Amid spread of ‘hatred and brutality,’ Ban urges countries to do more to help Iraqi civilians

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Iraqi security forces against intervening in the country’s political process where heightened tensions, coupled with the current security threat from the armed group, the Islamic State, could lead the country into even deeper crisis. “I strongly urge all political parties and their supporters...
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UNITED KINGDOM- COBR meeting on Iraq

An FCO spokesperson said: Officials from Number 10, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development and Ministry of Defence attended along with representatives from the intelligence agencies and teams at our overseas missions in Baghdad, Erbil, Washington, Ankara and New York. They discussed the situation on the ground and...
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On International Day, Ban says indigenous peoples can be ‘powerful agents of progress’

Marking the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said indigenous peoples have a central interest in development and can act as “powerful agents of progress.” “In order for them to contribute to our common future, we must secure their rights,” said Mr. Ban...
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Clegg urges restrictions on new EU migrants

Nick Clegg is to call for tighter controls on migrants coming to the UK from new EU states, saying people have “lost faith” in the government’s ability to manage immigration. He will say new EU members must wait longer than the current seven-year limit before their citizens have the right...
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Extra UK aid to get food into Gaza

The UK is stepping up its humanitarian response to the Gaza crisis with an additional £3 million for the World Food Programme’s emergency appeal to help deal with food shortages, Prime Minister David Cameron announced today. This £3 million boost will provide emergency food for more than 300,000 people for...
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