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UN Concerned With Surge of Violence in Iraq - The United Nations in Iraq has reported that civilians continue to bear the brunt of the conflict in the country, with a more than 28 per cent spike in fatalities and a 17 per cent increase in injuries from August to September this year.

UN on the Ground in the Caribbean to Help Respond to Hurricane Matthew - In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean region, United Nations emergency response teams have been deployed to Haiti and Jamaica to coordinate rapid assessments and support disaster response.

Coalition, Iraqi Forces to Investigate Strikes South of Mosul - Coalition and Iraqi forces will conduct a joint investigation in the wake of coalition strikes today on a building being used by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said.

UN Urges Kazakhstan to Enhance Prisoner Rehabilitation - The United Nations` torture prevention body has urged Kazakhstan to focus more on the rehabilitation of prisoners rather than punishment, as part of efforts to ensure that people deprived of their liberty are protected against torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

UN Marks 'World Habitat Day' - Adequate housing is a universal human right and should be at the centre of the urban policy.

Watch President Obama speak at the dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. - After fighting for 15 years for its creation, Rep. John Lewis reflects on the new museum that will finally take its rightful place on the National Mall.

Colombian Voters Reject Peace Deal - In the wake of a referendum that defeated the peace accord signed by the President of Colombia and the country`s largest rebel group just days ago, United NationsSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the parties for their determination, saying he believed peace could still be achieved and that all Colombians who had committed to ending the 50-year conflict should not be discouraged.

Bunker-buster Bombs in Aleppo Mean Children Not Even Safe Underground, - The killing and maiming of children in eastern Aleppo by the Syrian Government and its allies is not only a brutal abdication of international human rights obligations, it will have a long-lasting impact on the young victims for generations to come.

Hurricane Prompts Evacuation of 700 Family Members From Guantanamo Bay - Navy officials directed the evacuation of 700 family members from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba over the weekend in advance of approaching Hurricane Matthew, Pentagon director of press operations Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters today.

Afghanistan: UN Condemns Killings of Civilians by Explosive Devices - The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has condemned two improvised explosive devices (IED) detonations on civilian vehicles that killed 19 people in Helmand and Badghis provinces in recent days.

UN Marks 'International Day of Older Persons' - The United Nations is marking the International Day of Older Persons by encouraging countries to draw attention to and challenge negative stereotypes and misconceptions about older persons and ageing, and to enable older persons to realize their potential to build a life of dignity and human rights.

Strikes Hit 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.

South Sudan: 100,000 People Trapped in Yei - Urgent humanitarian assistance is needed for some 100,000 people trapped in the South Sudanese town of Yei, where the security situation deteriorated rapidly after renewed conflict broke out in Juba, the capital, in early July, the United Nations refugee agency warned today.

Ban urges Diplomacy by India and Pakistan to De-escalate Tensions - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply concerned over the significant increase in tensions between India and Pakistan.

Fewer Than 30 Doctors Left in War-torn Aleppo - There are now less than 30 doctors working in Aleppo city, down from 35 several days ago, a senior official of the United Nations health agency said today, highlighting the deteriorating healthcare capacity in the war-battered area.

UN: Treaties Against Human Trafficking Key to Fighting Scourge - Human trafficking generally follows the overall migratory flows, a senior UN anti-crime official said today, urging States to back the Trafficking in Persons Protocol and other international tools to address the evolving and complex situation.

UN Appeals for Urgent Funding for North Korea Following Typhon - The United Nations humanitarian wing has said that more than $28 million in funding is urgently needed to provide immediate assistance to the 600,000 people in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea affected by Typhoon Lionrock.

UN: Syria is Bleeding - In an impassioned appeal to the Security Council, the top United Nations relief official today called on the global body`s primary organ for maintenance of peace and security to act immediately to end the bloodshed in Syria so that humanitarian assistance is able to reach those who desperately need it.

Afghanistan: UN Condemns Killing of 15 Civilians in Airstrike - The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has condemned the killing of at least 15 civilian men and the injuring of at least 13 others, including at least one boy, in an airstrike targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Obama Responds to Questions Posed by Service Members, Families - Service members and their families at Fort Lee, Virginia, asked the commander in chief tough questions during a town hall meeting broadcast by CNN last night.

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