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Singer Sami Yusuf joins roster of UN Global Ambassadors Against Hunger

26 August 2014 – The internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and composer Sami Yusuf has today joined the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as a Global Ambassador Against Hunger.


Consensual, Yemeni-led political process only peaceful exit to current crisis: UN envoy

26 August 2014 – The United Nations envoy to Yemen today expressed concern over the high level of unrest in the country which he says is probably the most serious since the beginning of the political transition in 2011.


UN chief welcomes Egyptian-brokered ceasefire for Gaza

26 August 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed today’s announcement of an open-ended ceasefire for Gaza, brokered under Egyptian auspices, and said he hopes this will lead to a political process aimed at achieving a durable peace.


Ban welcomes signing of blueprint to implement South Sudan ceasefire

26 August 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the signing by the South Sudanese Government and the opposition of a plan to implement a seventh-month-old ceasefire deal between the two sides.


UN hosts meeting with Greek Cypriot, Turkish Cypriot negotiators

26 August 2014 – The United Nations confirmed today that Greek and Turkish Cypriot negotiators met today in Nicosia to discuss arrangements for the upcoming meeting of the leaders from the two sides.


UN health agency calls for regulation of ‘e-cigarettes,’ curbs on advertising, sales to minors

26 August 2014 – Electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, represent an “evolving frontier filled with promise and threat for tobacco control,” a new United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) report said today, urging regulations to impede their promotion to non-smokers and young people.


South Sudan: three dead in UN-contracted helicopter crash near Bentiu

26 August 2014 – The United Nations mission in South Sudan has confirmed that three crew members died and another was injured when one of its helicopters crashed today near Bentiu, Unity state.


Security Council extends UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon for another year

26 August 2014 – The Security Council today renewed the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for another year, while strongly condemning attempts to threaten the country’s security and stability.


More than 300 die in boat tragedies on Mediterranean, marking year’s deadliest week – UN

26 August 2014 – The past few days have been the deadliest this year for people making irregular crossings on the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe, with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reporting that at least 300 people have died in successive boat tragedies.


Amid multiple crises UN children’s agency deploys largest aid operation ever in a single month

26 August 2014 – This August the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) shipped 1,000 metric tonnes of life-saving supplies for children caught in the world’s most urgent crises -- the largest emergency supply operation in the organization’s history in a single month.