Syrian crisis, ISIL dominate UN debate on Middle East conflicts

The UN Security Council has met for an extraordinary ministerial-level meeting on Middle Eastern conflicts, on the same day that Russia announced it had conducted its first air strikes in Syria.

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Respect the dignity of migrants fleeing to Europe

Refugees fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, deserve to be treated with dignity not suspicion, said the head of the International Organization for Migration, or IOM.

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The Syria crisis must be resolved say world leaders

During the opening of the General Debate on Monday, world leaders urged a resolution to Syria’s brutal civil war - but offered different solutions on the best way forward.

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Syria: UN cites utter desperation behind ‘tsunami’ of refugees into Europe

Despair at appalling living conditions among the 4 million Syrians who have already fled to neighbouring countries is fuelling the current flood of refugees to Europe as they flee once more, this time from restrictions and under-funded aid programmes that have led to child labour and even ‘survival sex,’ the United Nations said today.

Syria: UN health agency urges donors to assist countries ‘doing the heavy lifting’

Crippling funding shortfalls are hindering the ability of emergency teams to meet the escalating health needs of the millions of Syrians displaced by civil war and donors need to step up support to countries in the region doing the “heavy lifting,” warned the World Health Organization (WHO).

Three new suspected cases of typhoid near Yarmouk camp in Syria

Following humanitarian operations in the southern Syrian town of Yalda, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said it has identified three new suspected cases of typhoid.

Ban praises progress of panel to investigate chemical weapons in Syria

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the leadership of a panel that has been charged with establishing a mechanism to investigate the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Child refugees "up 80 per cent" in Europe

The number of child refugees seeking safe passage in Europe has increased by 80 per cent since 2014, the UN Children’s Agency, UNICEF, said Tuesday.

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UN envoy hopes intra-Syrian thematic discussions will ‘set the stage’ for end to conflict

Returning from consultations with Syrian interlocutors in Damascus and Istanbul, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria announced today that he met with facilitators appointed by the Secretary-General to head working groups designed to find a political solution to the five-year conflict.

‘Time to overcome diplomatic failure’ in Syria, says head of UN-mandated rights probe

It is time to overcome diplomatic failure and recognise that there is a global interest in returning Syria to peace, the head of a United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry said today, warning that if conflict continues, nations will be “fuelling a war to keep their influence over a country that will barely exist.”