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C.Africa hatred at 'terrifying level': UN rights chief

The UN's rights chief on Thursday expressed horror at the level of violence in the Central African Republic, citing cannibalism, child decapitations and gruesome lynchings. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned that the world's response was alarmingly slow and made a passionate appeal for greater mobilisation. "The inter-communal hatred remains at a terrifying level," she said at a press conference in Bangui.

C.Africa hatred at 'terrifying level': UN rights chief

The UN's rights chief on Thursday expressed horror at the level of violence in the Central African Republic, citing cannibalism, child decapitations and gruesome lynchings. "The inter-communal hatred remains at a terrifying level," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said at a press conference in Bangui. "This has become a country where people are not just killed, they are tortured, mutilated, burned and dismembered... Children have been decapitated, and we know of at least four cases where the killers have eaten the flesh of their victims."

Madagascar's new leader seeks to win over donors

Madagascar's new president has launched a charm offensive against the world's biggest aid institutions, hoping to revive the support to his impoverished country that was cut off five years ago. Seeking to end the isolation that followed a 2009 coup that stalled the economy, Hery Rajaonarimampianina's efforts in Washington could mark a turning point for the African nation. "Madagascar has turred a page through these elections," Rajaonarimampianina told AFP. "I don't need to convince the international community, they're already convinced."

ADB punishes individuals, firms in $1 billion fraud probe

The Asian Development Bank has imposed sanctions on 30 people and 31 firms for "integrity violations", following a 2013 fraud investigation into $1 billion worth of projects it funded, the lender said. The ADB said it investigated a record 250 allegations of corruption, collusion, coercion and fraud last year, 10 more than in 2012, the bank said in a report published Wednesday The investigation included six projects operational between 2006 and 2010 in China, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Nepal and Laos, which were probed for "procurement-related" issues, ADB said in the report.

World Bank to provide Ukraine up to $3 billion this year

(This March 10 story was corrected in the second paragraph to show $2 billion will be submitted for board approval, not disbursed) WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The World Bank said on Monday it plans to provide Ukraine with up to $3 billion in 2014 to support the country's new government in the midst of its current crisis.

Syria among 'most dangerous places on Earth' for children: UNICEF

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The number of children affected by the civil war in Syria has more than doubled over the past year, with hundreds of thousands of young Syrians trapped in besieged parts of the country, the United Nations Children's Fund said on Monday. "After three years of conflict and turmoil, Syria is now one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a child," said the UNICEF report. "In their thousands, children have lost lives and limbs, along with virtually every aspect of their childhood."

South Sudan intercepts 'mislabelled' UN weapons shipment

South Sudan's army has intercepted weapons from a UN peacekeeping mission, a military spokesman said Friday, raising tensions between the government and international agencies as violence continued in the world's newest nation. "This is claimed to be a UN shipment with weapons, blankets and army uniforms on the way from Rumbek to Bentiu," an army official said in a text message accompanied by photos of the seized consignment. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is supposed to carry weapons for its contingent by air, not by the road.

C.Africa in dire need of peacekeepers

Top UN officials said Thursday a peacekeeping mission is essential for stabilizing Central African Republic and aiding civilians -- but there will be no "quick fix" there. The nearly 12,000 peacekeepers the United Nations hopes to deploy by September will be operating in "a particularly challenging environment," UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said at the Security Council.

S. Korean FM, UN human rights chief meet over Japan wartime sexual slavery issue

SEOUL, March 6 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean foreign minister and the United Nations' top human rights leader held a meeting in Geneva and stressed the importance of the international community's attention in resolving the issue of Japan's sexual enslavement of Korean women during World War II, the foreign ministry here said Thursday. The meeting between Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay came after Yun raised the wartime sexual enslavement issue in the 25th regular session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva a day earlier.

S. Korean FM, UN human rights chief meet over Japan wartime sexual slavery issue

SEOUL, March 6 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean foreign minister and the United Nations' top human rights leader held a meeting in Geneva and stressed the importance of the international community's attention in resolving the issue of Japan's sexual enslavement of Korean women during World War II, the foreign ministry here said Thursday. The meeting between Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay came after Yun raised the wartime sexual enslavement issue in the 25th regular session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva a day earlier.
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