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Resolution condemning Syria chemical attack vetoed by Russia

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A Security Council resolution condemning the reported use of chemical weapons in the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun, was vetoed by Russia on Wednesday. Russia was joined by Bolivia in voting against the resolution drafted by the United Kingdom, United States, and France. China, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan abstained. More details from Matthew Wells. Duration: 3’35″ [...]

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News in Brief 12 April 2017 (PM)

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International Day of Human Space Flight celebrates international cooperation The International Day of Human Space Flight, marked each 12 April, is an opportunity to celebrate how much humanity has achieved through cooperation. That's the view of the official UN champion for Space, former astronaut Scott Kelly, in a video message on Wednesday. The date marks [...]

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Sanitary facilities and adequate nutrition key factors in keeping girls in school

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Girls who do not have access to separate sanitary facilities or enough to eat are more likely to drop out of school, and in displaced communities, the problem is exacerbated. That's according to Leila Pakkala, Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa at the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). She was speaking at a joint press [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 12 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Matthew Wells. In today's programme: A rise in the use of child suicide bombers masks extent of the crisis in Africa's Lake Chad region, UNICEF warns And…a new emergency operation in Yemen seeks to feed millions on brink of [...]

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UN envoy calls for consensus on Syria

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The stakes are high in Syria and now is the time to support the UN-led process aimed at ending six years of conflict, the organization's envoy for the war-torn country told the Security Council on Wednesday. Staffan de Mistura said "fragile progress" made during recent negotiations between the Government and opposition is now in grave [...]

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UN counter-terrorism strategy must adapt to "growing threat": Feltman

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The UN needs to strengthen the "coordination and coherence" of its counter-terrorism approach in order to deal with a changing and "growing threat" on the ground. That's according to the UN Political Affairs chief, Jeffrey Feltman, briefing the General Assembly on the main elements of the Secretary-General's report on strengthening the world body's response to [...]

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Boko Haram child bombers mask extent of Lake Chad crisis

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A surge in the number of child suicide bombers in the Lake Chad region may signify a change in tactics by guerrilla insurgents Boko Haram, the UN said on Wednesday. UN Children's Fund, (UNICEF) announced the development after publishing new data showing that 27 youngsters died in suicide attacks in the first three months of [...]

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News in Brief 12 April 2017 (AM)

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World trade expected to rebound this year, according to WTO forecast World trade is expected to rebound and grow during this year and next, but only if the global economy recovers as expected. That's the latest forecast from the World Trade Organization (WTO), which said on Wednesday that 2016's "tepid performance" in the volume of [...]

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New WFP operation in Yemen seeks to feed millions on brink of famine

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Emergency food operations are being scaled up in Yemen to assist up to nine million people in what the World Food Programme (WFP) describes as one of the world's worst hunger crises. Yemen is on the brink of famine and the UN agency says among those set to benefit from its new plan are more [...]

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Faced with rise in violence in South Sudan, aid alone “isn't enough”

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While humanitarian support has saved "countless" lives, ongoing fighting in South Sudan continues to make difficult the rollout of aid programmes, according to the Regional Director for Eastern and Central Africa at the World Food Programme (WFP). Valerie Guarnieri made the remarks on Tuesday during a joint press briefing with the United Nations Children's Fund [...]

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