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The United Nations human rights office on Wednesday expressed concern about the safety of civilians being evacuated in Syria, saying a weekend attack on a convoy near Aleppo likely amounts to a war crime and the situation in Syria should be referred to the International Criminal Court. “We add our…

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Senior United Nations officials, including the Organization’s top humanitarian official as well as the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have expressed “horror” at the recent attack on people evacuating from the besieged Syrian towns of Foah and Kefraya and underlined that civilians must be protected from any harm.…

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At the start of a United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, a senior UN official highlighted that creating a world free of such weapons is a common obligation of all States – both nuclear and non-nuclear – and called for their inclusive engagement.…

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As the escalation of the conflict in Yemen enters its third year this week, the top United Nations humanitarian official has called on the parties to the conflict to commit to political dialogue and resolve the situation or risk an unending manmade crisis. In a statement, Stephen O’Brien, the UN…

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Intercommunal violence in south-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, a top United Nations aid official in the country said, warning that the current response is being outstripped by the needs. “Unless peaceful coexistence is fully restored between the two communities,…

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Warning that new consumption patterns in Europe and Central Asian countries are leading to complex health challenges, the United Nations food security agency on Thursday called for policies tailored to the income and nutrition profile of these developed countries to prevent them from “transitioning” to new forms of food and…

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Human trafficking thrives in countries where the rule of law is weak or non-existent, top United Nations officials yesterday told the Security Council, calling on governments to make better use of the tools created under the UN flag to stop the victimization of men, women and children. “At a time…