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UN refugee agency prepares for possible returns of displaced people in Mali

As the French and Malian forces continue to retake towns from rebels in northern Mali, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is preparing for a possible return of displaced people to their homes.

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UNESCO to help Mali restore cultural heritage damaged during recent violence

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today announced it will help rebuild and safeguard Mali’s cultural heritage, which has been the target of attacks during the current crisis.

UN agency gearing up to assist potential returnees to northern Mali

With the situation in Mali evolving quickly, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says it’s preparing for the possible return of thousands of people to the north of the country.

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Mali: UN gears up to assist possible return of thousands of displaced people

The United Nations refugee agency today announced it is urgently preparing for a possible spontaneous return of thousands of conflict-displaced people in northern Mali, where ongoing insecurity is hampering some 380,000 from returning home.

Crisis in Mali having far-reaching impact on rest of West Africa, warns UN envoy

The ongoing crisis in Mali is having far-reaching effects in West Africa and the Sahel, a United Nations envoy said today, stressing that the situation there illustrated the fragility of the region.

More people are displaced in Mali as fighting continues: UNHCR

As fighting continues in Mali where rebels control the northern part of the country, people continue to flee their homes, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).

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UN refugee agency reports growing number of people displaced by fighting in Mali

The United Nations refugee agency today reported that the number of people fleeing the fighting in Mali is increasing, amidst reports of growing food shortages.

Military and political tracks must proceed together to resolve Mali crisis – UN officials

Success in tackling the ongoing crisis in Mali requires strong military action along with intense focus on the political challenges, while also addressing the dire humanitarian situation in the country, top United Nations officials stressed today.

ICC opens investigation into crimes committed in Mali

The International Criminal Court formally opened an investigation on Thursday into alleged crimes committed in Mali since January of 2012.

The investigation has been prompted by a report compiled by the UN human rights office.

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Rape and torture among serious rights violations spawned by Mali crisis – UN report

The ongoing crisis in Mali has led to serious human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, rape and torture, says a United Nations report released today, which warns that increasing ethnic tensions could have alarming consequences on the North African nation.