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Apr 15, 2014

U.N. finds fear-mongering by pro-Russians in Ukraine

GENEVA (Reuters) – Ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine have falsely claimed to be under attack to justify Russian involvement, a report by the U.N. human rights office said on Tuesday.

“Although there were some attacks against the ethnic Russian community, these were neither systematic nor widespread,” said the report, which follows two visits to the country last month by Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic.

Apr 11, 2014

Militias in Central African Republic block Muslims exit to Cameroon: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – Christian militia forces are blocking the main roads used by Muslim civilians trying to flee Central African Republic to Cameroon and attacking the refugees, the United Nations said on Friday, citing accounts from “traumatized” victims.

Some refugees have suffered serious machete and gunshot wounds and many are severely malnourished after walking for months, having to detour and enter Cameroon via remote entry points, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.

Apr 11, 2014

Militias in C. African Republic block Muslims exit to Cameroon – UN

GENEVA, April 11 (Reuters) – Christian militia forces are
blocking the main roads used by Muslim civilians trying to flee
Central African Republic to Cameroon and attacking the refugees,
the United Nations said on Friday, citing accounts from
“traumatised” victims.

Some refugees have suffered serious machete and gunshot
wounds and many are severely malnourished after walking for
months, having to detour and enter Cameroon via remote entry
points, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.

Apr 8, 2014

Drought could push millions more Syrians into hunger: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – A looming drought in Syria could push millions more people into hunger and exacerbate a refugee crisis caused by years of civil war, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Syria’s breadbasket northwestern region has received less than half of the average rainfall since September and, if it stays dry up to wheat harvest time in mid-May, the country – already reliant on aid for millions of people – will need to import even more food.

Apr 8, 2014

Syrians face drought, wheat production seen at record low: WFP

GENEVA (Reuters) – Syrians battered by years of war are facing a major drought that could cut wheat production in the country’s northwest breadbasket to a record low of 1.7 million to 2 million metric tonnes, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

Millions more people could face hunger and shortages if the drought, which is also being felt across the Middle East, takes hold, the United Nations agency warned.

Apr 7, 2014

U.N. has to cut Syria food rations for lack of donor funds

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations has been forced to cut the size of food parcels for those left hungry by Syria’s civil war by a fifth because of a shortage of funds from donors, a senior official said on Monday.

Nevertheless, the United Nations’ World Food Programme managed to get food to a record 4.1 million people inside Syria last month, WFP deputy executive director Amir Abdulla told a news conference, just short of its target of 4.2 million.

Apr 4, 2014

U.N. says Chadian soldiers killed 30 in C.African Republic attack

GENEVA (Reuters) – Chadian soldiers killed 30 civilians and seriously wounded more than 300 in an indiscriminate attack on a market on March 29 in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, a spokesman for the U.N. human rights office said on Friday.

Previously local officials and aid workers had put the death toll at least 10, with 30 wounded.

Apr 4, 2014

U.N. says Chadian soldiers killed 30 in Central African Republic attack

GENEVA (Reuters) – Chadian soldiers killed 30 civilians and seriously wounded more than 300 in an indiscriminate attack on a market on March 29 in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, a spokesman for the U.N. human rights office said on Friday.

Previously local officials and aid workers had put the death toll at least 10, with 30 wounded.

Apr 3, 2014

Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams head line-up at Montreux Jazz

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Stevie Wonder will headline the Montreux Jazz Festival, fulfilling a longtime wish of its late founder Claude “Funky” Nobs, in its 48th edition which also brings red-hot Pharrell Williams to its famed stage.

The line-up for the July 4-19 festival, unveiled on Thursday, includes former Blur front man Damon Albarn, hip-hop duo Outkast, the veteran Van Morrison, Massive Attack, and R&B Californian newcomer Banks.

Apr 2, 2014

Miners in lock-down in Guinea as Ebola death toll hits 84

CONAKRY/GENEVA, April 2 (Reuters) – Foreign mining firms
have locked down operations in Guinea and pulled out some
international staff, executives said on Wednesday, as the death
toll from suspected cases of Ebola there hit 84.

The West African nation’s government said four new suspected
cases of one of the world’s most lethal infectious diseases had
been reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 134.