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At least 35 people presumed dead after boat capsizes off Libya’s coast

At least 35 people are presumed dead after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast, the United Nations migration agency said on Saturday. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said the boat sank off the western Libyan city of Sabratha, a major launching point for people from Africa who attempt to make the dangerous voyage […]

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Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine: More than 50,000 flee towards neighbouring countries, UN says

Tens of thousands of people fled Ukraine since the start of Russia’s invasion, the United Nations has said, warning that the violence could trigger a wave of up to five million refugees fleeing towards neighbouring countries. The UN refugee agency sounded the alarm on Friday as Russian forces closed in on the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, […]

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DR Congo military court sentences 51 to death over murder of two UN experts

A military court in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has sentenced 51 people to death, several in absentia, in a mass trial over the 2017 murder of two United Nations experts in a troubled central region. Capital punishment is frequently pronounced in murder cases in DRC, but is routinely commuted to life imprisonment since […]

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Australia pledges $700 million to protect Great Barrier Reef months after avoiding UN’s danger list

The Australian government on Friday pledged 1 billion Australian dollars approximately $700 million to protect the Great Barrier Reef, months after it narrowly avoided being placed on the UN’s cultural agency’s “danger” list due to the threat of climate change. Prime Minister Scott Morrison unveiled the nearly decade-long conservation package days ahead of a February […]

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People in North Korea are at the risk of starvation, UN expert urges lifting of sanctions

Children and the elderly people in North Korea are at the risk of starvation, a UN expert has said. The UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in the country blamed international sanctions and a Covid-19 blockade for worsening food shortages. As a result, North Koreans are struggling daily to “live a life of dignity” Tomas […]

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UN Human Rights council declares access to clean and healthy environment a fundamental right

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday recognised access to a clean and healthy environment as a fundamental right, formally adding its weight to the global fight against climate change and its devastating consequences. The vote passed with overwhelming support, despite criticism in the lead-up from the United States and the United Kingdom. The […]

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Taliban requests to address UN General Assembly in New York City

The Taliban have requested to address world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly this week in New York City. A UN committee will rule on the request but it is unlikely to happen during the current session of the body. The Taliban also nominated their Doha-based spokesperson, Suhail Shaheen, as Afghanistan’s UN ambassador. The […]

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Taliban are carrying executions, blocking girls from attending school, recruiting child soldiers: UN human rights chief

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says her office has credible reports of serious violations by the Taliban. They include summary executions, blocking girls from attending school and recruitment of child soldiers. Though the ultraconservative Islamists have sought to present themselves as more moderate since taking control of the country, evidence gathered by the UN […]

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‘Code Red For Humanity’: UN report sounds alarm over irreversible climate impact

The United Nations scientific panel on Monday released the world’s largest, in-depth report into climate change, setting out a stark reality of the state of our Earth. The report was compiled by 234 experts from 66 countries and is the most comprehensive to be released by the UN panel since 2013. The alarming report called […]

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Two arrested for plotting to kill Myanmar’s anti-coup UN ambassador

Two Myanmar citizens were arrested in the United States for plotting to kill Myanmar’s UN ambassador. The US attorney’s office in New York said Phyo Hein Htut and Ye Hein Zaw had planned to hire attackers to force Kyaw Moe Tun to step down. He is a vocal critic of Myanmar’s military rulers, who seized […]

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Car bomb explosion wounds 13 UN peacekeepers in northern Mali

A car bomb explosion in northern Mali wounded at least 13 UN peacekeepers, UN and the German government said. The UN’s peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, said on Twitter on Friday that the wounded soldiers were evacuated following the incident earlier in the day that targeted a temporary base near Tarkint in the northeastern region […]

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Taliban takes control of more than 50 districts in Afghanistan, UN sounds alarm

The Taliban has taken more than 50 of the 370 districts in Afghanistan since May this year, UN special envoy Deborah Lyons told the Security Council, warning of “dire scenarios” ahead of the foreign troop withdrawal. The US and NATO troops have set 11 September as the final date for withdrawal, though Pentagon spokesman John […]