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News in Brief 21 November 2016 (PM)

Listen / Two girls walk home from school in eastern Aleppo in the Syrian Arab Republic. Photo: UNICEF/Rami Zayat

  "Horror now usual" in Syria "Horror is now usual" in Syria; that's the stark message the United Nations humanitarian chief brought to the UN Security Council on Monday. The war in Syria has been going on for over five years. Some 400,000 people have been killed and almost five million more have been forced [...]

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UN calls for "robust" funding to end violence against women, girls

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"Robust" funding is critical to ending violence against women and girls, the UN agency for gender equality & women’s empowerment, UN Women, has urged. On Monday, the agency launched a global campaign led by civil society organizations under the name "Orange the World". For the next 16 days until 10 December, a host of public [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 21 November 2016

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Daniel Dickinson. Today: The UN calls for "robust" funding to end violence against women, girls. And … Change STEM education to benefit women: NASA official.  

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Change STEM education to benefit women: NASA official

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Changing the way science and mathematics are taught could help increase the number of women employed in the aerospace industry, according to a senior adviser with the United States space agency, NASA. NASA Deputy Chief Scientist Gale Allen said studies show that traditional methods of teaching the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) do [...]

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News in Brief 21 November 2016 (AM)

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  Killing of 32 civilians in Afghanistan condemned by UN The killing of 32 civilians at a mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has been condemned by the UN mission in the country, UNAMA. A suicide attacker detonated an explosive vest at the Baqer-ul Ulom mosque on Monday where Shia Muslims had gathered to observe [...]

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Former astronaut Scott Kelly appointed UN Champion for Space

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A former American astronaut whose year-long journey in space captivated people worldwide will now help the United Nations to promote space as a tool for achieving sustainable development. Scott Kelly, who has retired from the US space agency, NASA, was on Sunday appointed United Nations Champion for Space by the UN Office for Outer Space [...]

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"World is failing young women at risk from HIV"

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The fact that there's much more help available for HIV sufferers is a global health success story, but it shouldn’t hide the fact that young women are being left behind in the fight against the disease. That message from UNAIDS comes as the agency releases new data showing how girls' transition to womanhood is a [...]

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Last eastern Aleppo hospitals close after aerial attacks

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The last hospitals in eastern Aleppo have closed after fresh attacks, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced. The situation in the city's east has deteriorated since July this year, when humanitarian workers last had access to the war-ravaged population, estimated at more than 250,000 people. UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, meanwhile, [...]

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New mobile network addresses "challenges of human race"

Listen / A young South Sudanese refugee tries to get a signal on his mobile phone in Nyumanzi refugee settlement, Adjumani, northern Uganda, in this 2014 file photo. Photo: UNHCR/Frederic Noy

A new generation of mobile network technology can be employed to help deal with many of the challenges facing the human race. That's the view of a senior executive at the mobile technology company, Nokia, speaking recently at ITU Telecom World, an annual UN telecommunications conference, held this year in Bangkok, Thailand. The technology under [...]

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"Change at all levels" to advance gender equality in workplace

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Change is needed "at all levels" of society to advance gender equality in the workplace according to a senior United Nations official. Experts from around the world are gathering in Panama on Monday at the UN-backed Third Business Forum on Gender Equality and will focus on how the private sector can advance parity and build [...]

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