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More refugees and migrants feared lost in Mediterranean; UN urges safer resettlement options
Amid reports that some 160 people are feared lost during desperate attempts to cross the Mediterranean this week alone, the United Nations refugee agency on Friday called for more action to save lives by offering more resettlement places and safe alternatives for people on the move.


Tragic start to New Year for migrants as hundreds feared dead in Mediterranean – UN
A little more than a week into the New Year, close to 200 migrants or refugees have reportedly died or gone missing in the Mediterranean Sea – with up to 100 unaccounted for since Saturday, the United Nations migration agency said Wednesday.


UN chief welcomes exchange of prisoners and detainees in eastern Ukraine
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the recent exchange of prisoners and detainees in eastern Ukraine and commended all those who helped bring about the exchange.


UN tribunal for former Yugoslavia leaves behind culture of accountability, says Guterres
The United Nations tribunal dealing with atrocities committed during the Balkans wars of 1990s has been a pioneer in creating the contemporary architecture of international criminal justice, and "gave a voice to victims," Secretary-General António Guterres said Thursday.


Deadly war weapons endanger lives of over 220,000 children in eastern Ukraine – UNICEF
Landmines, unexploded ordnance and other explosive remnants of war threaten the lives of over 220,000 children in eastern Ukraine, the United Nations Children's Fund has warned, calling on all parties to the conflict to immediately end the use of the lethal weapons and allow mine clearance activities to begin.


FEATURE: Curtain falls on UN tribunal's 24-year history of fighting impunity in former Yugoslavia
As the United Nations tribunal dealing with atrocities committed during the Balkans conflicts in the 1990s prepares to close its doors on 31 December, top officials say the court has proven skeptics wrong, citing its achievements and its immense contribution to international criminal justice.


Ukraine: UN agencies stepping up aid to most vulnerable as temperatures plummet
As temperatures plummet across Ukraine, the United Nations refugee and migration agencies said Tuesday that they are stepping up assistance to the most vulnerable people affected by the conflict in the country's east.


Armed hostilities on rise again in Ukraine, where conflict "never really stopped,' says UN rights wing
An uptick in armed hostilities in Ukraine has resulted in more deaths and new damages to critical water infrastructure storing dangerous chemicals – posing a grave threat to human life and the environment, according to a new United Nations report.


Ukraine: UN and partners seek $187 million amid humanitarian crisis that is "worse than it's ever been'
The humanitarian situation in war-torn eastern Ukraine is worse than ever, and people are at breaking point, the senior-most United Nations aid official in the country said on Thursday, as he launched a response plan.


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