UN officials express concern after military air strikes kill 90 people in Afghanistan

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The UN peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan is working to assist survivors of a recent deadly air strike by national and foreign forces. Sixty children were killed in the incident, which took place in Herat province in the western part of the country. Aleem Siddique is spokesman at the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, known as UNAMA. He says the mission dispatched a human rights team to the affected district following reports of aerial bombardment.

An activist calls for India to take a stronger stance in fighting the traffic in illegal weapons

An Indian activist is calling for a stronger government response to the illicit traffic of small arms and light weapons in the country. Binalakshmi Nepram says that as an "emerging global power", India should take a proactive role on the issue. Nepram heads the Control Arms Foundation in India, where she says guns kill as many as 12 people each day. In this interview with UN Radio's Diane Bailey, she talks about the organization she founded for women widowed as a result of gun violence.

A report on a workshop to help South Asia prepare for climate change

There's no doubt that climate change will mean rising temperature, changes to weather patterns, and increased and more extreme weather events like cyclones, floods and droughts. And as a predominantly agricultural region, South Asia is preparing to face it head on. Mustafizur Rahman is chargé d'affaires at the Bangladesh Mission to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland.

Producer: Dianne Penn

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