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Two UN peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic ambush, as 2021 death toll rises to nine worldwide

Two United Nations peacekeepers were killed after their convoy was ambushed by members of the UPC and anti-Balaka armed groups in southern Central African Republic (CAR), the UN Mission in the country said on Monday, bringing the overall toll of 'blue helmet' deaths to nine so far this month. 

Political chief highlights crucial cooperation between UN and the Arab League

Cooperation between the United Nations and the League of Arab States has been critical to addressing the ongoing war in Syria, the search for a two-State solution for Israelis and Palestinians, and other challenges, the UN’s political affairs chief told a virtual meeting of the Security Council on Monday. 

Guterres commends Libya forum for breakthrough on interim leadership deal

The UN Secretary-General has praised the breakthrough made by a key committee of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum at the weekend, over an interim political leadership deal, ahead of nationwide elections at the end of the year.

UN rights office ‘deeply troubled’ by Russian activist Aleksei Navalny’s arrest

The UN human rights office (OHCHR) have raised alarm over the arrest of Russian opposition activist Aleksei Navalny and called for his immediate release.  The office said in a tweet that they were "deeply troubled" by the arrest and called on the Government to respect his right to legal due process.

Violent attempt at US Capitol to ‘overturn’ election, shocking and incendiary: independent UN experts

A group of independent UN rights experts released a statement on Monday condemning the violent storming of the United States Capitol building in Washington DC on 6 January, which they described as a shocking and incendiary attempt to overturn the results of a free and fair election.

WHO chief warns against ‘catastrophic moral failure’ in COVID-19 vaccine access

A “me-first approach” to COVID-19 vaccines on the part of some countries and manufacturers is putting equitable access to these lifesaving treatments at risk, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday. 

UN chief calls for protection of civilians as violence spikes in Sudan’s West Darfur

The United Nations Secretary-General has voiced deep concern over escalating violence in West Darfur and called on the Sudanese authorities to “expend all efforts” to end the fighting and protect civilians. 

Guterres welcomes Palestinian announcement of elections as ‘crucial step’ towards unity

The UN Secretary-General has welcomed Friday’s announcement from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of the first full parliamentary and presidential elections in 15 years, scheduled to begin in May.

Peacekeepers under attack again in Mali, as one Egyptian blue helmet dies, another seriously injured

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned another fatal attack carried out against a peacekeeping convoy that left a ‘blue helmet’ from Egypt dead, and another seriously injured on Friday.

First Person: Cheese proves key to survival for Syrian refugee family amid pandemic

Syrian refugee Fatima Hussein Al Ahmad, a mother of four, lives on a farm with 50 other workers in Sahba, Jordan. COVID-19 travel restrictions meant that didn’t work for two months in 2020, and feeding her family became a daily struggle.