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A disrupter at UN: Can new chief shake up bureaucracy to speed progress?

António Guterres, who took over as United Nations secretary-general early this year, acknowledges that the world community has made encouraging progress in improving people’s lives over recent decades.
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Unesco puts Hebron on endangered heritage list

...Hebron’s Old City is home to an ancient burial cave.......
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Iran ‘Strongly Supports’ UN Treaty Banning Nuclear Arms: Envoy

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Reza Najafi said Tehran “strongly supports” a global treaty recently adopted by the United Nations to ban nuclear weapons. ...
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Demand for Qatar to close down al-Jazeera "unacceptable" - U.N.

GENEVA: A demand by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab nations for Qatar to close down its al-Jazeera TV channel is an "unacceptable attack" on the right to freedoms of expression and opinion, the United Nations human rights chief said on Friday....
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Court confirms Dutch U.N. peacekeepers partly liable for Srebrenica massacre

A Dutch appeals court on Tuesday confirmed that the Netherlands was partly liable for the deaths in 1995 of some 300 Muslim males who were expelled from a Dutch U.N. base after the surrounding area was overrun by Bosnian Serb troops....
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U.N. renews appeal for humanitarian funds as needs grow

GENEVA (Reuters) - Only a quarter of the $23.5 billion needed for humanitarian assistance programs worldwide this year has been received, the United Nations said on Wednesday in a fresh appeal to donors....
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What refugees might say of World Refugee Day

In 2000, when the United Nations designated every June 20 to be World Refugee Day, little did it know that new conflicts would create the highest levels of displacement on record. In recent years, about 66 million people, or 1 percent of the world population, have fled their homes....
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UN chief calls for aid to Afghanistan as conflict spirals

Kabul (AFP) - Sitting cross-legged with war-displaced women in a mud-brick settlement on Kabul's outskirts, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for increased humanitarian assistance and a political solution to end the conflict....
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Turkey arrests Amnesty International head and lawyers in Gulenist sweep

Police detained Taner Kiliç and 22 other lawyers on suspicion of ties to the movement of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen...
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Israeli PM Calls for Dismantling of UN Palestinian Refugee Agency

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Sunday for the dismantling of the UN agency that aids millions of Palestinian refugees, accusing it of anti-Israeli incitement and saying he had conveyed his message to the US ambassador to the United Nations. ...
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