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07/22/2019

‘Deep sadness’ at passing of UN nuclear watchdog agency chief, Yukiya Amano The head of the UN body that oversees nuclear activities across the world has died aged 72, it was announced on Monday. In a statement, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed the passing of Director General Yukiya Amano, with “deepes...
18:00, 07/22/2019

UN stands in solidarity with Japan following deadly arson attack at leading animation studio in Kyoto UN chief António Guterres said on Friday he was “deeply saddened” at the death of at least 33 people inside a popular Japanese animation studio, in the city of Kyoto, following an arson attack that constitutes one of the worst mass-killings in the na...
23:51, 07/19/2019

‘Indiscriminate blasts’ in civilian areas ‘must stop’, UN mission in Afghanistan stresses  The “deliberate targeting of educational facilities” during armed conflict is “a war crime”, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said on Friday after a bomb detonated near the entrance to Kabul University, in the country’s ca...
23:51, 07/19/2019

‘Firmly united’ Security Council can bolster Colombia’s efforts to secure lasting peace, says UN envoy The Colombian peace process is an outstanding example of how much support the United Nations can provide when the Security Council is ‘firmly united’, a senior UN envoy said on Friday, calling for the 15-member body’s continued commitment as the coun...
23:51, 07/19/2019

Stronger partnerships with post-conflict countries needed to ensure ‘path towards durable peace’: UN chief As UN missions are drawn down and eventually closed, stronger partnerships are needed to ensure that countries recovering from conflict can transition successfully to a phase of durable peace and development, UN Secretary-General António Guterres tol...
23:51, 07/18/2019

Yemen: UN Envoy ‘guilty’ of optimistic hope that war is ‘nearing the end’ With Yemen once again at a “crucial moment” the UN Special Envoy trying to facilitate peace there told Security Council members on Thursday that despite the dangers of being over optimistic, he could not help thinking the country could finally be “ne...
22:17, 07/18/2019

Human cost of Ukraine conflict is growing, Security Council told The human cost of the conflict in Ukraine is growing, the UN political chief told the Security Council on Tuesday, during a briefing on the current situation in the country....
00:17, 07/17/2019

Hackers Made an App That Kills to Prove a Point Medtronic and the FDA left an insulin pump with a potentially deadly vulnerability on the market—until researchers who found the flaw showed how bad it could be....
23:51, 07/16/2019

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Guterres in Kenya, Prisoners sick in Iran, #GlobalGoals, Myanmar, Ukraine updates, and new space partnership This Wednesday’s UN top stories are: latest global terror warnings; political prisoners denied health access in Iran; high-level discussions on Sustainable Development Goals; continued abuse of Rohingya in Myanmar; Odessa killings in Ukraine; and par...
00:00, 07/11/2019

Peace operations benefit from improved cooperation between the UN and troop-providing countries, says peacekeeping chief Cooperation between the UN Secretariat; Security Council; and countries contributing troops and police to peacekeeping operations; is “a crucial factor” to enhancing those operations, the UN peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Wednesday....
00:00, 07/11/2019

Monday’s Daily Brief: global homicide figures, neo-Nazi recruitment, Kashmir, and migrants’ plight in USA This Monday, we cover: a record high number of civilian casualties in Kashmir this year; a new UN study showing that more people die due to homicide than war; how neo-Nazis target children online to expand their ranks; and condemnation by the UN huma...
22:17, 07/08/2019

Homicide kills far more people than armed conflict, new UN study shows Some 464,000 people across the world were victims of homicidal violence in 2017, more than five times the number killed in armed conflict over the same period, UN researchers said on Monday....
17:17, 07/08/2019

How to Protect Our Kids' Data and Privacy Opinion: Kids today have an online presence starting at birth, which raises a host of legal and ethical concerns. We desperately need a new data protection framework....
19:17, 07/07/2019

Friday’s Daily Brief: Sudan power-sharing deal welcomed, hope for Venezuela talks, Rohingya camps flooded, Libya airstrikes update Friday’s main news stories include: Guterres welcomes Sudan power-sharing deal; six children are among 53 confirmed dead after Libya detention centre airstrikes; Monsoon rains wreak havoc in Rohingya camps; and Bachelet calls for “time and space” in ...
01:51, 07/06/2019

Libya detention centre attack could amount to a war crime, say top UN officials A missile attack on a detention centre in Tripoli that killed scores of migrants and refugees “deserves more than condemnation”, UN agencies said on Wednesday, as both the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the head of the UN mission in Libya ...
17:51, 07/03/2019

Restrictions, unmet promises, unbridled violence in Sudan, a ‘recipe for disaster’, says Bachelet After nationwide protests across Sudan on Sunday, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday called on Sudanese authorities to lift restrictions on the internet and launch independent investigations into all acts of violence against demonst...
17:51, 07/03/2019

Ransomware Hits Georgia Courts As Municipal Attacks Spread Almost every month in 2019 so far has seen reports of a local government falling prey to ransomware, but this series of attacks belies an even broader threat....
02:00, 07/02/2019

UN chief welcomes possibility of resumed talks between US and North Korea As the clicking of cameras and flash of lightbulbs captured on Sunday the first sitting United States President to set foot inside North Korea, Secretary-General António Guterres offered his full support to a potentially reset relationship that may r...
22:51, 07/01/2019

Five years on from ISIL ‘caliphate’ proclamation in Iraq, Security Council makes first-ever visit The Security Council has concluded a first-ever visit to Iraq on Saturday, five years on from the proclamation, by the ISIL terrorist group, of a “caliphate” in the country. The visit, which also took in a trip to Kuwait, saw the members meet senior ...
22:51, 07/01/2019

UN Children’s Fund chief condemns 'horrific' Kabul bomb attack Scores of children were among the casualties following a bomb attack on a Government building in the Afghan capital of Kabul today, that hit nearby schools. The bombing was described by Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund, UN...
22:51, 07/01/2019

Ebola fight ongoing amid evidence of ‘several massacres’ in DR Congo’s Ituri province The vital work of tracing people infected with deadly Ebola virus disease in north-east Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is progressing, despite evidence of “several” massacres in the affected area earlier this month, the UN said on Friday....
19:00, 06/28/2019

Syria’s Idlib ‘on the brink’ of a nightmare urge humanitarian chiefs, launching global solidarity campaign The heads of 11 global humanitarian organizations warned on Thursday that the embattled rebel-held province of Idlib in Syria, stands on the brink of disaster, with three million civilian lives at risk, including one million children....
19:51, 06/27/2019

Peace in the Gulf ‘at a critical juncture’ says DiCarlo, urging continuation of Iran nuclear deal The Iran nuclear deal must “continue to work for all”, despite moves by both the United States and Iran which have destabilized the “hard-won” 2015 agreement, the UN Political Affairs chief told Security Council members on Wednesday. ...
21:51, 06/26/2019

Security Council urges ‘maximum restraint’ around Gulf region as Iran and United States trade diplomatic blows in New York There is a need for “genuine regional dialogue” to address rising tensions in the Gulf, Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations said on Monday, calling on Secretary-General António Guterres “to play a role” in bringing countries to the table....
01:17, 06/25/2019

Statelessness for terrorists’ families, never an acceptable option, urges UN rights chief Thousands of suspected foreign ISIL terrorist fighters and their families who are being held in detention in Syria and Iraq, must be treated fairly by their captors and taken back by their home countries, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights sai...
21:34, 06/24/2019

The Internet Has Made Dupes—and Cynics—of Us All The typical response to the onslaught of falsehood is to say, lol, nothing matters. But when so many of us are reaching this point, it really does matter....
14:34, 06/24/2019

Assassinations in Ethiopia amidst regional ‘coup’ attempt, condemned by UN chief The assassination of the chief of staff of the Ethiopian army and killing of a regional governor in what the Government has described as a regional coup attempt, has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. ...
01:00, 06/24/2019

Syria: ‘Deplorable’ violence in Idlib against civilians, humanitarian workers must ‘stop immediately’, says senior UN envoy  Acts of violence against civilians, humanitarian workers and civilian infrastructure in Idlib are “deplorable”, the United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis said on Friday, condemning them “in the strongest terms”.    ...
17:34, 06/21/2019

UN Security Council calls for protection of persons with disabilities in conflict zones The Security Council on Thursday adopted its first-ever resolution calling on UN Member States and warring parties to protect persons with disabilities in conflict situations and to ensure they have access to justice, basic services and unimpeded hum...
00:34, 06/21/2019

Presidential election: ‘Key moment’ to reaffirm Afghanistan’s democratic political structure, UN mission chief tells Security Council  The presidential election scheduled for 28 September will be a “key moment to reaffirm the legitimacy of Afghanistan’s democratic political structure”, the United Nations mission chief in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday. ...
01:51, 06/20/2019

Ripple effect of sexual violence in conflict threatens ‘collective security’, stains ‘our common humanity’, says UN chief  Sexual violence in conflict is a “threat to our collective security” and a “stain on our common humanity”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violenc...
19:17, 06/19/2019

300,000 flee flare-up of ethnic violence in north-eastern DR Congo More than 300,000 people have been forced to flee resurgent inter-ethnic violence in north-east Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) just this month, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday....
17:51, 06/18/2019

Monday’s News Brief: World population, Desertification Day, ocean protection, Nigeria, Yemen and Gaza To start this week, we cover: food aid diversions in Yemen; 9.7 billion of people on earth by 2050; Law of the Sea Convention; World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought; triple suicide bombing in Nigeria; and a solar power plant for health care...
00:00, 06/18/2019

Yemeni children ‘dying right now’ due to food aid diversions Beasley warns Security Council Food continues to be taken “from the mouths of hungry little boys and little girls” in many areas of Yemen controlled by Houthi rebels, warned the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday, who said the agency would be forced to suspend som...
21:00, 06/17/2019

Ahead of 2020 elections, situation in Burundi shows encouraging signs but remains fragile A UN Security Council meeting on the security and political situation in Burundi was held on Friday, as the country continues to grapple with a four-year-long crisis and is gearing up for new elections in 2020....
00:17, 06/15/2019

UN suspending handover of camps in Darfur, peacekeeping chief tells Security Council The joint African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), is suspending the handover of any more camps for displaced civilians to the Sudanese military, against a backdrop of worsening violence and insecurity across the country....
20:17, 06/14/2019

UN cooperation with League of Arab States ‘pivotal’, UN chief tells Security Council Global problems require global solutions that rely on “essential” partnerships, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Thursday, stating that “our cooperation with the League of Arab States is pivotal”. ...
10:51, 06/14/2019

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: mental health, conflict prevention, Ebola in Uganda, Sudan protests, child labour This Wednesday’s top stories are: one-in-five conflict-affected people suffer from a mental illness; the Security Council holds a special session on conflict prevention; 5-year-old Congolese boy is first to die from Ebola in Uganda; Sudanese protesto...
05:00, 06/13/2019

Jigsaw Bought a Russian Twitter Troll Campaign as an Experiment In a controversial move, the Alphabet-owned tech firm played both sides of an online argument in Russia with the aim of testing disinformation-for-hire services....
03:17, 06/13/2019

Conflict prevention, mediation: among ‘most important tools’ to reduce human suffering, Guterres tells Security Council  Conflict prevention and mediation are two of “the most important tools at our disposal to reduce human suffering” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Wednesday.  ...
21:51, 06/12/2019

UN Security Council offers Yemen Special Envoy ‘their full support’ Security Council members issued a statement on Monday offering “their full support” to the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, after he had reportedly come in for criticism by the Government....
04:17, 06/12/2019

Families deserve answers when loved ones go missing in conflict: Security Council adopts historic resolution The 15 members of the United Nations Security Council adopted on Tuesday the very first ever resolution focused on the issue of missing persons in armed conflict. The aim is to encourage countries to fulfil their obligations, take action to step up p...
04:17, 06/12/2019

One-in-five suffers mental health condition in conflict zones, new UN figures reveal More than one-in-five people living in conflict-affected areas suffers from a mental illness, according to a new report based on UN figures, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to call for increased, sustained investment in mental health se...
04:17, 06/12/2019

Civilians ‘must never be a target,’ says UN in Afghanistan, amid troubling number of casualties during Ramadan The United Nations has urged all parties to the “ongoing intense conflict” across Afghanistan to meet their obligations to protect civilians from harm, denouncing a spate of attacks by militants which killed more than 100 civilians in Kabul alone dur...
15:00, 06/10/2019

FROM THE FIELD: Murals help heal wounds of bloody conflict in Guatemala “The villagers knew that the military kidnapped [indigenous] people and brought them here and tortured them. While alive, they were forced to dig their own graves. Some would be buried in the ground, here, still half alive.” The chilling words of Ros...
22:17, 06/08/2019

Accountability in Sudan ‘crucial’ to avoid ‘further bloodshed’, says UN rights office Now in its fifth day, a crackdown by the military authorities in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, with dozens reported killed, has prompted a “gravely concerned” UN human rights office (OHCHR) to propose the “rapid deployment” of a monitoring team t...
18:34, 06/07/2019

Syria: Urgent, concrete actions needed, to protect children too young to ‘make sense of this senseless war’ New firsthand reporting by UN staff in Syria reveals “increasingly horrific brutality” by all parties in the de-escalation area of the country’s northwest, causing “significant civilian causalities” and hundreds of thousands displaced, a senior human...
23:17, 06/06/2019

Russia and Iran Plan to Fundamentally Isolate the Internet Opinion: Russia and Iran’s decisions to build isolated, domestic internets represent a new form of internet fragmentation—one that is far more physical than what we’ve seen before....
15:17, 06/06/2019

Sudan: UN chief deplores excessive force used against pro-democracy protesters, calls on military and civilian leaders to ‘stay the course’ in negotiations Security forces in Sudan fired on pro-democracy protesters in the capital Khartoum on Monday, leaving a number of dead and many more injured, prompting the United Nation chief’s condemnation and an appeal for “peaceful dialogue” to resume....
19:17, 06/03/2019

World Food Programme accesses Yemeni frontline district for first time since conflict began Amid the world’s largest humanitarian crisis still unfolding in Yemen, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has gained access to the rebel-held northern district of Nihm, for the first time since the war between Houthis and the Saudi-backed Government c...
17:17, 05/31/2019

Syria: Thousands of children ‘hemmed in’ by ‘brutal and gratuitous’ spike in violence A marked escalation in fighting has put tens of thousands of children in northwest Syria at “imminent risk of injury, death and displacement”, the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) chief warned on Thursday....
23:34, 05/30/2019

Facebook Removes a Fresh Batch of Iran-Linked Fake Accounts Outside researchers tipped Facebook off that a social media network was pushing Iranian interests, posing as journalists, and even impersonating politicians....
05:51, 05/29/2019

In Afghanistan, attacks against schools have tripled in one year The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday that much greater protection for educational facilities was needed across Afghanistan where attacks against schools have increased three-fold in just one year. The call coincides with the third Internati...
23:51, 05/28/2019

DR Congo: Strengthened effort against Ebola is paying off, but insecurity still major constraint – UN health agency Although the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to make headway thanks to the determination of health workers on the ground, insecurity is still hampering the response, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on T...
20:00, 05/28/2019

Eight years in, Syria still embroiled in conflict ‘that no longer sparks outrage’, Security Council hears After eight years of deadly air strikes and terrorist attacks that have left hundreds of thousands of Syrians dead and millions of others injured, United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Mueller asked the Security Council on Tuesday...
19:00, 05/28/2019

Yemen update: UNICEF chief condemns attack in Taiz that claims lives of seven children Nowhere is safe in Yemen, the head of the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said, after an attack in the city of Taiz claimed the lives of 12 civilians, including seven youngsters – the latest victims of the country’s more than four-year war. ...
18:34, 05/27/2019

UN Mission in Afghanistan gravely concerned about ill-treatment of prisoners by Taliban, following first-hand testimony The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) expressed “grave concern” on Sunday over “credible accounts” it has been given that Taliban militants have been mistreating prisoners, which in some cases “may amount to torture”. ...
14:51, 05/26/2019

He died so I could live: UN peacekeeper pays tribute to fallen colleague But for the selfless bravery of the UN ‘blue helmet’ who dragged him to safety during a firefight against Congolese militiamen, it is unlikely that Corporal Ali Khamis Omary would be alive to tell the tale. The man who saved him, Malawian peacekeeper...
05:34, 05/25/2019

UN honours peacekeepers who ‘paid the ultimate price’, for the sake of others Ever-since the UN deployed the first of its 72 peacekeeping missions back in 1948, more than 3,800 peacekeepers have lost their lives, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday, at a wreath laying ceremony in honour of those “brave men and wo...
18:34, 05/24/2019

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Safeguarding civilians, strengthening Ebola response in DR Congo, marking Fistula Day, updates on CAR and Syria  Thursday’s main stories include: Better safeguards to protect civilians in conflict; UN ramps up coordination to beat Ebola in DR Congo; Obstetric fistula continues to afflict women; UN mission condemns attack in Central African Republic ...
03:51, 05/24/2019

‘Great cause of concern’ UN chief tells Security Council on 'bleak' state of civilian protection Marking 20 years since the UN Security Council added the protection of civilians to its agenda, Secretary-General António Guterres told the chamber on Thursday that while safeguards were stronger, “compliance has deteriorated”.   “We are rightly cri...
20:34, 05/23/2019

Palestine refugees’ relief chief warns Security Council money to fund Gaza operations will run out in mid-June The head of the UN relief and works agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) warned on Wednesday that despite weathering a “truly existential crisis” over funding last year, money to continue operations this year in the Gaza Strip will only last until m...
03:34, 05/23/2019

Wednesday's Daily Brief: Women boost work profits, saving biodiversity, UK loses Chagos Islands vote, Gaza funding, malaria-free in Argentina, Algeria Today's top stories include: boosting profits at work by hiring more women leaders; saving biodiversity to beat climate change; General Assembly condemns UK over Chagos Islands; just a month of funding left for Gaza; celebrating malaria-free Algeria ...
03:34, 05/23/2019

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Libya civil war, African displacement, global trade tensions, terrorists’ children ‘secretly detained’, and more Tuesday’s stories include: Libya facing “permanent division”, regional war; Africa event highlights forcible displacement; terrorists’ children ‘secretly detained’ in Syria; Venezuelans need protection; global trade tensions rise....
23:17, 05/21/2019

Libya on verge of civil war, threatening ‘permanent division’, top UN official warns Security Council The damage done to Libya will already take “years to mend” but unless fighting around the capital Tripoli stops, the country risks “descending into a civil war which could lead to the permanent division of the country”....
18:34, 05/21/2019

Sacrifice of fallen 'blue helmet' to be honoured with UN’s highest peacekeeping award In recognition of his “brave and selfless” action under fire in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)  ̶  saving the life of a fellow ‘blue helmet’ and helping his colleagues repel an armed group  ̶  the late Malawian soldier Chancy Chitete, will be...
04:51, 05/21/2019

Monday’s Daily Brief: WFP mulls ‘last resort’ Yemen aid suspension, top peacekeeping awardee announced, abuzz over Bee Day, Ebola threat ‘very high’ This Monday, headline stories include: WFP mulls “last resort” aid suspension in Yemen; highest UN peacekeeping award to be given on Friday; busy pollinators are focus of World Bee Day; Ebola threat still “very high”....
04:51, 05/21/2019

Political Parties Still Have Cybersecurity Hygiene Problems Three years after the DNC hack, a new report finds that political parties around the world have ongoing security flaws that leave them vulnerable to attack....
01:17, 05/21/2019

Guterres condemns armed attack against UN peacekeepers in Mali A violent attack against the United Nation's Integrated Stabilization Mission for Mali (MINUSMA) that left one peacekeeper dead on Saturday, drew strong condemnation from Secretary-General António Guterres. ...
04:17, 05/19/2019

Risk grows of ‘catastrophic humanitarian fallout’ in Syria’s Idlib, where 3 million are trapped: top UN officials urge unity in Security Council The UN’s Political and Humanitarian Affairs chiefs on Friday called on the Security Council to unite in support of an immediate de-escalation of fighting around Syria’s Idlib province, and work towards an enduring political solution on behalf of the ...
20:17, 05/17/2019

Deadly Yemen airstrikes that claim children’s lives in capital Sana’a, strongly condemned by UN Thursday’s airstrikes on Yemen’s capital Sana’a that reportedly killed five children and injured dozens more, have been strongly condemned by UN agencies, which have warned of the “brutal toll” on civilians of more than four years of conflict....
17:51, 05/17/2019

The False Promise of “Lawful Access” to Private Data Opinion: As online extremism migrates to real-world violence, some suggest letting law enforcement intercept encrypted messages. But that’s a dangerous proposition....
00:34, 05/17/2019

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: hate speech, dementia, Libya and Yemen, human rights in Brazil and Lebanon This Tuesday, we cover: the UN chief in New Zealand’s Christchurch calls for end to hate speech; how a healthy life style can prevent dementia; updates on fighting in Libya and Yemen; the human rights of detainees in Lebanon and people affected by le...
20:34, 05/14/2019

‘Hateful attacks’ pushing Sri Lanka backwards, UN advisers warn, urging an end to ‘discriminatory practices’ that feed intolerance Growing instances of religious-based violence in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka have prompted two United Nations Special Advisers to call for an end to “hateful attacks” directed towards the country’s Muslim minority....
19:51, 05/14/2019

UN condemns deadly attack on Burkina Faso church Senior UN officials voiced their outrage at a deadly attack on a Catholic church in the north of Burkina Faso on Sunday, during which six people were reportedly killed by gunmen. ...
01:17, 05/13/2019

DOJ Says Chinese Hackers Attacked Anthem, but Not Why For years, China was rumored to be behind the health insurance company's massive data breach, but now the Justice Department is noticeably silent on the hackers' motives and affiliation....
21:51, 05/10/2019

Colombia: ‘Terrible trend’ of rights defenders killed, harassed; UN calls for ‘significant effort’ to tackle impunity Alarmed by the “strikingly high number” of human rights defenders being killed, harassed and threatened in Colombia, the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) in the country on Friday, called on authorities to “make a significant effort” to “tackle the ende...
20:51, 05/10/2019

Nearly 900 children released by north-east Nigeria armed group The decision by a large armed group based in north-east Nigeria to release nearly 900 youngsters has been welcomed by UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, which has warned that those freed will need long-term help if they are to lead a normal life in the futu...
18:00, 05/10/2019

Thursday’s Daily Brief: ambulance attack in Libya, #GlobalGoals defenders, human rights in Cambodia, Swine Fever On Thursday, we cover: a tragic attack against an ambulance in Libya; six new advocates for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals; a call for a change in political culture in Cambodia; and how Swine Fever in China is affecting global food prices....
00:00, 05/10/2019

‘Abhorrent’ ambulance attack in Libyan capital imperils life-saving work, warns UN An attack on an ambulance in Tripoli on Wednesday that has critically injured the head of emergency services in Libya’s war-torn capital, along with two paramedics, has been strongly condemned by UN humanitarians....
18:17, 05/09/2019

Inside China’s Surveillance Crackdown on Uyghurs In Xinjiang, northwest China, the government is cracking down on the minority Muslim Uyghur population, keeping them under constant surveillance and throwing more than a million people into concentration camps. But in Istanbul, 3,000 miles away, a co...
15:51, 05/09/2019

Arrest of three Libyans wanted for grave crimes ‘would send strong and necessary message’ to victims, urges top Prosecutor  The arrest and transfer of three men in Libya who are wanted on war crimes charges – including the son of former ruler Muammar Gadaffi - would “send a strong and necessary message” to victims, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) ...
23:51, 05/08/2019

DR Congo: Ebola claims over 1,000 lives, Guterres commits ‘whole’ UN system, to help ‘end the outbreak’ Now in its tenth month, the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has claimed more than a thousand lives, prompting Secretary-General António Guterres to throw the support of “the whole United Nations system” into stemming the ...
22:17, 05/08/2019

Sahel crisis reaching unprecedented levels, warn top UN humanitarian officials Repeated and increasingly sophisticated armed attacks in the Sahel and food shortages linked to last year’s severe drought, have reached unprecedented levels, putting the future of a “whole generation” at stake, three top UN humanitarian officials sa...
21:34, 05/08/2019

UN launches innovative programme to detect and disrupt terrorist travel A new programme aimed at improving the tracking of suspected terrorists, using state-of-the-art software, was launched by the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) on Tuesday....
00:51, 05/08/2019

Better training ‘a necessary and strategic investment’ in peacekeeping that saves lives: Guterres Better training for peacekeepers being deployed to increasingly hostile environments is a “necessary and strategic” investment which can also save lives, the UN Secretary-General told Security Council members on Tuesday....
20:00, 05/07/2019

The Law Being Used to Prosecute Julian Assange Is Broken Opinion: Julian Assange is being prosecuted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a minimally defined statute that can have maximally destructive consequences....
16:17, 05/07/2019

UN honours fallen colleagues and friends who ‘risk all to promote peace’ The lives of 115 colleagues who lost their lives between the beginning of last year and the end of March, serving the United Nations, were honoured on Monday at the annual Memorial Service for Fallen Staff, in New York....
00:00, 05/07/2019

Cameroon: Clear ‘window of opportunity’ to solve crises rooted in violence - Bachelet The UN human rights chief on Monday welcomed Cameroon’s willingness to cooperate over finding workable solutions to “major human rights and humanitarian crises”, caused by months of serious unrest and violence across the west and north of the country...
00:00, 05/07/2019

Grave concern over escalating humanitarian crisis, casualties, displacement across northwest Syria: UN The UN has said it is “gravely concerned” over reports of a worsening humanitarian situation facing civilians across northwest Syria, with rising casualties, and “waves of displacement” due to intensifying conflict....
02:51, 05/03/2019

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Press Freedom Day, Tuna Day, cultural dialogue, #GlobalGoals awards, updates on Syria, Somalia, Mali This Thursday, top stories includes: the celebrations of World Press Freedom Day and World Tuna Day, events for inter-cultural dialogue in Azerbaijan and for Global Goals awards in Germany, and updates from Syria, Somalia and Mali....
02:51, 05/03/2019

Trump’s World Still Faces 16 Known Criminal Probes Mueller is done and Rosenstein is on his way out the door, but federal and state authorities around the country are still investigating the president and those in his orbit....
02:17, 05/01/2019

Gains by Abyei interim force can help advance resolution of border issues between Sudan and South Sudan, UN peacekeeping chief says The United Nations security force for Abyei remains essential to stability in the border regions between Sudan and South Sudan, the UN peacekeeping chief said on Tuesday, proposing the creation of a civilian unit to support progress towards political...
02:00, 05/01/2019

‘Action and tangible progress’ needed to finally ‘win the peace’ for Syrians: UN envoy It will take “action and tangible progress” between Syrian Government and opposition leaders, not just dialogue, to bring about lasting peace said the UN Special Envoy for the war-torn country on Tuesday, stressing that Syria “contains many threats f...
23:34, 04/30/2019

‘Continuing absence’ of political solution to Israel-Palestine conflict ‘undermines and compounds’ UN efforts to end wholesale crisis The UN is “continuing to address the humanitarian, economic and political crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory” but efforts are continually undermined by the lack of any political progress towards a two-State solution, said the head of UN Pol...
21:51, 04/29/2019

Bringing justice to the people: how the UN is helping communities deal with disputes in remote and dangerous areas Justice can be hard to come by in countries hit by conflict. To ensure that communities can settle disputes, and see criminals lawfully punished, UN peacekeeping missions support mobile courts, which travel to places where no regular court exists.  ...
17:17, 04/29/2019

Yemen blast kills 14 children, leaves others fighting for their lives in Sana’a Further details have emerged of an attack on a school in the Yemeni capital Sana’a at the weekend which killed 14 youngsters and critically injured 16 others....
20:00, 04/28/2019

UN rights chief Bachelet appeals for dialogue in Sudan amid reports ‘70 killed’ in demonstrations Sudan’s authorities have an “over-arching responsibility” to protect protesters, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said on Tuesday, amid reports that 70 people have died in the latest anti-Government clashes....
20:00, 04/28/2019

Niger population’s suffering ‘increasing with each passing month’: UN Refugee Agency An upsurge of violence in the south-east of Niger means that the population’s suffering is increasing “with each passing month,” a UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesperson warned on Tuesday, at a press briefing in Geneva. In March alone, some 88 civili...
20:00, 04/28/2019

Libyan national conference postponed, nearly 500,000 children at ‘direct risk’ from fighting around Tripoli An imminent UN-led Libyan conference seeking to set up elections for the war-ravaged, oil-rich country has been postponed because of ongoing clashes near the capital, the top United Nations official in the country said on Tuesday....
20:00, 04/28/2019

UN’s Grandi slams ‘toxic language of politics’ aimed at refugees, migrants In a heartfelt briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday, Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, has said that, during his three and a half decades as an international civil servant, he has “never seen such toxicity, such po...
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‘Still time' to stop a ‘bloody battle’ for Libya’s capital, insists Guterres Speaking to reporters outside the Security Council in New York on Wednesday night, UN chief António Guterres said there was still time for a “bloody battle for Tripoli” to be avoided, despite the continuing fighting in and around the Libyan capital. ...
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‘Democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people’ must be met urges Guterres, following military removal of al-Bashir from power UN chief António Guterres said on Thursday that the “democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people” need to be realized through “an appropriate and inclusive transition process”, following the overthrow and arrest of President Omar al-Bashir by order...
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Thursday's Daily Brief: Women in peacekeeping, the arrest of Sudan’s leader, updates on Libya, Nigeria and Syria On Thursday, the Security Council looked at the key role played by women in the UN’s peacekeeping operations. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange could be exposed to “serious human rights violations”, following his arrest in the United Kingdom, accordin...
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Sudan military committed to ‘ensuring stability’ and ‘peaceful transition’ says senior diplomat, as UN rights chief appeals for protesters’ rights to be upheld Sudan’s military has an “overarching duty” to refrain from using violence against protesters and ensure that their human rights are protected amid concerns of a further escalation, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Frida...
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From ‘dead on the inside’ to ‘truly alive’: Survivor of genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda recounts her story as UN marks 25th anniversary “Miraculously I had no machete marks” a survivor of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda told a solemn United Nations event in New York on Friday, 25 years on, to remember the systematic killing of more than one million people, over less than thr...
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Friday’s Daily Brief: human rights in Sudan, sombre anniversaries for Rwanda and Nigeria, and fears of ‘chaos’ in Libya Top news on Friday included: a call for respect for human rights in Sudan’s protests; the 25th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda; five years since the Chibok girls were abducted in Nigeria; the UN chief condemning a deadly terro...
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Plan for troop pullback ‘now accepted’ by rival forces around key Yemen port, but fighting intensifying elsewhere, Security Council warned A plan to withdraw forces from front lines in and around the key Yemeni port of Hudaydah has been accepted by pro-Government forces and Houthi rebels, the UN Special Envoy to the country told the Security Council on Monday, warning however that war s...
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Violence on the rise in Darfur following Sudan military takeover, but UN-AU peacekeeping mission maintains ‘robust posture’ Security across the volatile Darfur region of Sudan has deteriorated since last week’s military takeover in Khartoum, the UN Security Council heard on Wednesday, but the peacekeeping mission in Darfur has “remained vigilant” in the face of rising vio...
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Libya: Heavy shelling and civilian deaths ‘blatant violation’ of international law - UN envoy  Heavy shelling overnight on Tuesday which hit a densely-populated neighbourhood of Libya’s capital, Tripoli, was condemned “in the strongest terms” by the head of the UN Mission there, after “scores” of civilians were reportedly killed and injured....
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Service and Sacrifice: Ugandan 'Blue Helmets' support UN efforts to bring peace to Somalia A contingent of 530 Ugandan “Blue Helmets” (63 women, 467 men) is playing a crucial role in the United Nations’ efforts to help bring peace and stability to Somalia. They make up the United Nations Guard Unit (UNGU, that is tasked with protecting UN ...
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‘Foreign children’ in overwhelmed Syrian camp need urgent international help, says top UN official Help is needed urgently from the international community to help some 2,500 apparently stateless “foreign children” at a camp for the displaced, in north-east Syria, a top UN official said on Thursday....
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As fighting in Libya escalates, so does number of children ‘at imminent risk of injury or death’ In and around Tripoli, an increasing number of children are “at imminent risk of injury or death” two senior United Nations officials warned on Thursday, citing a surge of aggression in crisis-torn Libya....
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UN condemns attack on Ebola treatment centre in DR Congo which left doctor dead, two others injured The UN has condemned an attack on an Ebola treatment centre in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Friday, which led to the death of a doctor working for the World Health Organization (WHO), and injured two others. ...
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Killing of Egyptian peacekeeper in Mali ‘may constitute war crimes’ Guterres warns, urging ‘swift action’ An improvised roadside mine which exploded hitting a UN peacekeeping convoy in Mali, killing one ‘blue helmet’ from Egypt, and wounding four others, may constitute a war crime, the UN Chief said on Saturday, as senior UN officials condemned the blast...
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Libya: Thousands seek shelter in health clinics from Tripoli fighting, UN warns Nearly three weeks since fighting began near the Libyan capital Tripoli, the UN health agency warned on Tuesday that “large numbers” of people are sheltering in medical clinics, while civilians continue to be killed or injured, and refugees and migra...
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Protect women’s rights ‘before, during and after conflict’ UN chief tells high-level Security Council debate Over the course of the past decade, there has been “a paradigm shift” in understanding the devastating impact of sexual violence in conflict on international peace and security, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council during a...
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‘You can and should do more’ to include people with disabilities, wheelchair-bound Syrian advocate tells Security Council in searing speech The UN Security Council was told on Wednesday that people with disabilities “can’t wait any longer” for more of a say in how the world’s top diplomatic forum for peace and security, factors their needs into its work. ...
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