UN releases $2.5 million from pooled fund to tackle energy crisis in Gaza

With Gaza entering its fourth month of a serious energy crisis, the United Nations today released a further $2.5 million from a pooled humanitarian fund to cover urgent needs in the Palestinian enclave.

More understanding needed of children in conflict

Better understanding is needed of the UN’s role championing children caught up in armed conflict, and the work that the world body does to stop armed groups recruiting child soldiers.

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Afghanistan: UN condemns killing of civilians in Herat mosque attack

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the UN political mission in Afghanistan have denounced last night's attack against worshippers gathered in a mosque in the city of Herat which killed at least 31 civilians and injured many more.

UN camp residents in South Sudan “feel safer” after weapons searches

South Sudanese citizens who have been displaced to UN protection camps as a result of conflict in the country say they feel safer when those camps are searched for weapons and other prohibited items.

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Women and children plead for peace in South Sudan ‘ghost town’

Women and children are urging authorities in South Sudan to restore peace in the town of Yei.

Violence between Government and opposition forces which erupted last year has forced thousands to flee.

Dianne Penn reports.

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Syria talks end with 'incremental progress' but 'no breakthrough' – UN envoy

Speaking to reporters in the early hours of Saturday in Geneva, United Nations Special Envoy said that the latest round of the intra-Syrian talks ended with “incremental progress.”

News in Brief 12 July 2017 (PM)

Attacks in Abyei by unknown armed groups condemned by UN

The recent attacks by unknown armed assailants in the disputed Abyei Area have been condemned by the UN Mission in Abyei, UNISFA.

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UNDP committed to supporting Libya during “difficult juncture”

Despite insecurity, a breakdown in the rule of law, and an all-around “difficult situation” in Libya, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) remains committed to its projects that support citizens, refugees and migrants.

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Civilians in Syria must be spared from anti-ISIL airstrikes – UN rights chief

The United Nations human rights chief today urged all warring parties in Syria to take every feasible measure to spare the civilian population from the effects of the armed conflict, noting that civilians are increasing caught in fighting between the Government forces and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorist group.

Attacks on hospitals and medical staff ‘symptoms of grave disregard’ for international law – UN chief

Parties to conflict are treating hospitals and clinics as targets, rather than respecting them as sanctuaries, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned today during a Security Council debate on the protection of civilians in armed violence.