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Cyclone Idai Devastates Africa

The full scale of the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Idai in south-west Africa is becoming clearer, the UN said on Tuesday, warning that the emergency "is getting bigger by the hour."

SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Speaks to Georgetown Graduates - In a commencement address at Georgetown University, where he received an honorary degree, Ban Ki-moon told graduates to choose service, be bold, listen, champion progress and act with passion and compassion.
SOP newswire3UN Urges Global Action to Make Workplaces Safe - The International Labour Organization, in a statement issued in the wake of this week's deadly shoe factory fire in the Philippine capital, noted often such accidents are preventable.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter: Special Operations Troops Conduct Raid in Syria - Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced in a statement today that U.S. special operations forces yesterday conducted an operation in Syria to capture a senior leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist organization.
SOP newswire3Strategy to Defeat ISIL is Working, Military Official Says - The coalition and Iraqi security forces strategy to defeat and dismantle the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant extremist group is clear and on track, the chief of staff of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said today.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Urges World Community to Help Nepal - Over the past three weeks, the lives of eight million Nepalese people has been changed beyond recognition, Ban Ki-moon told the United Nations General Assembly today.
SOP newswire3 United Nations 'Free & Equal` Campaign Celebrates Gays and Lesbians - A new United Nations Free & Equal campaign video highlighting the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community is being shown today on the massive screens in New York`s Times Square
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Applauds Resumption of Talks on Cyprus - Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the resumption of full-fledged negotiations between Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot Leader Mustafa Akinci, the United Nations spokesperson has confirmed.
SOP newswire3Ban Urges Borders and Ports be Kept Open to Thousands Stranded at Sea in Southeast Asia - Ban Ki-moon today expressed alarm that some Southeast Asian countries may be refusing entry to several thousand people believed to be stranded on smugglers` boats in the Andaman Sea and Straits of Malacca.
SOP newswire3UN Marks 'International Day of Families' - It's time to change social norms that support male control over women, and reinforce discrimination against vulnerable family members, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on International Day of Families.
SOP newswire3Fighting Threatens Syria`s Iconic Palmyra Archaeological Site - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization expressed deep concern over fighting near the Syrian archaeological site of Palmyra.
SOP newswire3Missing Helicopter Found in Nepal, Investigation Ongoing - Joint Task Force 505 personnel today identified the wreckage of a missing Marine Corps UH-1Y Huey helicopter that went missing May 12 in Nepal.
SOP newswire3UN Ramps Up Aid to South Sudan - The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization has announced it is accelerating its efforts to get vital seeds, tools and other materials to the country's most vulnerable farmers.
SOP newswire3UN Welcomes European Union Proposals for Migration Reforms - The United Nations refugee agency has applauded European Union authorities` proposals for dealing with refugees and migrants arriving in Europe via the Mediterranean.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Killing of Seven Civillians by Taliban - The UN condemned yesterday`s killing of at least 17 civilians in two separate attacks for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility.
SOP newswire3Critical Aid Reaches Yemen - The Special Envoy on Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has welcomed the humanitarian truce in the country as the United Nations and its partners ramp up critical relief efforts to civilian populations in need.
SOP newswire3Search Continues for Missing U.S. Helicopter in Nepal - The search is continuing for a U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Huey helicopter reported missing in Nepal with six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese service members aboard, Joint Task Force 505 officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Marine Helicopter Goes Missing During Nepal Relief Mission - A U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Huey helicopter with six Marines and two Nepalese service members aboard was declared missing today near Charikot, Nepal, Joint Task Force 505 officials reported.
SOP newswire3UN Continues to Seek Political Solution in Syria - The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, is continuing his meetings in Geneva aimed at bringing a political solution to the ongoing crisis in the Middle Eastern country.
SOP newswire3Yemen Humanitarian Pause a Lifeline for Civilians Trapped by Fighting - The top United Nations relief official today welcomed the announcement of a humanitarian pause in Yemen.
SOP newswire3UN: Mothers and Children Need Social Protection - Calling for greater social protection for women as the United Nations draws up a new development agenda, the International Labour Organization has cited alarming statics, including that some 800 women die in child birth every day.
SOP newswire3New Quake Hits Nepal - A new earthquake measuring 7.3 magnitude struck Nepal today.
SOP newswire3UN: Heavy Fighting Reported in South Sudan - The UN has expressed growing concern about continuing reports emanating from two north-eastern counties regarding a surge in kidnappings and rapes and an overall uptick in violence.
SOP newswire3UN Delivers Fuel to Yemen - A ship carrying fuel chartered by the United Nations World Food Programme has arrived in Yemen.
SOP newswire3Ban Alarmed by Outbreak of Violence in Macedonia - Ban Ki-moon has expressed alarm over the recent outbreak of violence in the city of Kumanovo in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
SOP newswire3Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Meets With President Putin in Russia - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in Russia for 'Victory Day' marking 70 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe and the sacrifice made by millions, met for discussions with President Vladimir Putin on world issues from the conflict in Ukraine to enhancing cooperation to tackle climate change.
SOP newswire3UN: Yemen`s Children at Risk of Malnutrition - More children in Yemen are at risk of dying from hunger and lack of health services than from bombs and bullets
SOP newswire3Unrest in Burundi Sends Thousands Fleeing - The eruption of pre-election violence in Burundi last month has seen over 50,000 people flee to neighbouring countries.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Pledges Support to Ukraine - UN Chief Ban pledged support from the United Nations as Ukraine deals with a protracted conflict in the east.
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