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Sunday 29 January 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# United Nations

All time
# Defence Forces
Secret Santa, selection boxes and teamwork: Christmas for Irish Defence Forces at Golan Heights
Corporal Dan Browne is spending his third Christmas away from his home in Ballybrack, Dublin.
# Aleppo
Deal reached to evacuate civilians and wounded from Aleppo
But it’s not clear if bombing has stopped.
# West Bank
Abbas: Those who speak of a two-state solution should recognise Palestine as a state
Israeli and Palestinian leaders clahsed at the UN today.
# nuclear weapons test
North Korea calls South Korean president a 'dirty prostitute'
The country has sought to justify its weapons programme as a defence against US nuclear “blackmail”.
# Legal grey area
Child pornography is still widely available in Japan, a year after it was criminalised
Before the changes came into effect last year, it was the only Group of Seven nation in which the possession of sexualised images or videos of people under 18 remained legal.
# President Assad
Millions in UN state aid given to organisations run by Syrian President's family
Analysis by The Guardian has shown that millions have been allocated in aid to these organisations – despite EU and US sanctions.
# Girl Power
Spice Girls' Wannabe video remade to highlight gender inequality
The video calls for an end to violence against women and education for all girls.
# special status
We asked every TD if they want Travellers recognised as an ethnic minority - here’s what they said
The vast majority of those who replied are in favour.
# Judgment Day
Ireland will be grilled on its human rights record at the UN today - and it might not be pretty
We’re likely to receive a hammering on issues including abortion, disabilities, Traveller rights, education and homelessness.
# represented
'People with disabilities should have a say in tracking UN Convention'
Ireland signed the UN Convention on Rights of People with Disabilities in 2007, but the State is yet to ratify it.
# un warning
Malawi albinos face "extinction" if they continue to be murdered for their body parts
There’s a crisis in the country, a UN expert has warned.
# growing pressure
Egypt government rejects UN mistreatment claim in Halawa case
The organisation made a number of claims in a letter sent last year.
# failing
The UN has been told to end the War on Drugs
Delegates from the European Union, Switzerland, Brazil, Costa Rica, Uruguay among others called for abolishing capital punishment for drug criminals.
# War Crimes
Radovan Karadzic found guilty of genocide and jailed for 40 years
The former Bosnian Serb leader was sentenced to four decades in jail over the worst atrocities in Europe since World War II.
# United Nations
South Sudan fighters allowed to rape women in lieu of wages
The UN report also found that civilians suspected of supporting the opposition, including children, had being burnt alive and hanged from trees.
Ireland continues to fail girls and young women – and the world is watching
The UN asked the Irish government about the situation of girls who are victims of rape and incest, and was patently told that there is no provision for these girls unless they are suicidal.
# Homs
Rare evacuations in Syria as latest blasts kill dozens
At least 32 people died in bomb attacks in Homs.
# Central African Republic
UN slammed for 'gross failure' to act on sex abuse allegations against troops
It was alleged that French troops had forced children to perform sexual acts in exchange for food.
# women and war
'Prostitution happens a lot, but what can you do? You have to eat'
A new report identifies that women and girls with disabilities are “a particularly at risk group for sexual violence” during humanitarian crises.
# United Nations
North Korea could be getting an unexpected visitor
Ban Ki-moon will reportedly meet with Kim Jong-un later this week.
# The bibi show
WATCH: 45 seconds of awkward silence at the United Nations
Benjamin Netanyahu knows how to get noticed at the UN.
# liked and shared
Mark Zuckerberg and Bono want to bring the internet to refugee camps
“A ‘like’ or a post won’t stop a tank or a bullet, but when people are connected, we have the chance to build a common global community.”
# la rue Rude
Ireland's embassy in Paris is worth a LOT of money
The location isn’t too shabby at all.
The Troika's negotiations with Greece shows why Ireland must do the right thing
Heavily indebted countries should have a transparent, independent mechanism to turn to when facing the possibility of not being able to repay debts.
# atrocities
South Sudan army raped then burned girls alive
A UN agency said warring forces have carried out horrific crimes against children including tying them together before slitting their throats.
# Haiti
'There is truly no reason to die from cholera but 9,000 people have since 2010'
And there’s been a 190% increase in the disease in Haiti this year.
# leinster legend
'I have a newfound respect for the United Nations after Baa-Baas training'
Shane Jennings has been named as captain of the Baa-Baas team to face Joe Schmidt’s Ireland.
# review time
The United Nations is shining a spotlight on this guy's human rights record
The United States is up for its four-year review.
# Condemnation
Irish priest says man executed in Indonesia 'had no idea he was on death row'
“When we said your death sentence will be implemented, he said, ‘What death sentence? I will not be sentenced to death.’”
# smugglers
Taoiseach: 'The equivalent of three jumbo jets were lost in the Mediterranean'
Once it has been approved by the UN security council, however.
# taken by the taliban
Bullet-ridden bodies of kidnapped aid workers found in Afghanistan
The Taliban had demanded the release of some of their colleagues in government custody.
# light out
Will you be switching out the lights for Earth Hour?
If you want to participate, you have to go dark from 8.30pm this evening.
# Russia
Passenger flight makes emergency landing after 'engine shuts down'
It reportedly had 78 passengers on board.
# crisis
American troops evacuated from Yemen as civil war approaches
The advance of rebel forces has continued.
# southern hospitality
We are 'sick of being lectured' by the UN on asylum seekers: Australian PM
It comes after the United Nations declared the country’s policies inhumane.
# Abortion
'I was told my daughter was incompatible with life ... she's now 8'
Every Life Counts wants the term banned, saying it “dehumanises” babies.
# Donetsk
PHOTOS: 32 killed in east Ukraine mine blast
At least 17 have been killed with 16 more missing.
# Turn it down
You should only be listening to one hour of (quiet) music a day
More than one BILLION people are at risk of damaging their hearing because their music is too loud and they listen to it for too long.
# redress scheme
Many symphysiotomy survivors still don't know what happened to them
There has been some difficulty in those who underwent the procedure accessing their medical records.