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12/15/2017 10:49 PM
UN rights wing ‘appalled’ at mass execution in Iraq
Expressing deep shock at a mass execution of 38 men at a prison in the Iraqi city of Nassiriya, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called on the country to establish an immediate moratorium and carry out an urgent and comprehensive review of its criminal justice system.

12/15/2017 10:13 PM
‘American Dream’ quickly becoming an ‘illusion,’ says UN human rights expert
The number of Americans living in poverty and the already high income inequality could worsen further in the days to come, making the United States the most unequal society in the world, the United Nations expert on extreme poverty and human rights warned Friday.

12/15/2017 08:34 PM
UN rights office urges El Salvador to reform 'draconian' abortion laws
The United Nations human rights wing has called on the Latin American nation, El Salvador, to immediately halt the application of a law that unduly penalizes women for abortion-related offenses and to review all cases to ensure their compliance with international human rights standards.

12/15/2017 08:15 PM
Rohingya refugees face ‘multitude of protection risks,’ warns UN agency
The United Nations refugee agency said on Friday that it is concerned about the deteriorating environment in which Rohingya refugees are living, especially children, who make up 55 per cent of the Rohingya refugee population in Bangladesh.

12/15/2017 05:51 PM
Hostilities flare on Yemen’s west coast, sparking new displacement – UN refugee agency
As hostilities intensify in frontline areas on Yemen’s west coast, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday that it is bracing for further displacement and a spike in humanitarian needs.

12/15/2017 05:00 AM
Dangerous rhetoric, overconfidence, increase risk of conflict on Korean Peninsula, UN chief warns
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Friday that he is deeply concerned over the risk of military confrontation on the Korean Peninsula, “including as a result of miscalculation.”

12/15/2017 05:00 AM
Children are the face of conflict-fuelled humanitarian tragedy in South Sudan – UNICEF
South Sudan's children are facing a raft of daily horrors and deprivations and urgently require a peaceful, protective environment, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday, warning that “anything less, places children and women at even greater risk of grave violations and abuse.”

12/15/2017 05:00 AM
Protection, well-being of uprooted children must be central to new global migration compact – UNICEF
Some 50 million children are on the move worldwide, and if countries follow best practices to ensure their safety and well-being, 2018 could be a landmark year for migrant children the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday.

12/15/2017 12:03 AM
UN chief stresses need to denuclearize Korean Peninsula, avoid ‘sleepwalking into war’
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres wrapped up a short visit to Tokyo on Thursday with an appeal to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and other countries to implement relevant Security Council resolutions to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

12/14/2017 11:20 PM
Security Council pledges support for regional push to revive South Sudan’s peace pact
As the brutal conflict in South Sudan enters its fifth year, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday said it remains deeply concerned over the situation there, and expressed strong support for a regional initiative aimed at salvaging a 2015 peace deal.

12/14/2017 08:31 PM
Respiratory diseases linked to seasonal flu claim thousands of lives every year – UN health agency
Respiratory diseases from seasonal influenza takes up to 650,000 lives annually, according to new estimates released Thursday by the United Nations health agency and global partners.

12/14/2017 08:23 PM
In Tanzania, UN peacekeeping chief pays tribute to ‘blue helmets’ killed in DR Congo
The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations on Thursday attended a ceremony in the port city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in honour of the country’s peacekeepers recently killed during their mission in a neighbouring country.

12/14/2017 05:32 PM
UN forum sees ‘moderate’ recovery for Latin American and Caribbean economies in 2018
New economic projections for Latin America and the Caribbean show moderate recovery in 2018 and growth the following year – with favoured expansions in consumption and domestic investment, the United Nations reported Thursday.

12/14/2017 05:00 AM
'Golden opportunity' missed for progress on intra-Syrian talks, says UN envoy
A “golden opportunity” has been missed to decide the future of Syria at the end of the latest round of United Nations-supported talks in Geneva, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday.

12/14/2017 05:00 AM
In Japan, UN chief spotlights power of universal health coverage to unlock economic growth
Health is everyone's right and a driver of economic development, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stressed Thursday, expressing the UN's readiness to help countries move towards health coverage for all.