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U.N. says Aid Convoys Ready to Roll Again in Syria

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Sept 22  – The United Nations is gearing up to resume aid deliveries in Syria suspended after a deadly attack on a relief convoy near Aleppo two days ago, officials said on Wednesday. “The preparation for these convoys has now resumed and we are ready to deliver aid to besieged and hard-to-reach

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Climate Deal Comes One Step Closer to Effect at United Nations

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21  – An agreement to fight global warming came one step closer to taking effect on Wednesday when dozens of countries deposited their ratification of the deal at the United Nations, taking the total to 60, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. The deal, agreed by nearly 200 countries in

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UN Suspends Aid Convoys in Syria after Hit, ICRC Warns on Impact

By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles GENEVA, Sept 20  – The United Nations suspended aid convoys across Syria on Tuesday a day after an air strike hit relief trucks near the city of Aleppo, killing at least one aid worker and around 20 civilians, and destroying a warehouse and hospital. The International Committee of the

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Spotlight on Syria as World Leaders Gather at United Nations

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Sept 18 – The spotlight will be on Syria when world leaders gather at the United Nations next week as the United States and Russia try to shore up a fragile truce deal and President Barack Obama pushes for a boost in global refugee aid. Some 135 heads of state

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U.N. says Sees Significant Drop in Syria Violence

By Tom Miles GENEVA, Sept 14 – Syria has seen a significant drop in violence in the 24 hours since a cessation of hostilities came into effect, the U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Tuesday. Although there was some violence after sunset on Monday, by early morning the guns had fallen

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UN Human Rights Chief says Trump, Others Fanning Prejudice

THE HAGUE, Sept 6 – The United Nations human rights chief on Monday accused U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of spreading “humiliating racial and religious prejudice” and warned of a rise of populist politics that could turn violent. In comments at a security and justice conference, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad

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UN Readies for Refugee Exodus From Iraq’s Mosul

GENEVA, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis in and around Mosul could be uprooted by the military assault to retake city from Daesh, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday. “In Mosul we believe the displacement situation may be about to dramatically worsen,” UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards told a briefing, saying

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Civilian Casualties Increase as Afghan Troops Battle Taliban

By Josh Smith KABUL, July 25 – Civilians are being killed and wounded in record numbers in Afghanistan, the United Nations reported on Monday, just days after one of the deadliest attacks ever in Kabul. Overall at least 1,601 civilians were killed and 3,565 wounded in the war in the first six months of 2016,

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Saudi Deputy Crown Prince, U.N. Chief Talk Protecting Yemen’s Children

By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, June 22 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met Saudi Arabia’s powerful deputy crown prince on Wednesday and the pair discussed improving civilian protection in Yemen after a U.N. report briefly blacklisted a Saudi-led coalition for killing children. Ban removed the coalition from the blacklist earlier this

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Bahrain’s move against Shiite leader unjustified: UN

GENEVA, June 21 – Bahrain’s decision to revoke the citizenship of the spiritual leader of the kingdom’s Shiite Muslim majority is “clearly unjustified” under international law, a spokeswoman for the U.N. human rights office said on Tuesday. “Given that due process was not followed, it cannot be justified,” Ravina Shamdasani told a U.N. briefing in

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