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Yemen's cholera epidemic surpasses half-million suspected cases, UN agency says
More than 500,000 people in Yemen are suspected of having cholera, the United Nations health agency today said, warning that the disease is spreading quickly due to a lack of clean water or health access.


In Iraq, UN Youth Envoy says young people are 'most valuable force we have to shape a better future'
As International Youth Day events kicked off worldwide today, at a special event in Iraq, the United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, pledged to do everything in her power to ensure the voices of youths, including those working to build peace, are heard.


Over 600,000 displaced Syrians returned home so far this year – UN agency
More than 600,000 displaced Syrians returned home in the first seven months of 2017, the United Nations migration agency and partners have found.


Iraq: UN refugee agency steps up humanitarian support for families returning to Mosul
The United Nations refugee agency has been stepping up its assistance for people, including thousands of returnees, in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which had until recently been the scene of a fierce battle for control between terrorist fighters and the Government forces.


UN rights office 'deeply concerned' about deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Gaza
The United Nations human rights office today expressed deep concern about the steadily deteriorating humanitarian and human rights conditions in Gaza, especially the restrictions on the enclave's power supply.


Iraq launches UN-supported action plan to save lives of mothers and newborns
Decades of conflict and under-investment have placed a huge strain on Iraq's healthcare system – with pregnant women and their babies paying for it with their lives, according to three United Nations agencies.


Syria: UN relief wing voices concern about civilians caught in crossfire in Raqqa city
The United Nations humanitarian wing is deeply concerned about the safety and protection of the thousands of civilians inside Raqqa city, many of them women and children, who are caught in the crossfire of the ongoing conflict, a UN spokesperson said today.


Recovery in Iraq's war-battered Mosul is a 'tale of two cities,' UN country coordinator says
Even as schools and markets begin to re-open in war-torn eastern Mosul, whole neighbourhoods of the western part of the Iraqi city have been destroyed and nearly a quarter of a million people have nowhere to return “anytime soon,” a senior United Nations official said today.


Yemen: Senior UN relief official voices concern at reports of airstrikes on civilians
Expressing a deep concern about reports of airstrikes on civilians in Yemen's Sa'ada Governorate, a senior United Nations relief official has urged all parties to the conflict and those who influence and support them to uphold their responsibility under international humanitarian law to protect civilians.


Syria: UN study finds foreign fighters return 'disillusioned' by groups they joined
A number of “disillusioned and disappointed” foreign terrorist fighters left Syria and returned to their countries of origin when they found these groups hardly make good on their promises, except promise of death and destruction, according to a report issued by the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT).


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