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Humanitarian community continues to scale up relief for Philippine typhoon victims: UN agency

Humanitarian community continues to scale up relief for Philippine typhoon victims: UN agency UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said the humanitarian community continued to scale up support for people affected by Typhoon Haiyan, a month after it made landfall in the Philippines, a UN spokesman said Monday.

UN official concerned over worsening humanitarian situation in CAR

UN official concerned over worsening humanitarian situation in CAR UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, Valerie Amos, on Friday expressed her concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic (CAR). Amos, also the UN emergency relief coordinator, urged all those involved in the violence to protect civilians and ensure their safety and to respect their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law.

UN agencies concerned on deteriorating humanitarian situation in CAR

GENEVA, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- UN agencies expressed deep concerns over and appealed for enhanced efforts to cope with the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Central African Republic (CAR) on Friday in Geneva . It's reported that the violence in CAR was aggravating, especially in the national capital of Bangui where on Thursday heavy gunfires claimed as many as 100 deaths, which was reportedly as the first major fighting in the capital since March.

Philippines raises typhoon death toll to 3,621

The Philippines raised its official death toll from a super typhoon to 3,621 Friday, but it was still below a UN count that has caused friction between the world body and the government. Reynaldo Balido, spokesman for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said the number of confirmed dead had risen significantly from the previous count of 2,360, adding that 1,140 were reported missing. "It is the result of reporting by the LGUs (local government units)," he said.

UN defends aid work in Syria

The United Nations defended its humanitarian work in Syria on Monday, saying it deals with all parties in a "neutral and transparent manner" and offers assistance to all those affected by the conflict. Radhouane Nouicer, the regional coordinator for the UN'S OCHA humanitarian affairs office, said the organisation was working under tough conditions and repeated a call for additional funding. But he brushed off allegations that the body has delivered little aid to rebel-held areas, focusing its work in regions still under regime control.
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