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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 newswire3UN Marks 'International Day of the Midwife' - Every year, some 300,000 women still die during pregnancy and childbirth and almost three million babies do not survive their first four weeks of life, yet a majority of these deaths could be averted by trained midwives.
SOP newswire3Military Strikes 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 Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Resurgent Russia Poses Threat to NATO - In the face of a resurgent Russia and other emerging challenges, NATO needs to stay agile and ready to fight tonight, the alliance`s new supreme allied commander for Europe said today.
SOP newswire3Counter-ISIL Strikes Hit Terrorists in Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Ban Urges Funding for Palestinian Refugees Across the Middle East - A consequence of failing to fund the activities of the United Nations agency tasked with ensuring the wellbeing of Palestinian refugees across the Middle East would be an increased risk of extremism, more poverty, and a region even more riven by conflict, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, urging donors to step up their financial support.
SOP newswire3Security Council Demands Protection for Hospitals and Health Workers in Conflict Zones - With increasing wartime assaults on and patterns of systematic destruction of health facilities in countries affected by conflict, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution today to strengthen protection for health care workers, the sick and wounded, hospitals and clinics, in war zones.
SOP newswire3Kenya Stages Largest-ever Ivory Destruction - As African leaders soundly rejected those who think our natural heritage can be sold for money, senior United Nations officials expressed support for Kenyan-led efforts to end illegal wildlife trade during a weekend ceremony in Nairobi where tonnes of elephant tusks and rhino horns were burned to protest poaching, which is pushing several iconic species to the brink of extinction.
SOP newswire3UN Cautiously Hopeful for Re-launch of Truce in Syria - Following discussions in Moscow on the intra-Syria talks, the United Nations envoy facilitating the process has said that he is cautiously hopeful that the cessation of hostilities pact will be re-launched, perhaps even later today.
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 newswire3Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3El Salvador: UN Calls on Government to Protect Victims of Contemporary Slavery - A United Nations human rights expert today called on the Government of El Salvador to develop and implement a wide range of initiatives to protect the victims of contemporary forms of slavery, such as forced labour and domestic servitude.
SOP newswire3UN Marks 'Day of Remembrance for Chemical Warfare Victims' - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has marked the Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare with a call for reflection on the terrible toll of chemical weapons.
SOP newswire3Yemen Talks Moving Forward Towards Peace - The United Nations envoy for Yemen reported today that the latest session of peace negotiations among Yemeni parties in Kuwait went on in a positive and constructive atmosphere and reflected a mutual desire to move forward in the talks.
SOP newswire3Strikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today
SOP newswire3 In Geneva, Ban Welcomes First-ever Olympic Refugee Team to Compete in Games - During a visit to Geneva today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the first-ever Olympic refugee team to compete in the international event, and received the Olympic Cup Award on behalf of the UN.
SOP newswire3In Malawi, People with Albinism Face Total Extinction - A United Nations human rights expert today warned that the atrocities faced by persons with albinism in Malawi render them an endangered people group facing a risk of systemic extinction over time if nothing is done.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Attack Against UN Compound in Bentiu - The United Nations has strongly condemned an attack that took place on 25 April against the compound of the UN Mission in South Sudan.
SOP newswire3Syria: Human Toll and Suffering are Sickening - With hundreds of thousands of civilians killed, millions of people displaced and countless families torn apart, the UN relief chief today described the human toll and suffering in Syria as sickening.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Assassinations in Burundi - The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the increasing number of attacks against high-level officials in Burundi and called for proper investigations to be carried out.
SOP newswire3UN: Syrian Truce Barely Alive - The United Nations envoy mediating a resolution to the crisis in Syria warned that the latest round of talks was overshadowed by a substantial deterioration of the cessation of hostilities.
SOP newswire3Counter-ISIL Effort Makes Gains in Iraq, Syria - The United States military is addressing the transnational nature of the threat that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant poses, but the most dangerous threat remains the core of ISIL in Iraq and Syria, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.
SOP newswire3Libya: UN Envoy Concerned by Terrorist Attacks on Oil Fields - The most senior UN official in Libya said he is concerned by recent incursions by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant into Libya`s oil crescent region and by attacks carried on oil fields.
SOP newswire3Ecuador: Quake Damage to Schools Impacts 120,000 Children - More than 280 schools have been damaged by the earthquake that hit Ecuador on 16 April, leaving up to 120,000 children temporarily without education.
SOP newswire3U.S. Airmen Support Earthquake Relief Efforts in Ecuador - The United States, in coordination with the Ecuadorian government, deployed 12 Air Force airmen to Ecuador this week to support ongoing international relief efforts for victims of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the South American country April 16.
SOP newswire3Dunford Explores Ways to Better-Integrate Counter-Extremism Efforts - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with British Chief of Defense Staff Gen. Sir Nicholas Houghton and other defense leaders in London yesterday to look at broadening efforts against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and other extremist groups.
SOP newswire3Counter-ISIL Strikes Hit 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 newswire3Chairman Seeks to Solidify Military-to-Military Relations With Egypt - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visited Cairo this week for the second time in as many months to meet with senior Egyptian leaders in an effort to solidify military-to-military relations with this critical American partner in the Middle East.
SOP newswire3Security Council Deplores Maritime Tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea - The United Nations Security Council has deplored the recent maritime tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea that resulted in up to 500 deaths when an overcrowded boat capsized en route from Libya to Europe.
SOP newswire3Security Council Condemns Firing of Ballistic Missile by DPR Korea - The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile yesterday by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
SOP newswire3Iraqi Forces Must Maintain Pressure on ISIL - Now is not the time to stop and regroup in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford said after leaving Baghdad.
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