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Facebook under fire over research manipu Washington, June 30 (IBNS): Social networking site 'Facebook' has landed itself in a huge controversy after a study revealed that it secretly manipulated the feelings of 689,003 users to understand "emotional contagion". 30-Jun-2014
UN chief voices 'grave concern' at deepe New York, June 30 (IBNS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday expressed his grave concern at the deepening crisis in Iraq and the rising number of civilian deaths and injuries, with over one million Iraqis having fled their homes due to the fighting. 30-Jun-2014
In final meeting with Israeli President New York, June 30 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday stood again in solidarity with Israelis after the recent abduction of three students, and decried the use of terrorism in countries in the Middle East and around the world. 30-Jun-2014
Iraq: Security officials, rebels continu Baghdad, June 29 (IBNS): The crisis in Iraq continued as the country's government forces continued the offensive to retake the Tikrit city from Sunni rebels, media reports said. 29-Jun-2014
Deeply concerned about eastern Ukraine, New York, June 28 (IBNS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the extension of a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine and, with continued deep concern about the situation there, urged all sides to honour their commitments and work within a political process. 28-Jun-2014
UN refugee agency warns of 'sharp rise' New York, June 28 (IBNS): Some 16,400 people fled their homes in crisis-riven eastern Ukraine during the past week, bringing the number of displaced within the country to 54,000, according the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). 28-Jun-2014
Central African Republic: UN supports re New York, June 28 (IBNS): Amid the ongoing violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) and the World Bank, is working hard to re-establish primary public services in the country, such as the payment of civil servant salaries. 28-Jun-2014
Rebuilding Timbuktu: UN agency working w New York, June 28 (IBNS): Two of the World Heritage mausoleums destroyed in Timbuktu have now been rebuilt through a partnership with local communities, the United Nations cultural agency said, adding that it will need an additional $8 million to finish the rehabilitation of the site and of libraries that could again store hundreds of thousands of Malian manuscripts. 28-Jun-2014
Up to 10,000 people from Christian commu New York, June 28 (IBNS): The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Friday that up to 10,000 people from predominately Christian communities in northern Iraq have fled their homes this week amid the ongoing violence in Mosul. 28-Jun-2014
Ban urges new UN body to galvanize globa New York, June 28 (IBNS): With the close of the Millennium Development Goal era just months away, and work already beginning on a successor agenda to reign in poverty and put the planet on a sustainable course before it is too late, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday the "timing could not be better" for the launch of a strong UN body tackling all issues relating to the environment. 28-Jun-2014
UN welcomes Chinese court decision to ov New York, June 28 (IBNS) The United Nations human rights office on Friday welcomed the news that a Chinese court has recently overturned the death sentence imposed on Li Yan, who killed her abusive husband, Tan Yong, in 2010. 28-Jun-2014
Renewed Central African Republic fightin New York, June 28 (IBNS): Thousands of people are fleeing new violence and reprisal attacks in and around the town of Bambari in Central African Republic (CAR) that have already left at least 45 people dead and scores more wounded, the United Nations refugee agency reported on Friday. 28-Jun-2014
UN human rights office concerned by repo New York, June 28 (IBNS): The United Nations on Friday expressed concern about the continuing human rights violations reportedly taking place in Venezuela and reiterated its call on authorities to respect the rights of peaceful demonstration and assembly. 28-Jun-2014
Burundi: Curbs on free expression ahead New York, June 28 (IBNS) Expressing deep concern about growing restrictions on freedom of expression in Burundi, a senior United Nations rights official on Friday called on the authorities there to ensure that human rights are fully protected ahead of next year's presidential elections. 28-Jun-2014
Ban announces start of 'UN70', worldwide New York, June 27 (IBNS): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday announced the start of the global celebration of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, which will aim to honour the historic breadth of the Organization’s development, security and human rights work, and ultimately, unite the international community in common cause to enable a strong UN to realize a better world. 27-Jun-2014
UN strongly condemns assassination of Li New York, June 27 (IBNS): The United Nations Thursday condemned the assassination of Salwa Bugaighis, a prominent Libyan human rights advocate and member of the Preparatory Committee for National Dialogue. 27-Jun-2014
UN gender equality campaign to take cent New York, June 27 (IBNS): Around the world, a "pandemic of violence" and repression threatens to push back hard-won human rights for women and girls, the head of UN Women said Thursday as she declared that the United Nations is taking its campaign to promote gender equality “outside our offices to the community and people, where it will always belong.” 27-Jun-2014
Ban calls for accelerating efforts towar New York, June 27 (IBNS): Reiterating the commitment of the United Nations to ridding the world of anti-personnel landmines, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday called for accelerating efforts towards achieving this goal and strengthening adherence to the global treaty dealing with the issue. 27-Jun-2014
Amid clashes between Afghan forces, Tali New York, June 27 (IBNS): Deeply concerned by the rising number of civilian casualties in ongoing military operations in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, the head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA) Thursday urged all parties to take precautions to ensure civilian protection. 27-Jun-2014
Ban 'appalled' by deadly bombing near sh New York, June 27 (IBNS): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday voiced his condemnation of the bomb attack that took place yesterday near a shopping centre in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, which reportedly resulted in the death of at least 21 people. 27-Jun-2014
Humanitarian needs outpacing response am New York, June 27 (IBNS): Four months after the Security Council adopted a resolution demanding unimpeded access to people in need of assistance in Syria, relief agencies continue to face obstacles to aid delivery while the needs continue to grow and are now outpacing response efforts, the United Nations humanitarian chief reported Thursday. 27-Jun-2014
UN human rights chief urges Iran to halt New York, June 27 (IBNS): The United Nations human rights chief Thursday called on authorities in Iran to halt the imminent execution of a juvenile offender, while also voicing concern about the excessive use of the death penalty in the country since the start of the year. 27-Jun-2014
Showing little change, global number of New York, June 27 (IBNS): The global number of out-of-school children aged 6 to 11 is still as high as 58 million, showing little overall improvement since 2007, according to a new United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report, which also reveals that positive change is possible, spotlighting success in 17 countries that have reversed that trend over the past decade. 27-Jun-2014
Global drug use stable, but nearly 200,0 New York, June 27 (IBNS): Global drug use has stabilized, but some 200,000 people are still victims of drug-related deaths, according to the latest World Drug Report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). 27-Jun-2014
'Prohibition of torture is absolute,' sa New York, June 27 (IBNS): Reiterating their pledge that every victim of torture will one day gain his or her right to acknowledgement, senior United Nations officials marked the International Day in Support of those victims by calling on the international community to strengthen efforts “to eradicate this heinous practice.” 27-Jun-2014
Security Council updates mandate of UN m New York, June 26 (IBNS): The Security Council Wednesday extended the mandates of United Nations peacekeeping forces in Mali, Cote d’Ivoire and the Golan, in separate meetings, as part of its efforts to maintenance of international peace and security. 26-Jun-2014
UN agencies 'surging' staff, funds to me New York, June 26 (IBNS): Yet again, another humanitarian crisis has hit war-torn Iraq, disproportionately and negatively impacting the hungry poor, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today, wrapping up a two-day visit to the country, which has in recent weeks, seen violent armed groups sweep through a number of provinces sending massive numbers of desperate people fleeing for safety. 26-Jun-2014
UN resolved to help Equatorial Guinea bu Malabo, June 26 (IBNS): The United Nations will help Equatorial Guinea to reduce poverty and inequality, and promote food security, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged Wednesday as he arrived in the country on the eve of his address to the African Union Summit. 26-Jun-2014
More Governments now online but greater New York, June 26 (IBNS): With all United Nations Member States now online, more Governments are expanding electronic participation and using more mobile and social media tools to reach people, the world body reported today as part of an e-government survey that also highlighted a lack of resources and a continued digital divide. 26-Jun-2014
Cambodia: UN rights expert calls for a w New York, June 25 (IBNS): Having ended his eleventh fact-finding mission, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia Wednesday noted progress in key areas, but expressed concern at seeing that the democratic space in the country shrink. 26-Jun-2014
Libya: UN envoy hopes parliamentary poll New York, June 25 (IBNS): The United Nations envoy in Libya on Wednesday commended the authorities on the organization of the parliamentary elections and urged all citizens to take part in the polls, which he hoped will pave the way for greater stability in the country. 26-Jun-2014
Military effort to quell insurgency must New York, June 25 (IBNS): The “grave” situation in Iraq requires a solution based on military, political and social processes that will address the concerns of all communities, the top United Nations official in the crisis-torn country said on Wednesday, appealing also for financial resources to aid the already-overstretched UN relief effort there. 26-Jun-2014
UN human rights experts urge Israel not New York, June 25 (IBNS): The independent United Nations experts dealing with torture and the right to health on Wednesday urged the Israeli parliament not to authorize the force-feeding and medical treatment of prisoners on hunger strike against their will. 26-Jun-2014
UN officials spotlight vital role of sea New York, June 25 (IBNS) Seaborne trade is the engine room of the global economy, senior United Nations officials declared on Wednesday, marking the Day of the Seafarer by calling on people everywhere to recognize the seafarers who, with quiet dedication, keep the wheels of the world in motion. 26-Jun-2014
Central African Republic: UN official ur New York, June 25 (IBNS): With women and girls in Central African Republic (CAR) falling prey to a raft of “terrifying” violations ¬perpetrated by armed groups – from rape to sexual slavery and forced marriage ¬– the head of UN Women Tuesday urged the Security Council to take strong action to help restore the rule of law in the country and bolster women’s participation, leadership and protection. 25-Jun-2014
UN envoy denounces latest attack on Leba New York, June 25 (IBNS): The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon has strongly condemned the suicide bombing that took place Monday at the entrance to the southern suburbs of Beirut in which a member of the security forces was killed and a number of people were injured. 25-Jun-2014
UN reports FDI hit $1.4 trillion in 2013 New York, June 24 (IBNS): Global foreign direct investment is up and expected to rise over the next three years, driven mainly by stronger economies in developed countries, according to a new United Nations report which highlights the key role that transnational corporations and foreign investment could play in accelerating progress on sustainable development. 25-Jun-2014
Illegal trade in wildlife, timber produc New York, June 25 (IBNS): Global environmental crime, possibly worth more than $200 billion annually, is helping finance criminal, militia and terrorist groups and threatening the security and sustainable development of many nations, notably in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new joint United Nations-INTERPOL report. 25-Jun-2014
In Windhoek, Ban inaugurates UN House, h New York, June 25 (IBNS): Hailing the valuable history between the United Nations and the Namibian people, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived Tuesday in Windhoek to “write another chapter in our cooperation,” as he inaugurated the UN House there, which will help enhance the coordination of the world body’s activities and agencies working in the country. 25-Jun-2014
Deputy UN chief urges generous support f New York, June 24 (IBNS): Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Tuesday appealed to Member States for continued support towards meeting the annual $100 million target of a United Nations fund that helps post-conflict countries build lasting peace. 25-Jun-2014
Ukraine situation remains deeply worryin New York, June 24 (IBNS ) While there have been several steps recently to help de-escalate tensions in Ukraine, including a ceasefire that seems to be holding and the start of peace talks, the situation on the ground remains deeply worrying, senior United Nations officials reported to the Security Council on Tuesday. 25-Jun-2014
Iraq violence: UN confirms more than 2,0 New York, June 24 (IBNS): More than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq, and another 1,000 injured in the two weeks since the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) and its allies began to sweep across the country, the United Nations on Tuesday confirmed, stressing that those figures should be viewed "very much as a minimum." 25-Jun-2014
Phone-hacking trial: Rebekah Brooks clea London, June 24 (IBNS): A court here cleared former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks off all charges in the phone-hacking trial on Tuesday, media reports said. 24-Jun-2014
Ahead of Samoa conference, island nation New York, June 24 (IBNS): Preparations are well underway for a United Nations conference on the challenges and opportunities of partnering with small island developing States, a top UN organizing official Monday said as representatives are gathering in New York to agree on what will be the outcome of the conference. 24-Jun-2014
UN urges focus on potential of forests t New York, June 24 (IBNS): Across the world, forests provide employment, energy, nutritious foods and a wide range of other goods and ecosystem services with tremendous potential to contribute to sustainable development and a greener economy, according to the United Nations agency report The State of the World’s Forests (SOFO). 24-Jun-2014
Security Council calls on Libyans to ens New York, June 24 (IBNS) The United Nations Security Council Monday called on all parties in Libya to ensure the free and fair holding of the parliamentary elections scheduled for 25 June, stressing that the polls are an important step in the country’s democratic transition. 24-Jun-2014
Efficient public administration central New York, June 24 (JEN): Marking United Nations Public Service Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed Monday the invaluable contributions of public servants and administrators in the international community’s efforts to build a better world for all. 24-Jun-2014
Syria: UN agency ready to expand aid wor New York, June 24 (IBNS): Following a reported ceasefire in the besieged Yarmouk camp in Syria, the United Nations agency that administers aid to Palestinian refugees across the Middle East said it is ready to resume and expand its humanitarian activities as soon as it has access to the site. 24-Jun-2014
Plastic waste causes $13 billion in annu New York, June 24 (IBNS): Concern is growing over widespread plastic waste that is threatening marine life – with conservative yearly estimates of $13 billion in financial damage to marine ecosystems, according to two reports issued at the inaugural meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly. 24-Jun-2014
Marking International Widows' Day, Ban u New York, June 24 (IBNS): No woman should lose her status, livelihood or property when her husband dies, yet millions of widows in our world face persistent abuse, discrimination, disinheritance and destitution stressed United Nation Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday in his message for this year’s International Widows’ Day. 24-Jun-2014
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