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"Cycle of violence must end,' says UN chief, condemning latest attacks in Afghanistan
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned today's attacks at mosques in Afghanistan's Kabul city and Ghor Province during Friday prayers.


UN rights experts urge Iran to immediately release British-Iranian citizen after fresh charges
United Nations human rights experts have appealed to Iran to immediately release a jailed British-Iranian citizen, who is now facing fresh charges, and expressed "grave" concerns for her welfare.


Closing UN's "Africa Week,' Assembly President says continent's vision getting close to reality
Addressing the final event of this year's Africa Week at the United Nations, General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak on Friday highlighted the continent's transformative changes driven by the African Union's development agency.


Rohingya crisis: UNICEF issues 'Child Alert,'; outlines urgent action to save lives
Issuing a dire warning on the desperate situation of Rohingya refugee children, who now number more than 320,000 in Bangladesh, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called for an end to the atrocities targeting civilians in Myanmar's Rakhine state, and immediate and unfettered access to all children affected by the violence there.


Cities and local policies key to overcome hunger, stresses head of UN agency
Highlighting the potential of cities to address malnutrition, the head of the United Nations food security agency has called for innovative partnerships between urban centres and wide range of stakeholders to overcome the challenge of food waste and to ensure a healthy and nutritious diet for all.


UN delivering coordinated humanitarian response in wake of Mogadishu bombings
The United Nations family of agencies and programmes is continuing to roll out its response in support of the recovery and clean-up effort in Mogadishu following Saturday's massive car bomb blast, which killed some 300 people, injured hundreds more, and is being called Somalia's worst-ever such attack.


INTERVIEW: Hurricane-hit Caribbean nations can build back better, says UN development official
"People want to live here for very good reason – they're beautiful islands, it's where people have lived for centuries, their families have lived here for centuries," Mr. O'Malley said in an interview with UN News on the side lines of the Secretary-General's visit. "So how do you make sure that you use the right techniques to keep yourself as safe, and your country as safe, as possible?"


Despite drop in under-five mortality rate, 7,000 newborns die every day – UN report
More must be done to stop babies from dying the day they are born, United Nations agencies said in a new report issued Thursday, which argued that life-saving know-how and technologies must be made readily available – particularly in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa – where they are most needed.


Governments endorse UN-backed plan to tackle cancer, diabetes and other deadly diseases
Global leaders have pledged to take bold action to reduce suffering from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), which include the world's leading killers – heart and lung diseases, cancers and diabetes – the United Nations health agency has reported.


Africa's rapid urbanization can drive industrialization, says new UN report
A United Nations report out Thursday makes concrete recommendations on how the right African policy framework can harness the continent's rapid urban transition to drive industrial development.


Watchful of the situation in Raqqa, Syria, UN chief urges need to revive political process
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is urging all sides involved in the fight for Raqqa, Syria, to protect civilians, abide with international law, and allow humanitarian access to those in need.


UN migration chief urges more support for Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar or 'thousands will suffer'
The United Nations migration agency and its partners are supporting Bangladesh in coordinating assistance for the influx of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, including with clean water and sanitation, shelter, food and psychosocial care for the most vulnerable.


Strong civil society can push back against 'major attack' on human rights, says senior UN rights official
A senior United Nations human rights official has praised civil society for its role in standing up to the “backlash” against human rights.


Number of UN civilian casualties falls despite spike in direct attacks against the Organization – new report
Despite an increasingly complex global security environment and an unprecedented increase in direct attacks against the United Nations, the number of casualties among UN civilian personnel has declined, Secretary-General António Guterres has said.


#MeToo movement stems from impunity and culture of silence, senior UN official writes
Casual indifference to sexual harassment is unacceptable, the head of the United Nations entity mandated to promote gender equality today said, urging women and men to change their response to acts of sexual aggression.


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