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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.

As Libyan political talks resume, UN envoy urges parties to set aside differences, agree unity government

New York, Aug 28 (IBNS) The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has announced that a round of Libyan political dialogue began today in Skhirat, Morocco, with discussions expected to focus on expediting the process towards finalizing the Libyan Political Agreement, including reaching agreement on a Government of National Accord.

UN humanitarian agencies reach thousands of South Sudanese cut off for months

New York, Aug 28 (IBNS): Emergency relief teams from the United Nations have managed to reach more than 27,000 people in a town in South Sudan cut off by insecurity since March where "there were only some fish and a few tomatoes for sale in the market, and almost nobody had the means to buy them."

Ban welcomes South Sudanese leader Kiir's signature of agreement to resolve conflict

New York, Aug 28 (IBNS): Welcoming President Salva Kiir's signing of the agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the move is "a critical and necessary step towards ending the 20 month-long conflict that has devastated [the country] and subjected its people to unspeakable suffering."

Ban strongly condemns use of chemical weapons and toxic chemicals as weapons in Syria conflict

New York, Aug 28 (IBNS): Deeply disturbed by continuing reports of the use of chemical weapons, as well as the use of toxic chemicals as a weapon in Syria, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday strongly condemned any such use by any party to the conflict and stressed that the entire international community has the responsibility to hold the perpetrators to account.

UN humanitarian chief urges Security Council action to end 'immense suffering' of Syrians

New York, Aug 28 (IBNS): The United Nations humanitarian chief Thursday urged the Security Council to do everything in its power to push for a political solution to end the conflict in Syria, as he described the immense suffering and destruction he witnessed for himself during a recent visit.

Afghan militants foil Taliban's plan

Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Aug 27 (IBNS) Afghan military officials on Thursday said that they were successful in foiling the Taliban’s plan of making inroads in the Hesarak district of eastern Nangarhar province of the country.