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  • 19 June 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 19 Jun 2015
  • UN launches new aid appeal as Yemen faces 'looming humanitarian catastrophe' UN News 19 Jun 2015 -- The United Nations relief arm has called for over one billion dollars in funding in order to lift Yemen from a devastating crisis that has plunged the country into severe food insecurity and left it on the brink of an all-out humanitarian disaster, the Organization today confirmed, as national stakeholders from the Gulf state wrapped up UN-backed political consultations in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Yemeni factions fail to reach deal in UN-backed peace talks Press TV 19 Jun 2015 -- Yemeni political factions involved in indirect negotiations in the Swiss city of Geneva have ended their deliberations without reaching an agreement.
  • IS Digs Trenches, Cuts Fuel to Syria VOA 19 Jun 2015 -- Opposition activists in Syria say Islamic State extremists are digging trenches around their de facto capital of Raqqa and ordering civilians to stockpile food and essentials in preparation for a siege of the town by Kurdish-led forces.
  • Syrian Refugee Children's Massive Health Crisis VOA 19 Jun 2015 -- Many Syrian children under 5 years old cannot remember life before violence and homelessness. At a sprawling refugee camp in Jordan, parents say their children suffer everything from epilepsy to incontinence as a result of trauma, and camp hospitals are not equipped to solve this complex health crisis.
  • Russian FM Condemns Draft UN Srebrenica Resolution RFE/RL 19 Jun 2015 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned that the adoption of a draft UN resolution on the United Nations' failure to stop the Srebrenica massacre would lead to further "ethnic tensions" in the Balkans.
  • Sri Lanka returns land confiscated by military during decades-long war IRIN 19 Jun 2015 -- As a young girl, Kasthuri Udayakumaran's grandmother would tell her of a house where birds chirped as the morning sunlight streamed through the thick foliage of a peaceful village. It seemed like a fantasy, a world away from her home in the northern city of Jaffna where soldiers manned checkpoints and claymore mines exploded on dusty streets
  • Mali: UN welcomes announcement by armed groups of withdrawal from eastern town UN News 19 Jun 2015 -- The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has welcomed the announcement made last night by the armed groups of the so-called "Platform" to withdraw from the town of Menaka, in accordance with the arrangements for a cessation of hostilities.
  • Palestinian life in West Bank constrained by Israeli policies - UN expert UN News 19 Jun 2015 -- The international community must ensure the promise of universal human rights no longer rings hollow to Palestinian "living under the 48-year-long Israeli occupation," today said a UN independent expert.

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  • Country Reports on Terrorism 2014 - Special Briefing US Dept. of State 19 Jun 2015
  • IS Prominent in Annual US Terror Report VOA 19 Jun 2015 -- The U.S. State Department says the number of terrorist attacks worldwide increased by 35 percent in 2014, with an 81 percent rise in the number of deaths.
  • Greek Leader's Visit To Russia Spurs Talk Of Alternative Loan Deal RFE/RL 19 Jun 2015 -- A top Russian official has declined to say whether his country is going to lend money to Greece, ahead of a meeting between the Greek and Russian leaders June 19.
  • Thailand confirms first MERS case as outbreak spreads – UN health agency UN News 19 Jun 2015 -- Thailand has confirmed its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, in a male traveller from Oman, and the World Health Organization (WHO) today is urging countries in Southeast Asia to step up vigilance and review preparedness to respond to the disease.
  • Putin Denounces U.S. 'Ultimatums' And Says Russia Not 'Aggressive' RFE/RL 19 Jun 2015 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the United States of trying to force its will on Moscow and insisted that Russia is not acting "aggressively" on the world stage.
  • Russia Threatens Tit-For-Tat Response To European Asset Inquiries RFE/RL 19 Jun 2015 -- Tensions continue to mount between Russia and the West after Belgium, France, and Austria took steps this week to freeze Russian government assets to cover a settlement ordered by a European arbitration court in July.
  • Paranoia As Policy RFE/RL 19 Jun 2015 -- Russia, it appears, is quickly becoming a nation of conspiracy theorists. According to a recent poll, 45 percent of Russians now believe in the existence of a secret global government "that controls the authorities of many countries." Just 32 percent said such an organization did not exist, while 23 percent said it was hard to answer.
  • Iran commander rules out inspections of military sites Press TV 19 Jun 2015 -- A senior Iranian commander has reaffirmed that the Islamic Republic will not allow access to or inspections of its military sites under a potential nuclear agreement with six world powers.
  • Pakistan turns up the heat on NGOs IRIN 19 Jun 2015 -- The recent closure of Save the Children* in Pakistan has further soured relations between NGOs and the government, potentially putting at risk life-saving programs for tens of thousands of people across the country.



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