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  1. Elections could pave way to Palestinian unity, advance peace: UN envoy

    - UN News

    Expectations are high for the first Palestinian elections in 15 years, UN Middle East envoy Tor Wennesland told a virtual meeting of the Security Council on Thursday, urging international support for the process. 

  2. Syria receives first COVID-19 vaccines, for most vulnerable

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    More than 250,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Syria on Thursday from the UN-backed COVAX initiative, to inoculate the country’s frontline health workers.   

  3. New Iraqi law ‘major step’ in assisting ISIL’s female victims but more must be done

    - UN News

    A new law in Iraq provides a measure of comfort for women and girls who have survived atrocities of ISIL terrorist fighters, but more must be done, an independent UN human rights expert said on Wednesday. 

  4. Human rights experts demand UAE provide ‘meaningful information’ on Sheikha Latifa

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    United Nations independent human rights experts on Tuesday demanded that the United Arab Emirates provide “meaningful information” on the fate of Sheikha Latifa Mohammed Al Maktoum as well as assurances regarding her safety and well-being, “without delay”.

  5. UN envoy highlights diplomatic unity, as key to help end Yemen war

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    The UN Special Envoy for Yemen appealed on Thursday for warring parties to implement a nationwide ceasefire and agree a date for peace talks, in line with a plan to end their conflict. 

  6. Iraq: UNESCO architectural design winners to rebuild iconic Al-Nouri Mosque complex

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    Eight Egyptian architects have been awarded the job of restoring the historic Al-Nouri Mosque complex in Mosul, Iraq, the UN cultural chief announced on Thursday. 

  7. Settler violence is rising in Occupied Palestinian Territory, warn experts

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    Violence attributed to Israeli settlers against Palestinians living in the West Bank has worsened in recent months, amidst “an atmosphere of impunity”, UN-appointed independent rights experts said on Wednesday.

  8. Palestinians are Suffering from Hunger, Poverty, Conflict & a Global Pandemic

    - Inter Press Service

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 09 (IPS) - The Trump administration’s decision to cut off assistance to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) caused considerable hardship for Palestinian refugees during the coronavirus pandemic, particularly those in Gaza where a majority of the population are refugees and poverty is rampant due to Israel’s blockade, Khaled Elgindy, a Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute (MEI)told IPS.

  9. UNRWA chief reports on despair and hope among Palestinians, as US announces $150 million in aid

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    Despair is growing in Palestinian refugee camps across the Middle East, but signs of hope are sprouting amid ongoing occupation, economic hardship and the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of the UN agency that supports this population reported on Wednesday.

  10. Libya violated rights of ‘targeted’ woman activist, says anti-discrimination committee

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    The failure of Libya to investigate the unlawful arrest and torture of a women’s rights activist is a clear rights violation, the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), said on Wednesday.

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