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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 newswire3Chuck Hagel Urges Ukrainian Military to Stay Out of Unrest - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is deeply troubled by the escalating violence in Ukraine and has urged the country`s armed forces not to get involved in the uprising unfolding in Kiev.
SOP newswire3UN Marks 'World Day for Social Justice' - United Nations officials are marking the World Day of Social Justice with strong calls on the international community to take practical steps to break down the barriers of inequality.
SOP newswire3UN Urges Peaceful Resolution to Crisis in Ukraine - Concerned by the escalating violence in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, top United Nations officials have urged all sides to exercise restraint and find a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis.
SOP newswire3UN: Mass Atrocities Looming Over Central African Republic - Warning that dark clouds of mass atrocities are looming over the Central African Republic Ban Ki-moon called for solidarity and concerted action by the United Nations.
SOP newswire3UN Advises Against Forced Returns to South Sudan - The UN is warning against the return of 130,000 South Sudanese who have fled to neighbouring countries due to the continued violence.
SOP newswire3UN Report Highlights Challenges Faced by Migrants - A new report launched today by the United Nations spotlights the significant impact of young migrants on origin, transit and destination countries and communities.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Urges Two Koreas to Make Peace - Ban Ki-moon urged the two Koreas to build on the momentum generated by their agreement to hold family reunions later this month to take further steps to foster confidence and trust.
SOP newswire3DOD Official: U.S. Will Not Allow Iran to Acquire Nuclear Weapon - Amid ongoing skepticism among lawmakers about Iran`s nuclear intentions, a senior Defense Department official told Congress today the United States will not allow Tehran to build a nuclear weapon
SOP newswire3Renewed Tension Disrupts UN Construction Projects in Gaza Strip - More than 20 UN construction projects for schools and housing in Gaza are stalled, and social and economic conditions are worsening due to the closure of crossings with Israel as clashes have increased.
SOP newswire3UN Urges Safe Passage for Aid Delivery to Syrians in Need - A top UN official said she is disappointed that a three-day humanitarian pause agreed between the parties to the Syrian conflict was broken on Saturday and aid workers were deliberately targeted as they tried to deliver food and medicine to Homs.
SOP newswire3Chuck Hagel, Foreign Minister Discuss U.S.-Japan Alliance - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met at the Pentagon yesterday to discuss ways to deepen and enhance bilateral cooperation.
SOP newswire3U.S. Continues to Plan for Post-2014 Afghan Mission, Chuck Hagel Says - The United States continues to plan for a post-2014 training and assistance mission in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today.
SOP newswire3UN Warns Thousands Fleeing Violence in Central African Republic - Violence in the Central African Republic has sent thousands of people streaming into neighbouring countries.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Highlights Need for Peaceful Resolution of Political Crisis in Ukraine - Ban Ki-moon reiterated the urgency of ending the political crisis in Ukraine through dialogue.
SOP newswire3UN: First Civilians Evacuated from Homs After Nearly Two-Year Siege - As the first of 2,500 Syrians trapped by war in Homs without aid for nearly two years were evacuated under a three-day accord allowing people out and aid in, the UN called for access to nearly 1.6 million others throughout the country.
SOP newswire3Afghanistan Counternarcotics Efforts Continue - The United States has made an extraordinary investment in both blood and treasure to eradicate terrorist safe havens and narcotics production in Afghanistan.
SOP newswire3UN: Syrian Children Subjected to Unspeakable Suffering in Civil War - Syrian children have been subjected to unspeakable suffering in the nearly three years of civil war, with the Government responsible for countless killings, maiming and torture, and the opposition for recruiting youngsters for combat.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Down With Gender Equality & Women's Enpowerment - Ban Ki-moon pledged to root for women everywhere ahead of his departure for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
SOP newswire3Ahead of the Sochi Games, Ban Calls for Observance of Olympic Truce - Ban Ki-moon called for the observance of the Olympic Truce, calling on everyone engaged in armed hostilities to lay down their weapons and cease hostilities.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Launches Scientific Advisory Board - TheUN must use science and technology to strengthen its policy-making on sustainable development, reducing inequality and eradicating extreme poverty, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.
SOP newswire3UN: First Round of Syria Peace Talks Going Nowhere - The first round of talks will end tomorrow with no serious breakthrough and no major change in the position of either side.
SOP newswire3UN Probes Human Rights Abuses in South Sudan - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan is seeking to verify reports of human rights violations in the conflict that erupted just over a month ago.
SOP newswire3UN Concerned About Attacks on Media in Egypt - Voicing deep concern about the growing threats and attacks on members of the media in Egypt, the UN urged the authorities to investigate reports of violence against them.
SOP newswire3Chuck Hagel Hails Poland as Important Strategic Ally - Poland continues to be an important strategic ally through NATO, in Europe and around the world, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
SOP newswire3Security Council Urges Cooperation to Tackle Kidnapping for Ransom by Terrorists - The UN Security Council condemned incidents of kidnapping committed by terrorists for any purpose, including raising funds or gaining political concessions.
SOP newswire3UN Marks Holocaust Memorial Day - The United Nations paid tribute to the 6 million Jews and countless others massacred in the Nazi Holocaust with a solemn ceremony in the General Assembly Hall.
SOP newswire3Afghan Forces Winning Tough Fight Against Taliban - Afghan National Security Forces are prevailing in their battles against the Taliban and other fighters, a senior U.S. commander told reporters from Afghanistan today.
SOP newswire3Chuck Hagel: U.S. Will Help With Olympics Security If Needed - Top Defense Department officials have offered the Russian government U.S. help with security during the Feb. 7-23 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, but have received no requests, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
SOP newswire3Ban Urges World Business Leaders to Help Combat Climate Change - Ban Ki-moon kept up the drumbeat for business to play its full part in tackling climate change and promoting sustainable development for a second day today, telling the World Economic Forum in Davos that investments now will generate major savings for tomorrow.
SOP newswire3Ban Condemns Series Of Terrorist Attacks In Egypt - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the wave of terrorist attacks in Greater Cairo.
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