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OECD chief concerned about impact of Ukrainian crisis on world

The head of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development voiced frustration Tuesday over Russia's move in Ukraine. "The timing is particularly bad because we are starting to regain confidence (in the global economy)," visiting OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria told a news conference at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo. "It is not that the world has a lot of trade with Ukraine, or even with Russia," he added. "It is simply the nature of the conflict is generating tension, insecurity and turbulence in the markets."

Seoul mulling U.N. office on N. Korean human rights

SEOUL, April 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will positively consider hosting a United Nations office on North Korea's human rights violations if it receives a formal request, the foreign ministry said Tuesday. Following a U.N. commission of inquiry's report accusing the North of dire human rights violations, the U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a resolution in late March calling on the international community to take steps to bring those responsible to justice.

Death toll rises to 23 in Solomons floods

The death toll from flash floods in the Solomon Islands climbed to 23 on Tuesday, officials said, as aid agencies scrambled to distribute supplies to thousands left homeless by the disaster. Health kits were being handed out to 10,000 people sheltering in evacuation centres in the capital Honiara in a bid to prevent disease outbreaks, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

Death toll rises to 23 in Solomons floods

The death toll from flash floods in the Solomon Islands climbed to 23 on Tuesday, officials said, as aid agencies scrambled to distribute supplies to thousands left homeless by the disaster. Health kits were being handed out to 10,000 people sheltering in evacuation centres in the capital Honiara in a bid to prevent disease outbreaks, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

1.6 million C. Africans in 'urgent' need of food

The crisis in the strife-torn Central African Republic has left 1.6 million people -- a third of the population -- in urgent need of food, the United Nations said Monday. Thousands of people have been killed in a wave of sectarian violence across the Central African Republic that has lasted for more than a year, despite the presence of African Union and French peacekeeping troops.

U.N. chief says Central African Republic peacekeepers 'overwhelmed'

By Hubert-Mary Djamany BANGUI (Reuters) - French and African soldiers serving in Central African Republic are "overwhelmed" by the "state of anarchy" in the country, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday, a day after Chadian troops began withdrawing from the peacekeeping mission. The U.N. Security Council is due to approve next week a 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force for the former French colony. The force will take over authority from African Union troops in an attempt to restore order to the country.

U.N. chief says Central African Republic peacekeepers 'overwhelmed'

By Hubert-Mary Djamany BANGUI (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Saturday that French and African soldiers in Central African Republic were "overwhelmed" by a "state of anarchy," a day after Chadian troops began withdrawing from the peacekeeping mission. The U.N. Security Council is due to approve next week a 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force for the former French colony, which will take over authority from African Union troops in an attempt to restore order to the impoverished country.

U.N. chief says Central African Republic peacekeepers 'overwhelmed'

By Hubert-Mary Djamany BANGUI (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Saturday that French and African soldiers in Central African Republic were "overwhelmed" by a "state of anarchy," a day after Chadian troops began withdrawing from the peacekeeping mission. The U.N. Security Council is due to approve next week a 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force for the former French colony, which will take over authority from African Union troops in an attempt to restore order to the impoverished country.

Ban in C. Africa to signal resolve on UN force

Ban Ki-moon arrived in Bangui on Saturday as the United Nations signals its determination to deploy peacekeepers in the strife-torn Central African Republic. The UN secretary general will meet transitional president Catherine Samba Panza to discuss ways to end the deadly cycle of intercommunal violence that has laid waste to the country for a year and led senior UN figures to raise the spectre of genocide.

Ban in C. Africa to signal determination on UN force

Ban Ki-moon arrived in Bangui on Saturday as the United Nations signals its determination to deploy peacekeepers in the strife-torn Central African Republic. The UN secretary general will meet transitional president Catherine Samba Panza to discuss ways to end the deadly cycle of intercommunal violence that has laid waste to the country for a year and led senior figures in the UN to raise the spectre of genocide. jpc-mc/bur/gd
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