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UN appeals for record $22bn in global aid

The world is facing a humanitarian crisis that will require a record $22.2 billion in funding for 2017 to support nearly 93 million of the most vulnerable and marginalized people, a UN office said as it launched a relief aid appeal.

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Pearl Initiative, United Nations hold forum in Dubai

UAE-based Pearl Initiative and United Nations Global Compact yesterday (October 27) hosted their second regional forum on ‘Sustainability in Action: Business and the Sustainable Development Goals’, in Dubai, UAE. Pearl

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US targets more than $2bn in aid for Iraq

The United States expects to raise more than $2 billion this week for war-torn Iraq during a pledging conference in Washington, a senior State Department official said on Monday. "We're hoping to raise in excess of $2 bil

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UN imposes harsh new sanctions on N Korea

North Korea faces harsh new UN sanctions to starve it of money for its nuclear weapons programme following a unanimous Security Council vote on Wednesday on a resolution drafted by the US and Pyongyang's ally China. The resolu

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Ceasefire takes hold in Syria

A cessation of hostilities in Syria came into effect at the agreed time of midnight on Saturday under a US-Russian plan which warring sides in the five-year conflict have said they would commit to. A cessation of hostilities in Sy

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North Korea test draws threat of sanctions

North Korea said it successfully tested a powerful nuclear bomb on Wednesday, drawing threats of further sanctions even though the US and weapons experts voiced doubts the device was as advanced as the isolated nation claimed. The

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UN mulls 'light' options to monitor Syria truce

The United Nations is mulling "light touch" options for monitoring a possible ceasefire in Syria that would keep its risks to a minimum by relying largely on Syrians already on the ground, diplomatic sources said. The UN

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UN not to investigate foreign air strikes in Syria

A United Nations team of war crimes investigators will not probe air strikes by foreign countries in Syria, its chairman said on Wednesday, despite concerns that some attacks by foreign militaries could have violated the laws of war. Th

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US to raise Iranian missile test at UN

A missile test announced by Iran over the weekend was an apparent violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution and Washington will raise the incident at the United Nations, the US State Department said on Tuesday. Iran said it

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Facebook founder calls for universal Internet

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and a host of celebrities kicked off a campaign on Saturday to make Internet access universal, saying this was critical to fulfilling the United Nations' newly adopted agenda to combat global ills.

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