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Friday 31 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# United Nations

All time
# time to get out
20,000 Iraqis face 'mass atrocity and potential genocide within days or hours'
The US is assessing how to evacuate up to 30,000 civilians off a mountain that is besieged by extremists.
# Conflict
In pics: Talks in tatters as Gaza rocket fire and air strikes resume
Hamas rejected a proposed extension to the 72-hour ceasefire and a 12-year-old boy has already been killed since the fighting resumed.
# protective edge
UN chief says today's strike on a UN school is "a criminal act"
Israel says its operation is ‘changing gear’.
# United Nations
Downing of flight MH17 'may amount to a war crime'
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights added that an “effective” investigation is needed.
# Conflict
As death toll rises, UN calls for "immediate and unconditional" ceasefire in Gaza conflict
The resolution came during a lull in fighting in Gaza early today, as the Mulsim Eid al-Fitr festival begins.
# Tragedies at Sea
260 people died in the Mediterranean in the past two weeks
Tragedies at sea as people try to escape their war-torn native countries.
# Human Rights
Atheists not hopeful of 'blasphemy' referendum, in spite of UN pressure
The UN Human Rights Committee has been strongly critical of Ireland’s position regarding blasphemy and religious freedom.
# Human Rights
UN tells Ireland to open an investigation into symphysiotomy
The human rights committee also said that those who carried out the procedures without consent should be prosecuted, where possible.
# Human Rights
UN: Ireland must take action to decriminalise abortion
The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill comes in for particular criticism from the UN Human Rights Committee.
# Explainer
Why did Ireland abstain from a UN Human Rights Council vote on Gaza?
It wasn’t the only country….
# Human Rights
UN rights council launches probe into Israel's Gaza offensive
Meanwhile, rockets were discovered in a UN school close to 3,000 displaced Palestinians.
# Air Crash
UN Security Council holds minute silence for victims of flight MH17
It stressed the need for “immediate access” by investigators to the crash site.
# Overcrowding
The UN says Ireland's prisons are 'inhuman'
“Chronic” overcrowding, “poor” cell conditions and the “inhuman” practice of slopping out – the UN says our prisons really need to step up.
# New Job
Mary Robinson appointed UN climate change envoy
She previously held the role of Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa.
# United Nations
Austerity has 'weakened' the human rights of Ireland's most vulnerable
The State is appearing before a United Nations committee to hear concerns over human rights in Ireland.
# Conflict
Syrian rebels storm Sunni village, leaving 14 dead
Both State media and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the attack.
# United Nations
Over 200 refugees will resettle in Ireland in 2015 and 2016
Many of the refugees are expected to come from war-torn Syria.
# there are loads
From GSOC to asylum seekers, what are Ireland's human rights failings?
And we have to address them all before a United Nations committee next month.
# Insurgency
Iraqi security forces stage major counter-attack against militants
As many as 279 “terrorists” have been killed in the past 24 hours, security officials said.
# international attention
The Paris Bakery sit-in will be discussed at UN labour conference today
A rally to support the workers will take place outside Leinster House this afternoon.
Chemical watchdog denies claim from Syrian government its team has been kidnapped
All members are “safe”, and are currently returning to base after an attack.
# Cancer
Cancer patients forced from their own countries can't access treatment
The United Nations is worried about refugees from Syria and Iraq.
# Civil War
Ireland sends €2 million to South Sudan as 4 million people face starvation
A second ceasefire in the country has collapsed and both rebels and government forces are blocking the paths of UN peacekeepers.
# Boko Haram
US says no one else is helping find abducted girls in Nigeria - despite help from Britain, France, Israel
China has also offered its assistance, while the United Nations imposed sanctions on Boko Haram
# Help
The United Nations are trying to stop the killer robots before it's too late
Unsurprisingly, campaigners are worried that robots that can kill people might be a bad idea.
# Vienna
Atomic watchdog attempts to revive nuclear talks with Iran
A number of outstanding issues relating to alleged efforts to develop nuclear weapons remain.
# Homelessness
UN committee meets in Dublin to plan Eradication of Poverty day
The day has been observed for just over two decades now, starting in 1993 and has been held every year.
# Natural Disaster
350 dead and 2,500 feared lost after landslide flattens Afghan town
Villagers were at Friday prayers in two mosques when they were swamped by a tide of debris
# South Sudan
UN: South Sudanese rebels broadcast calls to rape rival groups
More than 200 civilians were killed and 400 wounded in a recent attack.
# Africa
58 killed, including women and children, in attack at UN base in South Sudan
48 bodies were recovered from inside the base, which is sheltering thousands of displaced civilians. The bodies of ten attackers were found outside.
# El Nino
Remember that mad weather in 1997? It could be back again this year...
The “El Niño” climate phenomenon has reared its head once more.
# Ukraine
EU to 'take stock' of its relationship with Russia in Ukraine crisis talks
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore will travel to Luxembourg to attend the meeting.
# Russia
UN to hold midnight meeting as violence in east Ukraine rapidly escalates
Ukraine’s acting president has accused Russia of waging war in the country’s east.
"There is no plan B": EU targets major carbon emitters to reduce emissions
It comes as the IPCC publishes its latest report on climate change.
# Tehran
White House refuses US visa for Iran newly appointed UN envoy
Hamid Aboutalebi has been linked to the 1979 hostage crisis in which 52 Americans were held for 444 days.
# save the whales
UN court tells Japan to leave the whales alone
Japanese Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi last year vowed Japan would never stop whaling.
# Man-Made Climate Change
The crazy, changeable weather? It's our fault, says the UN
2013 was the sixth warmest year on record, and noted that Ireland had its wettest winter ever.
Symphysiotomy victims tell the UN about cruel and barbaric childbirth operations
The survivors have brought their search for justice to the United Nations Committee Against Torture.
Column: Poverty cannot be eradicated in a world where gender discrimination exists
Gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of girls and women remains a major development challenge, writes Rosamond Bennett.