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Thursday’s Daily Brief: Albinism, displacement in Central America, family-friendly nations, updates on the Gulf and Darfur

14 June 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 2 Views
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This Thursday, top stories includes: International Albinism Awareness Day; the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, appealing for regional talks on Central America forced displacement; updates on the latest attack on oil tankers in the Gulf and on recent clashes in Darfur; and a new report by UNICEF on the best and worst "family-friendly" nations.

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Sudan: top UN official demands cessation of violence and rape against civilians by security forces

14 June 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 6 Views
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Following recent reports of attacks and rape by security forces and paramilitaries against the pro-democracy protesters in Sudan who have been holding a sit-in outside army headquarters in the capital, Khartoum, the United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, expressed

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Promoting gender equality a ‘crucial contribution’ in effort to restore, protect our planet’s oceans

13 June 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 34 Views
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Women are engaged in all aspects of interaction with our ocean, yet their voices are often missing at the decision-making level, the head of the United Nations cultural agency said on World Oceans Day, emphasizing that “we must ensure diversity and gender inclusiveness at all levels” to

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Sudan: ‘Violence must stop’, says UNICEF chief, ‘gravely concerned’ over 19 child deaths since military backlash

13 June 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 17 Views
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At least 19 children have reportedly been killed in Sudan and another 49 injured since a military backlash against protesters began earlier this month, prompting the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to express her grave concern “at the impact of the continuing violence and

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Lights out: the price hikes leaving millions of South Africans in the dark

11 June 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 35 Views
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Electricity costs have tripled in the past decade under a utility company plagued by debt and corruption claims, wiping out decades of progress. Electricity, when it arrived in Nosisi Rasmeni’s life, seemed to promise a better future.

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Resort, theaters etc.: Haddish's plan to bring back up Eritrean economy

11 June 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 38 Views
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Eritrean-American comedian Tiffany Haddish continues to shed light on her plans for her father’s country after a recent visit to the Horn of Africa nation, her second in two years.

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Declaration of digital interdependence

11 June 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 38 Views
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Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (c), Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group (l) and the UN Secretary-General António Guterres (r) discuss how digital cooperation and technology can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

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Two million people at risk of starvation as drought returns to Somalia

06 June 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 45 Views
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More than 2 million people could face starvation by the end of the summer, unless there are urgent efforts to respond to the drought in Somalia. Mark Lowcock, the UN’s humanitarian chief, said the country is facing one of the driest rainy seasons in more than three decades, and

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Take action on air pollution to save lives, and the planet, urges UN chief

05 June 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 43 Views
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In a message to mark World Environment Day, celebrated on Wednesday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has emphasized the link between worsening levels of air pollution and the climate crisis.

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Friday’s Daily Brief: Honouring fallen peacekeepers, action against gender-based violence; LGBT rights in Kenya, Rohingya water crisis

30 May 2019 by 0 Comment Read for you 39 Views
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Friday's main stories include: Honouring UN peacekeepers; landmark conference to combat sexual and gender-based violence in crises; Kenya upholds LGBT ban; UNICEF’s plea for Afghani children; Brazil’s bid to compensate tobacco smokers; Water shortages in Bangladesh.

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