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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.

SOP newswire3Libya Has Lurched From One Emergency to Another - The status quo in Libya is "untenable," Ghassan Salamé, Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) told the Security Council on Wednesday.
SOP newswire3UN Yearns for Peace in Yemen - Efforts are under way to bring a "flickering signal of hope" to war-weary civilians in Yemen with UN-organised consultations between the Government and the Houthi opposition in Geneva set to begin, the UNs Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, said on Wednesday.
SOP newswire3U.S., Pakistani Leaders Agree to Reset Relationship - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, held talks with Pakistani leaders in Islamabad today to reset the relationship between the two countries.
SOP newswire3New Home for Scores of South Sudan Displaced - Nearly 3,500 people displaced by violence in South Sudan have been relocated from a UN-run camp in the capital, Juba, to temporary housing, the organizations mission in the country, UNMISS, reported on Tuesday.
SOP newswire3Iraq Milestone: Some Four Million Return Home - For the first time in nearly four years, the number of displaced Iraqis has fallen below two million, according to a new report released on Tuesday by the United Nations migration agency.
SOP newswire3Ceasefire Agreement Reached in Libyan Capital - An agreement on a ceasefire in Tripoli has been reached under the auspices of Ghassan Salame, the top United Nations official in Libya, the Organizations Support Mission in the country, UNSMIL, has announced.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Visits China - Highlighting the economic and development progress made in China and Africa, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres urged them to unite their combined potential for peaceful, sustainable and equitable progress to the benefit of all humankind.
SOP newswire3Coalition Strikes Continue Against ISIS Targets in Iraq, Syria - Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continue to pursue the lasting defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in designated parts of Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Dunford Arrives for Consults in Athens - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff arrived here today for meetings with Greek defense officials.
SOP newswire3Mauritania: UN Chief Urges Peaceful, Credible Elections - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has called on all parties in Mauritania to ensure peaceful and credible elections as the country holds legislative, regional and municipal polls on Saturday.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Urges Calm as Violence Erupts in Libyan Ccapital - Condemning the escalation of violence in and around the Libyan capital, Tripoli, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has called on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and grant humanitarian relief to those in need.
SOP newswire3UN Urges Countries to Step up Assistance for Palestine Refugees - The United Nations said it regrets the decision of the United States to stop funding to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and called on other countries to help fill the remaining financial gap.
SOP newswire3Centcom Officials Provide Update on Counterterrorism Strikes in Yemen - U.S. Central Command has conducted six counterterrorism airstrikes targeting the al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula terrorist network in Yemen in three separate governorates since May 16, bringing the total number of airstrikes to 34, Centcom officials announced today.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Repression and Retaliation in Nicaragua - The United Nations on Wednesday called for urgent action to address the human rights crisis in Nicaragua, where "repression and retaliation against demonstrators continue ... as the world looks away."
SOP newswire3Syria: UN Warns Idlib Offensive May Sset Off Humanitarian Catastrophe - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres on Wednesday expressed deep concern over the growing risk of a humanitarian catastrophe should a full-scale military operation take place in Syrias war-battered Idlib province.
SOP newswire3UN: Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Critical to Global Collective Security - Every effort should be made to bring a global treaty into force that prevents more countries from developing nuclear weapons, UN Secretary-General Guterres has said.
SOP newswire3U.S.-India Meeting Seeks to Deepen Cooperation - Next weeks "two-plus-two" meeting of defense and diplomatic leaders in New Delhi will seek to deepen cooperation between India and the United States and bolster programs and policies to maintain the free and independent Indo-Pacific region that has been in place since World War II.
SOP newswire3All Sides in Yemen Conflict Guilty of War Crimes - Parties on both sides of the conflict in Yemen have perpetrated - and continue to perpetrate - possible war crimes and other violations with a "total disregard" for the suffering of millions of civilians, United Nations-appointed human rights investigators said on Tuesday.
SOP newswire3Coalition Strikes Continue Against ISIS Targets in Iraq, Syria - Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continue to pursue the lasting defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in designated parts of Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Okinawa Marines Test Future of Wireless Communications - Marines with 7th Communication Battalion, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, conducted field testing of a new free space optics system here Aug. 21.
SOP newswire3NATO Names Canadian General to Head Iraq Mission - Maj. Gen. Dany Fortin of the Canadian army will lead the new NATO mission in Iraq.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Attack That Leaves One Blue Helmet Dead in Central African Republic - Secretary-General Guterres has condemned the attack on 23 August by presumed anti-Balaka elements on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in which one peacekeeper from Burundi was killed.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Saudi Air Strike That Killed Dozens in Yemen - The UN humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, and the head of the UN Childrens Fund (UNICEF), Henrietta Fore, have condemned the deadly air strike in Hudaydah governorate, in western Yemen, that killed at least 26 children and four women on Thursday.
SOP newswire3UN: Rohingya Emergency One Year On - Significant progress has been made in protecting hundreds of thousands Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in the 12 months since they fled violence in Myanmar, but lives "will once again be at risk" if funding is not urgently secured, UN officials said on Friday.
SOP newswire3Nigerien Air Base 201 Sharpens Community Ties - U.S. Africa Command continues to work by, with and through its host nation partners to promote peace and stability.
SOP newswire3UN: Finding Global Solutions for Global Problems - The 67th United Nations Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) Conference kicked off today at UN Headquarters in New York, with speeches affirming the importance of multilateralism, closer partnerships between the UN and civil society, and the role that young people have to play.
SOP newswire3UN Remembers Kofi Annan - Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan was remembered on Wednesday as the embodiment of the global Organization that works to improve the lives of men and women worldwide.
SOP newswire3Afghanistan Peace Process Shows Promise - The peace process in Afghanistan has shown progress since the first cease-fire in 17 years took place in June, the commander of NATOs Resolute Support mission and U.S. forces in Afghanistan told Pentagon reporters today.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Boko Haram Attack - The recent killing of villagers in Nigerias Borno State has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.
SOP newswire3UN Welcomes Afghan Government Announcement of Eid Holiday Ceasefire - After a surge in hostilities in Afghanistan over the past weeks, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomed on Monday the Governments announcement of a conditional ceasefire for the Eid al-Adha holiday and called on warring parties to use this "momentum" to put an end to the conflict.
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