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News in Brief 7 April 2017 (PM)

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  'Violent attack' in Stockholm condemned by the UN chief The UN has strongly condemned the "violent attack" that took place in the Swedish capital of Stockholm on Friday. According to media reports, a truck drove into a crowd in a busy shopping centre, killing several pedestrians, before crashing into a department store. A statement [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 07 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today’s programme: a young Rwandan poet's message of hope to world leaders; and UN staff bust a move to beat depression and build community.

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Security Council urged to send "strong message" to deter chemical attacks

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The Security Council is being urged to send a "strong collective" message that any use of chemical weapons shall not be tolerated and will have consequences. That's what the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman said in his briefing to the Council on Syria following an attack conducted by the United States against a military [...]

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UN chief appeals for "restraint" following US strikes against Syrian airbase

Listen / Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Violaine Martin (file)

UN Secretary-General António Guterres is calling for restraint from all sides following reports of air strikes carried out by the United States against a Syrian airbase. According to media reports, missiles were fired at the Shayrat Airbase in Homs province in response to Tuesday's alleged chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town in southern Idlib. [...]

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Only way to honour genocide victims is to never let it happen again: UN chief

Listen / In 1996 in Rwanda, wooden crosses mark the graves in a cemetery in the village of Nyanza in a rural area of Kigali, the capital. During the 1994 genocide, over 10,000 people were burned to death in Nyanza as they tried to escape towards Burundi. Photo: UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi

The only way to truly honour the memory of those killed in the genocide in Rwanda is to ensure such events never happen again, the UN Secretary-General said in remembrance of the tragic events of 1994. In a video message, António Guterres praised the "resilience and capacity for reconciliation" of the survivors. A candle-lighting ceremony [...]

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World Health Day brings Zumba to the United Nations

Listen / Zumba class.  Photo: UN News/Lucy Dean

It's not every day the United Nations plays host to a crowd of sweaty, smiling people wearing sweat pants, but not every day is World Health Day. Move to Empower, an NGO that aims to empower disadvantaged communities through sport, brought Zumba – a high intensity cardio and dance workout set to Latin music – [...]

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The power of bearing witness: how rape became an act of genocide

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During the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, "rape was as much a tool of genocide as the machete," the UN special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, Zainab Bangura has said. Women from the ethnic minority Tutsi group in the African country were "systematically targeted and raped" during that period, investigations by the UN International [...]

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News in Brief 7 April 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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Suspected Syria chemical attack "may be a war crime" The deadly suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria could amount to a war crime, but it is only one of many incidents where civilians have been killed in recent weeks. That's the opinion of UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, which on Friday called the tragedy in [...]

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Young Rwandan’s message of hope on genocide reflection day

Listen / Malaika Uwamahoro. Photo: UN News/Matthew Wells

A young Rwandan poet is bringing her message of hope "straight from the artist, to the leaders," at the UN on Friday. At the same time, Malaika Uwamahoro says that it's "up to the people" themselves in countries where a genocide could occur, to step away from the abyss. The performance artist, currently studying in [...]

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The man who defined genocide: ‘The Lid is On’ podcast classic

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Raphael Lemkin is hardly a household name these days, but back in the 1940s he became the driving force behind what would become The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. An American of Polish-Jewish descent, Lemkin coined the term genocide after dedicating his life to pursuing the international legal means [...]

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Reproductive health a “human right” says young Ghana activist

Listen / Asenam Amuzu. UN Photo/Joseph Msami

A youth activist from Ghana is urging African governments to prioritize the sexual and reproductive rights of the continent's young people. Asenam Amuzu represents a non-profit called Dance4Life which empowers young people to protect their health and promote safe sexual choices. Ms Amuzu is taking part in the latest session of the UN Commission on [...]

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Children in eastern Ukraine need help to overcome trauma of conflict

Listen / On 13 February 2017, first-grade students in eastern Ukraine, including 6-year-old Sasha (in red sweater), participate in a drill to practice their response to a shelling. © UNICEF/UN053119/Zmey

Children living in two of the most conflict-affected regions in eastern Ukraine need urgent support to address the trauma of living through more than three years of violence, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said. More than 200,000 of them require "urgent and sustained" psychosocial support, the agency urged. They all live within 15 kilometres [...]

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