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UN experts condemn wave of arrest, sentencing of activists in Iran

New York, Aug 9 (IBNS) A group of independent United Nations human rights experts on Friday voiced grave concern over the escalating trend of arresting and sentencing people exercising their rights of freedom of expression and opinion, peaceful assembly and association.

Gaza: As hostilities resume, Ban urges 'swift' return to ceasefire, negotiations

New York, Aug 9 (IBNS) Amid renewed hostilities in Gaza, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called firmly on the parties to the conflict not to resort to further military action but "swiftly find a way back to respect of the humanitarian ceasefire and continue negotiations in Cairo."

Ukraine: UN alarmed by intensifying clashes, mounting casualties in country's east

New York, Aug 9 (IBNS) A senior United Nations human rights official on Friday declared the situation in Eastern Ukraine "extremely alarming" with intensifying fighting, mounting casualties and serious damage to infrastructure.

Civilian conditions in Libya 'steadily deteriorating,' warns UN rights office

New York, Aug 9 (IBNS) The United Nations human rights office on Friday expressed deep concern over the situation in Libya, where a conflict between multiple armed groups has been raging primarily in Benghazi and Tripoli.

Clashes in north-western Central African Republic cause renewed displacement – UN

New York, Aug 9 (IBNS) Fighting from 30 to 31 July in Batangafo, Central African Republic (CAR) has caused renewed displacement, according to Jens Laerke of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Ahead of International Day, UN spotlights rights of indigenous peoples

New York, Aug 9 (IBNS)Kicking off its observance of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the United Nations on Friday highlighted the importance of advancing the rights those people and communities to bridge the development gap.

Military solution in South Sudan 'unacceptable', says Security Council, urging rivals to pursue dialogue

New York, Aug 9 (IBNS) Expressing "grave alarm and concern" about the deteriorating security situation and looming humanitarian catastrophe and South Sudan, the United Nations Security Council on Friday urged President Salva Kiir and political rival Riek Machar to engage fully and inclusively in ongoing peace talks, and uphold their commitment to establish a transitional government.

UN agency provides assistance for hundreds fleeing town near Lebanon's border with Syria

New York, Aug 9 (IBNS) As violence escalates in Lebanon, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and its partners are distributing humanitarian supplies in the north-eastern Bekaa Valley to both Lebanese and Syrian refugees who had fled the town of Arsal, close to the Syrian border.

UN rights office praises identification of 114th Argentinian 'Grandson of Plaza de Mayo'

New York, Aug 9 (IBNS) The United Nations human rights office on Friday called on authorities around the world to redouble their efforts to find people missing due to enforced disappearances following reports that an Argentine grandmother discovered the identity of a grandson born during the military dictatorship in the country 37 years ago.

Iraq: US steps up air strikes on militants

Baghdad, Aug 9 (IBNS): The US launched series of airstrikes against militants in conflict-hit northern Iraq, media reports said.

Iraq: US airstrike begin on militants

Baghdad, Aug 8 (IBNS) In a significant development, the US on Friday said it has launched an air strike against militants in conflict-hit Iraq.

Hamas re-launching attacks, says Israel

New Delhi, Aug 8 (IBNS) Israel alleged that early Friday morning, before the end of the 72 hours ceasefire and shortly before 04:30, two rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip at them.

Obama authorises air strikes on Iraq to counter militants

Washington, Aug 8 (IBNS): Amid ongoing conflict in Iraq, US President Barack Obama has authorised air strikes against Islamic militants in northern Iraq to help Iraqi forces as well as to protect American personnel present in the country.

UN calls for urgent response to help thousands in northern Iraq displaced by militants' advance

New York , Aug 8 (IBNS) As Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists continue to overrun areas of northern Iraq, the United Nations has begun coordinating humanitarian assistance for displaced vulnerable ethnic and religious minorities, while UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on the international community to support Iraq and help the Government alleviate the suffering of all those impacted by the spiralling violence.

Darfur: African Union-UN envoy urges Security Council to support Sudanese dialogue

New York, Aug 8 (IBNS) The challenge for the international community remains how best to impress upon all the parties involved in the Darfur conflict that a military solution and the status quo are untenable, the African Union-United Nations envoy on the region said on Thursday, urging the Security Council to play a more proactive role in supporting the holding of a successful national dialogue in Sudan.