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Guinea-Bissau polls: UN chief urges high turnout, peaceful vote

New York, May 17 (IBNS): On the eve of run-off presidential elections in Guinea-Bissau, United Nations UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged voters to show the same sense of civic duty exhibited during the first round of the polls “by turning out in large numbers and in a peaceful manner.”

Ban saddened by Turkish coal mine tragedy

New York, May 17 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his solidarity with the people of Turkey following the coal mine tragedy in Soma, and said he hopes that measures will be taken to prevent such disasters in the future.

UN alarmed by deteriorating human rights situation in Ukraine

New York, May 17 (IBNS): A United Nations report released on Friday documents an "alarming" deterioration of the human rights situation in eastern Ukraine, including serious problems emerging in Crimea, citing numerous examples of targeted killings, torture and beatings, abductions, intimidation and some cases of sexual harassment, committed mostly by anti-Government groups.

UN concerned over Sudanese woman facing death penalty

New York, May 17 (IBNS): The United Nations human rights office on Friday voiced deep concern about the situation of Meriam Ibrahim, the pregnant Christian Sudanese woman who was sentenced to 100 lashes and to death by a Sudanese court for apostasy and adultery.

UN moves vital food aid in north-west Syria

New York, May 17 (IBNS): The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday it has started moving more food supplies from Turkey into north-east Syria to assist displaced families, while noting continued challenges with humanitarian access to those in need inside the war-torn nation.

UN concerned over latest fighting in northern CAR

New York, May 17 (IBNS): As fighting worsens in northern Central African Republic, United Nations humanitarian agencies and partners are working to protect displaced people and children, and to support conflict-hit farmers, it was announced on Friday.

Mali: UN to restore Timbuktu's cultural heritage

New York, May 17 (IBNS): The United Nations and the European Union have forged an agreement on Friday to fund the restoration of cultural heritage in Timbuktu that was destroyed by extremists after fighting broke out in 2012 between Malian Government forces and Tuareg rebels.

UN highlights role of families in achieving development

New York, May 16 (IBNS): United Nations officials are using this year's International Day of Families to highlight the vital role that these critical social units found in every society play in achieving globally agreed development goals and advancing a better world for all.

UN condemns conviction, sentencing of Saudi blogger

New York, May 16 (IBNS): A group of independent United Nations human rights experts on Thursday expressed alarm at the conviction by a Saudi court of online activist and blogger Raef Badawi, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes and a 1 million Saudi riyal fine.

UN report shows rich-poor longevity divide persists

New York, May 16 (IBNS): People everywhere are living longer, the United Nations health agency on Thursday reported, mostly because fewer children are dying, certain diseases are in check, and tobacco use is down, but conditions in low-income countries continue to plague life quality there.

UN urges protection for Albinos after Tanzania killing

New York, May 16 (IBNS): The barbaric murder of a woman with albinism in Tanzania has prompted the United Nations human rights chief to call for greater protection for this "exceptionally vulnerable" community.

Bosnia and Herzegovina's politics hurting citizens: UNSC

New York, May 16 (IBNS): Ahead of the 'hotly contested' elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a senior United Nations official on Thursday warned the UN Security Council (UNSC) that the country is politically heading in the wrong direction and that politicians might try to raise inter-ethnic tensions to divert attention from real problems.

Nigeria: UN to support efforts to release abducted schoolgirls

New York, May 16 (IBNS): The United Nations is committed to supporting Nigeria's efforts to ensure the release of the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram militants, the world body's newly-appointed envoy to the country said on Thursday, as he announced that the UN has initiated preparation of a "support package" that will include assistance for affected families and the girls after their release.

UN urges governments to buy local food in public projects

New York, May 16 (IBNS): Public procurement can contribute to making food systems more fair and sustainable, and help realize the human right to adequate food, according to a United Nations independent expert.

Egypt: UN urges reform to legal system following death sentences

New York, May 16 (IBNS): In the wake of the second wave of mass death sentences handed down in Egypt last month, a group of African and United Nations human rights experts on Thursday called on authorities to bring the country's legal system into compliance with international and regional standards.