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Hosni Mubarak freed of murder charges Cairo, Nov 29 (IBNS): An Egyptian court on Saturday dismissed criminal charges against former president Hosni Mubarak in connection with the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade reign, media reported. 29-Nov-2014
Emergency declared in Gaza following sev New York, Nov 29 (IBNS) The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza, has declared an emergency in Gaza City, following extreme weather and severe flooding over the past 48 hours exacerbating the already poor humanitarian situation in the enclave, which is dealing with the aftermath of a last summer’s conflict, and an acute fuel and energy crisis. 29-Nov-2014
UN refugee agency welcomes adoption of c New York. Nov 29 (IBNS) The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) welcomed the adoption on Friday of an Asia-Pacific ministerial declaration proclaiming a shared vision of civil registration for all people by 2024. 29-Nov-2014
Development cooperation in Mediterranean New York, Nov 29 (IBNS) If countries of the Mediterranean want to stem the tide on forced migration and human suffering, they must put agricultural, food and rural development, including youth-targeted incentives, at the core of regional cooperation, said the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Friday. 29-Nov-2014
Structural reforms can help poorest coun New York, Nov 28 (IBNS)The world's poorest countries are trapped in an economic vicious circle, which pins them in poverty and must be reversed if new development goals are to be met, according to a newly released report from United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). 28-Nov-2014
New UN-backed open-source tool will supp New York, Nov 28 (IBNS)The United Nations Food and Agriculture Programme (FAO) is teaming up with a coalition of partner agencies to develop a new data crunching tool to help national governments, development and relief organizations in their efforts to prevent and respond to crises such as animal diseases, plant pests and even conflict. 28-Nov-2014
China: Coal mine explosion kills 11 Beijing, Nov 27 (IBNS) At least 11 people were killed in a coal mine explosion in southwest China's Guizhou Province Thursday, media reports said. 27-Nov-2014
UN chief appoints panel on creating 'tec New York, Nov 27 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the formation of a High-Level Panel to study the scope and functions of a proposed new "technology bank" and dedicated to helping the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) advance out of poverty, the Organization’s spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday. 27-Nov-2014
Ritual dancing, bread-making among cultu New York, Nov 27 (IBNS): Brazil's martial art of Capoeira, Burundi's ritual dance of the royal drum and the preparation of Lavash – a popular flatbread integral to Armenian cuisine – are among the eight elements added on Wednesday to the United Nations-endorsed list of the world's intangible cultural heritage – part of the world body's ongoing efforts to highlight global diversity and raise awareness of its importance. 27-Nov-2014
DR Congo: Security Council condemns mass New York, Nov 27 (IBNS): The United Nations Security Council has condemned in the strongest terms the massacres perpetrated against civilians on 20 November near the city of Beni in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as well as the ongoing attacks targeting peacekeepers. 27-Nov-2014
'Profoundly concerned' over violence in New York, Nov 27 (IBNS): The Security Council on Wednesday expressed its "profound concern" over the deteriorating situation in Libya and its impact on regional peace and stability, warning of the possibility of sanctions. 27-Nov-2014
Obesity-related cancers on the rise, esp New York, Nov 27 (IBNS): Being overweight or obese have become major risk factors for developing cancer, particularly among women and in more developed countries, the specialized cancer agency of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Wednesday. 27-Nov-2014
Kyrgyzstan: UN rights experts urge Parli New York, Nov 27 (IBNS): A group of United Nations human rights experts have urged the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan to reject a bill that would introduce criminal and administrative sanctions for acts aimed at forming "a positive attitude towards non-traditional sexual orientation," warning that the proposed law would go against the country's human rights obligations and commitments. 27-Nov-2014
UN rights experts urge US President Obam New York, Nov 27 (IBNS) The United States must rise to meet the high human rights standards it has set for itself and others around the world, a group of United Nations human rights experts urged on Wednesday, as they called on President Obama to support "the fullest possible release" of a report detailing Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) interrogation practices. 27-Nov-2014
6.8 earthquake rocks Indonesia Jakarta, Nov 26 (IBNS): An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hit eastern Indonesia on Wednesday, reports said. 27-Nov-2014
Haiti: UN mission chief urges calm, resp New York, Nov 26 (IBNS): Amid rising tensions Port-au-Prince and other key Haitian cities in the wake of last month’s delayed elections, the top United Nations official in the country deplored the violence that recently caused injuries among demonstrators and called on all sides to respect the right to free expression while also avoiding any recourse to violence. 26-Nov-2014
UN sounds alarm to end ‘global pandemi New York, Nov 26 (IBNS): Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic that destroys lives, fractures communities and holds back development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as the world body Tuesday marked the International Day to End Violence against Women. 26-Nov-2014
UNESCO chief denounces murder of Somali New York, Nov 26 (IBNS): The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has deplored the murder of Abdirisak Ali Abdi, a journalist killed in the town of Galkayo, Somalia, and called for a thorough investigation into the crime. 26-Nov-2014
Timor-Leste: UN expert warns dismissal o New York, nov 26 (IBNS): The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, Tuesday warned that the audit of the justice sector and the dismissal of all international judicial personnel from Timor-Leste puts at risk the independence of the judiciary in the country. 26-Nov-2014
UN rights chief concerned over ‘dispro Geneva, Nov 26 (IBNS): The decision by a Grand Jury in Missouri to absolve a police officer for the fatal shooting of an African-American teenager has spotlighted broader concerns about institutionalized discrimination across the United States, the top United Nations human rights official said today. 26-Nov-2014
Burundi: UN expert urges defence of huma New York, Nov 26 (IBNS): The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders expressed regret Tuesday that defenders in Burundi are deemed to be political opponents, saying that in reality they are activists working to promote and protect human rights and civil liberties. 26-Nov-2014
Israel's demolition of Palestinian homes New York, Nov 26 (IBNS): The Israeli Government’s use of house demolition as a punitive measure in response to alleged acts of violence by Palestinians must end immediately, two United Nations experts urged Tuesday, adding that the practice – which targets Palestinian homes in both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory – is a violation of human rights law. 26-Nov-2014
Security Council extends UN Guinea-Bissa New York, Nov 26 (IBNS): The Security Council Tuesday extended the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Peace-Building Office in Guinea-Bissau, known as UNIOGBIS, so that it can continue to assist in tackling a range of political, security and development challenges in the country. 26-Nov-2014
As number of South Sudanese refugees gro New York, Nov 26 (IBNS): Following the end of a four-day mission to Ethiopia, a senior United Nations relief official has called for continued international attention to the plight of South Sudanese refugees, warning that the number of refugees could rise substantially if fighting in South Sudan persists. 26-Nov-2014
Security Council extends UN mission in S New York, Nov 26 (IBNS): Expressing “grave alarm about the further deteriorating political, security and humanitarian crisis” in South Sudan, the Security Council Tuesday extended the United Nations Mission the country (UNMISS) for an additional six months, maintaining the operation’s mandate to focus on civilian protection, facilitation of relief assistance, and human rights monitoring. 26-Nov-2014
International community has duty to prot New York, Nov 26 (IBNS): It is the international community’s duty to draw lessons from the horrific violence and atrocious crimes facing minorities around the world to prevent them from being repeated, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today at a forum on minority issues. 26-Nov-2014
Syria: humanitarian efforts falling shor New York, Nov 26 (IBNS): While humanitarians have made some progress in delivering much-needed supplies to the growing numbers of people in conflict-riven Syria, efforts by the United Nations and its partners are still falling short, a top UN relief official has said today, calling on the Security Council to push for an end to the violence that is destroying the country and destabilizing the region. 26-Nov-2014
Sanctions are 'effective' method to buil New York, Nov 26 (IBNS): From Afghanistan and Angola to Haiti and the former Yugoslavia, sanctions implemented by the United Nations Security Council have had a positive track record, proving their efficacy and economy in supporting Member States overcome instability, the top UN political official said today. 26-Nov-2014
Ban voices 'deep concern' over eruption New York, Nov 26 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday voiced deep concern over an uptick in violence across Libya and urged all parties to recommit to the values of the revolution that inspired the North African country’s break towards democracy, according to a statement issued today by his spokesperson. 26-Nov-2014
Security Council strongly condemns terro New York, Nov 25 (IBNS) The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned Saturday's attack in Mandera, Kenya for which Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility and which has caused the deaths of numerous innocent people. 25-Nov-2014
At UN meeting, prevention cited as key f New York, Nov 25 (IBNS) The practice of kidnapping for ransom and hostage-taking continues to provide the world’s terrorists with a reliable source of income to fund their operations, United Nations Member States were told on Monday at a meeting jointly held by the UN’s Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) and Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) in New York. 25-Nov-2014
Madagascar: UN health agency warns of 'r New York, Nov 25 (IBNS) The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a "rapid" spread of the plague in the capital of Madagascar, where health authorities have reported 119 cases of the bacterial disease, including at least 40 deaths in the island nation. 25-Nov-2014
Ban applauds Tunisian presidential vote New York, nov 25 (IBNS) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday extended his congratulations to the people of Tunisia on the occasion of their first presidential election since revolution swept the country and ushered in an era of democratic change. 25-Nov-2014
'Peace process hangs from a thread,' UN New York, Nov 25 (IBNS) United Nations officials on Monday voiced their solidarity with the people of Palestine, while calling on both sides involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to cease acts of violence, overcome their differences, and resume peace talks with a clear framework towards resolving the decades-long dispute. 25-Nov-2014
UN says Palestinian refugees from Syria New York, Nov 25 (IBNS) The plight of Palestine refugees from Syria in the Middle East is becoming increasingly grave caused by closed borders and a series of forced returns from neighbouring countries, Chris Gunness, spokesperson for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said on Monday. 25-Nov-2014
In Central African Republic, UN team inv New York, Nov 25 (IBNS) A United Nations humanitarian mission has visited a town in the Central African Republic (CAR) amid an outburst of violence that left at least 14 people injured and three killed, the Organization’s humanitarian relief office announced on Monday. 25-Nov-2014
#OrangeUrHood campaign kicks off UN-led New York, Nov 25(IBNS) On Monday night, for the first time ever, both the iconic United Nations Headquarters complex and the Empire State Building in New York are bathed in orange light to kick off the “Orange YOUR Neighbourhood” campaign ahead of the International Day to End Violence Against Women. 25-Nov-2014
UN committee to examine inscription requ New York, Nov 25 (IBNS) A United Nations committee tasked with protecting the world’s oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, craftsmanship and knowledge of nature will begin examining requests on Monday for inscription on the two lists of intangible cultural heritage, as part of its current session meeting in Paris this week. 25-Nov-2014
Ban urges dialogue as Burkina Faso inter New York, Nov 25 (IBNS) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all appointed transitional leaders in Burkina Faso to work in a “collaborative and harmonious manner,” as the inaugural Cabinet meeting of the transitional Government was held on Monday. 25-Nov-2014
Trafficking in children on the rise, say New York, Nov 25 (IBNS) One in three known victims of human trafficking is a child, and girls and women are particularly targeted and forced into "modern slavery," according to the 2014 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, released on Monday by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna. 25-Nov-2014
Amid 'anaemic' job creation, Greece ris New York, Nov 25 (IBNS) Faced with an “anaemic” pace of job creation and nearly 1.3 million unemployed citizens, Greece risks a prolonged social crisis unless urgent measures are taken, warns a new report out on Monday from the International Labour Organization (ILO). 25-Nov-2014
DR Congo: UN special envoy condemns 'tre New York, Nov 25 (IBNS) The security situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is “worsening,” a senior United Nations official has warned, citing an escalating trend of massacres in the town of Beni – the site of continuing flare-ups of deadly violence between armed groups, including Ugandan-based rebels operating in the area. 25-Nov-2014
Afghanistan suicide attack kills 50 Kabul, Nov 23 (IBNS): At least 50 people were killed in a suicide attack during a volleyball match in Afghanistan's Paktika province on Sunday, media reports said. 23-Nov-2014
Japan earthquake leaves 40 injured Tokyo, Nov 23 (IBNS): At least 40 people were injured in Prefecture after an earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale hit central Japan on Saturday, media reports said on Sunday. 23-Nov-2014
Explosion in London hotel, several injur London, Nov 22 (IBNS): The London Fire Brigade on Saturday said firefighters attended an explosion at a hotel in Berkeley Mews at the junction of Seymour Street in central London on Friday night. 22-Nov-2014
6.8 earthquake hits Japan Tokyo, Nov 22 (IBNS): An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale hit central Japan on Saturday, officials said. 22-Nov-2014
Al-Shabab militants shot dead 28 in Keny Nairobi, Nov 22 (IBNS): In a horrific incident, Al-Shabab militants from Somalia have reportedly hijacked a bus in northern Kenya and killed 28 non-Muslims on Saturday. 22-Nov-2014
Improving system for person with disabil New York, Nov 22 (IBNS) On a tour of the United Nations Accessibility Centre for the audio, visual, and physically impaired on Friday, United States Senator Tom Harkin said that "when you make a system better for a person with a disability its makes it better for people without disabilities." 22-Nov-2014
UN agency unveils push to make cooking s New York, Nov 22 (IBNS) Every year, household air pollution from cooking kills over four million people and sickens millions more, the United Nations spotlighted at a New York conference on cookstoves, as it urged Governments to take action to accelerate the adoption of clean cooking solutions. 22-Nov-2014
Slovenia: UN expert urges focus on 'vuln New York, Nov 22 (IBNS) Following her first official visit to Slovenia, the United Nations independent expert on the human rights of older persons hailed efforts by the country's Government in ensuring the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, but urged authorities to focus on those being ostracized, as they are "the vulnerable of the vulnerable." 22-Nov-2014
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