News in Brief 01 May 2015 (PM)

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More than enough food to feed the human family, says UN chief

The world produces more than enough food to "feed every member of the human family," yet one in nine people still go hungry.

That's according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who on Friday shared a video message at the opening ceremony of a six-month long expo in Milan, Italy.

The UN is participating in Expo Milano to demonstrate that ending hunger in our lifetime is possible.

The Expo is expected to welcome over 20 million visitors.

Trial of former President of Maldives was "vastly unfair"

A delegation from the UN human rights office has returned from the Maldives where it examined the criminal case against former President Mohammad Nasheed, who is serving a 13-year prison sentence.

He was arrested in March on the charge that he authorized the unlawful detention of a criminal court judge in 2012 when he was the country's President.

The delegation's findings suggest that, however serious the allegations against him were, the trial of Mr Nasheed was vastly unfair and his conviction was arbitrary and disproportionate.

Syrian journalist to receive World Press Freedom Prize

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day marked annually on 3 May, an award is being delivered in Latvia by UNESCO's Director-General to a jailed Syrian journalist.

Mazen Darwish is receiving the World Press Freedom Prize in recognition of the work he has carried out in Syria for more than ten years at, what has been called, "great personal sacrifice".

The laureate will be represented by his wife, who is the Director of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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