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UN team probes Mers virus surge in Saudi

An international team of United Nations human and animal health experts has flown to Saudi Arabia to investigate a recent surge in cases of a deadly virus known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or Mers. Speaking from Riyadh on

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‘Yemen collapsing, on brink of civil war’: UN

The United Nations warned that Yemen is "collapsing before our eyes", on the brink of civil war and prime for Al Qaeda militants to grow stronger in the country as talks on a political settlement continue. Al Qaeda and o

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Business jet makers want out of UN plane tracking plan

Business jets, which mostly carry the rich and powerful, should not be subject to a United Nations proposal to require plane makers to install costly equipment that would better track aircraft, an industry group said on Tuesday. T

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Build better roads to bolster food supplies: study

Billion-dollar investments in basic transport and electricity in developing nations are among the best ways to curb hunger by 2030 since a quarter of all food is now wasted after harvest, according to a report issued on Thursday.

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Food prices fall after three stable months

The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (UNFAO) Index declined in December, after three months of stability, declining for the third consecutive year, according to a report. The 1.7 per cent fall was credited to cont

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Ebola fight may be won this year: UN

The world can stamp out the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by the end of the year but months of tough work remain, the outgoing chief of the United Nations' anti-Ebola mission said on Friday. The outbreak, first identified in G

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UN marks 290 damaged heritage sites in Syria

Satellite imagery indicate that 290 cultural heritage sites in Syria, whose history stretches back to the dawn of civilization, have been damaged by its ongoing civil war, the United Nations' training and research arm (UNITAR) said on Tuesda

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Oilfield standoff mirrors Libya's conflict as UN seeks dialogue

Deep in Libya's southern Sahara, men in army uniforms guard a pipeline at the El Sharara oilfield. Hundreds of kilometers to the north, rival fighters turn off the pumps to stop the oil flowing.   The standof

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Arabs to push for UN resolution on Palestinian state

Arab League foreign ministers agreed on Saturday to formally present a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council that will set a timeframe for the creation of a Palestinian state. The ministers set up a committee com

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$60bn worth food wasted annually in Mena region

Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region wastes food worth at a cost of over $60 billion dollars annually, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). That comes up to around 250 kg of food is discarded per indi

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