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UN urges all States to sign, ratify Nuclear Test Ban as a step to nuclear-free world

New York, Aug 29 (IBNS): For the fifth International Day against Nuclear Tests, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed voluntary moratoria on testing imposed by nuclear-armed states but stressed that these cannot substitute for a legally-binding treaty.

Hurricane Katrina's 'true legacy' was to spur disaster risk management: UN official

New York, Aug 29 (IBNS): The top United Nations disaster resilience official on Friday said on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina that the 'true legacy' of the costliest United States hurricane disaster, which devastated New Orleans and claimed more than 1,800 lives, was to raise the bar for disaster risk management worldwide.

Ban urges all parties in Burundi to 'look beyond political differences'

New York, Aug 29 (IBNS): Fifteen years after the signing of a landmark Burundi peace accord, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on all the country's political leaders, including those in exile, to find common cause and commit to build on the stability that was ushered in by the Arusha Agreement.

UNICEF announces release of 163 more children by armed group in Central Africa

New York, Aug 29 (IBNS): The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced on Friday that 163 children have been released by an armed group in the Central African Republic, where thousands of other boys and girls are still serving as combatants, cooks and messengers for the country's militant factions.

More than 300,000 make perilous Mediterranean crossing in 2015: UNHCR

New York, Aug 29 (IBNS): The United Nations refugee agency said on Friday that the number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe has surpassed 300,000 this year, up from 219,000 during the whole of 2014.

Security Council: Officials warn political turbulence in Guinea-Bissau

New York, Aug 29 (IBNS): With Guinea-Bissau facing political turbulence barely a year after the re-establishment of constitutional order, the top United Nations official there expressed hope on Friday that political leaders would rise to their "historic responsibility" to preserve the gains made so far in the interest of the country and people.

UN experts urge Sudan to overturn 'outrageous conviction' for indecent dressing

New York, Aug 29 (IBNS): A group of independent United Nations human rights experts have voiced alarm after a female Sudanese student was sentenced to public flogging and a heavy fine for charges of "indecent dressing," while another received a hefty fine for the same charges, and urged that the convictions be overturned immediately.

Ban urges expansion of safe, legal channels of migration

New York, Aug 29 (IBNS): In the wake of the grim discovery of the bodies of more than 70 people inside a truck abandoned near Austria’s border with Hungary, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged the world to come together to provide comprehensive responses to migration issues, including tackling smugglers and resolving ongoing conflicts, among other root causes.

Fresh peace deal 'first step' in resolving South Sudan crisis: Security Council

New York, Aug 29 (IBNS): Welcoming the recent signature by President Salva Kiir, SPLM/SPLA-IO Chairman Riek Machar and others of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, the Security Council on Friday called on all the parties, with the help of the United Nations, to implement the accord and adhere to the permanent ceasefire.

Security Council condemns use of sexual violence in Iraq and Syria

New York, Aug 29 (IBNS): The United Nations Security Council on Friday condemned the use of sexual violence, in particular sexual enslavement and sexual violence “related to or resulting from forced marriage, committee, including as a tactic of war, in Syria and Iraq,” and urged all parties to armed conflict to take all feasible steps to protect civilians from such “abhorrent” acts.

Websites attack: Six arrested in Britain

London, Aug 29 (IBNS): British authorities have arrested six people as part of an operation targeting users of hacking group Lizard Squad's Lizard Stresser tool, software that allowed users to pay to take websites offline for up to eight hours at a time, country's National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.

Clashes in Central African Republic force thousands to seek refuge at UN peacekeeping base

New York, Aug 27 (IBNS): Clashes between rival militias in the past few days have forced several thousand people to flee their homes in the Central African Republic (CAR) town of Bambari and seek shelter at a former cotton factory inside the compound of the United Nations peacekeeping mission, the UN refugee agency said today.

Ancient crops to be deposited in Norway's Arctic seed vault for future generations - UN

New York, Aug 28 (IBNS): As a significant step towards preserving the world's most important ancient crops for future generations, the head of the United Nations agriculture agency, together with scientists and delegations from Peru, Costa Rica and Norway, Thursday witnessed a ceremony during which potato seeds were deposited to the "safety box" in Arctic seed vault.

Urging end to 'delaying' tactics, UN rights experts call for fairness in Guatemala's genocide trial

New York, Aug 28 (IBNS): United Nations experts on genocide prevention and transitional justice Thursday called on Guatemalan judicial authorities to "prevent any further attempt at interference, obstruction of justice or manipulation of the law," when the genocide trial against the country's former de facto Head of State, and the former chief of intelligence resumes in January 2016.

Aid community must scale up support to troubled Lake Chad region, urges senior UN official

New York, Aug 28 (IBNS): A senior United Nations relief official Thursday called on the international community to ramp up its support in response to the multifaceted humanitarian challenges affecting Chad, the seventh largest refugee-hosting country in the world.