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Venezuela faces severe medicine crisis.

President Nicolas Maduro said he has asked the United Nations for help in dealing with Venezuela's medicine shortages, which have grown severe as the country grapples with a crippling economic crisis.

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NATO Official Sounds Alarm on Russia Libya Role.

Russia's role in Libya is causing growing concern at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a senior official said, with the Kremlin appearing to throw its support behind Gen. Khalifa Haftar, a rival of the United Nations-backed coalition government in Tripoli.

- Wall Street Journal - US

IGAD Summit: UNHCR appeals for continued and strong support to Somalia and countries hosting Somali refugees.

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UN Syria envoy urges foreign powers to help restore cease-fire.

The United Nations' Syria envoy sent an urgent appeal Saturday to Russia, Iran and Turkey seeking help to restore a cease-fire, warning that escalating violence was threatening peace talks in Geneva.

- The Daily Star - LB

Venezuela asks UN for help increasing dwindling medicine supply.

Venezuela's president, Nicolas Maduro, asked the United Nations to help with the country's severe medicine shortages.

- UPI - US

Why was UNESCO report on MCC project not made public, eNGO asks.

Plans to restore the Mediterranean Conference Centre have been marred by authorities' failure to provide complete information about the works to be carried out, an environmental NGO has said.  In a statement, Flimkien Għal Ambjent Aħjar said that a UNESCO report on the proposed works had not been made public and argued ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Commissioner O'Sullivan: An Garda Síochána on a journey of 'radical reform'.

New breath testing procedures put in place from April of last year, will prevent further discrepancies, claims the Garda Síochána.

- BreakingNews.ie - IE

News24.com | UN regional force to arrive in S Sudan in a month.

The first soldiers of a United Nations-mandated regional military force are set to be deployed to South Sudan within about a month, the outgoing UN official in charge of peacekeeping says.

- News24.com - ZA

IGCF 2017 concludes in Sharjah on high note with issue of recommendations to support achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The sixth edition of the International Government Communication Forum themed 'Societal Participation…Comprehensive Development', held under the patronage of Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, concluded yesterday at Expo Centre Sharjah, with the issue of a set of ...

- AzerNews - AZ

Hoping to build with 'incremental, constructive steps' - UN envoy for Syria.

Speaking to the media in Geneva yesterday, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria said that he is not expecting miracles, breakthroughs or breakdowns but is hoping to build on the previous rounds of talks on the war-ravaged country with some incremental, constructive steps.

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Rights Group: Congo Must Help Search for Missing UN Staff.

Congo's government must cooperate with United Nations efforts to locate experts who have been missing in the violent Kasai region for nearly two weeks, Human Rights Watch said Saturday. Uruguayan peacekeepers and Tanzanian special forces who deployed to find the six people, including ones from the United States and Sweden, ...

- Voice of America - US

Costa Blanca resort town Benidorm in bid for Unesco heritage site status

The bid is being supported by a study by the University of Alicante.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

UN peacekeeping chief defends cost of missions

Trump's plan for severe cuts to US funding has alarmed the United Nations.

- Daily Nation - KE

Myanmar rejects UN call for rights probe

YANGON: Myanmar on Saturday rejected a United Nations resolution to send a fact-finding mission to investigate alleged human rights abuses against the Rohingya Muslim minority, saying it would do more harm than good.

- BangkokPost - TH

UN says over 100 civilians killed each month as Yemen war enters third year

An average of over 100 civilians a month are dying in Yemen's war which enters its third year this weekend, most killed by the Saudi-led coalition's air strikes and shelling, the United Nations human rights office said on Friday.

- France24 - FR

Congo must help search for missing UN experts: Rights group

DAKAR, Senegal " Congo's government must cooperate with United Nations efforts to locate experts who have been missing in the violent Kasai region for nearly two weeks, Human Rights Watch said Saturday.Uruguayan peacekeepers...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Mosul assault paused after reports of hundreds of civilian casualties

U.S.-supported Iraqi forces paused their fight to retake the Islamic State-occupied portion of the city of Mosul on Saturday in response to concerns about a high civilian casualty rate. "The recent high death toll among civilians inside the Old City forced us to halt operations to review our plans," said a representative of ...

- The Week - US

Burma: UN to investigate crimes against Rohingya Muslims

THE top United Nations human rights body agreed on Friday to send an international fact-finding mission to investigate widespread allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya Muslims in Burma's Rakhine state. The post Burma: UN to investigate crimes against Rohingya Muslims appeared first on ...

- Asian Correspondent - HK

Maduro asks United Nations to help with supplies of medicines

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has asked for help from the United Nations to boost the country's supplies of medicines. Maduro said the UN had the expertise to normalize the supply and distribution of drugs in the country.

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Congo must help search for missing UN experts: Rights group

DAKAR, Senegal — Congo's government must cooperate with United Nations efforts to locate experts who have been missing in the violent Kasai...

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Congo must help search for missing UN experts: Rights group

Congo's government must cooperate with United Nations efforts to locate experts who have been missing in the violent Kasai region for nearly two weeks, Human Rights Watch said Saturday.

- FOX News - US

Lebanon moves forward on banning child marriage

A draft law to establish the legal age of marriage in Lebanon at 18 will be presented to Cabinet next week, following a workshop on the prevention of child marriage held Thursday at Parliament. The announcement that MP Elie Keyrouz will present the draft law aiming to end child marriage was made at a workshop on the issue ...

- Albawaba - UK

Venezuela pleads to UN for help as medicine supplies dry up

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro has said he asked the United Nations for help in boosting his country's medicine supplies. Hospitals in the country are reportedly running on just three percent of the supplies they need.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

New ESCAP reports highlight regional cooperation

Seoul, Republic of Korea – Regional cooperation and integration will be key to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in East and North-East Asia, according to two new reports launched by the United Nations Economic and Social ...

- Scoop NZ - NZ

Yemen's Banking Problems Could Have Dire Humanitarian Implications

Following a visit to Yemen earlier this month, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme declared that it was "a race against time" to avoid famine in the country. Her assessment was echoed in a subsequently released multiagency report on the crisis, which found that 17 million Yemenis are food insecure, up by ...

- The Washington Institute - US

Venezuela's Maduro asks U.N. to help ease medicine shortages

CARACAS - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday he has asked the United Nations to help the South American nation alleviate medicine shortages, which have become increasingly severe as the oil-producing nation's economic crisis accelerates.

- Reuters - US

U.N. body adopts Japan-EU motion to document North Korea rights abuses for future prosecution

The United Nations' top human rights body agreed on Friday to widen its investigation into violations in North Korea with a view to documenting alleged crimes against humanity for future prosecution. The body also expressed concern over the lack of progress in settling the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North ...

- The Japan Times - JP

UN eyes criminal prosecutions as it widens probe into North Korea human rights abuses

The United Nations’ top human rights body has agreed to widen its investigation into widespread violations in North Korea with a view to documenting alleged crimes against humanity for future prosecution. North Korea said it “categorically and totally” rejected the resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

UNHRC expands mandate of South Sudan human rights monitoring body

March 24, 2017 - The United Nations Human Rights Council Friday expanded the mandate of a three-member monitoring and advisory body on transitional justice and accountability issues in South Sudan and ordered to provide its findings also to the African Union hybrid court. On 23 March 2016, the Council decided to establish, ...

- SudanTribune.com - FR

UN peacekeeping chief defends cost of missions

UNITED STATES, Mar 25 - United Nations peacekeeping missions, under threat from budget cuts if Washington's promise to slash its UN spending goes ahead, are already costing as little as possible, a UN official said Friday. The comments come after US President Donald Trump this month proposed to cut Washington's contribution ...

- CapitalFM Kenya - KE

UN: Israel didn't comply with UN call to stop settlements

UNITED NATIONS — Israel took no steps to comply with a Security Council call to stop all settlement activity in the West Bank and east...

- Townhall.com - US

Venezuela’s President Asks UN for Help With Medical Supplies

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Friday he has asked the United Nations to help the South American nation alleviate medicine shortages, which have become increasingly severe as the oil-producing nation’s economic crisis accelerates. Triple digit inflation and a decaying socialist economic model have left ...

- Voice of America - US

'Worst is yet to come' with 400,000 trapped in west Mosul: U.N.

About 400,000 Iraqi civilians are trapped in the Islamic State-held Old City of western Mosul, short of food and basic needs as the battle between the militants and government forces rages around them, the United Nations refugee agency said on Thursday. Many fear fleeing because of Islamic State snipers and landmines. But ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

DR Congo: No Word on Missing UN Team

– The Democratic Republic of Congo government should fully cooperate with United Nations efforts to locate a UN Group of Experts team that has been missing since March 12, 2017, in Kasai Central province, Human Rights Watch said today. Expand Zaida Catalán Instagram/Zaida Catalán Those missing are Michael Sharp, an ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

UN: Cuts to peacekeeping budget, 3 missions to close

UNITED NATIONS -- UN officials have long been trimming their multibillion dollar peacekeeping budget and are poised to close three missions in Africa and the Caribbean over the next year, said the outgoing head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

- Newsday - US

UN Secretary-General Chastises South Sudan's Leaders for Humanitarian Crisis

United Nations Security Council members have unanimously called on South Sudan's leaders to prioritize the needs of the South Sudanese people, but disagree over the main causes of the famine in parts of the country. At a Thursday briefing in New York, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Security Council ...

- Voice of America - US

Figures of the week: Human development progress in Africa and globally

This week the United Nations Development Program launched its 2016 Human Development Report entitled Human Development for Everyone. The report takes stock of the global progress toward meeting human development objectives—as envisioned in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development—paying particular attention to people ...

- Brookings - US

U.N. warns of famine in Africa and western Asia as it seeks billions of dollars to prevent catastrophes

In a race against time to prevent four famines in Africa and western Asia, the U.N. and its humanitarian agencies need to raise $5.6 billion, fast. The United Nations had raised just $90 million — two cents for every dollar it needs to provide food for those most in need — by the end of February,...

- Los Angeles Times - US

Russia, China want United Nation's chemical weapons probe to cover Iraq

Russia, China have proposed that a United Nations panel investigating chemical weapons use in Syria be extended to Iraq, a proposal Britain rejected. The post Russia, China want United Nation's chemical weapons probe to cover Iraq appeared first on Firstpost.

- Firstpost - IN

Russia, China seek chemical weapons probe in Iraq

Russia and China have proposed that a United Nations panel investigating chemical weapons use in Syria be extended to Iraq, a proposal Britain immediately rejected.

- Zee News - IN

Outgoing UN peacekeeping head praises Indian, South Asian troops

United Nations, March 25 The outgoing head of peacekeeping operations, Herve Ladsous, has praised the quality of troops from India and other South Asian nations and the sacrifices they made in the UN missions. Speaking at his farewell news conference on Friday, Ladsous said the South Asian countries "give us large numbers ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Outgoing UN peacekeeping chief praises reduced cost of operations, as agility increases

United Nations peacekeeping is becoming more agile and capable, the outgoing chief today said, even as the cost for each peacekeeper fell 16 per cent in recent years, dropping the entire budget of the blue helmets worldwide to around $7.2 billion.

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FEATURE: Cuba's rich musical heritage rooted in African rhythm

For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade - one of the darkest chapters in human history - commemorated by the United Nations every year on 25 March, the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave ...

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PHOTO FEATURE: The enduring legacy of the transatlantic slave trade

The transatlantic slave trade was the largest forced migration in history and undeniably one of the most inhumane. According to the United Nations, over a 400-year period, the forcible extraction of Africans from their motherland was unprecedented in the annals of recorded human history

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UN spotlights slave descendants' legacy of achievements, overcoming 'dark chapter of human history'

Stressing the importance of remembering slavery and slave trade in human history, the legacy of which “resounds down the ages,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today highlighted the contributions that people of African descent have made and are continuing to make to their communities and to ...

- UN - INT

Building peace requires culture, education - message of historic UN Security Council resolution

Univocally condemning unlawful destruction and pillaging of cultural heritage such as religious sites and artefacts, the United Nations Security Council today adopted an historic resolution that is expected to strengthen protections for such heritage during armed conflicts where they are most vulnerable.

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Closing session, UN Commission agrees roadmap to women's economic empowerment

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women today agreed on a roadmap to women's full and equal participation in the economy as a vital step to achieving sustainable development as the body concluded its two-week session.

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International efforts towards Middle East peace must be matched by steps on the ground - UN envoy

Noting that international engagement on reviving the Middle East peace process over the last three months reconfirmed the consensus that the two-state solution is the only means of realizing the national aspirations of both peoples a senior United Nations official called for continued expansion of the momentum into a ...

- UN - INT

U.N. Human Rights Council adopts new North Korea resolution

The United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted a North Korea human rights resolution that could establish an archive of evidence against Pyongyang.

- UPI - US

UN: Israel didn't comply with UN call to stop settlements

The United Nations says Israel took no steps to comply with a Security Council call to stop all settlement activity in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, and instead authorized "a high rate" of settlement expansions in violation of international law.

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