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Medicines and medical supplies from WHO's warehouse in Sana'a being distributed during the humanitarian pause to 14 locations throughout Yemen. Photos: WHO Yemen

WHO delivers additional medicines and medical supplies to Yemen

More than 20 tonnes of medicines and supplies are on their way to Yemen, the World Health Organization, WHO, has confirmed.

The shipment contains emergency health, trauma and surgical kits as well as sanitation and hygiene items for more than 120,000 people.

A 5-day pause in fighting in Yemen has allowed humanitarian supplies into the Gulf country, but there are reports that a Saudi-led coalition has now resumed air strikes against rebels.

Asian investments aboard eclipse North America and Europe

Countries in Asia have, for the first time, collectively invested more money abroad than countries in the North American and European regions, the latest UN Global Investment Trends Monitor has shown.

The report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD, has revealed that Hong Kong and China were the second and the third largest investors in the world, after the United States.

Among the 20 largest investors, nine were either from developing or transition economies.

UNAIDS calls for sustained commitment to develop an effective HIV vaccine

The UN agency which deals with HIV and AIDS, UNAIDS is calling for a renewed global commitment to find an effective HIV vaccine.

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé said there had been "encouraging recent scientific advances" that gave him hope for the future development of an effective immunization.

Studies have shown that an HIV vaccine is possible.

The RV144 trial in 2009 lowered the rate of HIV infection by 31%.

Ana Carmo, United Nations.

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