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UN Welcomes Movement to Eradicate Manual Scavenging in India - The United Nations human rights chief today welcomed the recent movement in India to eradicate manual scavenging.

UN Calls on Israel to Take Part in Human Rights Review - The top United Nations human rights body today voiced regret at Israel`s decision not to participate in the scheduled review of its human rights record

UN Condemns Use of Live Ammunition Against Palestinian Civilians - The top UN humanitarian official in the occupied Palestinian territories is concerned about increased civilian casualties resulting from the use of live ammunition by Israeli forces.

UN Urges Calm In Egypt - The UN urged all parties in Egypt to engage in dialogue and stop the use of excessive force.

UN: Syria Humanitarian Needs Growing More Acute - In addition to those uprooted by the conflict, at least 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in early 2011.

Ban Calls on African Leaders to End Cycle of Poverty and Violence - Ban Ki-moon called on the continent's leaders to boost efforts to lift millions out of poverty and end recurrent cycles of violence to accelerate development in the region.

UN: Crisis in Mali Having Far-reaching Impact on Rest of West Africa - The ongoing crisis in Mali is having far-reaching effects in West Africa and the Sahel, a UN envoy said, stressing that the situation there illustrated the fragility of the region.

UN Panel Pays Out $1.3 billion in Reparations for Iraq`s Invasion of Kuwait - The United Nations Compensation Commission , which settles the damage claims of those who suffered losses due to Iraq`s 1990 invasion of Kuwait, today made $1.3 billion available to two successful claimants.

UN Launches Global Campaign to Reduce Food Waste - Consumers, food retailers and governments can take simple actions to dramatically reduce some 1.3 million tons of food waste every year.

UN: Humanitarian Response Needed In Congo - The UN is appealing for $30.5 million to assist some 59,000 people who have been affected by the recent fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo`s eastern province of North Kivu.

UN: Crisis In Mali Has Led To Human Rights Violations - The ongoing crisis in Mali has led to serious human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, rape and torture.

UN Condemns Bombing Of Syria's University of Aleppo - The UN expressed condemnation and shock over the deadly Tuesday bombing of Syria`s University of Aleppo which left more than 80 people dead

UN: Humanitarian Situation in Mali Deteriorates After Latest Wave of Fighting - The latest round of military clashes over the weekend between the Malian army and radical Islamist groups have sparked a new wave of displacement and led to a worsening of the humanitarian situation.

Ban Condemns Plans For New Settlements In East Jerusalem - Ban Ki-moon again called on Israel today to withdraw new settlement plans for East Jerusalem

UN Chief Ban Marks 3rd Anniverasary Of Haiti Earthquake - Ban Ki-moon called on the international community to continue its support for Haiti as he marked the third anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck the Caribbean country.

Ban Condemns Multiple Deadly Attacks in Pakistan - Ban Ki-moon condemned the multiple attacks that took place in Quetta and the Swat Valley, in Pakistan, which reportedly killed at least 100 people.

UN: Millions of Domestic Workers Worldwide Lack Social Protection - Millions of domestic workers around the world are not protected under general labour laws and are highly vulnerable to exploitation.

UN Reports Drop in Food Prices for Third Consecutive Month - The United Nations reported that food prices fell for the third month in a row in December last year.

Panetta Makes Holiday Calls to Deployed Service Members - Leon E. Panetta called four service members deployed to Afghanistan to wish them happy holidays.

Obamas Wish Service Members Happy Holidays - During the weekly address from the White House, President Obama and his wife Michelle wished service members, veterans and their families a happy holiday season.


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