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More than $350 million pledged for refugees in Uganda; 'A good start, we cannot stop,' says UN chief
A 'Solidarity Summit' for refugees hosted by Uganda has raised some $358 million in pledges, the United Nations announced today. (UN)
Security 'number one concern' of displaced Iraqis seeking to return home – UN study
With three million Iraqis remaining internally displaced across the country, the United Nations migration agency today published findings of a study showing that the decision to return or remain displaced depends largely on how close their home is to the frontline of conflict. (UN)
UN chief welcomes deployment of regional force to combat terrorism in the Sahel
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the deployment by the so-called Group of Five (G5) – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – of a joint force to tackle the threat of terrorism and organized crime in the Sahel region. (UN)
Strengthen existing protections to curb negative impact of sanctions, UN rights expert urges EU
Noting progress made by the European Union (EU) to ensure that its sanctions allow for legal remedy and offer a measure of due process, a United Nations expert has called for further strengthening such measures to ensure that the human rights of those impacted are protected to the greatest extent.

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UN opens international probe into alleged abuses in DR Congo's Kasai provinces
The United Nations today opened an international investigation into alleged killings, mutilations and destruction of entire villages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) restive Kasai provinces. (UN)
In Uganda, UN chief meets with South Sudanese refugees, urges world to show solidarity
With Uganda hosting almost one million South Sudanese refugees “as sisters and brothers and sharing with them their land and everything they have,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged the international community to show solidarity with those that had fled their homes, as well as with the Ugandan Government and people. (UN)
UNESCO chief deplores destruction of iconic mosque and minaret in Iraq's Mosul
The head of the United Nations cultural agency today deplored the destruction of historic religious architecture in Iraq's Mosul city by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) fighters. (UN)
Millions could escape poverty by finishing secondary education, says UN cultural agency
While a new United Nations study shows that the global poverty rate could be more than halved if all adults completed secondary school, data show high out-of-school rates in many countries, making it likely that education completion levels will remain well below that target for generations. (UN)