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Replace FGM with other rites of passage - UN

Replace FGM with other rites of passage - UN

New, unharmful rites of passage should replace female genital mutilation, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said on Monday after new data showed there were more victims of the custom than previously estimated.

Syria forces edge towards Turkey

Syria forces edge towards Turkey

The Syrian army advanced towards the Turkish border in a major offensive backed by Russia and Iran that rebels say now threatens the future of their nearly five-year-old insurrection against President Bashar al-Assad.

Lives at risk without WHO reform - UN

Lives at risk without WHO reform - UN

The World Health Organization's emergency response capability is "lacking" and will put thousands of lives at risk if it is not reformed now, according to a high-level UN report on health crises.

'Alarming' violence in Congo, 21 dead

At least 21 people were killed, 40 wounded and dozens of houses burned in weekend attacks aimed at Hutus in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations said, expressing alarm at rising ethnic violence.

Syria killings amount to extermination - UN

Syria killings amount to extermination - UN

Detainees held by the Syrian government are being killed on a massive scale amounting to a state policy of "extermination" of the civilian population, a crime against humanity, United Nations investigators said.

Suicide bomber kills three, wounds 14

Suicide bomber kills three, wounds 14

At least three people were killed and 14 wounded when a suicide bomber attacked a bus filled with Afghan army personnel in northern Afghanistan, officials said.

Quake death toll likely to exceed 100 - mayor

Quake death toll likely to exceed 100 - mayor

Rescuers pulled two survivors from the rubble of a Taiwan apartment block more than 48 hours after it was toppled by an earthquake, but the mayor of the southern city of Tainan warned the death toll was likely to exceed 100.

N Korea sends object into space

N Korea sends object into space

North Korea drew renewed international condemnation and the threat of more sanctions on Sunday, after launching a long-range rocket in defiance of United Nations rules just weeks after it carried out a nuclear bomb test.

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