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SOP newswire313 Million People in Syria in Need of Assistance - Highlighting the "complexities of the situation in Syria" with close to 13 million people in need of life-saving assistance, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in the country called on warring parties to allow access to all areas from within the country, so aid can reach those in need "fast and efficiently."
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Execution of Juvenile in Iran - Denouncing the execution of a juvenile offender in Iran, whose trial was also reportedly marred by irregularities, the top United Nations human rights official has called on the country to end the use of the death penalty for those under-18, in line with its obligations under international law.
SOP newswire3Top UN Judicial Body Orders US to Ease Iran Sanctions - In a ruling issued on Wednesday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, ordered the United States to lift some of the economic sanctions it has imposed on Iran, which effect the importation of humanitarian goods and products, as well as the safety of civilian aircraft.
SOP newswire3Tunisia At a Turning Point - An independent UN human rights expert welcomed on Thursday the progress made towards democratic reform in Tunisia, since the 2011 revolution, and emphasized the importance of protecting freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
SOP newswire3UN: Trade Wars and Protectionism Threaten Global Shipping - Maritime trade is stronger than its been for five years, but "tit-for-tat" tariff battles and restructuring by shipping companies threaten to disrupt its role as a key player in global commerce, the UN said on Wednesday.
SOP newswire3Full Impact of Indonesia Disaster Unclear - Four days after a deadly earthquake and tsunami hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, UN agencies and partners have warned that some communities have yet to be reached and the death toll may rise, as the scale of the destruction unfolds
SOP newswire3Afghanistan: UN Outraged by New Elections-related Suicide Attack - Denouncing attacks and intimidation in the week since formal campaigning began for Afghanistans parliamentary elections next month, the United Nations voiced outrage on Tuesday at the death of 14 civilians, killed by a suicide bomber at a campaign rally. A further 42 were wounded.
SOP newswire3UN Helping Indonesia After Earthquake - Rescue workers are still trying to reach areas of Sulawesi in Indonesia affected by an earthquake and tsunami, UN humanitarians said on Monday, noting that more than 840 people have died and more than 600 have been severely injured in the disaster.
SOP newswire3UN Celebrates International Day of Non-Violence - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the world to follow the "enduring vision and wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi" on the International Day of Non-Violence, which falls on 2 October - the birthday of the iconic leader who led India to independence, and inspired civil rights movements across the globe.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Praises Efforts to Reduce Tension on Korean Peninsula - UN Secretary-General Guterres, has welcomed the latest efforts made towards building trust and reducing military tension on the Korean Peninsula, following his meeting with North Korea Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Friday, during High-Level week of the General Assembly.
SOP newswire3UN Strives for Peace in Darfur - Stating that while the Darfur region of Sudan, which for years was torn by strife and displacement, is now increasingly stable, top United Nations officials on Friday urged continued international support to ensure that hard-won gains take hold.
SOP newswire3Mattis, Romania Defense Minister Agree to Continue Defense Cooperation - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Romanian Defense Minister Mihai Fifor today at the Pentagon to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Romania, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.
SOP newswire3UN Hails Human Rights Declaration - As the world celebrates the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) this year, the United Nations General Assembly dedicated a high-level event on Wednesday, to discussing how respect for human rights in societies can help advance peace and sustainable development
SOP newswire3UN: Time Has Come to Rid the World of Nuclear Weapons - The time has come to make tangible progress to rid the world of nuclear weapons, top United Nations officials stressed today, citing the grave threat posed by such weapons to global security.
SOP newswire3Afghanistan: Sunday Airstrike Killed 12 Women and Children From One Family - Preliminary findings from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released on Tuesday, indicate that 12 women and children from a single family were killed in an airstrike that took place on Sunday, conducted by pro-Government forces.
SOP newswire3UN Fights Ebola in Congo - A "perfect storm" of active conflict and traumatized communities in Ebola-affected areas of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could enable the deadly disease to spread, but there are "no plans" to pull UN workers out of the country despite concerns for their security, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.
SOP newswire3U.S. Readiness in Korea Important to Diplomacy - The North Korean military remains dangerous, and U.S., South Korean and allied forces on the Korean Peninsula "should remain clear-eyed about the situation on the ground and allow diplomacy to continue to work," President Donald J. Trumps nominee to be the next commander of U.S. forces in Korea told the Senate Armed Services Committee at his confirmation hearing today.
SOP newswire3Afghan Forces Proving Their Resilience - Afghan security forces have taken severe casualties, but they continue to fight and protect the populace, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said here today.
SOP newswire3Mattis Stresses Geneva Process for Syria - The fight continues in the Middle Euphrates River Valley to wrest the last 2 percent of land once controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria from the grasp of the terror group, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said here today.
SOP newswire3Deaf Advocate Voices Importance of Sign Languages - Nyle DiMarco is just a foreigner speaking a different language. Thats how the actor, model and advocate introduces himself to people who have not met a deaf person before.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Condemns Attack in Iran Which Killed Dozens - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres condemned the terrorist attack on Saturday in Irans southwestern city of Ahvaz which reportedly left dozens dead and injured, including children.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Alarmed by Violations of UN-backed Ceasefire in Libya - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres stated on Friday that he is "alarmed by the increasing number of violations of the ceasefire" in the capital of Libya, Tripoli, which has led to the death of dozens of civilians.
SOP newswire3DoD Agency Identifies Soldiers Lost in Korean War From Returned Remains - Two soldiers who died during the Korean War have been identified from the remains returned from North Korea, President Donald J. Trump announced last night.
SOP newswire3UN Seeks Middle East Peace - Negative humanitarian, security and political developments in Gaza outweigh any positive news concerning the search for peace in the Middle East, the United Nations negotiator for the process has said, urging the international community to help restore hope that a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict can be found.
SOP newswire3Mattis, Philippine Counterpart Discuss Defense Relationship - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana yesterday at the Pentagon to reaffirm the longstanding defense relationship between the United States and the Philippines, the Pentagons chief spokesperson, Dana W. White, said in a readout following the meeting.
SOP newswire3Coalition Effort Aims at Stability in Iraq, Syria - The coalition continues to help forces in both Iraq and Syria establish security and stability in areas that have known nothing but oppression since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria reared its head five years ago, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve 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, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Mattis Praises Macedonia as Stabilizing Force - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis praised Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev today, saying the country is a "stabilizing force" in the Balkans.
SOP newswire3UN: Democracy Showing Greater Strain Than at Any Time in Decades - Tackling economic and political inequality is at the root of strengthening democratic institutions at a time when they are under huge strain, said United Nations Secretary-General Guterres on Saturday, marking the official International Day of Democracy.
SOP newswire3South Sudanese Government Must Bring Soldiers Under Control - A "lack of command and control" on the part of South Sudans government, just days after signing a new peace agreement to end years of brutal civil conflict, is one of the factors which led to the shooting of a United Nations peacekeeper on Saturday, the UN mission chief in the country has said.
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