Egypt

UN chief pays tribute to Egypt’s role in avoiding ‘dramatic’ escalation in conflict across the Gaza-Israel border

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has paid tribute to the role played by Egypt in helping to avoid a “dramatic” escalation of violence in Gaza over recent months, as tensions grew over Palestinian protests at the border, Hamas rocket attacks, and reprisal airstrikes by Israel.

‘Counter and reject’ leaders who seek to ‘exploit differences’ between us, urges Guterres at historic mosque in Cairo

Speaking in Cairo’s historic al-Azhar mosque on Tuesday, UN chief António Guterres issued a call for societies, faiths and cultures everywhere to “focus on what unites us”, urging everyone to work together towards realizing the 2030 Agenda “for the collective benefit of all”.

News in Brief 25 February 2019

  • People’s rights under fire, UN chief tells the Human Rights Council
  • Around 6,000 more mostly women and children flee last ISIL terrorist stronghold in Syria
  • UN experts ‘deplore’ executions of nine in Egypt who ‘confessed under torture’
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UN rights office urges Egypt to halt death row executions amid torture allegations

Fifteen death row inmates have been executed in Egypt so far this month despite claims from many that they were tortured to secure a confession, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Friday.

Egypt on track to reduce food loss and waste by 50 per cent in five years: FAO

About one third of all food which is grown in the Middle East and North Africa is lost or wasted, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  Governments in the region have pledged to reduce food loss and waste by 50 per cent by 2024, and the agency along with the Italian government, is training farmers and wholesalers to reduce food loss and ensure greater food security, as Anais Hotin reports, from Egypt.

 

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