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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 newswire3UN Chief Welcomes Event Reuniting Families on the Korean Peninsula - The decision to allow scores of people from South Korea to reunite with their relatives north of the border has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General.
SOP newswire3Operation Roundup Continues to Target ISIS Remnants - 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, task force officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Mattis Impressed With Colombian Progress, Concerned About Venezuela - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said he came away from Colombia impressed by the progress he witnessed there, but that hes concerned about the unrest in neighboring Venezuela.
SOP newswire3Military Aircraft Crash in Iraq Highlights Dangers Troops Face Each Day - Yesterdays military aircraft crash in Iraq highlights the dangers service members face every day, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Robert Manning III told reporters today.
SOP newswire3UN Mourns Death of Former Secretary-General Kofi Annan - The United Nations is mourning the death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who passed away peacefully after a short illness, according to a statement published on his official Twitter account on Saturday. The renowned Ghanain diplomat was 80 years old.
SOP newswire3Mattis Thanks Colombian Officials for Denouncing Undemocratic Actions - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Colombias defense minister yesterday in Bogota to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Colombia, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.
SOP newswire3Possible Exploitation of Workers Hired to Clean Up Toxic Japanese Nuclear Plant - A group of United Nations rights experts are urging the Japanese government to urgently protect tens of thousands or workers hired to help decontaminate the Fukushima nuclear plant, who are reportedly being exploited and exposed to toxic nuclear radiation.
SOP newswire3U.S., Argentina Agree to Strengthen Military Relationship - The United States and Argentina are in basic agreement about the security situation in South America, and the countries are looking to increase military-to-military ties, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said today.
SOP newswire3UN Calls on Russia to Release Ukrainian Film-maker - A Ukrainian film-maker whose outspoken criticism of Russias continued annexation of Crimea has landed him in jail, prompted United Nations human rights experts to call on Russian authorities for his immediate and unconditional release on Wednesday.
SOP newswire3Afghanistan: UN Condemns Suffering of Civilians in Ghazni - With the death toll rising after days of intense fighting for the Afghan city of Ghazni, south-west of Kabul, the Head of the United Nations mission in the country (UNAMA) said on Wednesday that the situation was "unacceptable" and called on warring parties to lay down their arms and seek a political solution to the conflict.
SOP newswire3UN Welcomes Re-opening of Key Gaza border Crossing - The decision by Israel to reopen the only functional commercial crossing point into Gaza which has been closed to most deliveries for weeks, has been welcomed by the United Nations Secretary-General.
SOP newswire3Civilian Contractors Receive Medal of Valor for Actions in Afghanistan - Three retired soldiers were honored at the Pentagon yesterday for exceptional gallantry in action against an armed enemy while serving in Afghanistan as civilian contractors.
SOP newswire3Mattis Seeks to Deepen Relations with South American Partners - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said the United States is seeking to deepen relations with hemispheric partners.
SOP newswire3Defeat-ISIS Forces Make Progress - Forces battling the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria continue to make progress. However, the environment in Iraq and Syria is complex and the defeat-ISIS forces require continued support, coalition officials said today.
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, task force officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Mattis, Brazil's Foreign Minister Meet to Reaffirm Bilateral Relationship - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes of Brazil met today at the Itamaraty Palace in Brazil to reaffirm the long-standing bilateral relationship between their nations, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.
SOP newswire3U.S., Malaysia Commence 24th Cooperation Afloat Exercise - The U.S. and Royal Malaysian navies commenced the 24th iteration of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise here today.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Welcomes DR Congo President's Promise to Stand Down - The United Nations Secretary-General has commended the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabilas decision on Thursday, not to stand in elections scheduled to take place on 23 December.
SOP newswire3Safe Spaces Offer Security and Dignity for Youth - The worlds young people need safe spaces - both physical and digital - where they can "freely express their views" and "pursue their dreams" was the core message of United Nations Secretary-General Guterres to mark this years International Youth Day.
SOP newswire3Mattis Plans Trip to South America to Meet With Senior Defense Officials - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis embarks Aug. 12 on his first trip to South America while leading the Defense Department, Pentagon officials announced today.
SOP newswire3Nicaragua Must End Witch-hunt Against Dissenting Voices - Following weeks of civil unrest in Nicaragua, a group of 11 UN independent human rights experts urged the Government on Thursday to stop the violent repression of protestors, which has left at least 317 people dead and 1,830 injured, stressing that "no one should be detained for the exercise of their human rights."
SOP newswire3Millions at Eisk if Syria's War Moves to Last Redoubt of Idlib - Aid access to embattled Syrians may soon improve following recent military gains by the Government, but the war "cannot be allowed to go to Idlib," the head of the UNs Humanitarian Task Force said on Thursday.
SOP newswire3UN Horrified at Air Strike That Hit School Bus in Northern Yemen - The Head of the UN Childrens Fund (UNICEF) has strongly condemned the airstrike against a school bus in northern Yemen on Thursday, which according to news reports has killed more than two dozen children.
SOP newswire3Poland Hosts First Deployable Air Base System Exercise - Members of the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and Army participated in the first Deployable Air Base System proof of concept exercise at the 31st Tactical Air Base here July 16-Aug. 13.
SOP newswire3UN: Let Nagasaki Remain The Last City to Suffer Nuclear Devastation - Its essential that Nagasakis devastation should "not be forgotten" now or in the future, if the threat of nuclear war is to be lifted, said the Director of the Japanese citys Atomic Bomb Museum, ahead of a visit there on Thursday by the UN Secretary-General.
SOP newswire3Emergency Fuel Runs Dry in Gaza - To avert hospital closures and raw sewage overflowing onto the streets of Gaza, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator on Wednesday called on Israeli authorities to allow UN-purchased emergency fuel back across the border of the Palestinian enclave.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Expresses Full Support for US-Japan Dialogue with North Korea - At a joint press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, UN Secretary-General Guterres welcomed the ongoing talks between the United States and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK), as well as Japans renewed initiative of dialogue with the country.
SOP newswire3UN Urges Protection of Indigenous Peoples Rights During Migration - Marking the International Day of the Worlds Indigenous Peoples, UN Secretary-General Guterres put a spotlight on the factors pushing indigenous people to migrate "within their countries and across international borders" despite their "profound spiritual connection to their lands and resources."
SOP newswire3Afghan Government Will Prosecute ISIS-K Terrorists - Fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan terror group being held in Afghanistan will be prosecuted for their crimes, the commander of U.S. Central Command told Pentagon reporters today.
SOP newswire3Mattis Says Taliban Under Increasing Pressure to Reconcile - The South Asia Strategy -- now almost a year old -- is working, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon today.
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