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US wants $250M cut to UN budget.

The United States is seeking a US$250 million cut to the core budget of the United Nations for 2018-2019, on top of US$200 million in savings already proposed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, diplomats said Tuesday, AFP reports.

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Stonehenge a fertility monument built to cast penis shadows, study says.

The UK's world-famous Stonehenge has been attracting tourists for thousands of years.Not only is it protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site — for its status as the most architecturally sophisticated prehistoric stone circle in...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

UN official: N.Koreans say it's important to prevent war.

UNITED NATIONS: The UN's political chief said on Tuesday that senior North Korean officials told him during his visit last week "that it was important to prevent war" over the country's rapidly advancing nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

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Sanctions: Millions at risk as winter bites, UN says.

As frigid winter weather sweeps over the Korean Peninsula, the United Nations has warned that punitive sanctions on North Korea could have unintended consequences for the country's long-suffering civilian population.

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UN stepping up support to diphtheria vaccination campaign for Rohingya children in Bangladesh.

A United Nations-backed campaign to immunize Rohingya children against diphtheria began on Tuesday in Bangladesh, following an outbreak that has resulted in nine deaths in the camps and makeshift settlements hosting these refugees from Myanmar.

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ICC Prosecutor asks Security Council to act on outstanding arrest warrants.

Omar Al Bashir recently travelled to countries that recognize the International Criminal Court but none arrested or surrendered the Sudanese President, the ICC Prosecutor today told the United Nations Security Council.

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Time running out for construction sector to cut energy use, meet climate goals - UN.

The clock is ticking on efforts to reform the buildings and construction sector's energy performance and keep the Paris Agreement on track, new United Nations-backed research revealed on Tuesday.

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New compact to improve refugee response 'a chance to chart a different course' - UN agency chief.

The head of the United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday kicked off in Geneva a dialogue on protection challenges with a stark warning: the tragedy of forced displacement has deepened - one year after the world pledged to improve its response to refugee situations.

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UN Assembly calls on Member States to 'accelerate progress' on goal of universal health coverage.

The United Nations on Tuesday called for greater efforts on the part of its Member States to ensure universal health coverage, and designated 12 December as International Universal Health Coverage Day.

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Armed hostilities on rise again in Ukraine, where conflict 'never really stopped,' says UN rights wing.

An uptick in armed hostilities in Ukraine has resulted in more deaths and new damages to critical water infrastructure storing dangerous chemicals - posing a grave threat to human life and the environment, according to a new United Nations report.

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Myanmar can draw on UN expertise in tackling Rohingya returns, Security Council told.

The United Nations can help Myanmar to defuse inter-communal tensions and create an environment for safe and dignified repatriation of Rohingya refugees, the Organization's top political official said Tuesday, stressing that the country could also tap the UN's capacities and experience in tackling other challenges, ...

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Tillerson: U.S. ready to speak with North Korea without preconditions

Earlier this year at the United Nations, Tillerson indicated that North Korea must take steps to reduce the threat of illegal weapons before considering talks

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Denmark gives Shs48b to districts hosting refugees

The government of Denmark has signed a five-year agreement with the United Nations Population Fund in Uganda for $13.27m towards improving women and young people's health

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Bangladesh moves to protect Rohingya children from diphtheria

Source: World Health Organization, UN Children's Fund Country: Bangladesh, Myanmar Accelerated immunization, launched today by the Government of Bangladesh together with health partners, will cover nearly 255,000 children in Ukhiya and Teknaf sub-districts in Cox's Bazar.SEAR/PR/1674 12 December 2017, Cox's Bazar, ...

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Afghanistan launches US$71 million initiative to prepare rural communities for climate change

Source: UN Development Programme Country: Afghanistan With a particular focus on women and marginalized groups, the new project will promote community-based preparedness and adaptation in the highly vulnerable provinces of Jawzjan and Nangarhar. December 13 2017, Kabul – The Government of Afghanistan, with the support of ...

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N. Korea says Dialogue with US 'Possible' Under Right Conditions

A top North Korean diplomat has reportedly said dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington "is possible," given the right conditions. Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that the North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations Ja Song Nam arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, where he told reporters that talks with the United States ...

- Albawaba - UK

Govt has severed all trade with N Korea, Prayut says

Thailand has cut off all trade with North Korea to comply with a United Nations Security Council resolution over the rogue state's repeated missile tests, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha says.

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OHCHR reports 544 conflict-related civilian casualties in Donbas since Jan 1

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has reported 544 conflict-related civilian casualties in Donbas from January 1 to November 15, according to the Office's update on the human rights situation in Ukraine.

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UN welcomes return of Sudanese refugees from CAR

December 12, 2017 - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on Tuesday has welcomed the return of Sudanese refugees from the Central African Republic . There are about 3,500 Sudanese refugees from Darfur living in the north-east of the CAR since the eruption of an insurgency in the western Sudan region. Nearly ...

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U.N. envoy urges Security Council to visit Myanmar, Bangladesh | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS - A top U.N. official recounted to the Security Council on Tuesday “heartbreaking and horrific accounts of sexual atrocities” by Myanmar soldiers against Rohingya Muslim women, urging the body to visit the region and demand an end to attacks on civilians. Pramila Patten, special envoy of U.N. The ...

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Report: Trump Infuriated By Haley’s Remark That Accusers ‘Should Be Heard’

President Donald Trump was furious that his top United Nations diplomat on Sunday said the women who have accused him of sexual harassment and assault should be heard, the Associated Press reported.“I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up,” U.S. ...

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Children at risk as internet exposure rises

Unicef says digital technologies have changed childhood amid risk of harm.

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World leaders and investors ramp up efforts to fight global warming at climate summit

French President Emmanuel Macron, along with the United Nations and the World Bank, hosts the One Planet Summit on the second anniversary of the Paris climate agreement, allowing world leaders to discuss and invest in solutions to global warming.

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'I was destined to work with refugees'

UNHCR has nearly 11,000 staff. Meet Robina Kolok, a supply officer from South Sudan on assignment to Bangladesh.

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UN and partners launch plan to support over five million Syrian refugees and their host countries

Source: UN Development Programme, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey The plan aims to bring together the vital efforts of some 270 humanitarian and development partners, in support of national efforts, to ensure refugees and host communities receive the ...

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Bangladesh moves to protect Rohingya children from diphtheria

Source: World Health Organization Country: Bangladesh, Myanmar Accelerated immunization, launched today by the Government of Bangladesh together with health partners, will cover nearly 255,000 children in Ukhiya and Teknaf sub-districts in Cox's Bazar.SEAR/PR/1674 12 December 2017, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh – The Government ...

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UEFA and UN to stage 'Match for Solidarity' in April

UEFA and the United Nations will team up to stage a charity match in Geneva on April 21 next year, European football's governing body said on Tuesday.

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UN Says Fighting Fuels 'Dire' Situation In Eastern Ukraine As Winter Sets In

The United Nations says daily cease-fire violations in eastern Ukraine have led to more civilian deaths and "further aggravated a dire human rights and humanitarian situation" as temperatures drop.

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Venezuela official orders probe into former UN ambassador

CARACAS, Venezuela — The chief prosecutor in Venezuela says his office has launched a probe into the country's former oil czar and ambassador to the United Nations.Tarek William Saab says Rafael Ramirez is being investigated...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

New Year could bring more misery to children in DR Congo's restive Kasai region, warns UNICEF

In the coming year, severe acute malnutrition could claim the lives of more than 400,000 children under the age of five in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's volatile Kasai region, the United Nations Children's Fund warned Tuesday.

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'Invest in the future, not the past;' green business key to winning war on climate change - UN chief

Those who fail to bet on a green economy will be living in a grey future, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned Tuesday, calling for greater ambition by governments, civil society, the private sector and finance partners to help tackle the global climate challenge.

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Venezuela official orders probe into former UN ambassador

The chief prosecutor in Venezuela says his office has launched a probe into the country's former oil czar and ambassador to the United Nations.

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Garda pleads guilty over information disclosure

A 35-year-old Garda has pleaded guilty at Sligo Circuit Court to disclosing information obtained during the course of her duties as a member of An Garda Síochána, knowing that the disclosure of that information was likely to have a harmful effect.

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UNESCO Adds Rebetiko to its Intangible Cultural Heritage List

The Greek musical genre rebetiko was inscribed on UNESCO's 2017 representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage during its annual meeting held in Jeju, Korea, Ekathimerini reported.According to the organization's announcement, rebetiko was selected because it contains invaluable references to the customs, practices ...

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UN: Bulgaria is in the Group of Developed Economies, But not the Rich

The Bulgarians are fortunate enough to live in the economically developed part of the planet but can not yet skip the threshold and enter the group of the highest income countries in the world where is all the rest of the EU except our neighbors Romania and Croatia. This points to the global view of the world situation ...

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News24.com | UN promises justice in DRC against peacekeeper attacks

The United Nations Deputy Special Representative for Democratic Republic of Congo says military offenses will be launched against rebels who killed at least 15 Tanzanian UN peacekeepers last week in eastern Congo

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News24.com | Unicef: 400 000 DRC children suffering severe malnutrition

The United Nations Children's Fund says at least 400 000 children under 5 in Democratic Republic of Congo's troubled Kasai region are severely malnourished.

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UN warns of new Syrian refugee wave to Europe if aid dries up

Syrian refugees could again seek to reach Europe in droves if aid programs are not sustained in five neighboring countries hosting the bulk of them, the United Nations said Tuesday.

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Zaev to Haradinaj: We support you in all processes

Pristina should count on Macedonia's support in all processes, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said on Tuesday. Zaev said this when asked whether Skopje would support Kosovo's UNESCO membership.

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'Zaev does not know how to respect Serbia's friendship'

Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin says Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev "has not kept his word." Vulin's reaction came after Zaev - asked whether his country would support Pristina's UNESCO bid, said Pristina should "count on Macedonia's support in all processes."

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400,000 children in DR Congo could die from hunger, says Unicef

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dec 12 - The United Nations on Tuesday warned that more than 400,000 children in Democratic Republic of Congo are severely malnourished and could die within months without emergency intervention. The crisis , the latest to hit the poverty-stricken, strife-torn central African country ...

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Leaders needed to fix global 'mess', says Kofi Annan

PARIS, France, Dec 12 - Former UN chiefs Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon have lashed out at the state of global leadership in the age of Donald Trump, warning a nuclear war could be triggered by accident. “Honestly speaking, we are in a mess,” Annan told AFP in an interview ahead of Tuesday's climate talks

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UNICEF calls for 'safer' digital world for children

The United Nations Children's Fund on Tuesday underscored the need to protect children from the perils of digital technology.

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U.N. warns of new Syrian refugee wave to Europe if aid dries up

GENEVA - Syrian refugees could again seek to reach Europe in droves if aid programs are not sustained in five neighboring countries hosting the bulk of them, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

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RFE/RL: UN says fighting fuels 'dire' situation in eastern Ukraine as winter sets in

The United Nations says daily cease-fire violations in eastern Ukraine have led to more civilian deaths and “further aggravated a dire human rights and humanitarian situation” as temperatures drop. The post RFE/RL: UN says fighting fuels 'dire' situation in eastern Ukraine as winter sets in appeared first on ...

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Ukrinform: UN documents torture and arrests of Crimean Tatars by Russia

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has documented numerous cases of human rights violations by Russia in the occupied Crimea, which mostly affected the rights of the Crimean Tatars. The post Ukrinform: UN documents torture and arrests of Crimean Tatars by Russia appeared first on KyivPost.

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UNICEF: 400,000 Congo children suffering severe malnutrition

The United Nations Children's Fund says at least 400,000 children under 5 in Congo's troubled Kasai region are severely malnourished.

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After pulling out of UN migration talks, US supports world body's refugee effort

The Trump administration, which pulled out of talks last week on a United Nations-sponsored Global Compact on Migration, is quietly staying the course on a proposed Global Compact on Refugees that aims to stem the worst crisis the world has seen since World War II.

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Human Rights Day: UN officials pledge to advance human dignity, equality and rights

Top United Nations officials on Monday urged everyone to raise their voices and stand up for the rights of others, while celebrating the launch of a year-long campaign on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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UN and partners launch $4.4 billion regional appeal for more than five million Syrian refugees

A more than $4 billion appeal has been launched to support what one senior United Nations official called on Tuesday “a lost generation” of Syrian refugees caught up in the ongoing conflict.

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