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UN officials call for support to provide food assistance to 10 million Yemenis at risk of hunger

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UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos (left) and WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. Photo: WFP/Giulio d’Adamo 12 September 2013 – Two senior United Nations officials today urged the international community to scale up its financial support for chronically food-insecure Yemen, where 10 million people are in need of assistance. “Yemen is a country wracked by […]

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UN envoy in Somalia condemns attack on Jubba administration leader

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Special Representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay. Photo: AU/UN/IST/Ilyas Abukar 12 September 2013 – The top UN official in Somalia today strongly condemned the violent attack on a vehicle in which Ahmad Muhammad Islam Madobe, leader of the interim Jubba administration was in the port city of Kismayo. According to a statement released by a spokesperson […]

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UN Envoy: with Somalia on verge of ‘great things,’ more international assistance needed to secure gains

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Special Representative Nicholas Kay. Photo: AU/UN/IST/Tobin Jones 12 September 2013 – While praising the people and Government of Somalia, along with their international partners, for being “on the brink of achieving truly great things,” the top United Nations Envoy in the country warned the Security Council that overall success is not guaranteed and that “in […]

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Ban welcomes Syria’s letter on accession to treaty banning chemical weapons

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meeting with President Bashar Al-Assad of Syria in Sirte, Libya in March 2010. UN Photo/Evan Schneider (file photo) 12 September 2013 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has received a letter from the Government of Syria President Bassar Al-Assad will sign and abide by the 20-year-old international treaty on banning chemical […]

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Western Balkans intensify security co-operation

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Struga recently hosted a NATO conference on regional security in the Western Balkans. [Miki Trajkovski/SETimes] The Western Balkan countries have made significant progress in improving regional security and EU integration processes, concluded security experts and participants at the international NATO conference on regional security in the Western Balkans recently held in Struga, but agreed on […]

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Agreement paves way for Kosovo Serbs to participate in elections

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  A successful election is critical for both Kosovo and Serbia’s plans for EU integration. [AFP]     Leaders of Kosovo and Serbia made the significant arrangements for Kosovo local elections on September 9th, their last meeting before the elections of November 3rd. EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said in a statement after the meeting […]

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The visit of RoK President Park Geun Hye to Vietnam

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President Truong Tan Sang and his RoK counterpart Park Geun Hye review the honor guards of the Vietnam People’s Army – Photo: VNA   VietNamNet Bridge – At the invitation of President Truong Tan Sang, the Republic of Korea (RoK) President Park Geun Hye made a State-level visit to Vietnam from September 7 to 11. […]

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Vietnam, Singapore raise ties to next level

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              Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (left) and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong. VietNamNet Bridge – Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong have agreed to elevate the friendship between the two countries into a strategic partnership. This was announced at talks in […]

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UN missions in Africa making progress on new challenges, says UN peacekeeping chief

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Head of UN peacekeeping Hervé Ladsous (centre) speaks to journalists during a visit to Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in September 2012. Photo: MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti 12 September 2013 – The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations today highlighted the important progress being made since the beginning of the year on tackling major challenges […]

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New chief of UN Women highlights girls’ education as priority to combat poverty, boost development

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UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Nanette Braun, Chief of Communications and Advocacy, address press. Photo: UN Women 12 September 2013 – Facilitating access to education for women and girls is vital to lift millions out of poverty and must be a priority for Governments and international organizations, the head of the United Nations […]

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