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In Damascus, UN special envoy meets senior Syrian officials on political solution to crisis

New York, July 24 (IBNS) Wrapping up his tour of the region, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura visited Damascus today, where he met with senior Government officials on ways to maintain momentum towards a political solution to the crisis in the country, which is entering its fifth year.

Burundi: After 'broadly peaceful' polls Ban urges parties to resume inclusive political dialogue

New York, July 24 (IBNS) Taking note of the "broadly peaceful" conduct of polling in the Burundian presidential elections on 21 July, the top United Nations official on Thursday called on all parties to continue to remain calm and immediately resume an inclusive political dialogue.

UN Mission condemns deadly bombing in northern Afghan province

New York, Jul 23 (IBNS): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Wednesday condemned the bombing that killed at least 19 civilians and injured at least another 28 in the Almar district of Faryab province.

UNICEF helps children threatened by water cuts in Aleppo

New York, Jul 23 (IBNS): The restoration of water supplies to the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo has come as a welcome relief to residents whose taps have run dry in recent weeks due to the fighting and frequent power cuts, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday, as it stepped up efforts to assist the local population.

UNESCO launches plan to safeguard Yemen's cultural heritage sites

New York, Jul 23 (IBNS): The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched an emergency plan to safeguard cultural heritage sites in Yemen, including the ancient city of Sana'a, with its historical mosques and monuments that have been damaged in the conflict that has killed nearly 1,700 people since March.

UN official in Central Africa urgently appeals for halt in attacks on aid workers

New York, Jul 23 (IBNS): The top United Nations humanitarian official in the Central African Republic (CAR) condemned on Wednesday the surge in violence against aid workers in the country and appealed to all belligerents to allow them to do their jobs safely, particularly in the wake of a recent attack against a UN food convoy on a major supply route killed its driver.

Iraq still needs ‘continuous and massive’ international support: Security Council

New York, Jul 23 (IBNS): With Iraq facing “one of the most difficult phases in its modern history,” the Government, its leadership and, most of all, Iraqis themselves, will need “continuous and massive” support and assistance from the international community, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday.

UN rights experts hail Zambia’s move away from death penalty

New York, Jul 23 (IBNS): The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on summary executions, Christof Heyns, and on torture, Juan E. Méndez, welcomed Zambian President Edgar Lungui’s decision to commute death sentences of 332 people to life imprisonment, and encouraged the authorities “to take a step further by removing all reference to the death penalty in the country’s laws.”

Syria: UN envoy deeply concerned over ‘unprecedented’ assault on Zabadani

New York, Jul 23 (IBNS): The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has expressed deep concern at the plight of civilians in Zabadani, in the wake of credible reports that overnight, a large number of barrel bombs were dropped on the north-western city.

Security Council strongly condemns deadly terrorist attack in Turkey

New York, Jul 23 (IBNS): The United Nations Security Council has condemned in the strongest terms the recent terrorist attack in Suruc, Turkey, which killed at least 31 and injuring over 100 people.

UN health agency reports no new Ebola cases in Liberia

New York, Jul 23 (IBNS): No new cases of Ebola were reported in Liberia nor in recent hotspots in West Africa with half the 26 cases in this week’s update from the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) coming from the capitals of Guinea and Sierra Leone, bringing the number of people who have died of the disease to 11,269.

Birmingham Qur'an manuscript dated among the oldest in the world

London, July 22 (IBNS) A Qur'an manuscript held by the University of Birmingham has been placed among the oldest in the world thanks to modern scientific methods.

Afghanistan suicide attack kills 19

Kabul, July 22 (IBNS) : A suicide attack in Afghanistan's northern Faryab province has killed at least 19 people while leaving 32 others wounded, media reports said on Wednesday.

Ban urges parties in Burundi to refrain from violence during elections

New York, Jul 22 (IBNS):In a “worrisome context,” and following the decision of the government of Burundi to hold the presidential election on 21 July, the United Nations chief called on Monday on the authorities to do all in their power to ensure security and a peaceful atmosphere during the polls.

First half of 2015 ‘hottest six months on record’: UN

New York, Jul 22 (IBNS): From January to June 2015, the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces was the hottest for such period on record, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported on Tuesday, citing new highs across the planet in June, with heatwaves across South Asia, Europe and pockets of the United States.