|SOP newswire3||Syria: Civilians Caught in Crossfire - The head of the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, appealed on Thursday for Jordan to open its border with south-west Syria to help protect around 750,000 civilians who are "caught in the crossfire," amidst airstrikes and heavy shelling.|
|SOP newswire3||Zeid Calls for ICC Probe into Myanmar Rohingya Crisis - Myanmar should "have some shame" after attempting to convince the world that it is willing to take back hundreds of thousands of refugees who fled an "ethnic cleansing campaign" last year, given that "not a single" one has returned officially, the United Nations human rights chief warned on Wednesday.|
|SOP newswire3||Women-Friendly Spaces for Rohingya Refugees - Simple shelters that are little more than huts with bamboo sticks and plastic sheeting for walls, and tarpaulins overhead, are serving a very important purpose for refugee women and girls forced to flee their homes to the vast refugee camps of Bangladesh. |
|SOP newswire3||Mali Facing Alarming Rise in Rights Violations - In Mali, a senior United Nations rights expert on Wednesday described an "alarming" deterioration of the security, human rights and humanitarian situation in northern and eastern areas of the country.|
|SOP newswire3||Egypt Urged to Free Prominent Couple Jailed Arbitrarily Since Last June - The UN human rights office is urging Egypt to free a prominent married couple that has been arbitrarily detained for more than a year.|
|SOP newswire3||Palestinian Bedouin Community Faces Demolition After Israeli Court Ruling - A Palestinian Bedouin community is under threat from a demolition order within days, to make way for Israeli settlement expansion, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, warned on Tuesday.|
|SOP newswire3||West Point Promotes STEM Learning in South Africa -
Representatives of the U.S. Military Academy promoted science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning to 70 gifted students here June 25 in partnership with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences.
|SOP newswire3||Two Shipwrecks Add to Alarming Increase in Migrant Deaths off Libya Coast - More than 200 migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean in the past three days, bringing the overall death toll so far this year to more than 1,000, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported on Monday.|
|SOP newswire3||Coalition Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq -
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
|SOP newswire3||Mattis Returns From Asia, Resets for NATO Summit in Brussels - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis has just returned from a trip to China, South Korea and Japan and is immediately immersing himself in preparations for attending the NATO Summit in Brussels next week, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters today.
|SOP newswire3||NATO Helps Moldova Preserving a Healthy Environment - On 28 June 2018 took place the closing ceremony of another NATO-sponsored project focused on the disposal of pesticides and dangerous chemicals in the Republic of Moldova. |
|SOP newswire3||Security Council Renews Mandates of UN Force Monitoring Separation Area Between Israel and Syria - Adopting separate resolutions, the United Nations Security Council has extended the mandates of the Organizations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) and the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur.|
|SOP newswire3||U.S.-Japan Alliance Cornerstone to Indo-Pacific Stability, Mattis Says - The United States and Japan are strong allies firmly committed to peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said yesterday in Tokyo. |
|SOP newswire3||Africa Sahel Must be Top Priority for UN Peacebuilding Efforts - The vast Sahel region of Africa, which is facing multiple threats and challenges - including destructive climate change, drought, terrorism and organized crime - must continue to be a top priority for United Nations peacebuilding efforts, the Security Council heard on Friday. |
|SOP newswire3||Weaving Profits in Azerbaijan - Artisans in Azerbaijan who practice the traditional art of carpet making are being provided with new business opportunities thanks to a project supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).|
|SOP newswire3||Bleakest Period Yet in Occupied Palestinian Territory - Reports of the indignities faced by people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory have "painted the bleakest picture yet" of the human rights situation there, a United Nations expert has said.|
|SOP newswire3||UN Seeks Peace in South Sudan - Although recent engagement between the main political rivals in South Sudan is a welcome development, ending the countrys long-standing conflict will only be achieved by addressing its root causes and ensuring women, youth and other sectors contribute to peace efforts. |
|SOP newswire3||UN Condemns Executions of Juveniles in Iran - Following the execution of a 15-year-old in Iran on Wednesday - the fourth juvenile to be put to death in the country this year - the United Nations rights chief condemned the practice, citing the strict prohibition of such executions under international law.|
|SOP newswire3||EU 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 newswire3||UN: 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 newswire3||UN: 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 newswire3||Afghan 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 newswire3||Mattis Meets With Chinese Counterpart in Beijing - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met in Beijing today with Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Wei Fenghe.
|SOP newswire3||Coalition 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 newswire3||Saudi 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 newswire3||UN 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 newswire3||UN: 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 newswire3||Women'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 newswire3||UN 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 newswire3||Mattis, 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.|