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News in Brief 17 November 2016 (PM)

Listen / UN peacekeepers on patrol in Kidal, Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Blagoje Grujic

  Equivalent of 100 explosive devices found in northern Mali Explosives, enough to have made around 100 improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, have been discovered hidden in northern Mali, the UN Mission in the country. MINUSMA, confirmed on Thursday. The cache had been hidden in the desert, west of Kidal, a region where government troops [...]

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"Cling to signs of hope" in South Sudan

Listen / UNMISS integrated convoy to Yei State, November 2016 
Photo: UNMISS/Isaac Billy

It's necessary to "cling to every little sign of hope" in South Sudan as the country continues to suffer civil unrest and insecurity; that's the view of the head of UNMISS, the UN peacekeeping mission there. The country, which gained its independence in 2011 has suffered from conflict for almost three years. Thousands of people [...]

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UN Global Perspective: focus on South Sudan, cyberspace and climate change

Listen / UNMISS integrated convoy to Yei State, November 2016 
Photo: UNMISS/Isaac Billy

"Cling to signs of hope" in South Sudan It's necessary to "cling to every little sign of hope" in South Sudan as the country continues to suffer civil unrest and insecurity; that's the view of the head of UNMISS, the UN peacekeeping mission there. The country, which gained its independence in 2011 has suffered from [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on Somalia, peacekeeping and tech sector in Africa

Listen / Christoph Buik. Photo: UN Photo/Daniel Dickinson

"Huge positive developments in Somalia" as elections continue There have been "huge positive developments in Somalia" over the past four years despite the ongoing terrorist threat posed by militants of the Al-Shabaab group, according to the head of UN Police in the country. Somalia’s first democratic elections in 47 years are underway as the country [...]

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UN Daily News 17 November 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. Today: We'll hear how Muslim countries are debunking extremist narratives in cyberspace and social media; And … people around the world are being urged to "unplug" and put some time aside for "deep thinking or philosophy";

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Debunking extremist narratives online

Listen / Security Council Chamber.  UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The fight to win back the youth from the clutches of radical Islamists is being waged in cyberspace and on social media, the head of a regional organization promoting Muslim solidarity has said. Hameed Opeleyeru of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation or OIC spoke at a UN Security Council debate on "combating extremist ideology". The [...]

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UN Gender Focus: midwives in Libya, women's economic empowerment and internet connectivity

Listen / Women in Libya; UN Photo: UNSMIL

Libyan women hampered by lack of midwives and gender-based violence Libyan women are suffering from a rise in gender-based violence and a lack of trained midwives, making childbirth more hazardous. That's according to Georges Makram Georgi, from the UN's Population Fund (UNFPA). He said the problems stem from conflict and instability that's plagued the country [...]

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"We need everyone" to help accelerate climate action: UN chief

Listen / A view of the first Africa Action Summit, in Marrakech, Morocco.UN Photo/Evan Schneider

"We need everyone" to speed up the pace of climate action in order to curb the harmful effects of climate change and achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The words of UN chief Ban Ki-moon, speaking at the High Level event on Accelerating Climate Action, in Marrakesh, Morocco, on Thursday, where delegates have been meeting [...]

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News in Brief 17 November 2016 (AM)

Listen / Jan Eliasson. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

"Promising signs" of peace means CAR deserves donor support "Promising signs" of a real commitment to peace and development by the new government of the Central African Republic (CAR) should encourage international donors to help the peacebuilding process there. That's according to UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, speaking on Thursday at a conference in Brussels [...]

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Fight climate change to fight poverty: World Bank official

Listen / Hafez Ghanem. UN Photo/Basma Baghall

If the world is to fight poverty then it must also fight climate change, a top official with the World Bank has said. The Bank's Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa, Hafez Ghanem, made the declaration at the latest UN climate change conference in Morocco, known as COP22. He said two years [...]

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How Ebola could protect Africa from flu virus

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The Ebola epidemic in west Africa and the lack of a vaccine to treat the deadly disease could have an unexpected potential health benefit in the continent's fight against another killer: influenza, or flu. Speaking at the UN in Geneva on Thursday, World Health Organization (WHO) partner Professor William Ampofo said that African heads of [...]

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"Huge positive developments in Somalia" as elections continue

Listen / Christoph Buik. Photo: UN Photo/Daniel Dickinson

There have been "huge positive developments in Somalia" over the past four years despite the ongoing terrorist threat posed by militants of the Al-Shabaab group, according to the head of UN Police in the country. Somalia’s first democratic elections in 47 years are underway as the country continues to recover from civil conflict and the [...]

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"Time and space" needed for philosophy to flourish

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In a world experiencing an overload of information, people need to practice deep thinking or philosophy, according to a representative from the UN's educational, scientific and cultural organisation- UNESCO. To commemorate World Philosophy Day which takes place annually on the 17th of November, the agency will host a twelve hour nocturnal event called "A Night [...]

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