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U.N. Sees Record Spike in Civilian Children Killed in Afghanistan

The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan rose to record-setting levels in 2016 — including a 25 percent surge in child victims — the United Nations said Monday. An increase in attacks perpetrated by ISIS-affiliated groups and a near-doubling in the number of Afghans killed by airstrikes were blamed for the rise. “The killing and maiming of thousands… Read More »

U.N. Syria envoy tests waters with opposition over Assad fate

The United Nation’s envoy to Syria sounded out the opposition at talks in Geneva on the idea that President Bashar al-Assad could stay on in power symbolically, two opposition sources said on Saturday, but they both had summarily dismissed it. U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura reconvened indirect talks on Wednesday saying a political transition would be the main… Read More »

South Sudan Faces One of World’s Most ‘Horrendous’ Human Rights Situations: U.N. Rights Chief

A U.N. report describing sweeping crimes like children being burned alive and fighters raping women as payment shows South Sudan is facing “one of the most horrendous” human rights situations in the world,” the United Nations rights chief said Friday. A displaced woman in the United Nations Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Malakal on Feb. 26. ALBERT… Read More »