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Crackdowns against journalists must end: UN chief

Listen / Journalists wait for the arrival of official delegations at the Geneva II Conference on Syria, in Montreux, Switzerland. UN Photo/Violaine Martin

Crackdowns against journalists must end, said the UN Secretary-General, in a message to mark World Press Freedom Day on Wednesday. António Guterres said that the "free media" needed leaders to help it "counter prevailing misinformation" in countries around the world. Matthew Wells has more. The international day marked each 3 May, celebrates the fundamental principles [...]

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News in Brief 2 May 2017 (PM)

Listen / Caption: IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano (right) addresses the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). Photo: UNIS Vienna

  Nuclear science and technology playing "significant role" in development Expanding membership of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) shows a "growing appreciation of the immense value" of nuclear science and technology. That's according to IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, speaking at the first preparatory committee meeting ahead of the 2020 Review Conference of the [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 2 May 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: Somali children face "triple threat" of drought, disease and displacement; and: Syrian refugees cook up a new future in Portugal.

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Syrian refugees cook up new future in Portugal

Listen / Fatima and her family are making new friends and reviving old passions in Portugal. Photo: Screengrab from UNHCR video.

Cooking is helping a Syrian refugee family to find a place in their new homeland, Portugal. Through a local association that supports refugees, they will launch the first Syrian restaurant in the capital, Lisbon. Seven years of conflict has displaced more than five million from Syria, with most finding refuge in the region, according to [...]

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First ever World Tuna Day highlights importance of sustainability

Listen / Fishermen offloading tunas at the industrial fish port of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Photo: FAO/Sia Kambou

The first ever World Tuna Day is being marked by the UN on Tuesday, 2 May, in an effort to highlight the importance of sustainable fishing, as part of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. Many countries depend heavily on tuna for food security, nutrition, economic development, culture and recreation. Matthew Wells reports. World [...]

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Somalia children facing drought, disease and displacement: UNICEF

Listen / A two year-old child cries for his mother at the Kismayo general hospital in Somalia. Born with a deformity, the child is also suffering from extreme malnourishment. Photo: IOM/Muse Mohammed

The "triple threat" of drought, disease and displacement is taking a terrible toll on children in Somalia, according to the UN children's agency, UNICEF. It's projecting that the number of malnourished children there has risen by 50 per cent since the beginning of the year, to 1.4 million. Dianne Penn has been speaking to Susannah [...]

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News in Brief 2 May 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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  Malnourished Somali children numbers up 50 per cent: UNICEF More than 1.4 million Somali children are at risk of being malnourished, a 50 per cent spike since the beginning of the year, UN Children's Fund UNICEF has warned. Amid a deadly cocktail of drought, disease and displacement, the agency says that the country's people [...]

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UN-backed forum in Jordan to focus on science for peace

Listen / HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Women and youth will feature prominently in a UN-backed meeting in Jordan that will bring together some of the world's most eminent scientists, political leaders and research and development investors. That's according to HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, President of the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan and chairperson of the World Science Forum 2017. [...]

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