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Sarin or sarin-like substance used in Syria chemical attack

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Victims of a chemical attack in Syria earlier this month were exposed to the highly toxic nerve gas sarin or a sarin-like substance, the organization investigating the incident has concluded. More than 80 people died and 300 more were injured in the 4 April attack in Khan Shaykhoun in Idlib, located in the northwest of [...]

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News in Brief 19 April 2017 (PM)

Listen / A mobile team of national health care workers performing systematic screening of population for human sleeping sickness in Bodo village, Chad. (file) Photo: WHO

Millions pledged to combat Neglected Tropical Diseases More than US$800 million has been pledged to combat Neglected Tropical Diseases such as river blindness, sleeping sickness and elephantiasis. The announcement was made during a meeting in Geneva on Wednesday organized by the World Health Organization (WHO). The commitments include a four-year pledge totalling US$335 million made [...]

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UN and African Union strengthen cooperation in peace and security

Listen / Secretary-General António Guterres (at podium, right) and Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, address the press following the signing of a Joint UN-AU Framework for Enhancing Partnerships on Peace and Security. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

A framework signed on Wednesday will enhance cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union in the areas of peace and security. It follows a meeting in New York between UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission. Dianne Penn reports. The two leaders met at UN [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 19 April 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Matthew Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme:  17 mass graves are unearthed in the volatile Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We'll hear from the UN Human Rights Office; and it's time for a more responsible, humane approach to [...]

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News in Brief 19 April 2017 (AM)

Listen / Electrical power transmission lines in Gaza City. Photo: World Bank/Natalia Cieslik (file)

  Resolve Gaza energy crisis, UN Middle East official urges A senior UN official is calling for resolution of the electricity crisis in Gaza, where the sole power plant has run out of fuel. UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov said the social, economic and political consequences of what he [...]

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New mass graves find in DRC prompts probe call

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Seventeen new mass graves have been found in an area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that's seen months of clashes between government soldiers and local militia, the UN said on Wednesday. In a call for an independent investigation, the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, said that DRC troops were reportedly responsible, after [...]

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Neglected Tropical Disease gains mask new threat

Listen / Integrated school campaign for the detection, prevention and elimination of leprosy, ocular trachoma and schistosomiasis in Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil. Photo: PAHO/WHO

Huge advances have been made against many tropical diseases but growing urbanisation has created what UN health experts are calling a huge breeding ground for sickness. In its update on so-called Neglected Tropical Diseases, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Wednesday that one billion people were treated for at least one NTD in 2015. [...]

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