza border crossings continue

Every border crossing into the Gaza Strip from Israel remains closed, except for the import of fuel supplies, United Nations officials said today, warning that Palestinians face the rising threat of malnutrition if the current lockdown continues.

Child recruitment continues in over one dozen countries, reports Ban Ki-moon

The recruitment and use of children in armed conflict is taking place in more than one dozen countries around the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon states in a new report, calling for further measures to combat the scourge.

In Rwanda, Ban Ki-moon says world must protect civilians from genocide

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited a Genocide Memorial in Rwanda today and told the country's Parliament that he will make good on international promises to protect civilians from mass atrocities.

Security Council voices outrage at latest assassination in Lebanon

The Security Council today condemned last Friday's terrorist bombing in Lebanon that took the life of a senior member of the country's Internal Security Forces and also killed and injured several others, pledging to help the Government pursue the case.

Tourist numbers near 900 million as industry marks record year – UN agency

The number of international tourists continues to climb, with 898 million arrivals registered last year and further increases expected as traditionally poor countries emerge as more popular tourist destinations, according to the latest United Nations snapshot.