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Syrian refugees in Iraq, risk losing access to basic food supplies |

Money is running out to help families with basic day to day items, while amidst harsh economic conditions, refugees from the decade long...

Lebanon elections: Guterres calls for ‘swift formation’ of inclusive Government |

Secretary-General António Guterres congratulated the Lebanese people on the passage of the vote, the first elections since the devastating explosions in Beirut’s port area...

Israel: UN rights chief calls for end to ‘culture of impunity’ |

Her appeal comes in the wake of the killing of Al Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh, who was fatally shot on Wednesday while...

UN envoy condemns latest Israeli settlement expansion plan |

“I condemn today's decision by Israeli authorities to advance plans for over 4,000 housing units in settlements in the occupied West Bank,” Tor...

Yemen: $33 million pledged to address decaying oil tanker threat |

The FSO Safer, which is holding more than a million barrels of oil, has been described as a “time bomb” because it is...

UN officials call for probe into killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh |

The veteran Palestinian-American journalist, 51, was fatally shot while reporting on an Israeli military operation in the West Bank town of Jenin.  We are...

Don’t lose focus on Syria, UN envoy tells Security Council |

Recalling that Syria is “a hot conflict, not a frozen one”, he listed some of the threats resulting from the war, including an...

Middle East: ‘No justification’ for terrorism or violence against civilians, Security Council hears  |

Despite “inflammatory rhetoric and violent clashes” between Palestinians and Israeli Security Forces (ISF) at the Holy Sites, Tor Wennesland said that the situation...

Rights experts call for action to address rising violence in Israel and occupied Palestinian territory |

OHCHR Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani stressed that the use of force in law enforcement operations is strictly limited and governed by international norms and...

Yemen: New Houthi commitment ‘encouraging step’ to protecting children |

At the start of a two-month nationwide truce, the Houthis signed an Action Plan with the UN to end and prevent the recruitment...

UN chief condemns rising violence in Jerusalem |

According to media reports, more than 150 people were injured in clashes between Palestinians, and Israeli police on Friday, which took place during...

Yemen: ‘Light at the end of the tunnel’ as first nationwide truce in six years continues |

The first nationwide truce in six years coincided with the start of the holy month of Ramadan and includes provisions to improve the...

Eastern Africa: Millions displaced, amid growing hunger, ‘unprecedented needs’ |

UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said that spiralling costs of food and fuel were adding to...

Humanitarians urge action to avert famine in Somalia and South Sudan |

The alert from the World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) followed the latest food security assessments which showed that six million...

Protection of older persons’ rights needed now ‘more than ever’: Bachelet |

Michelle Bachelet was addressing the Working Group on Ageing, at UN Headquarters in New York, the first to do so in person, since...

UN unveils plan to prevent stricken oil tanker disaster off Yemen coast |

David Gressly outlined plans to address the threat posed by the FSO Safer, described as a time bomb sitting off Yemen’s Red Sea...

UN unveils plan to prevent stricken oil tanker disaster off Yemen coast

Critical funding and timely action are needed to prevent a decaying tanker anchored close to Yemen’s coastline from sparking a major oil spill,...

Roma rights advocates warn of rising hate speech: Many ‘don’t even know’ they’re being racist |

Nonetheless, racist slurs and hate speech spiked on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic, with some people going as far as blaming the...

Ukraine: Hundreds more reach safety after fleeing besieged Mariupol |

In the northern city of Chernihiv, meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP)  said that it had made its first aid delivery there,...

End landmine scourge once and for all: Guterres |

In his message for the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, observed on Monday, he urged all countries to join the 1997...