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If there were ever a moment for the UN to step up to the plate in the Middle East, this is it.
Around 30 hostages held since deadly siege in northern city of Kidal have been freed.
Military says camp with about 300 fighters bombed in Somalia's Dinsoor region, but al-Shabab denies attack.
Security Council told 4,400 extra soldiers required to aid African Union in battle against al-Shabab force in Somalia.
Increasing access to water and sanitation is a basic precursor to wider economic development argues activist.
Security Council says it "regretted loss of lives" in Cairo, and spoke of the need to "advance national reconciliation".
Climate change and poor planning are worsening the toll in lives and money that natural disasters wreak worldwide.
United Nations launches campaign to lift deadly taboo on talking about toilets and "open defecation" in poor nations.
Turkey urged the UN Security Council to create refugee camps in Syria, warning that it is having trouple coping.
Two senior officials also say mistrust between Chad and Sudan is of concern.
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Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
 
 
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