Pompeo wants Iran arms embargo extension vote at UN

The Trump administration will press ahead with efforts to extend a United Nations arms embargo on Iran despite widespread opposition to such a move at the world body, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday. (Aug. 5)

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George Floyd’s brother calls on UN to set up an independent commission | AFP

The brother of George Floyd calls on the United Nations to set up an independent commission to investigate the killings of African Americans by police.

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George Floyd’s brother calls on UN to set up an independent commission | AFP

The brother of George Floyd calls on the United Nations to set up an independent commission to investigate the killings of African Americans by police. “I hope that you will consider establishing an independent commission of inquiry to investigate police killings of black people in America and the violence used against peaceful protesters”, says Philonise Floyd, whose brother was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25. IMAGES

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George Floyd’s brother calls on UN to ‘help us black people in America’ | AFP

The brother of George Floyd calls on the United Nations to set up an independent commission to investigate the killings of African Americans by police. “I am my brother’s keeper,” said Philonise Floyd, whose brother was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25. IMAGES

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The World Health Organization | AFP Animé

The World Health Organization, or the WHO, is the United Nations’ global health agency. Its mission is to promote health worldwide. WHO in an original videographic.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Yemen’s IDP camps face growing virus fears | AFP

In a desolate camp for Yemenis displaced by war, residents wonder how they can protect themselves as the novel coronavirus stalks the country. Yemen’s healthcare system has been blighted by years of conflict that has driven millions from their homes and plunged the country into what the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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Yemen sterilises streets in Aden | AFP

Authorities in Aden sterilise streets and markets in the city. Yemen’s healthcare system has been blighted by years of war that have driven millions from their homes and plunged the country into what the United Nations describes as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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Why has Trump frozen funding to the WHO? | AFP

In a widely-condemned move, Donald Trump has halted funding to the World Health Organisation. Washington is the biggest single contributor to the United Nations’ health agency, committing some 400 million dollars last year. The US president has been criticised for responding too slowly to the pandemic and for minimising the seriousness of COVID-19, but he is shifting the blame and penalising the WHO. What is the story behind the decision?

WHO chief regrets US decision to halt funding

The head of the World Health Organization said Wednesday they regretted a decision by the United States to halt funding to the United Nations health body, adding a review was underway to assess the impact of the financing withdrawal. (April 15)

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Coronavirus: From Panama, UN, Red Cross prepare 16.5 tons of aid | AFP

The United Nations and the Red Cross prepare more than 16 tons of supplies, including masks and gloves, for distribution from their collection center in Panama for the combat of COVID-19 across Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Coronavirus: In Gaza, young artists paint on masks to encourage people to wear them | AFP

In Gaza city, Palestinian artists Samah Said and Dorgham Krakeh paint on N95 respirator masks in a bid to encourage people to wear them as well as to raise awareness about the COVID-19 pandemic. Last Sunday, authorities in Gaza confirmed the first two cases of the novel coronavirus. The United Nations has warned that an outbreak in the Palestinian enclave could be disastrous, given the high poverty rates and weak health system in the coastal strip under an Israeli blockade since 2007.

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African leaders meet in Congo to lay groundwork for Libya peace talks | AFP

Three African presidents, the chairman of the African Union Commission and representatives of the United Nations and the Algerian and Egyptian governments meet in Oyo, north of the Rpublic of Congo, to pave the way for future dialogue between warring factions in Libya. IMAGES

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Libya: Guterres calls on leaders to respect their commitment | AFP

Antonio Guterres calls on the leaders of the main countries involved in the conflict in Libya to respect their commitment and implement the arms embargo decided by the United Nations in 2011. SOUNDBITE of UN chief Antonio Guterres

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‘We need de-escalation,’ says France’s ambassador to the UN after US kills Iran general | AFP

“We need de-escalation, we need stability in the region,” says Nicolas de Riviere, France’s permanent representative to the United Nations, when asked for his country’s response following the killing of Iran’s top military commander Qasem Soleimani by a US strike. SOUNDBITE

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Syrian activists organise a football game for internally displaced in northwestern Syria | AFP

Syrian local activists organise a football game in a muddy field in a camp for the internally displaced west of Sarmada town in Syria’s rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib, near the border with Turkey. The latest round of violence in Syria’s nearly nine-year-old war, saw regime forces upping their deadly bombardment of the northwestern province of Idlib, pushing, in December alone according to the United Nations, some 284,000 from their homes in the jihadist-run region of some three million people.

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Syria’s Idlib violence uproots displaced | AFP

Two Syrian families pack their bags and flee their homes not knowing where to go. Like them, tens of thousands of people have fled Maaret al-Numan region, located in jihadist-held Idlib province, since December 16, following an uptick in air strikes, according to the United Nations.

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Melting ice caps | AFP Animé

Videographic illustrating melting ice caps. This decade is set to be the hottest in history, the United Nations said Tuesday in an annual assessment outlining the ways in which climate change is outpacing humanity’s ability to adapt to it.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Permafrost | AFP Animé

Videographic on permafrost. This decade is set to be the hottest in history, the United Nations said Tuesday in an annual assessment outlining the ways in which climate change is outpacing humanity’s ability to adapt to it. Accompanies various videographics on the climate challenge.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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27 years of talking? What’s happened since climate summits started

The first United Nations diplomatic conference to tackle climate change was in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. AP Science writer Seth Borenstein explains what’s happened to Earth since. (Dec. 2)

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Cut CO2 emissions 7.6% yearly to 2030 or miss 1.5C goal: UN | AFP

The world must slash its emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases by 7.6 percent every year to 2030 or miss the chance to avert devastating climate change, the United Nations says. SOUNDBITE

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‘Horror houses’ shed light on care crisis for Nigerian addicts | AFP

Substance abuse in Africa’s most populous country has been described as an “epidemic” by the United Nations but there is almost no proper treatment available for those trying to recover. The grim problem has come to light after a string of raids on so-called rehabilitation centres where hundreds of inmates, mainly men and boys, have been found chained and abused in atrocious conditions. N°1MD1THN°1MG7HF

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Artificial intelligence | AFP Animé

UNESCO, mandated by the United Nations to work on the development of ethical standards in the field of artificial intelligence. Videographic on artificial intelligence. VIDEOGRAPHICS

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