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Myanmar: UN expert urges efforts to break 'worsening cycle of violence' in Rakhine

A United Nations human rights expert has expressed alarm at the deteriorating situation in Myanmar's Rakhine State, affecting not just the Rakhine Buddhist and Rohingya Muslim populations but also other communities.

UN strongly condemns DPRK ballistic missile launch over Japan

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the latest ballistic missile launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), which flew over Japan, as well as the series of launches that took place on 25 August.

Myanmar: UN rights chief says violence in Rakhine state 'predictable and preventable'

Alarmed at renewed fighting and incitement in the wake of the attacks on Myanmar security forces in northern areas of Rakhine state, the top United Nations human rights official today urged all sides to renounce the use of violence and called on State authorities to ensure they abide by their obligations under international human rights law.

Myanmar: UN chief concerned by reports of civilian deaths during security operations in Rakhine state

Deeply concerned at the reports of civilians being killed during security operations in Myanmar's Rakhine state, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated the responsibility of the Government to provide security and assistance to those in need.

Afghanistan: UN mission condemns deadly attack on Shi'a mosque in Kabul

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has condemned the attack during Friday prayer at Imam Zaman mosque in Kabul that killed at least 20 civilians – including seven women and one child – and injured more than 30 others.

Climate change threatens agricultural trade in Pacific Rim economies, UN agency warns

With global warming expected to significantly impact future yields in countries located closer to the equator, the United Nations agriculture agency is calling on Asia-Pacific economies to take a leading role in adaptation and mitigation.

Top UN officials strongly condemn attacks on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine state

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today strongly condemned the attacks carried out against the Myanmar security forces in northern areas of Rakhine State, expressing concern about escalating tensions in the region.

Cambodia: UN human rights wing concerned by media, civil society curbs

Measures in Cambodia, which left radio programmes and licences suspended, have sparked the United Nations human rights wing to call on the Government for political and civil rights guarantees.

UN agencies aid millions affected by flooding, landslides in South Asia

United Nations humanitarian agencies are working with the Government and partners in Nepal to bring in clean water, food, shelter and medical aid for some of the 41 million people affected by flooding and landslides in South Asia.

Myanmar: UN welcomes final assessment of independent advisory panel on Rakhine state

The United Nations today welcomed the release of the final report of an independent advisory body looking into the situation in Myanmar's Rakhine state.