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6-month extension for UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus

Friday, 30 January 2015, 1:00 pm | UN News

29 January 2015 – The Security Council today extended the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus ( UNFICYP ) – one of the longest running UN missions still in operation – until 31 July 2015, noting that despite some progress made in negotiations between ... More >>

Destruction of villages, displacement of thousands in Darfur

Friday, 30 January 2015, 12:59 pm | UN News

29 January 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the reported aerial bombardment and destruction of villages in the Golo locality of Central Darfur, and expressed concern over the worsening security situation, which ... More >>

Ebola cases reaching record low

Friday, 30 January 2015, 12:35 pm | UN News

Highly contaminated waste is removed from an Ebola Treatment Unit and carried with caution to a disposal area, where it will be fed into an incinerator that burns it into ashes. Photo: WHO/R. Sørensen More >>

Zone 9 Bloggers Move to Trial on Amended ATP Charges

Friday, 30 January 2015, 12:32 pm | U.S. Department of State

The United States is concerned by the Ethiopian Federal High Court’s January 28, 2015, decision to proceed with the trial of six bloggers and three independent journalists on charges under the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation. The decision undermines a free ... More >>

Serbia to be reviewed by UN on Enforced Disappearances

Friday, 30 January 2015, 12:31 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (29 January 2015) – Serbia is due to be reviewed for the first time by the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) which is meeting in Geneva from 2 to 13 February. More >>

Barca FC’s Qatar Airways rethink airline's reputation

Friday, 30 January 2015, 12:30 pm | ITF Press Officer

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today congratulated Barcelona football club for considering dropping its lucrative sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways, over what club president Josep Maria Bartomeu described as “social issues”. More >>

Occupiers Attacked by ANC Mob in Verulam

Friday, 30 January 2015, 12:29 pm | Abahlali baseMjondolo

Last night and this morning around a hundred families occupying municipal flats in in Hammond's Farm in Waterloo, Verulam, North of Durban came under sustained attack by an ANC mob and then the Land Occupations Unit, both acting with the support for ... More >>

Remarks With Latvian Foreign Minister

Friday, 30 January 2015, 12:25 pm | U.S. Department of State

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good morning, again. I’m really pleased to welcome my friend, Edgars Rinkevics, the Foreign Minister of Latvia. And he is here to discuss a number of issues, actually, that I also shared with our friend from Sweden, but some other ... More >>

Remarks With Swedish Foreign Minister

Friday, 30 January 2015, 12:23 pm | U.S. Department of State

SECRETARY KERRY: Good morning. Good morning, everybody. Very pleased to welcome the Foreign Minister of Sweden Margot Wallstrom, and very happy to have a strong partner visiting this morning in so many different respects. Sweden is helping on ... More >>

UN political talks possibly moved to Libya

Friday, 30 January 2015, 12:22 pm | UN News

29 January 2015 – Participants in the United Nations-facilitated Libyan political dialogue in discussions in Geneva this week have agreed “on the principle” of convening future dialogue sessions in Libya, provided that logistical and security ... More >>

UNESCO chief denounces killing of journalists in South Sudan

Friday, 30 January 2015, 12:20 pm | UN News

29 January 2015 – The head of the United Nations agency mandated to defend freedom of expression and press freedom today denounced the killing of five journalists in South Sudan and an Iraqi broadcaster, who was killed while covering fighting in the ... More >>

Charlie Hebdo must not be used to expand surveillance

Friday, 30 January 2015, 12:15 pm | Access Now

Digital rights community: “Charlie Hebdo tragedy must not be used by governments to expand surveillance” More >>

Attack on the Corinthia Hotel in Libya

Friday, 30 January 2015, 12:09 pm | U.S. Department of State

The following is a joint statement on Libya by the Governments of the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, and the United Kingdom. Begin text: The Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States ... More >>

Terrorist attack on hotel in Libyan capital

Friday, 30 January 2015, 12:08 pm | UN News

27 January 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today condemned in the strongest terms the deadly terrorist attack against the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, and underlined the need to bring the perpetrators, financiers and sponsors of such ... More >>

Lies And Deception In Ukraine's Energy Sector

Friday, 30 January 2015, 12:03 pm |

The Ukrainian government has repeatedly claimed it is doing its best to improve the oil and gas investment climate, but official statements are the opposite of the reality, as Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is leading the great deception. More >>

Increasing Demand For Refined Products Will Increase Prices

Friday, 30 January 2015, 12:00 pm |

In last week's article I posted a chart from the International Energy Agency'srecent Oil Market Report that shows global demand for refined products catching up to supply by the 3rd quarter of this year. My opinion is that all of the analysts who are now ... More >>

U.S. Relations With Kosovo

Friday, 30 January 2015, 11:52 am | U.S. Department of State

More information about Kosovo is available on the Kosovo Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet. More >>

SPC urges participation in online gender equality discussion

Friday, 30 January 2015, 11:49 am | Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Suva – Please share your organisation’s perspective or your own views, questions and hopes on issues surrounding gender equality in the Pacific, from poverty and health to women in power. More >>

Equatorial Guinea: Concerns Regarding Arrests

Friday, 30 January 2015, 11:47 am | U.S. Department of State

The United States is deeply concerned by reports of the arrests and indefinite detentions of Equatoguinean citizens protesting the expenditures incurred by the Government of Equatorial Guinea to host the ongoing Cup of African Nations (CAN) football tournament. ... More >>

Mali: UN to investigate deadly protests against compound

Friday, 30 January 2015, 11:44 am | UN News

28 January 2015 – The United Nations Mission in Mali ( MINUSMA ) has launched an investigation into the events surrounding a violent protest in the northern city of Gao yesterday during which several people were reportedly killed and a number ... More >>

El Salvador’s pardon for woman jailed for miscarriage

Friday, 30 January 2015, 11:37 am | UN News

El Salvador’s pardon for woman jailed for miscarriage should pave way for review of similar sentences – UN experts More >>

Call for Action in Wake of Egypt's Revolution Anniversary

Friday, 30 January 2015, 11:32 am | Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights

Washington, DC - In light of President Obama's State of the Union, lacking coverage surrounding Egypt's news, and escalating situations facing Egypt's American detainees, EADHR seeks immediate action nationally. Egyptian-Americans for Democracy and Human ... More >>

Al Jazeera asks why football coaches are nearly all white

Friday, 30 January 2015, 11:30 am | Al Jazeera

• Just three black managers at Africa Cup of Nations • Only one black manager at FIFA World Cup • No black managers at the beginning of the 2015 Premier League Sport Matters: Too Black To Coach premieres on Al Jazeera English on Friday, 31 January ... More >>

UN voice concern over curtailing of rights in Kazakhstan

Friday, 30 January 2015, 11:28 am | Maina Kiai

UN expert warns Kazakhstan against using ‘stability’ as excuse to curtail rights, voices concern at surveillance of sources More >>

South Sudan: Pervasive Violence Against Healthcare

Friday, 30 January 2015, 11:23 am | Medecins San Frontieres

Juba, South Sudan, July 1, 2014 - Violence in hospitals and the destruction of medical facilities are denying medical services to many of South Sudan 's most vulnerable people, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today in a report, South Sudan Conflict: ... More >>

Bombings of Civilian Hospital in Sudan's Southern Kordofan

Friday, 30 January 2015, 11:20 am | U.S. Department of State

The United States strongly condemns the January 20 aerial bombing of the Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) hospital in Frandala, Southern Kordofan by the Sudan Armed Forces. Targeted attacks by the Government of Sudan against civilians ... More >>

For my Federation of University Students classmates

Friday, 30 January 2015, 9:09 am | Fidel Castro

The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro has sent a message to the Federation of University Students on the occasion of an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of his admission to the University of Havana. More >>

Red Cross Aid Workers Continue to Help with Ebola Crisis

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 1:45 pm | NZ Red Cross

New Zealand Red Cross general manager of communications and marketing Corinne Ambler is the latest Kiwi aid worker heading to West Africa to help with the Ebola response. More >>

Providing critical winter support for displaced Ukrainians

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 12:05 pm | Save The Children

The escalating violence in eastern Europe has killed more than 5,000 people and forced more than 1.5 million to flee their homes. For those remaining in the midst of the conflict in the Donbas region, the challenges they face are tremendous. More >>

UN ‘blue helmet’ killed near Lebanon-Israel cross-fire

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 11:29 am | UN News

28 January 2015 – A United Nations peacekeeper with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon ( UNIFIL ) was killed today near the border with Israel but the precise cause of death is as yet undetermined and remains the subject of investigation, according ... More >>

Middle East envoy Serry ‘outraged’ by attack on UN Gaza

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 11:27 am | UN News

28 January 2015 – The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process, Robert Serry, has expressed outrage by the assault on the UN premises in Gaza this morning. More >>

Spy agency CSE is monitoring our private online activities

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 11:18 am | OpenMedia

Breaking - Spy agency CSE is monitoring our private online activities on a massive scale and sharing sensitive data with other governments More >>

Dr. Ashrawi On suspension of EU-Israel Association Agreement

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 11:17 am | Palestinian Liberation Organisation

Dr. Ashrawi: “This significant measure of conscience constitutes a real commitment to a just peace and to the global rule of law” More >>

Dutch decision to fund assistance for homeless migrants

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 11:15 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Dutch decision to fund emergency assistance for homeless migrants “welcome change of position” - UN experts More >>

Lack of funding hampering aid to Syria

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 11:14 am | UN News

Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-wha Kang briefs the Security Council on the situation in Syria. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe More >>

Latin American Summit take up UN agency anti-hunger plan

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 11:11 am | UN News

28 January 2015 – A new plan to combat hunger in the Caribbean and Latin America presented by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization ( FAO ) is being considered for adoption at a summit of the region’s leaders taking place today ... More >>

Netherlands Government decision to help homeless migrants

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 11:10 am | UN News

28 January 2015 – A group of United Nations human rights experts has welcomed the decision by the Government of the Netherlands to grant funding for municipalities that provide emergency shelters to homeless migrants in a reversal from the Dutch ... More >>

Malawi in urgent need after intense flooding

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 11:07 am | UN News

Torrential rains in Malawi have caused dozens of deaths, with hundreds of people still missing. Photo: UNDP/Arjan van de Merwe More >>

UN urges Kazakhstan to boost rights of peaceful assembly

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 11:00 am | UN News

28 January 2015 – An independent United Nations rights expert today urged the Government of Kazakhstan to match the country's economic successes of the past quarter century with a ramped-up focus on human rights by opening up the Central Asian state's democratic ... More >>

Siemens Linked to Major Rights Abuses Across Americas

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 10:39 am | Amazon Watch

Munich, Germany – Dozens of protestors from a coalition of German and international organizations converged today on the shareholder meeting of leading German corporation Siemens to condemn the company's role in egregious human rights violations from Brazil ... More >>

World tourism tops 1.1 billion in 2014

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 10:37 am | UN News

27 January 2015 – The number of international tourists reached 1.13 billion in 2014, 51 million more than in 2013, on trend for the fifth consecutive year of above average growth since the 2009 economic crisis, the United Nations World Tourism Organization ... More >>

Tuvalu Set for More Efficient and Renewable Energy

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 10:35 am | World Bank

WASHINGTON, January 27, 2014 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved US$7 million for the Tuvalu Energy Sector Development Project (ESDP), which will support Tuvalu’s goals of 100 percent renewable energy and 30 percent ... More >>

Hezbollah's Attack on Israeli Defense Forces

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 10:30 am | U.S. Department of State

The United States strongly condemns Hezbollah’s attack today from Lebanon on Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in blatant violation of the cease fire between Lebanon and Israel and UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which called for the immediate cessation ... More >>

Anniversary of Liberation of Auschwitz

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 10:28 am | U.S. Department of State

70th Anniversary of Liberation of Auschwitz and International Day of Commemoration of the Victims of the Holocaust More >>

strong>Yemen: Release of abducted presidential aide

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 12:12 pm | UN News

27 January 2015 – The United Nations envoy on Yemen has welcomed the release today of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's chief of staff, and urged the opposition group Ansarallah – which had abducted the official last week – “to undertake steps ... More >>

Reported Release on Bail of Six Journalists in Eritrea

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 12:11 pm | U.S. Department of State

The United States welcomes reports of six journalists released on bail in Eritrea. We note with deep concern that the government continues to detain other journalists, reportedly as many as 17. We encourage the government to take immediate steps to ... More >>

Some 280 children handed over to UNICEF today

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 11:54 am | UNICEF

UNICEF and partners have secured the release of approximately 3,000 children from an armed group in South Sudan - one of the largest ever demobilisations of children. The first group of 280 children were released today, at the village of Gumuruk in ... More >>

Egypt: UN rights chief urges end to excessive use of force

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 11:46 am | UN News

As police, protesters clash in Egypt, UN rights chief urges end to excessive use of force More >>

Former Malaysian Prime Minister speaks out against Sarawak

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 11:44 am | Bruno Manser Fonds

After receiving a letter from the network of communities affected by the dams, Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad criticises the Sarawak government’s multi-dam initiative More >>

Accountability key to achieving sustainable development goal

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 11:40 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (26 JANUARY 2015 ) – The post-2015 sustainable development goals currently being debated by the international community must be anchored firmly in international human rights standards and backed by strong means of ensuring accountability for ... More >>

Holocaust Commemoration Day

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 11:25 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein statement ahead of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, 27 January 2015, Geneva More >>

New Death Sentence Issued in Gaza

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 11:23 am | Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

New Death Sentence Issued; PCHR Calls for Immediate Moratorium on the Use of the Death Penalty as a Form of Punishment in the oPt More >>

Lack of funds forces UN agency to halt Gaza rebuild

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 11:21 am | UN News

Lack of funds forces UN agency to halt Gaza programme for repairs to destroyed homes More >>

Oil Prices Changing The Face Of Global Geopolitics

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 11:18 am |

In a documentary that aired recently on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's popular The Fifth Estate program, an allegory of Vladimir Putin was presented. The wily Russian president was described growing up in a shabby St. Petersburg apartment, where he ... More >>

Papuan Governor Disapproves of Freeport’s Smelter Plan

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 11:10 am | The Jakarta Globe

Miners are seen at the Grasberg Mine, operated by US-based Freeport-McMoRan, in Papua province. (Reuters Photo/Muhammad Yamin) More >>

Freeport Wins 6-Month Export Extension

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 11:07 am | The Jakarta Globe

An aerial view shows the site of the Grasberg Mine, operated by US.-based Freeport-McMoRan, in Papua in this Nov. 4, 2010 file photo. (Reuters Photo/Muhammad Yamin) More >>

Labora Sitorus listed as most wanted in W. Papua

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 11:05 am | The Jakata Post

Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Thu, January 22 2015, 6:02 PM More >>

End to Palestinian Occupation Needs Clear Plan

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 6:29 pm | Palestinian Liberation Organisation

Dr. Ashrawi: “Without a clear plan to end the occupation and to establish the sovereign Palestinian state, institution and nation-building cannot proceed” More >>

Cabo Verde must prioritise housing for the poorest

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 6:26 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

PRAIA / GENEVA (26 January 2015) – United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing and non-discrimination Leilani Farha on Monday called on the Government of Cabo Verde to prioritise measures to ensure the poorest members of ... More >>

“Asia-Pacific can lead the world to end the AIDS epidemic”

Tuesday, 27 January 2015, 6:25 pm | UN ESCAP

This century opened with the AIDS epidemic at its peak. Now, 15 years later, new HIV infections are down significantly worldwide, while access to treatment has cut the number of AIDS-related deaths by more than a third. These achievements are no ... More >>


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