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Pakistan: 2 killed in explosion

Quetta, May 8 (IBNS): At least two people were killed in an explosion in Pakistan's Quetta city on Thursday, media reports said.

Ban seeks end to hunger at food committee meet

New York, May 8 (IBNS): Having just met with displaced, war-weary South Sudanese sheltering in United Nations compounds, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged immediate help to end hunger and malnutrition around the world, warning that up to a million people could be at risk of famine in a matter of months.

UNSC urges measures to keep chemical weapons away from terrorists

New York, May 8 (IBNS): While Governments around the world are working hard to keep weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of terrorists, a decade after adopting a landmark resolution on the issue, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Wednesday said that it "remains gravely concerned by the threat of terrorism, and the risk that non-State actors may acquire, develop, traffic in or use nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and their means of delivery."

Philippines: UN works with communities to rebuild lives

New York, May 8 (IBNS): Six months after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, while signs of recovery are starting to emerge, progress remains fragile, the United Nations on Wednesday said urging continued international support for the 14 million people affected.

Kenya: UN seeks equitable approach to solve IDP situation

New York, May 8 (IBNS): The United Nations independent expert tasked by the Human Rights Council to look into conditions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) on Wednesday ended his visit to Kenya with a call for a more rigorous and equitable approach to solving the IDP situation in that East African country.

UNESCO urges inclusion of free expression in development goals

New York, May 8 (IBNS): A world conference convened by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has adopted a Declaration highlighting the contribution of free expression to contemporary democracy, sustainable and human rights-centred development and economic growth.

Ban appoints officials to key development posts

New York, May 8 (IBNS): United Nations' development efforts got a boost on Wednesday with the appointment of key positions in the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and at the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

UN urges insurgent group to release Nigerian schoolgirls

New York, May 8 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's top envoy on children and armed conflict expressed deep concern about the fate of the 230 girls violently abducted from their school in in mid-April by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria's crisis-riven Borno State, and deplored the group's reported abduction on Tuesday of several more girls.

South Sudan: Ban urges peace as political rivals agree to meet

New York, May 7 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday that South Sudan's President and his main political rival - whose respective forces are locked in an increasingly brutal conflict in the country - have said they plan to "sit down together" later this week for talks on ending nearly five months of fighting.

Ukraine: UN urges greater effort to resolve crisis

New York, May 7 (IBNS): Increasing violence in eastern and southern Ukraine is resulting in more and more death and destruction, the top United Nations human rights official said on Tuesday, calling on all sides in the conflict to make a greater effort to find a peaceful resolution, particularly ahead of the 25 May presidential election.

UN disappointed by ruling in DR Congo mass rape trial

New York, May 7 (IBNS): Disappointed by the ruling of a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) military court which acquitted close to half of the 39 Congolese soldiers accused of mass rape in 2012, the United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) said on Tuesday the decision fell short of the expectations of the numerous victims and confirmed the shortcoming of the country's justice system.

UN warns Boko Haram over sale of Nigerian schoolgirls

New York, May 7 (IBNS): The United Nations human rights office on Tuesday lashed out at the militant group known as Boko Haram, which claimed responsibility for kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria and now, referring to the girls as "slaves", says it plans to sell them "in the market" and "marry them off".

UN humanitarian chief meets with Central African refugees

New York, May 7 (IBNS): The top United Nations relief official on Tuesday visited with mostly women and children fleeing violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) by taking refuge in Chad, where they are receiving food, vaccines and other support from UN agencies and partners.

UN urges Eritrea to end widespread arbitrary arrest

New York, May 7 (IBNS): The Government of Eritrea needs to put an immediate end to the widespread practices of arbitrary arrest, ill-treatment and persecution, says an independent expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to look into the situation in the country.

Afghanistan: UN urges support for vulnerable communities

New York, May 7 (IBNS): In the wake of last week's massive landslide in north-eastern Afghanistan, a senior United Nations relief official on Tuesday voiced deep concern about the impact of conflict and natural disasters in the country, and urged the world to step up support to vulnerable communities.