GENEVA, June 27 (Reuters) – West African nations
neighbouring those hit by the Ebola epidemic – Mali, Ivory
Coast, Senegal and Guinea Bissau – should prepare for the
possible arrival of travellers carrying the deadly virus, the
World Health Organization said on Friday.
The outbreak persists especially in forested areas of
Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and its spread is being fueled
by unsafe burial practices that infect relatives handling
bodies, the U.N. agency said.
GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.N. human rights chief appealed to Iran on Thursday not to execute a woman convicted of murdering her husband at age 17.
Razieh Ebrahimi, imprisoned in Ahwaz, is among some 160 people thought to be on death row in Iran for crimes committed before they turned 18, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement.
GENEVA, June 24 (Reuters) – About 50,000 Pakistanis have
crossed into eastern Afghanistan to escape air strikes over the
past 10 days and 435,000 have fled within their homeland, which
could fuel the spread of polio as many are not vaccinated, U.N.
agencies said on Tuesday.
Pakistan’s military gave residents of North Waziristan until
the end of Monday to leave the remote mountainous region ahead
of a widely anticipated major ground offensive by the army
against Islamist militants.
GENEVA (Reuters) – At least 1,000 people, mainly civilians, have been killed and roughly the same number injured in fighting and other violence in Iraq in June as Sunni militants swept through the north, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
Victims include a number of confirmed summary executions committed by forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and prisoners killed by retreating Iraqi forces.
GENEVA, June 23 (Reuters) – The polio virus has been found in sewage samples near Sao Paulo, Brazil, one of the venues for the current World Cup soccer tournament, but no human case of the disease has been reported so far, the World Health Organization said on Monday.
The virus discovered in Sao Paulo sewage collected in March at Viracopos International Airport, and reported by Brazilian health authorities last week, is a close match with a recent strain isolated in a case in Equatorial Guinea, the WHO said.
GENEVA, June 20 (Reuters) – The United Nations said on
Friday it was expanding aid to a million people driven from
their homes as Islamist militants seized wide tracts of northern
and western Iraq.
Many families are living in the open, in urgent need of
food, water, shelter and latrines, said Jacqueline Badcock, the
United Nations resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq.
GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations said on Friday it was expanding aid operations in Iraq to help 1 million people driven from their homes by fighting as Islamist militant forces have seized wide tracts of the country’s north and west this year.
Many families are living in the open, in urgent need of food, water, shelter and latrines, said Jacqueline Badcock, the United Nations resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq.
GENEVA (Reuters) – More than 50 million people were forcibly uprooted worldwide at the end of last year, the highest level since after World War Two, as people fled crises from Syria to South Sudan, the U.N. refugee agency said on Friday.
Half are children, many of them caught up in conflicts or persecution that world powers have been unable to prevent or end, UNHCR said in its annual Global Trends report.
GENEVA (Reuters) – Venezuelan and Cuban activists lobbied the United Nations on Wednesday to investigate the deaths of dozens of student protesters in Caracas and the jailing of Cuban dissidents.
The two Latin American powers, led by socialist Presidents Nicolas Maduro and Raul Castro, are members of the 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council.
GENEVA (Reuters) – The Middle East appears on the brink of wider sectarian war engulfing Iraq and Syria with radical Islamist insurgents wantonly kidnapping, torturing and killing civilians, U.N. human rights investigators said in a report on Tuesday.
Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)group have routed Baghdad’s army and seized the north of Iraq in the past week, linking it with a major swathe of territory previously taken in eastern Syria during the civil war there.