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  • UN must bolster rule of law support to Member States, Ban tells Security Council UN News Centre 19 Feb 2014 -- Stressing that the rule of law is at the heart of the work of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council today that it is vital to ensure that the Organization makes the most of its assistance in this area to help post-conflict countries build the foundations for long-term peace and stability.
  • Afkham: Possession of islands to Iran, 'undeniable reality' ISNA 19 Feb 2014 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry downplayed the UAE's request for referring the case of the three islands to the UN Security Council, and said the three islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Mousa belong to Iran.
  • Iran stresses ownership of Persian Gulf islands Iran Press TV 19 Feb 2014 -- Iran has once again stressed sovereignty over three islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa in the Persian Gulf.
  • Siege warfare in Syria violates humanitarian, human rights laws - UN report UN News Centre 19 Feb 2014 -- An estimated 240,000 Syrian remain trapped in areas under siege resulting in severe hardship, suffering and deaths of civilians, in clear breach of the obligations under international human rights and humanitarian laws, the United Nations today reported.
  • Syria: UN Palestine refugee agency condemns deadly bombing near school UN News Centre 19 Feb 2014 -- The head of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees expressed his "outrage and shock" today, strongly condemning a bomb attack that killed 18 people, including five children, near a school the agency operates in southern Syria.
  • Heavy fighting erupts near airport in CAR capital Iran Press TV 19 Feb 2014 -- Violent clashes have reportedly erupted near the airport in the Central African Republic's (CAR) capital, Bangui, after Christian militia attacked a convoy of Muslims being evacuated from the area.
  • Central African Republic: amid ongoing violence, UN rights chief urges accountability UN News Centre 19 Feb 2014 -- Authorities in the Central African Republic (CAR) will be held personally accountable for the serious human rights violations committed in the country, Navi Pillay, the United Nations human rights chief today said, urging that every effort be made to break the cycle of violence and revenge, and to restore security and rule of law.
  • Doctors Without Borders Seeks Help Treating CAR Wounded VOA 19 Feb 2014 -- The medical charity Doctors Without Borders is appealing for help in treating the thousands of people wounded and injured in the violence currently gripping the Central African Republic (CAR). The charity, known by its French acronym MSF, said there are not enough health care workers on the ground to deal with the overwhelming number of patients.
  • S Sudan army loses contact with troops in Malakal Iran Press TV 19 Feb 2014 -- The South Sudanese army says it has lost contact with its forces in the city of Malakal after rebel forces loyal to former vice president, Riek Machar, launched an offensive in the area.
  • Bor Residents Rush to Bury Dead Amid South Sudan Fighting VOA 19 Feb 2014 -- Fighting between rebels and the government is still raging in South Sudan, where a political crisis in late December lit the fuse to an explosion of violence that first split the army, and now has turned whole communities against one another. In some towns - which have changed hands several times - the few remaining residents are trying to bury the many dead littering the streets.
  • Brute force fails to break Boko Haram IRIN 19 Feb 2014 -- Hoping to snuff out Boko Haram, Nigerian forces launched a crackdown in May 2013, swooping into towns, rounding up hundreds of youths and strafing suspected hideouts of the militia, who, despite being pushed back, continue to torment civilians and target security forces.
  • Arms Fuel Sectarian, Insurgent Violence in Nigeria VOA 19 Feb 2014 -- Scores of people have been killed and entire villages burned to the ground in recent days in ongoing battles between herders and farmers in rural northern and central Nigeria. Northern leaders say weapons are being smuggled into Nigeria from other African conflicts and security forces are increasingly outgunned and outmanned.
  • On eve of elections, UN in Libya urges voters to contribute to political process UN News Centre 19 Feb 2014 -- As Libyans prepare elect tomorrow the national body that will draft the new Constitution, the United Nations office in the country urged calm and called on voters to contribute positively and "provide the suitable atmosphere" for this important event.
  • Analysis: EU aid to Palestinians - help or hindrance? IRIN 19 Feb 2014 -- The European Union (EU) has long been one of the most reliable foreign sources of humanitarian, economic and political aid in the OPT, providing 426 million euros (US$575 million) in 2013 alone.
  • US Welcomes Russia-Estonia Border Agreement RIA Novosti 19 Feb 2014 -- The US State Department on Tuesday welcomed the signing of a border agreement between Russia and Estonia that has ended a long-running territorial dispute.
  • Unnoticed conflict quietly shatters Pakistan lives IRIN 19 Feb 2014 -- In a classroom in a private school in Islamabad, Pakistan's capital city, a group of fifth graders doing their history lessons are adamant when asked a question about conflict.
  • Iraqi troops make advances in operations against militants in Anbar Iran Press TV 19 Feb 2014 -- Security forces in Iraq have made major advances in mop-up operations against al-Qaeda-linked militants in the crisis-hit Anbar province.

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