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UN 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 newswire3Conflict in Syria Now Well into its Fifth Year - With the conflict in Syria now well into its fifth year, and the country dealing with a grinding crisis that has brought death, displacement and regional instability, the international community must not lose momentum in attaining a comprehensive and concrete political solution, senior United Nations officials emphasized today.
SOP newswire3UN Marks 'International Yoga Day' - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged everyone to embrace healthier choices and lifestyles and to commit to unity with other human beings, regardless of ethnicity, faith, age, gender identity or sexual orientation.
SOP newswire3More Than Half of Yemen`s Population Now Food Insecure - Vast swathes of war-torn Yemen are facing severe food insecurity, and the situation within affected areas is likely to deteriorate if conflict persists, according to a new assessment by the United Nations and partners.
SOP newswire3UN Marks 'International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict' - Marking the first International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the era of impunity for sexual violence as a tool of war is over, citing a host of landmark rulings against political and military leaders.
SOP newswire3Visiting Greek Island, Ban Says Refugees' Nightmare Not Over - Visiting the Greek island of Lesbos, which has become migrants' entry point to Europe, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the countries in the region to respond with a humane and human rights-based approach, instead of border closures, barriers and bigotry.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Escalating Violence in Central African Republic - The UN has expressed deep concern at the deteriorating security situation in Ngaoundaye, Ouham Pende Prefecture, in the west of the country following attacks and retaliation between groups backed by Christian militias and herders supported by Muslim fighters, since 10 June.
SOP newswire3DoD Officials Express Strong Concerns Over Russian Airstrikes in Syria - Defense Department officials today expressed concerns during a video conference with Russian Defense Ministry counterparts held to discuss June 16 airstrikes by Russian forces that struck Syrian opposition forces conducting counter-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant operations in the area, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said.
SOP newswire3U.S., Coalition Continue Strikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Condemning Orlando Attack, UN Advisor Concerned by Homophobia and Islamophobia That Followed - A UN human rights advisor has condemned the criminal attack that took place at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida in which 49 people were killed and 53 injured, and expressed grave concern at the outpouring of hatred, homophobia and Islamophobia that followed the incident.
SOP newswire3UN Human Rights Panel Concludes ISIL is Committing Genocide Against Yazidis - ISIS is committing genocide against Yazidis that amounts to crimes against humanity and war crimes, a United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry reported today.
SOP newswire3Ban Expresses Deep Concern Over the Continuing Political Uncertainty in Haiti - Concerned that the prevailing uncertainty in Haiti is further compounding the numerous political and socio-economic challenges facing the country, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that further delays in completing the electoral process can potentially affect stability in the country, as well as international support to it.
SOP newswire3 13 million Yemenis Need Immediate Help - The top United Nations relief official for Yemen has reported that more than 13 million Yemenis are in need of immediate life-saving assistance as a result of a bleak humanitarian situation in the country that continues to worsen.
SOP newswire3UN to Double Aid to Niger`s Conflict-torn Diffa Region - Faced with a new wave of displacement following recent Boko Haram attacks in Niger`s south-eastern Diffa region and with needs on the rise, the United Nations food relief agency plans to double its food and nutrition assistance, aiming to gradually increase its life-saving support to more than 250,000 people in Niger`s embattled southern region.
SOP newswire3Progress Made in Slow, Tough Fight for Fallujah - Iraqi forces, backed by coalition strikes, are making "slow but steady" progress in the tough fight to take back Fallujah, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said today.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter, Ukrainian Minister Discuss Defense Issues in Brussels - Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Ukrainian Defense Minister Gen. Stepan Poltorak discussed several defense-related issues today during a meeting on the sidelines of a NATO defense ministers conference in Brussels, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement.
SOP newswire3Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3In Wake of Mass Shooting, UN Urges US to Consider Robust Gun Control - In the wake of the mass killing of 49 people by a sole gunman in a gay nightclub in Florida, the United Nations human rights chief today urged the leadership of the United States to live up to its obligations to protect its citizens from the horrifyingly commonplace but preventable violent attacks that are the direct result of insufficient gun control.
SOP newswire3UN Warns of growing Exploitation Risk for Migrant Children Arriving in Europe - More than nine out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe this year through Italy are unaccompanied, the United Nations Children's Fund reported today, warning of the growing threats of abuse, exploitation and death that such children are facing.
SOP newswire3U.S. Apache Helicopters Join Counter-ISIL Fight - U.S. Apache helicopters have entered the fight in Iraq against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters yesterday.
SOP newswire3President Obama on the Tragic Shooting in Orlando - Summary: President Obama delivered a statement on the tragic shooting that took place overnight in Orlando, Florida.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Condemns Horrific Attack in Orlando - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned an attack that occurred early this morning in Orlando, Florida, in which 50 people were killed and dozens more were injured.
SOP newswire3 Iraq: UN Refugee Agency Warns of Struggles and New Displacements in Mosul - More than half a million people remain uprooted from their homes two years after fleeing violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul, while military activities in the north and south-east of the city are causing fresh displacement, the United Nations refugee agency said today.
SOP newswire3Haiti: UN Supports Government in Potable Water Campaign - Some 30,000 residents of three localities in Haiti now have access to potable water, thanks to a sanitation campaign launched by the Government and supported by the United Nations following a cholera epidemic that killed almost 100 people in the community.
SOP newswire3Coalition Strikes Hit ISIL Targets in Iraq, Syria - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3UN-backed Fund Expands Wildlife Protection Plan to 19 Countries in Africa and Asia - A United Nations-backed partnership fun has approved an additional $40 million to expand its support of a global programme fighting against illegal trafficking to a total of 19 countries in Africa and Asia.
SOP newswire3Afghanistan: UN Condemns Attack Targeting Civilians Gathered for Friday Prayers - The United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today condemned an attack targeting civilians gathered for Friday prayers at the Hisarak Jami Mosque in Rodat district, in Nangarhar province.
SOP newswire3Syria: UN Agencies Reach Families with Food in the Besieged Town of Darayya - The United Nations World Food Programme today announced it delivered food for the first time since 2012 to the besieged town of Darayya.
SOP newswire3Iraq: Funding is Running Out to Help People Fleeing Fallujah - The United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Iraq said today she is deeply concerned by the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the besieged city of Fallujah, warning that funding is insufficient to continue to carry out the massive relief operation that is currently under way.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Condemns Deadly Terrorist Attack in Tel Aviv - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned today's terrorist attack in Tel Aviv in which Palestinian assailants killed at least four Israelis and injured four others.
SOP newswire3Security Council Warned of Increased Risk for International Terrorist Attack - The threat posed by ISIL (Da'esh) and its associates remains high and continues to diversify, the top United Nations political official today told the Security Council warning of an increased risk of a major international attack.
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