‘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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Farmers in South Africa struggling due to drought

The United Nations estimates that more than 11 million people now face crisis due to the ongoing drought in South Africa. (Nov. 21)

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Global warming | AFP Animé

Videographic about global warming. The United States has formally notified the United Nations that it is withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, triggering expressions of concern and regret from other major powers on Tuesday.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Climate change scenarios | AFP Animé

Videographic on climate change. The United States has formally notified the United Nations that it is withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, triggering expressions of concern and regret from other major powers on Tuesday.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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The carbon cycle | AFP Animé

Videographic looking at CO2. The United States has formally notified the United Nations that it is withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, triggering expressions of concern and regret from other major powers on Tuesday.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Kenyan ethnic groups call for UN inquiry into alleged colonial land grab | AFP

Kibore Cheruiyot was just a small boy when his family was violently expelled by British colonisers from their ancestral land in Kenya’s lush tea-growing western highlands, banished never to return. Now, Kenya’s Kipsigis and Talai peoples are calling for a United Nations inquiry into their plight.

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Iraq opens 2nd camp to cope with Syrian Kurd influx | AFP

The United Nations opens a new section of a camp for the displaced in Iraqi Kurdistan to host refugees fleeing Turkish troops in northeast Syria. The offensive has killed dozens of civilians, mainly on the Kurdish side, and prompted an exodus of tens of thousands, in the latest humanitarian crisis of Syria’s eight-year civil war.

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UN Secretary-General meets with Bolivia’s foreign minister | AFP

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, meets with Bolivia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Diego Pary Rodríguez, at the United Nations, a day after Evo Morales was officially declared the outright winner of presidential elections. A disputed vote count triggered violent protests in Bolivia and furious allegations of fraud from the opposition. IMAGES

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Ecuador protest talks set for Sunday as capital locks down | AFP

A first meeting between Ecuador’s president and indigenous leaders will take place on Sunday, the United Nations said, after Lenin Moreno ordered a curfew and military control in the capital to try to quell deadly, anti-austerity protests.

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Europeans on UN Security Council demand Turkey halt Syria offensive | AFP

The five European members of the UN Security Council call for Turkey to halt its offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces. “We call upon Turkey to cease the unilateral military action” says Jürgen Schulz, Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations. SOUNDBITE

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The United Nations | AFP Animé

Videographic on the United Nations. The United Nations is running a deficit of $230 million, Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Monday, and may run out of money by the end of October.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Pakistan’s Khan warns of bloodshed in Kashmir, possibility of nuclear war | AFP

“The world community must give the people of Kashmir the right of self determination” says Pakistan’s Prime Minister at the UN. Imran Khan’s warning of bloodshed also included the possibility that its dispute with India over the territory could escalate into an all-out nuclear war. “Two nuclear armed countries will come face to face,” he says, “and before we head in that direction, the United Nations has a responsibility”.(COMPLETES VID 1KP4XI_EN)

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Modi supporters, protesters rally outside UN

There were some tense moments between those who supported and those who opposed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi outside the United Nations in New York on Friday as police had to separate some of the protesters from each other. (Sept. 27)

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New report: Oceans rising faster, ice melting more

Earth is in more hot water than ever before and so are we, an expert United Nations science panel warns in a grim new United Nations expert report. (Sept. 25)

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Honey heals wounds of war in Colombian village | AFP

Families from the Colombian village of Chengue care for hundreds of beehives provided by the government and the United Nations as part of a shared project to help those affected by the bloody armed conflict heal collectively and to fill the empty pockets left by the dwindling tobacco sector.

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