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Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Gaza's crossing may open later on in the week, if Hamas commits to a ceasefire, as Israeli bombings continue.

The UN chief urged both sides "to step back from the brink" of a conflict after a seven-hour Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip.

UN to vote on South Sudan arms embargo, sanctions

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UN to vote on South Sudan arms embargo, sanctions

The world's newest country has been rocked by civil war since December 2013, with tens of thousands dead and four million displaced.

UN approves South Sudan arms embargo, sanctions

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UN approves South Sudan arms embargo, sanctions

The world's newest country has been rocked by civil war since December 2013, with tens of thousands dead and four million displaced.

Ethiopia, Eritrea end decades of hostilities with new agreement

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Ethiopia, Eritrea end decades of hostilities with new agreement

Ethiopia and Eritrea have agreed to restore relations following decades of hostilities between the two countries.

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Russia blocks Security Council statement on southern Syria

Russia on Thursday blocked the UN Security Council from adopting a statement on the situation in south-western Syria after an urgent meeting requested by Sweden and Kuwait.

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Saudi-led coalition airstrike 'kills 11' at Yemen wedding party

At least 11 people have been killed after Saudi-led coalition aircraft bombed a wedding in the rebel-held northern province of Saada, the ...

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UN: Rohingya persecution 'human rights nightmare'

The UN Secretary General is preparing to visit makeshift Rohingya refugee camps, describing them as "one of the most discriminated communities ...

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UN slammed for exonerating coalition of Yemen child deaths

A UN report received harsh criticism from Save the Children for seeming to absolve the Saudi-led military coalition of responsibility for the ...

UN Palestinian refugee agency struggles to meet deficit

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UN Palestinian refugee agency struggles to meet deficit

UNRWA is struggling with a massive funding deficit, putting schools and humanitarian aid at risk.

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Assad steps up military offensive in Syria's southwest

Syrian regime forces kept up their pressure on the country's strategic southwest on Friday, using artillery, airstrikes and dropping barrel ...

South Africa's president Ramaphosa can help resolve Gaza crisis

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South Africa's president Ramaphosa can help resolve Gaza crisis

Comment: South Africa could be the force that drives Responsibility to Protect from paper into action on Gaza, writes John J Stremlau.

UN chief warns of risk of war in Gaza

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UN chief warns of risk of war in Gaza

UN Secretary General Guterres warned that Gaza was on the "brink of war".

Yemen president heads to UAE as Hodeida assault looms

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Yemen president heads to UAE as Hodeida assault looms

Exiled Yemeni leader Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi headed to the UAE in an apparent attempt to patch up relations ahead of an assault on a key ...

120 countries at UN condemn Israel over Gaza killings

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120 countries at UN condemn Israel over Gaza killings

The UN voted to condemn Israel for the killing of more than 100 Palestinians in Gaza and rejected a US bid to put the blame on Hamas on ...

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UN votes on resolution blaming Israel for Gaza massacre

Staunch Israel ally the US has called a UN resolution criticising the deadly use of force against Gazans as "fundamentally imbalanced" for not mentioning Hamas.

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UAE threatens to launch imminent offensive on Yemen port

The United Arab Emirates has warned Yemen's Houthi rebels that they face an imminent offensive on Hodeida if they fail to evacuate the port city ...

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UN scrambles to avert coalition attack on Yemen port

The UN is making diplomatic efforts to halt a Saudi-led coalition attack on Yemen's Hodeida port, saying 250,000 people are at risk.

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Hundreds killed in heavy fighting along Yemen's west coast

Heavy fighting between Yemen’s pro-government forces and Houthi rebels has killed more than 600 people in recent days, security officials said ...

UN chief calls for investigation of Syria strikes

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UN chief calls for investigation of Syria strikes

More than 2 million people in Idlib currently need humanitarian assistance, including hundreds of thousands of Syrians evacuated from cities ...

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US boycotts world disarmament body as Syria takes helm

The US protested after Syria's turn to chair the Conference on Disarmament came around, saying its presidency "normalises" the regime and its ...

South Sudan faces arms embargo 'if fighting continues'

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South Sudan faces arms embargo 'if fighting continues'

Should the fighting continue, and a political agreement not be reached soon in South Sudan, the UN will adopt an arms embargo

US will 'unquestionably' veto UN draft on protecting Palestinians

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US will 'unquestionably' veto UN draft on protecting Palestinians

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Washington will 'unquestionably veto' a UN draft resolution calling for the protection of Palestinians after ...

Kuwait seeks UN backing for Palestinian protection in Gaza

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Kuwait seeks UN backing for Palestinian protection in Gaza

Kuwait has circulated a UN draft resolution on establishing an international protection mission for Palestinians in Gaza, following repeated ...

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