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UN chief strongly condemns latest attack New York, Apr 30 (IBNS) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday condemned ‘in the strongest terms’ the latest attacks in Syria – which left dozens of civilians dead or wounded from mortar fire and shelling in neighbourhoods in Homs and Damascus – and called on the government and opposition groups to resist provocations that could undermine peace efforts. 30-Apr-2014
MH370: Malaysia to release initial repor Kuala Lumpur, Apr 30 (IBNS): Malaysia's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein on Wednesday said preliminary report on the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 aircraft's disappearance will be released on Thursday. 30-Apr-2014
Blast hits China railway station Beijing, Apr 30 (IBNS): A blast hit a railway station in China's Urumqi on Wednesday. 30-Apr-2014
Upcoming national elections important fo New York, Apr 30 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has highlighted the importance of Wednesday's national elections for peace and stability in Iraq and called for creating the necessary conditions to enable all citizens to participate in the polls. 30-Apr-2014
UN urges ratification of chemical weapon New York, Apr 30 (IBNS): Marking the Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President John Ashe on Tuesday urged the six reticent Member States to sign and/or ratify the Chemical Weapons Convention which aims to eliminate an entire category of weapons of mass destruction. 30-Apr-2014
UN deplores Egypt's mass death sentences New York, Apr 30 (IBNS): The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday strongly condemned the imposition of the death penalty on hundreds of people in Egypt, after mass trials that she said clearly breached international human rights law. 30-Apr-2014
After deadly attack, UN urges safety for New York, Apr 30 (IBNS): At least two people were killed and six others injured in the Central African Republic (CAR) after an attack on an 18-truck humanitarian convoy relocating 1,300 Muslims to safety in the country's north, a spokesperson for the United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday confirmed, renewing calls for protection of displaced people. 30-Apr-2014
South Sudan: UN provides aid to displace New York, Apr 30 (IBNS): The United Nations refugee agency is preparing to airlift relief supplies to South Sudan on Tuesday for 100,000 displaced people ahead of the rainy season, while the top UN relief official there is calling for a month-long truce to enable people to move around safely and cultivate their fields. 30-Apr-2014
UNSC extends mandate of Western Sahara m New York, Apr 30 (IBNS): The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Tuesday extended for another year the mandate of the United Nations mission tasked with monitoring the ceasefire in Western Sahara and organizing a referendum on self-determination for the people of the territory. 30-Apr-2014
UN urges Mid-east parties to salvage pea New York, Apr 30 (IBNS): In the wake of Israel's decision to break off talks with the Palestinians after a Fatah-Hamas unity deal, and amid a "volatile" situation on the ground with negative trends in the West Bank and a fragile calm in Gaza, a United Nations envoy on Tuesday challenged the parties to use this "moment of truth" to reflect on the hard choices required to keep peace from slipping further away. 30-Apr-2014
Chemical watchdog to probe chlorine gas New York, Apr 30 (IBNS): The head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Tuesday it will seek to "establish the facts" surrounding allegations of the use of chlorine in Syria, where it is already working jointly with the United Nations to rid the country of its chemical weapons. 30-Apr-2014
Cote d'Ivoire: UNSC lifts diamond ban, t New York, Apr 30 (IBNS): The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Tuesday voted unanimously to lift a ban on importing rough diamonds from Cote d'Ivoire and to partially lift the arms embargo, differentiating between lethal and non-lethal arms. 30-Apr-2014
Ukraine: UN urges efforts to achieve sta New York, Apr 30 (IBNS): Describing "alarming" developments in Ukraine - from the capture of European observers and the violent takeover of Government buildings by separatist groups, to the shooting of the mayor of a major eastern city - a senior United Nations official this evening appealed to all sides to "work expeditiously" at putting the crisis-torn country on the path to stability. 30-Apr-2014
UN urges control of harmful chemicals in New York, Apr 29 (IBNS): While chemicals can be useful, necessary steps should be taken to prevent and control potential risks for workers, workplaces, communities and the environment, the United Nations labour agency reported, marking the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. 29-Apr-2014
UN seeks high-level participation in con New York, Apr 29 (IBNS): United Nations Under Secretary-General Gyan Chandra Acharya has welcomed the adoption of resolution calling for the active participation of all Member States in the Second UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDC), set to take place from 3-5 November 2014, in Vienna. 29-Apr-2014
Kosovo: UN seeks justice for perpetrator New York, Apr 29 (IBNS): A senior United Nations official on Monday condemned a recent attack on two vehicles belonging to the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) and called for ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to justice. 29-Apr-2014
Honduras: UN urges measures to protect c New York, Apr 29 (IBNS): Honduras must immediately adopt measures to effectively protect children, without discrimination, from all forms of violence, abuse and exploitation, an independent United Nations human rights expert has urged. 29-Apr-2014
Ban seeks efforts to remove weapons of m New York, Apr 29 (IBNS): Ten years after the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) took "bold action" to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called for intensified efforts to remove the threat posed by these weapons and to prevent terrorists from acquiring them. 29-Apr-2014
South Sudan: UN urges safety to allow di New York, Apr 29 (IBNS): The United Nations human rights chief on Monday called on the parties to the conflict in South Sudan to respect the cessation of hostilities in order to stem the suffering of ordinary civilians and to ensure that it is safe enough for those uprooted by months of violence to return to their homes. 29-Apr-2014
UNSC highlights critical role of militar New York, Apr 29 (IBNS): The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Monday called on countries emerging from conflict and all those assisting them to prioritize the development of domestic police and national defence forces that maintain rule of law and respect human rights, in its first-ever stand-alone resolution on security sector reform. 29-Apr-2014
UN joins Olympic Committee to promote sp New York, Apr 29 (IBNS): With Norwegian professional biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen and Boston Marathon male winner Meb Keflezighi watching on, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach on Monday signed an agreement between their respective organizations, marking an "historic step" in their cooperation to promote the role of sport in development and peace. 29-Apr-2014
Egypt: Ban alarmed by recent mass death New York, Apr 29 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday voiced alarmed at the news that another preliminary mass death sentence has been handed down in Egypt, where more than 680 people were reportedly on trial, a topic he will raise later this week in a meeting with the Egyptian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nabil Fahmy. 29-Apr-2014
Ukraine: Ban demands release of OSCE mil New York, Apr 29 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday strongly condemned the detention of international military monitors and staff in Ukraine, and demanded that they be released "immediately, unconditionally and unharmed." 29-Apr-2014
Tornadoes strike US, 16 killed Arkansas, Apr 28 (IBNS): At least 16 people were killed as tornadoes hit south-central United States, media reports said on Monday. 28-Apr-2014
Egypt court sentences 683 people Cairo, Apr 28 (IBNS): An Egyptian court recommended death sentences for 683 people on Monday. 28-Apr-2014
Ukraine: US announces fresh sanctions ag Washington DC, Apr 28 (IBNS) Amid the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the US announced fresh sanctions against Russia on Monday. 28-Apr-2014
UN urges Syria to complete chemical weap New York, Apr 28 (IBNS): Nearly eight percent of Syria's declared chemical weapons material remains on its territory and should be removed in the shortest possible timeframe, despite the difficult security situation, the head of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations on Sunday urged. 28-Apr-2014
Pope Francis declares John XXIII, John P Vatican City, Apr 27 (IBNS): Pope Francis has declared his two predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II as saints. 27-Apr-2014
Ferry mishap: South Korean PM offers res Seoul, Apr 27 (IBNS): In the wake of the ferry mishap in the country which claimed over hundreds of lives, South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won offered his resignation Sunday. 27-Apr-2014
CAR: Ban names US diplomat as deputy hea New York, Apr 26 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday appointed Laurence D. Wohlers of the United States as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-Genera for the newly-created United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCa). 26-Apr-2014
Ban marks Chernobyl anniversary, seeks s New York, Apr 26 (IBNS): "This is an opportunity to pay tribute to the emergency workers who responded, remember the more than 330,000 people who were evacuated from contaminated regions, and stand in solidarity with the millions who still live in the affected areas in Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine," said a statement issued by the spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General. 26-Apr-2014
UN urges Belarus to impose death penalty New York, Apr 26 (IBNS): An independent United Nations human rights expert on Friday urged authorities in Belarus, the only European nation that still retains the death penalty, to impose an immediate moratorium on the punishment and refrain from carrying out further executions. 26-Apr-2014
CAR: UN concerned over children sufferin New York, Apr 26 (IBNS): The number of children being treated for severe acute malnutrition in the Central African Republic's war-torn capital, Bangui, has tripled since the beginning of 2014, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) confirmed on Friday, predicting that more children are likely to suffer in the coming months. 26-Apr-2014
UN concerned over conflict-related sexua New York, Apr 26 (IBNS): Despite the current unprecedented political will to eliminate sexual violence in conflict, hold perpetrators to account and support victims, the reality is that raping a woman, child or man is still a largely "cost-free" crime, United Nations officials warned on Friday, appealing to all States to strengthen their cooperation to end impunity and protect the vulnerable. 26-Apr-2014
Ukraine: Ban urges diplomatic solution t New York, Apr 26 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on all parties to seek a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis, warning that the situation could "spin out of control quickly," while the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that is opening a preliminary probe into alleged crimes of humanity committed in the country. 26-Apr-2014
Algeria: Ban lauds peaceful polls, encou New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday congratulated the people and Government of Algeria on the peaceful holding of recent presidential elections and encouraged them to work together to strengthen the democratic process in the country. 25-Apr-2014
UNESCO denounces killing of media worker New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom on Thursday urged respect for professional and citizen journalists after three media workers from a Lebanese television station were killed while reporting on clashes south of Damascus in Syria. 25-Apr-2014
Stable societies vital for advancing dev New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): Peace and stability are vital if sustainable development is to take root and flourish, United Nations officials stressed on Thursday as the UN General Assembly met to consider how these essential conditions can contribute to eradicating poverty and ensuring well-being for all. 25-Apr-2014
UN urges Bahrain to stop persecuting Shi New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): An independent United Nations human rights expert on Thursday urged the Government of Bahrain to stop the harassment and persecution of a Shi'a Muslim leader who was reportedly forced to leave the country following threats from State security agents to arrest him and his son. 25-Apr-2014
Smaller farmers gain greater hold in ban New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): Banana markets are becoming more fragmented creating opportunities for new companies and smaller producers, the United Nations agricultural agency on Thursday reported, urging more support for smaller farmers to be fully included in their national economies and to grow resilient fruit. 25-Apr-2014
Syria: UN confirms progress in removing New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): More than 90 per cent of Syria's chemical weapons material has been removed and destroyed in country, the head of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations on Thursday confirmed. 25-Apr-2014
South Sudan: UN condemns attack on convo New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has strongly condemned Thursday's attack on a convoy of barges delivering urgently needed food and fuel supplies to its base in Malakal in Upper Nile state. 25-Apr-2014
Ukraine: UN calls for immediate de-escal New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply concerned about continued violence in eastern Ukraine, which has led to loss of life, further instability and which is contributing to a climate of fear and anxiety, his spokesperson said on Thursday. 25-Apr-2014
Darfur: UN urges support for peace proce New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): Stepped-up rebel attacks, clashes fuelled by local political rivalries, and mass displacement sparked by the abuses of a pro-Government militia have again left long-troubled Darfur at a crossroads, said the United Nations peacekeeping chief on Thursday, appealing to the UN Security Council and its African Union (AU) counterpart for political support to move the warring factions towards lasting peace. 25-Apr-2014
UN urges greater action to combat sexual New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): Despite unprecedented political momentum to fight rape in war zones, sexual violence remains a global crime affecting women, men and children in more than 20 countries, a senior United Nations official announced on Thursday urging greater action at the regional and national levels. 25-Apr-2014
UN discusses Fatah-Hamas reconciliation New York, Apr 25 (IBNS): The reconciliation deal reached by rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas will be implemented on the basis of previous commitments such as the recognition of Israel and non-violence, a senior United Nations envoy was told on Thursday. 25-Apr-2014
South Sudan: UN concerned over attack on New York, Apr 24 (IBNS): Warning on Wednesday that the surging violence in South Sudan is clear evidence that the United Nations can no longer operate in "business-as-usual" mode in the county, the Organization's peacekeeping chief declared that the fighting must stop immediately; the Government has a duty to protect civilians; and the warring parties should negotiate a genuine ceasefire that will be respected by all sides. 24-Apr-2014
Cote d'Ivoire: UN urges consultations on New York, Apr 24 (IBNS): A United Nations human rights expert on Wednesday called on authorities in Cote d'Ivoire to undertake broad consultations on the reform of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to prevent the country from "falling back into crisis." 24-Apr-2014
Syria: UN issues plea to save besieged c New York, Apr 24 (IBNS): Calling urgently on Syrian authorities and the opposition to allow aid access, end siege warfare and halt the indiscriminate bombing of civilians, the top United Nations humanitarian officials on Wednesday also issued a strong challenge to "those with the responsibility, power and influence" to find the courage to re-energize a thus-far failed diplomatic push to end the brutal three-year conflict. 24-Apr-2014
UN report spotlights potential of mobile New York, Apr 24 (IBNS): Mobile technology can advance literacy and learning in underserved communities around the world, according to a new report published on Wednesday by the United Nations education agency on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day. 24-Apr-2014
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