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Food Production in Syria Hits All-Time Low – U.N. Agencies

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Nov 15  – Food production has dropped to an all-time low in Syria where civilians are struggling through their sixth winter in a war zone, U.N. agencies said on Tuesday. Many farmers have had to abandon their land, unable to afford the soaring cost of seeds, fertilisers and tractor fuel, the

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U.N. Says Tank Shell Hits its Aleppo Office

GENEVA, Nov 1 – A tank shell hit the United Nations office in western Aleppo on Sunday, damaging the top floors of a building that is well known to be the U.N. base in the contested Syrian city, a U.N. statement said on Monday. “It is appalling that the building that houses the U.N. offices

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Russia Fails to Win Re-Election to U.N. Human Rights Council

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Oct 29- Russia failed to win re-election to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday, beaten out by Hungary and Croatia, following lobbying by rights groups against Moscow’s candidacy because of its military support for the Syrian government. In a secret ballot by the 193-member U.N. General Assembly, Hungary

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U.N. Concerned About “Collective Punishment” of Arabs in Kirkuk

ERBIL, Iraq, Oct 25 – The United Nations voiced concern on Tuesday that Kurdish authorities had forced 250 displaced Sunni Arab families to leave Kirkuk after a Daesh attack on the Kurdish-controlled city, calling the move “collective punishment”. Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, told Reuters in an interview that the action came

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U.N. Aborts Plan to Evacuate Patients from Aleppo, Blames All Parties

BEIRUT, Oct 25  – The United Nations has abandoned plans to evacuate patients from besieged rebel-held east Aleppo which it had hoped to accomplish during a three day lull in fighting last week, blaming all parties to the conflict for obstructing efforts. “The evacuations were obstructed by various factors, including delays in receiving the necessary

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Tax Sugary Drinks to Fight Obesity, U.N. Health Agency Urges Governments

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Oct 11 – Governments should tax sugary drinks to fight the global epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. A 20 percent price increase could reduce consumption of sweet drinks by the same proportion, the WHO said in “Fiscal Policies for Diet and Prevention of Noncommunicable

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UN Body Calls on Saudi Arabia to End Laws Allowing Executions of Children

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Oct 9 – A U.N. human rights watchdog has called on Saudi Arabia to end “severe” discrimination against girls and to repeal laws it said allowed children to be executed by stoning or punished with amputations and floggings. The Committee on the Rights of the Child on Friday issued the conclusions

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Russia vetoes U.N. demand for end to bombing of Syria’s Aleppo

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Oct 9 – Russia vetoed a French-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution on Saturday that would have demanded an end to air strikes and military flights over Syria‘s city of Aleppo, while a rival Russian draft text failed to get a minimum nine votes in favor. Moscow’s text was effectively the French

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Attack on Aleppo Aid Convoy was Air Strike – UN Expert

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Oct 5 – Analysis of satellite imagery of a deadly attack on an aid convoy in Syria last month showed that it was an air strike, a U.N. expert said on Wednesday. Some 20 people were killed in the attack on the U.N. and Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy at Urem

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U.N.’s Rights Boss Warns Russia over Syria Air Strikes

By Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Oct 4  – United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein warned Russia on Tuesday over the use of incendiary weapons in Syria’s besieged enclave of eastern Aleppo, and said crimes by one side did not justify illegal acts by the other. Zeid said that

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