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UN, humanitarian community struggling to meet unprecedented needs of refugees
The global refugee crisis is so great that the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other UN agencies and their partners today said that they are struggling to respond to and meet all the humanitarian needs they face.
Afghan conflict: MSF 'disgust' at government hospital claims
Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has said it is "disgusted" by Afghan government statements justifying an air strike on its hospital in Kunduz, calling it an "admission of a war crime".
Over 500 children dead, 1.7 million at risk of malnutrition owing to Yemen violence – UN
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) underscored the devastating toll six months of violence has taken on the children of Yemen, where at least 500 have lost their lives and more than 1.7 million are at risk of malnutrition.
People over 60 will double by 2050 but little evidence they will be healthier – UN report
The number of people over the age of 60 is expected to double by 2050 and require radical societal change because "unfortunately, 70 does not yet appear to be the new 60" contrary to widespread assumptions, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).
Indonesia: Millions of victims and families still abandoned 50 years after mass killings
Indonesian authorities are abandoning millions of victims and their family members who suffered through one of the worst mass killings in modern times, Amnesty International said on the 50th anniversary of the events that triggered the government-led atrocities of 1965 and 1966.
‘When we stand together, there is no limit to what we can achieve,’ Ban tells UN Assembly
Facing a world where inequality is growing, trust is fading, and impatience with leadership can be seen and felt far and wide, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set the stage for 70th General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly with a call to "translate promises on paper to action on the ground" by backing a bold new sustainability agenda that aims to wipe out poverty and build a sustainable future for all.
Europe gets 8,000 refugees daily – UN
A daily flow of about 8,000 refugees to Europe is likely to continue, the United Nations warns.
Pressure mounts on Saudi Arabia over imminent beheading and crucifixion of alleged protester
International pressure is mounting on Saudi Arabia to stay the execution of young Shiite Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, accused of taking part in anti-government protests.
He has been sentenced to be beheaded, and then crucified, although he was a minor at the time of his alleged crimes.
Hajj stampede: At least 717 killed in Saudi Arabia
At least 717 people taking part in the Hajj pilgrimage have been killed in a stampede near the Islamic holy city of Mecca, officials in Saudi Arabia say.
Over 700,000 women and girls in prison, says study
More than 700,000 women and girls are being held in prisons around the world, a report suggests.