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UN observers conclude FARC-EP arms removal process in Colombia
More than 8,000 weapons and over one million burned cartridges were transported to a central warehouse in Colombia as the United Nations political mission in the country concluded the process of the laying down of individual weapons of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) combatants.


'Racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or Islamophobia are poisoning our societies' – UN chief
Urging people everywhere to speak out against hate speech and hate crimes, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated his call for tolerance, respect for the other and the importance of recognizing diversity.


Latin America and Caribbean at difficult juncture as foreign direct investment shrinks – UN
The United Nations Latin America commission has reported that foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to the region declined by 7.9 per cent to $167.043 billion in 2016, due to low commodity prices, sluggish economic growth and global trend of shifting investment in developed economies.


Venezuela: UN urges Government and opposition to relaunch political talks
Concerned that recent developments in Venezuela could lead to further escalation of tensions and hamper a peaceful solution to the crisis, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres again today urged the Government and the opposition to relaunch negotiations for the benefit of the Venezuelan people.


UN chief urges Venezuelans to ease tensions and engage in negotiations
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is closely following recent developments in Venezuela, his Spokesperson told reporters today.


Colombia: UN-backed team ambushed; one wounded in attack
A team from the United Nations Mission in Colombia was ambushed on Sunday while working to uncover explosives left by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) in the Caloto municipality in the south-west of the country.


Tallying fewer crossings, UN agency reports rise in migrant deaths at US-Mexico border
Even as the flow appears to have thinned, migrants crossing the United States-Mexico border are dying at a faster rate in 2017 than in past years, according to a new United Nations agency study.


UN Latin America commission forecasts low but positive growth for region in 2017
With better commodity export prices and an improved international context, the Latin America and the Caribbean region will record a small positive growth rate this year – with the exception of Venezuela and two Caribbean countries, according to a new report of the UN Latin America commission.


Venezuela: UN rights chief 'deeply concerned' by detention of opposition leaders
The top United Nations human rights official today expressed deep concern about the detention of two opposition leaders by Venezuelan authorities after Sunday's elections for a Constituent Assembly convened by President Nicolás Maduro.


Venezuela: UN rights office urges all parties to refrain from violence amid protests over weekend polls
The United Nations human rights office has expressed regret that at least 10 people died in Venezuela over the weekend amid clashes between security forces and protestors opposing the Constituent Assembly elections, a spokesman for the Secretary-General said today.


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