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#United Nations

# united-nations - Tuesday 27 May, 2014

Chemical watchdog denies claim from Syrian government its team has been kidnapped

All members are “safe”, and are currently returning to base after an attack.

# united-nations - Monday 26 May, 2014

Cancer patients forced from their own countries can't access treatment

The United Nations is worried about refugees from Syria and Iraq.

# united-nations - Saturday 24 May, 2014

Ireland sends €2 million to South Sudan as 4 million people face starvation

A second ceasefire in the country has collapsed and both rebels and government forces are blocking the paths of UN peacekeepers.

# united-nations - Friday 23 May, 2014

US says no one else is helping find abducted girls in Nigeria - despite help from Britain, France, Israel

China has also offered its assistance, while the United Nations imposed sanctions on Boko Haram

# united-nations - Tuesday 13 May, 2014

The United Nations are trying to stop the killer robots before it's too late

Unsurprisingly, campaigners are worried that robots that can kill people might be a bad idea.

# united-nations - Monday 12 May, 2014

Atomic watchdog attempts to revive nuclear talks with Iran

A number of outstanding issues relating to alleged efforts to develop nuclear weapons remain.

UN committee meets in Dublin to plan Eradication of Poverty day

The day has been observed for just over two decades now, starting in 1993 and has been held every year.

# united-nations - Friday 2 May, 2014

350 dead and 2,500 feared lost after landslide flattens Afghan town

Villagers were at Friday prayers in two mosques when they were swamped by a tide of debris

# united-nations - Monday 21 April, 2014

UN: South Sudanese rebels broadcast calls to rape rival groups

More than 200 civilians were killed and 400 wounded in a recent attack.

# united-nations - Friday 18 April, 2014

58 killed, including women and children, in attack at UN base in South Sudan

48 bodies were recovered from inside the base, which is sheltering thousands of displaced civilians. The bodies of ten attackers were found outside.

# united-nations - Tuesday 15 April, 2014

Remember that mad weather in 1997? It could be back again this year...

The “El Niño” climate phenomenon has reared its head once more.

# united-nations - Monday 14 April, 2014

EU to 'take stock' of its relationship with Russia in Ukraine crisis talks

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore will travel to Luxembourg to attend the meeting.

# united-nations - Sunday 13 April, 2014

UN to hold midnight meeting as violence in east Ukraine rapidly escalates

Ukraine’s acting president has accused Russia of waging war in the country’s east.

"There is no plan B": EU targets major carbon emitters to reduce emissions

It comes as the IPCC publishes its latest report on climate change.

# united-nations - Saturday 12 April, 2014

White House refuses US visa for Iran newly appointed UN envoy

Hamid Aboutalebi has been linked to the 1979 hostage crisis in which 52 Americans were held for 444 days.

# united-nations - Monday 31 March, 2014

UN court tells Japan to leave the whales alone

Japanese Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi last year vowed Japan would never stop whaling.

# united-nations - Monday 24 March, 2014

The crazy, changeable weather? It's our fault, says the UN

2013 was the sixth warmest year on record, and noted that Ireland had its wettest winter ever.

# united-nations - Tuesday 11 March, 2014

Symphysiotomy victims tell the UN about cruel and barbaric childbirth operations

The survivors have brought their search for justice to the United Nations Committee Against Torture.

# united-nations - Monday 10 March, 2014

Column: Poverty cannot be eradicated in a world where gender discrimination exists

Gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of girls and women remains a major development challenge, writes Rosamond Bennett.

# united-nations - Wednesday 5 March, 2014

United Nations envoy told by gunmen to "leave Crimea"... so he's going to

Robert Serry had been accosted by gunmen outside naval headquarters in Simferopol.

# united-nations - Friday 14 February, 2014

UN calls for action over deaths in Venezuelan protests

Three have died and dozens more injured in anti-government protests this week.

# united-nations - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

Vatican says it will protect children - but criticises UN for 'interfering'

The Holy See said it sees some of the UN committee’s observations as interfering with its teaching.

# united-nations - Tuesday 4 February, 2014

There will be 60 per cent more cases of cancer by 2030, UN warns

The United Nations report highlights a regional imbalance in the rise, as well as a link to sales drives by tobacco companies.

# united-nations - Monday 27 January, 2014

Journalists from rival Syrian sides come close to blows in Geneva

UN security guards have had to step in on occasion as reporters fling slurs and abuse across press room.

# united-nations - Wednesday 25 December, 2013

Europe pledges an extra €30 million to help Syrians in need

According to the United Nations, about nine million people require assistance in the war-torn country.

# united-nations - Tuesday 24 December, 2013

UN says it has found mass grave with 75 bodies in South Sudan

Troops loyal to President Salva Kiir have been battling those backing his rival Riek Machar, a former vice president who was sacked in July.

# united-nations - Monday 16 December, 2013

UN launches major appeal for emergency aid amid worsening Syria refugee crisis

The number of Syrian refugees in the Middle East is expected to double next year to over four million.

Syrian 'barrel bombs' kill 76 people including 28 children

The “unprecedented” bombardment came as the UN estimated that the number of Syrian refugees would touch 4.1 million by the end of 2014.

# united-nations - Sunday 15 December, 2013

Shatter: No indications Irish troops in Syria are a target

The Minister for Defence said we must accept we are putting troops in harm’s way when we deploy them to these types of operations.

# united-nations - Friday 13 December, 2013

'Clear and convincing evidence' that chemical weapons used in Syria

The United Nations report concluded that there have been at least five deadly attacks.

# united-nations - Tuesday 10 December, 2013

Two French soldiers killed in Central African Republic

They were the first deaths suffered by French troops since they entered the African nation, an unstable former colony, last week to quell an upsurge in violence.

# united-nations - Saturday 23 November, 2013

Concern CEO: We need to look beyond short-term aid in Philippines

The aid agency is overseeing a programme to renovate 2,000 damaged fishing boats in areas where fishing communities were devastated by the storm.

Number of child soldiers in CAR has nearly doubled since March

The country is now “on the verge of genocide”.

# united-nations - Thursday 21 November, 2013

Central African Republic is 'on verge of genocide'

“You have seven surgeons for a population of five million, an infant mortality rate of 25 per cent… and 1.5 million people who have nothing”.

# united-nations - Tuesday 19 November, 2013

Column: Laughter at World Toilet Day is worth it if it highlights that sanitation is a human right

Today is World Toilet Day. Yes, people might laugh, writes Michael Doorly, but did you know more children die from diarrhoea related disease than HIV, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

# united-nations - Monday 18 November, 2013

Taliban using violence and threatening letters to control rural communities

A UN report has revealed some of the tactics of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

# united-nations - Thursday 14 November, 2013

Embarrassing the government into 'doing the right thing'

The Centre for Reproductive Rights and Termination for Medical Reasons Ireland (TFMR) hope the government will be encouraged to be proactive on the petition they have filed with the United Nations.

# united-nations - Wednesday 13 November, 2013

“Amanda would have been forced to carry to term, fearing every minute”

Amanda Mellet is filing a petition with the UN claiming the government here violated her human rights by refusing to allow her to terminate her unviable pregnancy in Ireland.

"Not proportionate": GOAL calls on Government to increase funding for Philippines

The NGO is calling for an increase to the €1 million already committed.

# united-nations - Saturday 9 November, 2013

Women who travelled to UK for terminations to bring case to United Nations

Terminations for Medical Reasons (TFMR) and the Centre for Reproductive Rights believe there have been human rights violations.