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Mali urged to defuse tensions before holding local polls

Listen / A Beninese peacekeeper of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) patrols the grounds of the El Farouk Hotel in Bamako. UN File Photo/Marco Dormino

Authorities in Mali are being urged by the UN to defuse tensions that may arise before and after the holding of local elections on 20 November. The polls have been rescheduled three times. A UN-brokered peace deal was signed in June 2015 between the government and Tuareg-led rebels to end years of fighting in the [...]

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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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Yemen parties agree to 48-hour ceasefire

Listen / Ismail Ould Cheik Ahmed. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Parties in Yemen have agreed to resume a cessation of hostilities for an initial period of 48 hours, the UN special envoy in the country has confirmed. Since 2014, clashes between government forces and Houthi rebels have led to the death of around 10,000 people. The truce is expected to re-enter into force on Saturday [...]

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Poor sanitation, hygiene at work kills 400,000 workers globally

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Worldwide about 400,000 work-related deaths take place due to poor sanitation and hygiene, according to a representative from the International Labour Organisation (ILO). People who work in agriculture, mining, transport or the maritime sector often struggle because of the absence of toilets. Carlos Crespo-Carrion of the ILO also explains how many catch infectious diseases from [...]

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African post offices in remittance reinvention

Listen / A money exchanger counts Somali shilling notes on a street in Mogadishu. UN Photo/Stuart Price (file photo)

African migrants sent home more than US$65 billion last year; a figure that is projected to hit US$80 billion by 2020, according to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The UN agency believes the continent's 26,000-plus post offices can serve as an important channel for that money to reach loved ones, particularly those living [...]

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