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UN Prepares to Evacuate Civilians From Tel Afar Before Imminent Assault

BAS News - 2017-08-08 23:36
ERBIL — The United Nations (UN) Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq announced on Tuesday that preparations are underway to evacuate civilians ahead of a military operation in Tel Afar. UN's aid coordinator for Iraq, Lisa Grande said the organization's team ...

UN Commends KRG for Defending Yezidis

BAS News - 2017-08-03 20:23
ERBIL — The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq has valued the efforts by Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to shelter and protect thousands of Kurdish Yezidis and other religious or ethnic minorities from the Islamic State (IS). The following i ...

Over 500 Iraqis Killed, Injured in July Only

BAS News - 2017-08-01 13:18
BAGHDAD — A total of 241 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 277 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in the month of July 2017, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UN ...

UNAMI to Appoint a Representative of Faliy Kurds to the Mission

BAS News - 2017-07-31 12:07
ERBIL — The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, decided to appoint a representative of Faily Kurds to the UN in Iraq. On Sunday, a delegation from the Supreme Coordinating Board of the Faily Kurds met with ...

UN, WHO, Iraqi Gov. Design Health Strategy

BAS News - 2017-07-25 16:45
BAGHDAD — Under the Patronage of the Minister of Health and Environment, Adeelah Hamoud Hussien, Public Health Directorate (PHD) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the United Nation ...

France Contributes $3.5 Million to WFP to Help Iraqi Families

BAS News - 2017-07-19 00:15
IZMIR — The United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) received on Tuesday, a contribution of $3.5 million from the Government of France, to be used for the assistance programme supporting families affected by conflict in Iraq. The new contribution f ...

IS Vicious Attacks Continue Targeting Mosul Civilians

BAS News - 2017-07-19 00:15
IZMIR — Civilians in Mosul and other parts of Iraq continue suffering from vicious attacks carried out by the Islamic State (IS), the United Nations (UN) envoy for Iraq said on Monday. Jan Kubis told the UN Security Council on Monday, that IS supporters ...

Over 500 Iraqi Children Killed, Injured in First Half of 2017

BAS News - 2017-07-17 00:27
ERBIL — The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed that 506 children were killed or injured during the military conflicts between the Iraqi army and Islamic State (IS) militants during the first half of 2017. The Chief of Field Operation at ...

Iranian FM leaves for New York

KurdPress - 2017-07-13 11:58
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif left Tehran for New York early Thursday morning, July 13, to partake in the United Nations' High-Level Political Forum 2017, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said. ...

UN Ready to Support Iraqi Government in Post-IS Process

BAS News - 2017-07-11 01:22
ERBIL — The United Nations (UN) are ready to support the Iraqi government in the post-Islamic State (IS) process, aiming to establish safe conditions for all displaced civilians to return to their homes in western Mosul, UN Secretary-General's spokespers ...

UNHCR Renews Concerns Over Ongoing Humanitarian Crisis in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-10 18:35
MOSUL — The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) released a statement on Monday, expressing its concerns over the hundreds of thousands of people, who have been displaced, killed or injured during the military operations in western Mosul ...

20,000 Civilians Remain Trapped Inside IS-held Areas in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-06 23:22
MOSUL — About 20,000 civilians remain trapped inside the last pockets controlled by the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul's Old City, a senior United Nations (UN) official said. According to Lise Grande, UN humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, who spoke to AFP on ...

3.5 Million Iraqis Suffering from "Fragile" Food Supplies Situation

BAS News - 2017-07-02 23:01
ERBIL — The food supply situation for 3.5 million Iraqi civilians remains “fragile”, a United Nations (UN) official in Iraq said on Sunday. Fadel al-Zubi, representative of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said in a statement that nearly 3 ...

UNAMI: 415 People Died in Iraq in June Alone

BAS News - 2017-07-02 02:20
SOFIA — The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) released a report on Saturday, saying 415 people were killed, whereas 300 others were injured in "acts of terrorism and violence", as well as armed conflicts on the territory of Iraq, during ...

US issues new visa criteria for 6 Muslim nations

Waar Media - 2017-06-29 08:34
WAAR-DUHOK: The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a “close” family or business tie to the United States. The move comes after the Supreme Court partially restored Pr ...

Pentagon clarifies warning to Syria against use of chemical weapons

Kurdistan24 - 2017-06-28 12:49
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley holds up photos of victims of the Syrian chemical attack during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council at UN headquarters, April 5, 2017, in New York City. (Photo: Getty Images) ...

US backs victims of Islamic State genocide

Kurdistan24 - 2017-06-26 09:22
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (L) with a Ezidi genocide survior Nadia Murad and international human rights attorney Amal Clooney (R). (Photo: Official Facebook page of Nadia Murad) ...

UN Envoy to Iraq: Days of IS are Numbered

BAS News - 2017-06-25 14:38
BAGHDAD — On the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, has remembered the sacrifices made by the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi forces in the war on terrorism, wishing for peace and ...

Kurdish filmmaker selected as UN intercultural leader

KurdPress - 2017-06-24 09:34
Teymour Qaderi, a young Kurdish filmmaker from Kamyaran, in the Iranian northwestern province of Kurdistan, has been selected as ‘Intercultural Leader’ by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC). ...

UN Condemns Demolishing of Mosul’s al-Nuri Mosque by IS

BAS News - 2017-06-23 23:33
SOFIA — The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a statement on Friday, condemning the destruction of the al-Hadba minaret and the Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul's Old City, demolished by the so-called Islamic S ...

Germany Provides €28 Million to Conflict-Affected Iraqis

BAS News - 2017-06-21 02:05
BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of €28 million from the German Government, which will support food assistance to 275,000 displaced Iraqis in four provinces across the country. “Germany highly appreciate ...

Barzani and UN SG Envoy for Iraq Discuss Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-06-20 16:25
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Tuesday met with Jan Kubiš, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq. During the meeting, Barzani and the UN official discussed a range of topics, particularly the fo ...

UN Urges Iraq to Deliver Justice to Victims of Sexual Violence

BAS News - 2017-06-19 13:40
ERBIL — On the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, urged the Government of Iraq to pursue accountability for the perpetrators ...

Kurdish Representatives Seek UNHRC's Support for Kurdistan Referendum

BAS News - 2017-06-18 16:47
ERBIL— In series of conferences held in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) office in Geneva, Kurdish activists and officials discussed Kurdistan Region's appeal for running the independence referendum. In the conferences held June 9-16, Kurd ...

100,000 Iraqi Civilians Remain Trapped in West Mosul: UNHCR

BAS News - 2017-06-17 15:32
MOSUL — More than 100,000 Iraqi civilians remain trapped in Islamic State (IS)-held areas in the western parts of Mosul, after nearly nine months of military operation against the extremist group, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday. The rep ...

U.S., Qatar sign $12-billion fighter jet deal amid crisis

Waar Media - 2017-06-15 14:17
WAAR-DUHOK: A deal between the United States and Qatar for F-15 fighter jets and a visit by two American warships to Doha are showing the vital military links Washington maintains to the country now at the center of a dispute with Arab nations. Qatar sai ...

IHERC Seeks UNAMI's Assistance for Kurdistan Referendum

BAS News - 2017-06-13 16:20
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region's Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHERC) has sought the financial assistance of the United Nations Assistance Program in Iraq (UNAMI) for running the imminent referendum on independence of Kurdistan. IHREC Pr ...

UNHCR Opens a New IDP Camp South of Mosul

BAS News - 2017-06-07 23:52
LEEDS — The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has opened another camp for displaced people in Iraq, as a result of the continuing surge in the number of people fleeing western Mosul. The UN refugee agency said in a press release on We ...

UNICEF Warns About Serious Situation Children Are Facing in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-06-05 11:43
100,000 children's lives are threatened as conflict escalates in Mosul, UNICEF says ERBIL — The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) warns that the children in Mosul are going through severe conditions resulting from the intens ...

UNHCR Needs $126 Million to Meet Critical Needs of Mosul IDPs

BAS News - 2017-06-02 14:15
More waves of people are expected to be dislodged from Mosul ERBIL — The UN Refugee Agency calls for an amount of US $126 million to be provided urgently to meet the critical needs of the civilians displaced from Mosul, said the United Nations High Commi ...

French soldier seriously wounded after Mali mortar attack: army statement

Reuters - 2017-06-01 17:16
PARIS (Reuters) - Several French soldiers were wounded, including one seriously, after a mortar attack on a United Nations' peacekeeping camp in northern Mali, France's armed forces said on Thursday, highlighting the ongoing insecurity in the West African ...

WHO, UNFPA Scale up Trauma, Emergency Obstetric Response for Mosul IDPs

BAS News - 2017-06-01 02:15
BAGHDAD — The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are extremely concerned about the health conditions of about 180 000 men, women and children that are reportedly still trapped inside west Mosul’s old city where ...

U.N. envoy says Iraqi Kurdistan intends to hold referendum this year

E-Kurd - 2017-05-31 11:21
NEW YORK,— The United Nations envoy to Iraq said the Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s senior officials intend to hold the referendum for the independence of Kurdistan this year. In a briefing to the U.N. Security Council in New York on Monday, Special Representa ...

WFP Concerned over Humanitarian Conditions in West Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-31 00:15
LEEDS — The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) released a report on Tuesday, expressing its concerns about the humanitarian conditions inside western Mosul’s Old City, as around 180,000 are currently living in miserable conditions. According to th ...

As Yemen faces famine, U.N. works to avert attack on food port

Reuters - 2017-05-30 19:40
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A quarter of Yemen's people are on the brink of famine, parents are marrying off young daughters so someone else can care for them and cholera cases are escalating, U.N. officials warned on Tuesday as they work to avert a Saudi- ...

Central African Republic abuses may be crimes against humanity: U.N.

Reuters - 2017-05-30 12:20
KINSHASA (Reuters) - A litany of killing, rape, mutilation, pillage and torture committed by successive governments and armed groups in Central African Republic from 2003-15 may constitute crimes against humanity, the United Nations said in a report on Tu ...

U.N. names team to investigate crimes against Myanmar Rohingya

Reuters - 2017-05-30 10:25
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations named a trio of independent experts on Tuesday to investigate widespread allegations of killings, rape and torture by Myanmar security forces against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state. ...

UNHCR Setting up New Shelters Near Mosul to Receive IDPs

BAS News - 2017-05-29 23:32
MOSUL — The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) along with shelter and camp management partners, are working flat out to receive Mosul displaced in camps and provide emergency shelter and assistance in and around Mosul to people unable ...

Civilians in Dire Situation under IS Control in West Mosul: UN

BAS News - 2017-05-29 23:32
LEEDS — Hundreds of thousands of civilians in the areas still held by the so-called Islamic State (IS) are struggling to find food, water and medical supplies, according to the United Nations (UN). UN Humanitarian Coordinator Lise Grande told Reuters lat ...

Civilians lack food, water, medicine as Mosul battle mounts: U.N.

Reuters - 2017-05-29 11:15
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of civilians in parts of Mosul held by Islamic State are struggling to get food, water and medicine, the United Nations said, days into a new push by U.S.-backed Iraqi government troops to take the northern city. ...

Kurdistan Tourism Seeks ATTA's Assistance for Membership with UNWTO

BAS News - 2017-05-25 21:01
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region's General Board of Tourism on Thursday asked Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) to assist the board for membership with the United Nations' special agency, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), according to the spokesperson o ...

Militia violence in Central African Republic leaves 300 dead

Reuters - 2017-05-25 18:05
DAKAR (Reuters) - Militia violence in Central African Republic has killed around 300 people and displaced 100,000 in the last two weeks, the United Nations and the government said on Thursday, in the worse displacement since a 2013 civil war. ...

The Vatican’s New Femme Fatale

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
Deyan Ranko Brashich | Exclusive to Ekurd.net It may surprise you to learn that the United States as of today has only two serving, Senate approved Ambassadors, Nikki Haley, the envoy to the United Nations and David Freedman, the Ambassador to Israel. Al ...

UN Security Council to Hold Session on Situation in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-05-21 22:13
ERBIL — The United Nations Security Council is set to hold a session about the situation of Iraq on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 3 p.m. New York time (10 p.m. Baghdad time). The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, will brie ...

UNAMI Decries Basra, Baghdad Multiple Suicide Bombings

BAS News - 2017-05-20 17:23
ERBIL – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, strongly condemned the series of suicide bombing attacks in Baghdad and Basra which caused many casualties, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq ...

At least 22 dead in clashes over Central African Republic town: U.N.

Reuters - 2017-05-20 14:31
ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Fighting this week between rival Christian and Muslim militias in the Central African Republic town of Bria killed at least 22 people, including 17 civilians, and forced some 10,000 others to flee, the country's United Nations mission ...

Over 200,000 More Civilians Expected to Escape Mosul: UN

BAS News - 2017-05-19 01:07
LODZ — With the military confrontations intensifying on a steady pace between the Iraqi army and Islamic State (IS) militants in Mosul, over 200,000 more civilians could be displaced as the result of the clashes, a senior United Nations humanitarian offi ...

Fresh Syria peace talks off to another stumbling start

Reuters - 2017-05-18 17:36
GENEVA (Reuters) - Syria peace talks hosted by the United Nations in Geneva spawned a new series of meetings on Thursday with no hint of tangible progress toward a deal to end the six-year-old civil war. ...

U.S. envoy to the U.N. will visit Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey

Reuters - 2017-05-18 02:10
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Wednesday she will visit Turkey and Jordan from May 19-25 to see how Syrian refugees "are coping, day in and day out," to see U.N. humanitarian work and highlight the U.S ...

International inquiry finds sulfur mustard exposure in Syria

Reuters - 2017-05-16 19:40
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Investigators from the global chemical weapons watchdog found that two Syrian women were exposed to sulfur mustard in an apparent attack in Aleppo province last September, a report to the United Nations Security Council said. ...

Double explosion in Rome after bombs go off near post office

Waar Media - 2017-05-12 17:26
WAAR-DUHOK: Two bombs have gone off in Rome close to a post office and a United Nations building. Police and firefighters are on the scene of the blasts which is believed to be near a side entrance of the post office. Repubblica is reporting that two IED ...

U.N. still has 'a million questions' on Syria after Astana deal

Reuters - 2017-05-11 13:59
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations still has "a million questions" about a Syria deal struck last week by Russia, Turkey and Iran, with a reported reduction in the fighting but aid convoys remain almost totally stalled, a U.N. aid official said on Thur ...

U.N. chief says seeking further $900 million for Somalia crisis response

Reuters - 2017-05-11 11:57
LONDON (Reuters) - The United Nations is seeking a further $900 million this year for Somalia, where more than 6 million people need humanitarian assistance and 275,000 malnourished children are at risk of starvation, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sa ...

EU urges U.S. not to cut U.N. funds, stay committed to climate deal

Reuters - 2017-05-09 18:34
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The European Union foreign policy chief urged the United States on Tuesday to keep funding U.N. agencies that deal with issues such as food aid, refugees and children, describing their work as sometimes more important to peace a ...

Number of Western Mosul IDPs Exceeds 435,000: UN

BAS News - 2017-05-09 01:11
LEEDS — More than 435,000 displaced people have left the northern Iraqi city of Mosul since the start of the operation against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in western Mosul, the United Nations (UN) said. According to the UN, around 403,000 internally ...

UN Welcomes Japan’s Aid to Iraq

BAS News - 2017-05-08 15:17
BAGHDAD — The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has welcomed a contribution of 9.7 million from the government of Japan to address the shelter needs for those affected by the ongoing crisis in Iraq, said the UN-Habitat in a Monday s ...

Japan Contributes with Additional $16.7 Million in Aid to Iraq

BAS News - 2017-05-07 20:11
BAGHDAD — The government of Japan has contributed with an additional $16.7 million to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) and Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) to promote stabiliz ...

U.N. expert keen to probe Philippines killings, but won't debate Duterte

Reuters - 2017-05-06 16:13
MANILA (Reuters) - A United Nations expert who irked the Philippines with a surprise visit said on Saturday she was keen to return and investigate alleged summary killings, but only if President Rodrigo Duterte drops his condition that she must hold a deb ...

UN envoy taking part in Astana expert meeting on Syria

Waar Media - 2017-05-02 15:19
WAAR-DUHOK: United Nations Mine Action Service Director Agnes Marcaillou is participating in the Astana meeting involving military experts from the guarantor countries of the Syrian ceasefire, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s press service said in a stateme ...

Rights group accuses Syria of several likely nerve agent attacks

Reuters - 2017-05-01 20:31
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Human Rights Watch on Monday accused Syrian government forces of likely dropping bombs containing nerve agents at least three times elsewhere in the country before an April 4 attack that killed dozens of people and sparked a ret ...

Courageous Syrian swimmer named UN refugee agency Goodwill Ambassador

United Nations - 2017-04-30 04:44
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today appointed Yusra Mardini – a Syrian refugee who together with her sister swam for three hours in the Mediterranean Sea off Turkey’s coast, pulling a capsizing boat of refugees to ...

At U.N., U.S. calls for pressure on Russia to try to end Syria war

Reuters - 2017-04-27 20:42
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, pushed the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to focus "all eyes and all pressure" on Russia to try and end the Syrian conflict and pressed for council action even if it fac ...
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