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Iraq: As fighting intensifies, UNWFP rushes supplies to thousands displaced

New York, May 23 (IBNS): As tens of thousands of people continue to flee fierce fighting in the Ramadi district of Iraq, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is rushing food assistance there, a spokesperson confirmed in Geneva on Friday, as she appealed for $108 million to continue operations in the country until October 2015.

UN envoy continues Syria consultations, seeking to initiate political process

New York, May 23 (IBNS): The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has said on Friday that consultations on the future of the country continued on Friday, as he shared perspectives with several interested parties, according to a UN spokesperson.

UN warns 3,500 people stranded in Southeast Asian waters

New York, May 23 (IBNS): More than 200 people stranded off the Myanmar coast were brought to shore on Friday, prompting the United Nations refugee agency to welcome the landing and appeal for the rescue of 3,500 others in distress at sea, saying “the priority is to save lives by getting people safely off these boats as soon as possible.”

UN rights expert urges Nauru to revoke measures that could 'muzzle' dissent

New York, May 23 (IBNS): Voicing concern over recent amendments to the Criminal Code in Nauru which “unduly restrict” freedom of expression, a United Nations expert on the issue on Friday urged the Government to revoke such measures to fulfil its human rights obligations.

Security Council urges broader global cooperation to tackle transfer of arms

New York, May 23 (IBNS): The United Nations Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution urging stronger cooperation in stemming the “illicit transfer, destabilizing accumulation and misuse” of small arms and light weapons, underlining the suffering they caused to civilians.

International Day: UN urges world to seek end of obstetric fistula in our lifetime

New York, May 23 (IBNS): Obstetric fistula is a devastating yet completely preventable and, in many cases, treatable injury of childbirth, affecting at least two million women and girls worldwide and leaving them isolated from communities, the United Nations spotlighted ahead of the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula.

IS claims responsibility for Saudi suicide attack

Riyadh, May 22 (IBNS): The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia on Friday which killed at least 10 people.

Saudi Arabia: Suicide attack at mosque kills 10

Riyadh, May 22 (IBNS): A suicide bombing at a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province has killed at least 10 people, media reports said on Friday.

UN agency brings relief supplies to people displaced by conflict in Libya

New York, May 22 (IBNS): Ten trucks carrying vital relief supplies have crossed the border between Tunisia and Libya, as the United Nations hunger relief agency said on Thursday that it has resumed providing assistance in support of displaced people affected by the ongoing conflict in Libya.

On World Day, UN warns global cultural diversity ‘under attack’

New York, May 22 (IBNS): As the planet’s cultural diversity comes under continued attack from militant groups espousing virulent forms of intolerance, the international community must fight back through openness and acceptance of the world’s myriad traditions, the United Nations cultural agency declared on Thursday.

UN hails outcome of Incheon forum as ‘huge step forward’ for education

New York, May 22 (IBNS): The United Nations has hailed the “transformative” vision for education over the next 15 years that was adopted on Thursday at a global forum in Incheon, Republic of Korea, and which encourages countries to provide inclusive, equitable, quality education opportunities for all.

Nepal: UN underscores need to act before monsoon rains risk further disaster

New York, May 22 (IBNS): As Nepalese communities devastated by two major earthquakes struggle to restore and rebuild, United Nations humanitarian workers and their partners are in a fierce race against time to reach survivors in the remote mountains before the monsoon rains hit and further complicate logistics.

Tanzania: UNICEF works to halt cholera outbreak among Burundian refugees

New York, May 22 (IBNS): The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is rushing critical relief supplies to Tanzania’s north-western border with Burundi amid a devastating cholera outbreak affecting tens of thousands of refugees there.

UN chief appoints expert panel to address humanitarian funding shortfalls

New York, May 22 (IBNS): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a high-level United Nations panel to address the yawning gap between resources and financing for the world’s ever-pressing humanitarian efforts.

UN condemns Canada’s deportation of Jamaican man with mental disability

New York, May 22 (IBNS): After examining the case, a United Nations Committee has found that Canada’s deportation of a Jamaican man with a mental disability who had spent much of his life in Canada amounted to cruel and inhuman treatment, effectively leaving him without medical and family support.