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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…

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Expressing strong condemnation of the most recent ballistic missile launches carried out by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations Security Council reiterated that the country should refrain from any actions, including nuclear tests, in violation of the relevant Council resolutions, and comply fully with its obligations…

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Urgent attention, creativity and cooperation are needed to address online gender-based abuse, but authorities should be careful to avoid curtailing freedom of expression in doing so, two United Nations human rights experts said yesterday. “Online gender-based abuse and violence are undeniably a scourge, and governments and companies should be taking…

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The United Nations human rights office on Wednesday urged Thailand to criminalize enforced disappearance and torture. The announcement follows news last week that National Legislative Assembly—the military-appointed parliament—decided not to enact a bill that would have done just that. “The Assembly’s decision to reject the bill is very concerning given…

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With concerted response, Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have successfully controlled one of the world’s largest and most challenging outbreaks of yellow fever, the United Nations health agency announced. “We are able to declare the end of one of the largest and most challenging yellow fever…

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East Africa’s ongoing drought has sharply curbed harvests and drove up prices of cereals and other staple foods to unusually high levels, posing a heavy burden to households and special risks for pastoralists in the region, the United Nations agricultural agency said yesterday. “Sharply increasing prices are severely constraining food…

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