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Meeting with President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic

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Vladimir Putin and President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic discussed current bilateral relations. PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: Mr President, friends, Allow me to wish you a warm welcome to the Kremlin. I know that you are here on what is really a private visit, but it is a business visit too, related to the investment […]

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UN envoy for Western Sahara dispute launches ‘new phase’ in negotiations

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  Christopher Ross, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara. UN Photo 30 October 2013 – The United Nations envoy dealing with Western Sahara today told the Security Council that he plans to return to the region in the coming weeks to pursue a new approach to ending the dispute over the territory. Christopher Ross, […]

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As part of peace efforts, UN-Arab League envoy meets Syrian President in Damascus

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Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi. Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré 30 October 2013 – The Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States, Lakhdar Brahimi, today met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, as part of his ongoing efforts to bring all parties to the conflict to the negotiating […]

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Deals linked to settlements in occupied territories could be ‘criminal,’ UN expert warns

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Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories Richard Falk. 30 October 2013 – An independent United Nations human rights expert today warned that financial institutions and real estate companies involved with housing settlements in occupied Palestinian territory – which are considered illegal under international law – may be held […]

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UN chief deplores plans for further Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory

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A settler woman walks past an Israeli soldier standing guard in East Jerusalem. Photo: IRIN/Andreas Hackl 30 October 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored the announcements today of further Israeli settlement plans in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, pointing out that settlement activity is contrary to international law and constitutes an obstacle to […]

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Motherhood in childhood,’ new UN report, spotlights adolescent pregnancy

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Credit: Mark Tuschman/UNFPA 30 October 2013 – A United Nations report released today spotlights the high rates of teenage pregnancies in developing countries – 7.3 million every year – and calls on Governments to help girls achieve their full potential through education and adequate health services. The State of World Population 2013, produced by the […]

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Security Council urged to support ‘temporary boost’ to African forces in Somalia

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Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson (2nd left) chats with medical staff from the Ugandan contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) during a visit on 27 October 2013. Photo: AU/UN IST/ Stuart Price 30 October 2013 – Without adequate security, the efforts of the Somali Government and people, and those of their partners, […]

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UN entities say post-2015 development agenda must address inequity in access to clean water, sanitation

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Photo: World Bank/Allison Kwesell 30 October 2013 – Member States must ensure that the post-2015 development agenda addresses inequalities that prevent millions of people from getting access to basic services, various United Nations entities today stressed. In a joint statement, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), […]

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Maldives Supreme Court undermining democratic process – UN rights chief

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High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré 30 October 2013 – The repeated interventions of the Supreme Court in the presidential election process in the Maldives are undermining the country’s democracy, the United Nations human rights chief said today, calling on reforms to the judiciary to safeguard the rule of law. “I […]

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UNESCO chief denounces murder of Honduran cameraman

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Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré 30 October 2013 – The head of the United Nations agency defending press freedom today denounced the murder of Honduran cameraman Manuel Murillo Varela, who was found shot dead last week in the capital city of Tegucigalpa. “Such acts must not go unpunished,” stressed Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, […]

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