Middle East

Watchful of the situation in Raqqa, Syria, UN chief urges need to revive political process

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is urging all sides involved in the fight for Raqqa, Syria, to protect civilians, abide with international law, and allow humanitarian access to those in need.

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Iraq: Security Council voices concern over reported violence in Kirkuk

The Security Council on Wednesday expressed concern over recent reports of violence near the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq.

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With ‘cautious optimism,’ UN political official reports positive developments on Middle East peace

A senior United Nations political affairs official on Wednesday highlighted at the Security Council some positive developments on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, particulalry on intra-Palestinian reconciliation efforts.

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Iran: UN rights experts urge country to halt imminent execution of juvenile Amirhossein Pourjafar

United Nations human rights experts on Wednesday urgently appealed to Iran to halt tomorrow’s execution of Amirhossein Pourjafar, who was sentenced to death when he was 16 years old.

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Yemen: UNICEF warns conflict shutters one in 10 schools; teachers unpaid for a year

The conflict in Yemen – now into its third year – continues to take a toll on millions of children, with their education now under threat, adding to an already long list of bitter hardships including malnutrition, displacement and violence, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned.

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UN envoy discusses implementation of intra-Palestinian agreement with Prime Minister Hamdallah

Meeting the Palestinian Prime Minister today, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, and discussed the implementation of the intra-Palestinian agreement signed in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on 12 October.

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Civilians who fled Mosul still vulnerable, need assistance – UN official

One year since the start of the military campaign to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorist group, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator said hundreds of thousands of people are vulnerable and still need assistance.

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UN chief strongly hopes 'breakthrough' accord on Iran's nuclear programme remains in place

The United Nations Spokesman on Friday said Secretary-General António Guterres sees the adoption of the 2015 accord reached between Iran and a group of six countries on monitoring Iran's nuclear programme as an important breakthrough to consolidate global peace and security.

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In phone call, UN chief offers congratulations and support to Palestinian President

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has congratulated by phone Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, on the intra-Palestinian agreement, signed earlier Thursday in Cairo.

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Leaders ‘not interested’ in finding solution to Yemen crisis, UN envoy tells Security Council

Parties to the conflict in Yemen are eroding the path to peace while the country’s people suffer amid a man-made humanitarian catastrophe, said today a senior United Nations official, urging Security Council member countries to use their political and economic powers to pressure warring sides to commit to a path of peace.

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