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UNESCO Experts Ready to Assist Reconstruction of Iconic Notre Dame

Two-thirds of the largely medieval roof of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris have "gone" after the devastating fire in Paris on Monday evening, but UN cultural experts are standing by to offer help where it is needed in rebuilding the iconic structure.

Robert Paul ReyesDonald Trump (Tiny) and Stormy Daniels (Horseface) Duke it Out on Twitter - President Trump launched a war of name-calling on Tuesday with adult film actress Stormy Daniels and her attorney as he exulted after a judge threw out Daniels' defamation lawsuit against the president.
SOP newswire3Benefits of Rural Migration - Agricultural policies should work to maximize the contributions of rural migration to economic and social development, while minimizing the costs, says a major new report released on Monday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Visits Bali - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has called for a surge in investment, long-term financing and global stability to overcome the obstacles to inclusive, resilient and environmentally sustainable global growth.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Deadly Attacks in Afghanistan - Denouncing lethal attacks targeting electoral activities in Afghanistan as the country prepares to go to polls later this week, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has called on all parties to ensure a peaceful and orderly elections.
SOP newswire3Violence Will Not Deter Somali People in Their Pursuit of Peace - Strongly condemning twin suicide attacks in Baidoa, southwestern Somalia, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has reiterated the Organizations support and solidarity with the countrys people and Government.
SOP newswire3UN chief Praises Malaysia Death Penalty Repeal - Malaysia has announced that it plans to abolish executions, a move hailed by United Nations chief Guterres on Thursday, as a "major step forward."
SOP newswire3UN Chief Visits Indonesia - Standing amidst the wreckage of Balaroa, one of the worst hit areas of Palu, Indonesia, on Friday, UN Secretary-General Guterres said it was "impossible not to feel heart-broken" at the destruction caused by the huge earthquake and tsunami that struck the island of Sulawesi two weeks ago.
SOP newswire3Charges Against Baha'i in Yemen Must be Dropped - A group of UN independent human rights experts have called for the immediate release of 24 people, mostly from Bahai minority, who have been held by authorities in the Yemeni capital, since the middle of last month.
SOP newswire3UN: End Death Penalty Now - Progress made toward eliminating the death penalty has been "marred by setbacks," said United Nations Secretary-General Guterres in a statement on Wednesday, marking the 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty.
SOP newswire3Civilians Continue to Die in Record Numbers in Afghanistan - The conflict in Afghanistan continues to exact a terrible toll on civilians, with the highest number of fatalities recorded for the first nine months of this year, since 2014, a United Nations report has revealed.
SOP newswire3UN: Girls Must Realize Full Potential - There are "multiple barriers" including "systemic discrimination" bias and lack of training, which are keeping the largest generation of girls in human history from reaching their full potential, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a statement on Thursday, marking International Day of the Girl Child.
SOP newswire3Independent inquiry Needed into Disappearance of Saudi Journalist - The "apparent enforced disappearance" of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was last seen reportedly visiting his countrys consulate in Istanbul last week, requires a full investigation involving both Turkey and Saudi Arabia, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday.
SOP newswire3Venezuela Prisons Beyond Monstrous - Conditions in Venezuelas prisons are "beyond monstrous," the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday, before calling for an independent and transparent investigation into the death of a leading political opponent of the Government.
SOP newswire3Indonesia Earthquake: Death Toll Rises Beyond 2,000 - Following the series of devastating earthquakes, tsunami and landslides on 28 September in Indonesia, the death toll has risen to 2,010, with around 10,700 seriously injured and nearly 700 still reported missing, according to United Nations agencies on Tuesday.
SOP newswire3Humanitarin Crisis in Nigeria - The top United Nations relief and development officials on Saturday called for national and international partners to step up support for humanitarian efforts in north-eastern Nigeria and help millions of people rebuild their lives in the region that has been ravaged by Boko Harams near decade-long insurgency.
SOP newswire3UN Urges Nations to Protect Refugees - "Noise, chatter, shrillness, lack of civility, and harsh language," surround the public debate over refugees, who face a "seemingly endless volley of assaults," said the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) Assistant High Commissioner for Protection on Thursday.
SOP newswire3Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Congolese Doctor - Nadia Murad, a Yazidi rights activist and the first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist who helps victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), were awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.
SOP newswire3Concern Rising Over Fate of Rohingya Refugees Sent Home by India - The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has voiced great concern for the safety and security of seven Rohingya men who have been sent home by Indian authorities, after reportedly being denied access to lawyers, or full consideration of their asylum applications.
SOP newswire313 Million People in Syria in Need of Assistance - Highlighting the "complexities of the situation in Syria" with close to 13 million people in need of life-saving assistance, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in the country called on warring parties to allow access to all areas from within the country, so aid can reach those in need "fast and efficiently."
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Execution of Juvenile in Iran - Denouncing the execution of a juvenile offender in Iran, whose trial was also reportedly marred by irregularities, the top United Nations human rights official has called on the country to end the use of the death penalty for those under-18, in line with its obligations under international law.
SOP newswire3Top UN Judicial Body Orders US to Ease Iran Sanctions - In a ruling issued on Wednesday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, ordered the United States to lift some of the economic sanctions it has imposed on Iran, which effect the importation of humanitarian goods and products, as well as the safety of civilian aircraft.
SOP newswire3Tunisia At a Turning Point - An independent UN human rights expert welcomed on Thursday the progress made towards democratic reform in Tunisia, since the 2011 revolution, and emphasized the importance of protecting freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
SOP newswire3UN: Trade Wars and Protectionism Threaten Global Shipping - Maritime trade is stronger than its been for five years, but "tit-for-tat" tariff battles and restructuring by shipping companies threaten to disrupt its role as a key player in global commerce, the UN said on Wednesday.
SOP newswire3Full Impact of Indonesia Disaster Unclear - Four days after a deadly earthquake and tsunami hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, UN agencies and partners have warned that some communities have yet to be reached and the death toll may rise, as the scale of the destruction unfolds
SOP newswire3Afghanistan: UN Outraged by New Elections-related Suicide Attack - Denouncing attacks and intimidation in the week since formal campaigning began for Afghanistans parliamentary elections next month, the United Nations voiced outrage on Tuesday at the death of 14 civilians, killed by a suicide bomber at a campaign rally. A further 42 were wounded.
SOP newswire3UN Helping Indonesia After Earthquake - Rescue workers are still trying to reach areas of Sulawesi in Indonesia affected by an earthquake and tsunami, UN humanitarians said on Monday, noting that more than 840 people have died and more than 600 have been severely injured in the disaster.
SOP newswire3UN Celebrates International Day of Non-Violence - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the world to follow the "enduring vision and wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi" on the International Day of Non-Violence, which falls on 2 October - the birthday of the iconic leader who led India to independence, and inspired civil rights movements across the globe.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Praises Efforts to Reduce Tension on Korean Peninsula - UN Secretary-General Guterres, has welcomed the latest efforts made towards building trust and reducing military tension on the Korean Peninsula, following his meeting with North Korea Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Friday, during High-Level week of the General Assembly.
SOP newswire3UN Strives for Peace in Darfur - Stating that while the Darfur region of Sudan, which for years was torn by strife and displacement, is now increasingly stable, top United Nations officials on Friday urged continued international support to ensure that hard-won gains take hold.
SOP newswire3Mattis, Romania Defense Minister Agree to Continue Defense Cooperation - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Romanian Defense Minister Mihai Fifor today at the Pentagon to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Romania, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.
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