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Amnesty says migrants in Libyan camps forced to trade sex for clean water

Amnesty International said on Thursday (14 July) that migrants held in Libyan detention camps are subject to horrific sexual violence at the hands of guards, including being forced to barter sex for clean water, food and access to sanitation. The...
Non-discrimination 14-07-2021

UN orders global systemic racism probe

The UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday (13 July) highlighted the global "scourge" of systemic racism and ordered an independent investigation into racially-fuelled police violence around the world.

Women migrants reduced to sex slaves in Libya ‘hell’

For Aisha, sexual slavery was something you only heard about happening to others in television reports, until she found herself locked in a living "hell" in Libya.
Agrifood 11-06-2021

Germany’s pre-UN food summit talks criticised for ignoring ‘most marginalised’

In the run-up to the UN Food Systems Summit in September, Germany's agriculture ministry launched its preparatory process at a conference this week where politicians, agriculture and health experts exchanged their views on future food production. However, the dialogue was criticised for missing the voices of marginalised people. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Development Policy 11-06-2021

More than 350,000 people in Ethiopia’s Tigray in famine: UN analysis

More than 350,000 people in Ethiopia's Tigray are suffering famine conditions, with millions more at risk, according to an analysis by United Nations agencies and aid groups that blamed conflict for the worst catastrophic food crisis in a decade.
Global Europe 09-06-2021

UN Security Council backs Guterres for second term

The United Nations Security Council backed Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday for a second term, recommending that the 193-member General Assembly appoint him for another five years starting 1 January 2022.
Global Europe 27-05-2021

Mali president, PM resign after arrest by military junta

Mali's interim president and prime minister resigned on Wednesday (26 May), a top junta aide said, two days after they were detained and stripped of their powers in what appeared to amount to the country's second coup in nine months.
Aviation 27-05-2021

UN aviation body to meet over Belarus plane diversion

The UN civil aviation agency will hold an urgent meeting to discuss Belarus after Western powers on the UN Security Council called for the body to investigate Minsk's diversion of a European flight and arrest of a dissident.
Global Europe 18-05-2021

No respite in Gaza from Israeli strikes, as UN, EU hold talks

The UN Security Council was due to hold an emergency meeting Tuesday (18 May) amid a flurry of urgent diplomacy aimed at stemming hostilities between Israel and armed Palestinian groups that have left over 200 dead.
Global Europe 17-05-2021

Germany urges end to Middle East violence as EU calls talks

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Sunday (16 May) it is "imperative" for Israelis and Palestinians to stop fighting and resume talks ahead of an emergency meeting this week with his EU counterparts.
Global Europe 12-05-2021

35 killed in Gaza, 5 in Israel, as violence escalates

Hostilities between Israel and Hamas escalated on Wednesday (12 May), with at least 35 killed in Gaza and five in Israel in the most intensive aerial exchanges for years.
Global Europe 10-05-2021

At least 68 killed in Afghan school blast, families bury victims

The death toll from a bomb attack outside a school in the Afghan capital Kabul has risen to 68, officials said, with doctors struggling to care for 165 injured victims and families searching desperately for missing children.
Enlargement 05-05-2021

US and EU back Western Balkans borders at UN

The United States and the EU expressed support for the territorial borders of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which have recently been called into question, and for the UN envoy to the country, who has been criticized by Russia.
Global Europe 27-04-2021

UN chief urges ‘be creative’ as Cyprus talks open

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Turkish and Greek Cypriot parties to "be creative" on Tuesday (27 April), hours before informal talks were set to begin on the island's future after a four-year hiatus.
Global Europe 26-04-2021

‘Common ground’ elusive as Cyprus rivals head to Geneva

Four years after their last peace talks failed, rival Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders meet in Geneva next week to explore elusive “common ground” on the divided Mediterranean island. “We go to Geneva… steadfastly committed to resuming negotiations for...
Climate change 23-04-2021

Biden doubles US emissions cut target as summit lifts climate hopes

President Joe Biden on Thursday (22 April) doubled US ambitions on slashing greenhouse gas emissions, leading Japan and Canada at a summit in making new commitments that bring the world closer to limiting the worst climate change.
Global Europe 22-04-2021

Navalny in ‘serious danger’, needs urgent medical evacuation: UN experts

A group of UN rights experts expressed alarm Wednesday (21 April) at the deteriorating health of imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and called for his urgent medical evacuation from Russia.
Global Europe 21-04-2021

Arab League, UN, EU and AU demand foreign forces leave Libya

The Arab League, United Nations, European Union and the African Union on Tuesday (20 April) demanded an immediate withdrawal of all foreign forces from Libya.
Global Europe 21-04-2021

Veteran Chad leader Deby dies, the military take over

Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno has died reportedly in combat just a day after securing re-election, opening a period of uncertainty in a country that is a key strategic ally of the West in a troubled region.
Global Europe 12-04-2021

Russia and China thwarting international response to Myanmar crisis, EU says

Russia and China are frustrating the international response to the Myanmar crisis, a top European Union diplomat said Sunday (11 April), as the death toll from a military crackdown climbed past 700.
Global Europe 08-04-2021

US restores assistance for Palestinians, to provide $235 million in aid

The Biden administration announced on Wednesday (7 April) it would provide $235 million in US aid to the Palestinians, restarting funding for the United Nations agency supporting refugees and restoring other assistance cut off by then-President Donald Trump.
Global Europe 01-04-2021

EU ministers vow Syria ‘war criminals’ won’t go unpunished

EU foreign ministers insisted Wednesday (31 March) that they would demand "accountability" from Syria's government as well as jihadist and other armed groups over alleged war crimes committed since the 2011 uprising that plunged the nation into civil war.

North Korea missile launch tests Biden administration, Japan Olympics

North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the sea near Japan, Japan’s prime minister said, fueling tension ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and ramping up pressure on the Biden administration as it finalises its North Korea policy.
Politics 16-03-2021

UN chief calls to combat violence against women

UN Secretary-General António Guterres called Monday (15 March) to combat violence against women, at the start of the annual Commission on the Status of Women, which is expected to call for greater action against sexual harassment.