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UN Loses Its 58 Volunteers during Global Missions in 2013

New York (ABC Live): Working for the United Nations became more dangerous last year, the world body’s staff union warned today, noting that at least 58 personnel were targeted by terrorists and insurgents. The highest number of casualties occurred in attacks targeting the UN in South Sudan, Somalia, and in the Darfur region of Sudan, according to the figures released …

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Russia Uses Its Veto in Favour of Syrian Government Air Strikes on Civilians

Moscow (ABC Live): Russia has vetoed the resolution condemning the air strikes conducted by the Syrian government against civilian population of the city of Aleppo. A representative of the United Nations said that the Russian delegation introduced amendments to the statement prepared by Britain. Russian officials removed the mentioning of what happened in Aleppo from the document. As a result, …

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UNSC Expects Total Elimination of Syria’s Chemical Weapons Materials By June 2914

New York(ABC Live): Despite a delay in eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons material, the United Nations Security Council expects that there will be no delay beyond the end-of-June deadline for the total removal of all such materials, the head of the group charged with the effort said after briefing the 15-member body today. The removal of the most critical material for …

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Ban Ki-moon Lauds the Role of Group of 77 and China for Keeping UN Relevant, Vibrant

New York (ABC Live): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday lauded the role played by the Group of 77 and China in addressing key system-wide policy and development issues, and ensuring that the United Nations remains relevant and vibrant.   Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at the handover ceremony of the chairmanship of the Group of 77 and …

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UN Welcomes Nepal’s Supreme Court Decision to Grant Amnesty for Human Rights Violations During Civil War

Kathmandu (ABC Live): A senior United Nations official has welcomed a decision by Nepal’s Supreme court against granting amnesty for serious human rights violations committed during a decade-long civil war calling it a “significant development for the thousands of victims of the conflict”. “I now call on the Government of Nepal to urgently implement this important decision, in the spirit …

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David Cameron’s Poll Promise for Senior Citizens : Hike in Basic State Pension

LONDON (ABC Live): British Prime Minister David Cameron promised senior citizens of country on Sunday that their basic state pension would be hiked if the Conservative Party wins the 2015 general election. He said if he is re-elected in the next general election he will maintain the so-called “triple lock” for the duration of the next parliament, ensuring that pensions …

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Latvia Faces Price Rise After Entry into Eurozone

Riga (ABC Live): Latvia’s entry into the Eurozone has led into rise of prices in the country. The Latvian Consumer Rights Protection Centre a great deal of complaints from citizens during the first three days of 2014. As per opinion of People, the incorrect currency conversion has forced rise in commodity prices. Most of public complaints (78 percent) were found …

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UNESCO Condemns Media Persons Killing in Iran

3 January 2014 New York (ABC Live): – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom, expressed alarm today at the recent killing of six media workers in two separate incidents in Iraq and called for measures to bring those responsible to justice. The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, …

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Russia-Kazakhstan to Defend Their Airspace Jointly

Moscow (ABC Live): Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law “On the ratification of the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan to establish joint regional air defense system of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan.” The Agreement document specifies that the establishment and the use of the unified air defense system shall be implemented …

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Volgograd Woman Suicide Bomber Identified As Oksana Aslanova

Volgograd (ABC Live): On Sunday, December 29th, a female suicide bomber exploded herself at the entrance to the railway station in Volgograd. According to most recent reports, 17 people were killed and 34 were injured. According to information, the train station in Volgograd, where the blast occurred in the afternoon of December 29th, was the ultimate goal of the suicide …

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