UN condemns attack that kills dozens near shrine in Kabul

The United Nations strongly condemned the deadly attack earlier Wednesday in the Afghan capital, Kabul, near a major religious shrine where people had gathered to celebrate Nowruz – the traditional New Year and the arrival of spring.

News in Brief 21 March 2018

  • No justification for deadly Afghanistan bombing: UNAMA chief
  • UN agriculture agency (FAO) appeals for $236 to support drought-affected cattle farmers in Somalia
  • FAO urges investment in urban forests
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News in Brief 20 March 2018

  • UNICEF and UNHCR raise alarm as Syrian humanitarian crisis intensifies
  • OHCHR reports “extensive” rights violations during Turkey state of emergency
  • 16 migrants dead after boat capsizes in Mediterranean: IOM
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Revised Afghan Penal Code ends “impunity for honour killings”: UN official

The chief human rights officer for the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), has welcomed recent changes to the country’s Penal Code which remove the “discretionary authority” of judges over so-called honour killings.

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News in Brief 08 March 2018

  • Fighting “paralyses” UN’s ability to deliver aid to Syria’s eastern Ghouta
  • Now “up to the Taliban” to begin talks and end Afghan suffering: UN Mission chief
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Security Council renews UN mission in Afghanistan; debate highlights women’s power

The Security Council on Thursday renewed the mandate of the United Nations political mission in Afghanistan for another year to continue providing assistance to the Government and the people of the conflict-plagued country.

Rural women in Afghanistan feeling 'left behind'

Rural women in Afghanistan are feeling increasingly isolated and deprived of their rights compared with women living in towns and cities.

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UN mission welcomes Afghan Government’s proposal for peace talks with Taliban

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan on Wednesday welcomed the Government’s renewed call for unconditional peace talks with the Taliban and expressed strong support for its vision for peace.

News in Brief 28 February 2018

  • UN chief calls for “immediate and unconditional release” of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls
  • UNICEF shocked by “senseless” killing of colleague and five aid workers in Central African Republic
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Impact of Afghanistan’s fourth consecutive year of war on civilians 'far too high' – UN report

More than 10,000 civilians have lost their lives or suffered injuries during 2017, according to the latest report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) documenting the impact of the armed conflict on civilians in Afghanistan.