News in Brief 10 August 2016 (PM)

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UN Secretary-General speaking with actress and film producer Sharon Stone at the Creative Community Outreach Event, in Los Angeles. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Creative partnerships, refugee support, focus of UN chief's LA visit

Encouraging greater collaboration between the United Nations and the creative community was the focus of the UN Secretary-General's visit to Los Angeles this Wednesday.

Ban Ki-moon arrived in the city, home to Hollywood, for two events which support that partnership.

A statement from his office said this relationship has been "extremely valuable" as it allows the UN agenda to reach millions of people worldwide.

UN Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq has more on the Secretary-General's travels.

"He will also have a chance to meet and have a conversation with a group of recently arrived refugees from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East at an event co-sponsored by the International Rescue Committee, the Annenberg Foundation and the UN Foundation. He is expected to express his gratitude to the authorities in California, as it is the top state in receiving resettled refugees in the United States."

Renewed call to end Australia's offshore detention of asylum seekers

Solutions are now "urgently needed" to resolve Australia's offshore detention of refugees and asylum seekers.

That's the message from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in response to the publication of more than 2,000 leaked documents detailing alleged abuse at facilities on Nauru, an island nation in the Pacific.

'The Nauru Papers' were published by The Guardian Australia on Wednesday.

UNHCR said although it was unable to verify the individual incidents in the reports, "the documents released are broadly consistent with UNHCR's longstanding and continuing concerns regarding mental health, as well as overall conditions for refugees and asylum-seekers on Nauru."

The agency renewed its call for refugees and asylum-seekers to be immediately moved off the island, located hundreds of miles off the Australian coast.

Refugees cheer on refugee athletes in Rio

In more news from the UN Refugee Agency:

UNHCR reports that Congolese refugees living in Brazil were on hand at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday to cheer for two athletes who share a special bond with them.

Yolande Mabika and Popole Misenga, members of the first-ever refugee team to compete in the Games, made their debuts in the judo competition.

Like the fans that came to see them, both are from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and have found asylum in Brazil.

Citizens from the DRC comprise the largest group of refugees in Rio de Janeiro state, according to information provided by UNHCR.

The UN agency is a supporter of the Refugee Olympic Team, an initiative of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

It consists of 10 athletes: the two judokas from the DRC, two swimmers from Syria, five middle-distance runners from South Sudan, and a marathoner from Ethiopia.

Rami Anis from the Syrian city of Aleppo, will be back in the pool on Thursday to compete in the 100-metre butterfly.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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