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UN 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 newswire3EU Migration Deal Welcomed by UN - UN humanitarian agencies on Friday broadly welcomed a freshly-inked deal on migration by European Union leaders which calls for more Member States to take responsibility within their borders for those in need of protection, amid a hardening stance by some since 2015.
SOP newswire3UN: We Must Stop a Devastating Battle to the End in Southwest Syria - A "full-scale" ground and aerial offensive in southwest Syria could inflict an even heavier toll on civilians than the suffering caused by previous devastating battles in the war-ravaged country, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has warned.
SOP newswire3UN: Rise in Number of Children Killed, Maimed and Recruited in Conflict - More than 10,000 children were killed or maimed in conflict last year while more than 8,000 youngsters were recruited or used as combatants, the United Nations reported on Wednesday.
SOP newswire3Afghan Air Force Growth Pays Off in Fight Against Taliban - The Afghan air force has grown in capacity and proficiency as it continues to successfully target the Taliban across Afghanistan, the deputy air commander of NATOs Resolute Support mission said today.
SOP newswire3Mattis Meets With Chinese Counterpart in Beijing - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met in Beijing today with Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Wei Fenghe.
SOP newswire3Coalition Strikes Continue Against ISIS Targets in Syria, Iraq - Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners have accelerated offensive activity against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq throughout May and June, officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Saudi Women Take the Wheel - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has welcomed the lifting on Sunday of the driving ban for women in Saudi Arabia and expressed his hope that ending the prohibition will generate more new opportunities for women in the Kingdom.
SOP newswire3UN Marks International Day of the Seafarer - Highlighting the challenges - both physical and mental - faced by seafarers on their voyages, the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) has called for greater attention to ensuring their wellbeing.
SOP newswire3UN: All Atrocity Crimes are Preventable and Can Never be Justified - Atrocity crimes - genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and ethnic cleansing - are not "inevitable," the United Nations Secretary-General said on Monday, stressing that the international community must do more to end violence against innocent people.
SOP newswire3Women's Rights Face Global Pushback from Conservativism, Fundamentalism - Womens rights are under threat from a "backlash" of conservatism and fundamentalism around the world, a United Nation panel warned on Friday.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Bombing at Political Rally in Ethiopia - One person has reportedly died, and dozens were injured after an explosion ripped through a large crowd at a rally for the new Prime Minister of Ethiopia on Saturday, which the UN chief described as a matter of "grave concern."
SOP newswire3Mattis, King of Jordan Reaffirm Security Partnership - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with King Abdullah II of Jordan yesterday at the Jordanian ambassador's residence here to reaffirm the strong bilateral security partnership between the United States and Jordan.
SOP newswire3UN Marks 'International Widows Day' - The loss of a spouse or partner is often devastating, but for many women it is magnified by a "long-term struggle" for basic needs, human rights and dignity, according to UN Women, in a message to mark International Widows Day.
SOP newswire3History, Interests Argue for Solidarity Among North Atlantic Alliance - There have been disagreements throughout the history of the North Atlantic Alliance, but the member states have always been able to work together for collective defense, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in London today.
SOP newswire3Chinese Actions Threaten U.S. Technological, Industrial Base - Defense Department officials warned lawmakers today about the unprecedented threats DoD is facing to its technological and industrial base, as China and other nations actively seek out advanced technology and intellectual property.
SOP newswire3Replacement for United States on Human Rights Council to be Elected as Soon as Possible - International reaction to the United States decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council continued on Wednesday with the President of the Geneva-based assembly confirming that the election of a new Member State would take place "as soon as possible" to fill the vacant seat.
SOP newswire3UN Welcomes Positive Steps Towards Peace Between Eritrea and Ethiopia - The United Nations has announced its readiness to support Eritrea and Ethiopia following recent peace overtures between the two neighbouring States in the Horn of Africa.
SOP newswire3Mattis, German Counterpart Reaffirm Defense Relationship in Pentagon Meeting - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen at the Pentagon yesterday to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Germany, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.
SOP newswire3Challenges Remain in North Korea Despite Improvements in Health - The health and wellbeing of women and children in North Korea has improved slightly in recent years but "urgent" challenges remain in rural areas, the UN Childrens Fund, UNICEF, said on Wednesday.
SOP newswire3Siege of Syrias Eastern Ghouta Barbaric and Medieval - The siege of eastern Ghouta in war-torn Syria, which lasted more than five years, has been labelled "barbaric and medieval" - "amounting" to war crimes, and crimes against humanity, a high-level UN inquiry said on Wednesday.
SOP newswire3Afghanistan May Be on Edge of Opportunity for Peace - The Eid al-Fitr ceasefire and the burgeoning peace movement in Afghanistan lead NATO officials in the country to believe the country is on the "edge of opportunity."
SOP newswire3UN Marks 'World Refugee Day' - With more than 68 million people worldwide displaced due to conflict or persecution - roughly equivalent to the population of Thailand- the head of the United Nations has called for unity and solidarity as a first step to support them.
SOP newswire3Coalition, Partners Continue Progress Against ISIS in Iraq, Syria - The coalition and its partners in Syria and Iraq are continuing to make progress in defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said today.
SOP newswire3Coalition Partners Seize, Destroy ISIS Drug Cache in Southern Syria - Coalition-supported forces destroyed an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-owned cache of narcotic drugs in southern Syria, June 12, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Operation Roundup Hits ISIS Remnants in Iraq, Syria - Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners have increased offensive activity against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Iraq and Syria throughout the months of May and June.
SOP newswire3Afghanistan Extends Ceasefire with Taliban - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres and the UN mission in Afghanistan welcomed on Saturday the Afghan Governments extension of the unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban, amid an outpouring of support for the truce from war-weary people all across the country.
SOP newswire3Financial Abuse of Elderly Rampant - Older people are increasingly subject to financial abuse, in many cases by their own family members, a United Nations human rights expert warned on Thursday.
SOP newswire3UN Delivers Aid as Yemeni Port City is Bombarded - As the Yemeni port city of Hodeida continues to come under attack from Saudi-led coalition forces on Thursday, seeking to drive out Houthi rebels who control the city, the United Nations and humanitarian partners are rushing to provide life-saving assistance to thousands of vulnerable families there.
SOP newswire3Mattis Calls South Korean, Japanese Counterparts Following Summit - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis spoke by phone today to Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo in two separate calls to discuss the results of the recent summit between the U.S. and North Korea.
SOP newswire3Terrorism Diverts Resources From Development to Costly Security - The scourge of terrorism and violent extremism continues to affect all of Central Africa and divert government resources from much-needed development programmes to costly security operations, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on Wednesday.
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