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UN chief calls for efforts to de-escalate Ukraine conflict

Beijing, China | Xinhua |  The following are the latest developments in the Ukraine crisis: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called for international efforts to de-escalate the conflict in Ukraine. “I will continue to spare no effort for peace — peace in line with international law and the Charter …

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UN warns of looming famine in Somalia

Mogadishu, Somalia | Xinhua |  The United Nations’ top relief chief on Monday warned of a humanitarian crisis in drought-stricken Somalia, saying the country was on the brink of famine for the second time since 2011. Martin Griffiths, under-secretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, told a news conference …

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UN forces get the blues in DR Congo

Get out, say Congolese to MONUSCO Kampala, Uganda | RONALD MUSOKE | Pressure is on to kick the UN peacekeeping mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) out of the country. Matters appeared to escalate further when on Aug.3 the Congolese government in Kinshasa expelled MONUSCO’s spokesperson over unclear reasons.  And …

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Worsening hunger

 800 million people around the world affected Kampala, Uganda | RONALD MUSOKE | In the week Ugandan legislators from the northeastern region of Karamoja shed tears on national television due to the alarming hunger situation in their home districts, a UN report warned that the situation could get worse. The …

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UN decries surge in tribal violence in South Sudan

Juba, South Sudan | Xinhua | The United Nations on Thursday expressed concern over the escalating communal violence in South Sudan which it said has left several people dead and others injured. Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for South Sudan Nicholas Haysom condemned the recent clashes in Eastern, …

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Sudan summons UN envoy over statement on upcoming protests

Khartoum, Sudan | Xinhua | The Sudanese Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that it summoned Volker Perthes, UN’s representative in Sudan. Perthes, the Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General and Head of the UN Integrated Transitional Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), called upon on Tuesday “the authorities to ensure their …

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