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News in Brief 23 November 2016 (PM)


Don't let "historic opportunity slip" to resolve Cyprus division  The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has said that he is disappointed that talks on the future of Cyprus did not yield the "desired results," and has said the "historic opportunity" to resolve the longstanding issue should not be missed. Talks between the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 23 November 2016


Listen to a bulletin of news and features from United Nations Radio, with Jocelyne Sambira and Daniel Dickinson. Today: Sudan guerrilla group signs dealt to end use of child soldiers And… space technology is contributing to the reconstruction of an iconic heritage site in Mali named Timbuktu.

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Sudan guerrilla group agrees to end use of child soldiers


A bid to halt grave rights violations against children in Sudan moved a step closer on Wednesday with a pledge by one of the country's main guerrilla groups prohibiting the use of child soldiers. Signing the deal at the UN in Geneva, the chairman of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), Malik Agar, pledged his [...]

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News in Brief 23 November 2016 (AM)


Two-state solution for Israel and Palestine "under threat like never before" The two-state solution whereby Israel and Palestine exist as separate states alongside each other is "under threat like never before," according to the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolay Mladenov. Tensions continue between the Israelis and Palestinians with outbreaks of [...]

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China breaks patent record with one million in a year


China's position as an economic powerhouse has been given a boost with the announcement on Wednesday that in 2015 it became the first country to break the one million patent applications barrier. The record is important because patents, trademarks and other parts of the so-called knowledge economy are seen as key indicators of global growth. [...]

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Encourage girls in science to change "macho" tech culture

Girls in ICT Day. Photo: ITU/R. Farrell (file photo)

Exposing young girls to science and maths might help end the "macho" culture in the tech industry, according to a senior executive with one of the world's biggest computer companies. Astrid Tuminez is a Regional Director for Microsoft in South-East Asia. She believes it would be a shame if one half of humanity were excluded [...]

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Satellite imagery provides clearer picture of Timbuktu reconstruction

The El Farouk monument in Timbuktu, Mali, destroyed by the extremists. Photo: MINUSMA/Sophie Ravier (file photo)

Space technology is contributing to the reconstruction of one of the world's most iconic heritage sites: Timbuktu in northern Mali. That's according to an Information Management specialist with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Bertrand Frot. He said UNDP is helping to rebuild the centuries-old city, which was destroyed by conflict over the past few years; [...]

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"Digital classroom in a box" could boost rural education in Africa

Children from the Central African Republic in the 2014 photo at Primary School 1 in UNHCR Mole Refugee Camp, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo: UNHCR/Sebastian Rich

What's been described as a "digital classroom in a box" could provide a much-needed boost to rural education across Africa. That's the hope of Alex Masika, Head of Business Development for a Kenyan technology company called BRCK, which unveiled its new product called the Kio Kit, at the recent ITU Telecom World conference, in Thailand. [...]

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