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News in Brief 16 May 2017 (PM)

Listen / An aerial photograph of the area on the outskirts of Timbuktu, Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Marco Dormino

Peacekeepers under fire again in Mali UN Peacekeepers with the MINUMSA stabilization mission have come under fire again in their camp in Timbuktu, according to reports on Tuesday. Four blue helmets and three members of the Malian armed forces were injured when eight shells were reportedly fired in the direction of the airport, close to [...]

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Microsoft deal can help leverage our work, says UN human rights office

Listen / Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. (file) UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

What's being described as a landmark five-year partnership has been agreed between the UN human rights office (OHCHR) and the US computing giant, Microsoft. OHCHR said on Tuesday that the US $ 5 million partnership would not prevent the agency from carrying out its mandate. As OHCHR spokesperson Laurent Sauveur explained to Daniel Johnson, the [...]

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Global growth strengthens but falling short of SDG targets: DESA

Listen / Rural women sell mango and sweet potato jam at the food processing shop in Bantantinnting, Senegal. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Global economic growth is strengthening in line with expectations, but in many regions it's below the rate needed to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That's according to the UN World Economic Situation and Prospects as of mid-2017, launched at UN Headquarters on Tuesday by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Matthew [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 16 May 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. In today’s programme: teenage deaths are "shocking and preventable" a new report by the UN health agency says; and the 82 schoolgirls recently released from Boko Haram captivity in Nigeria have "an uphill road to climb back [...]

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Cholera in Yemen "another public health crisis in the making": UNICEF

Listen / UNHCR assistance is distributed for more than 6,200 individuals in Taizz's embattled district of Mokha, one of the worst affected areas in the Yemeni governorate. Photo: UNHCR/Adem Shaqiri

With 250 confirmed cases of cholera, Yemen is staring at "another public health crisis in the making", according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Briefing reporters on Tuesday in Geneva, UNICEF's Christophe Boulierac said that 130 had died so far following 11,000 suspected cases of diarrhea, some of which were confirmed to have been cholera. [...]

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Kosovo and Serbia relations still "not at ease": UN special envoy

Listen / United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Relations between Kosovo and Serbia are still "not at ease" with both sides trading inflammatory statements, the UN Security Council heard on Tuesday. Zahir Tanin, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General briefed on the latest developments, expanding on the widening rift between the Serbian government in Belgrade, and the Kosovan capital, Pristina. Kosovo declared independence [...]

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Released "Chibok girls" have “uphill road to climb” to reintegrate

Listen / After more than two years of being held hostage by Boko Haram, in northeast Nigeria, one of the Chibok girls recounts the horrific conditions they experienced. Photo: UNICEF Nigeria

The 82 girls from Chibok, Nigeria, recently released by the Boko Haram terrorist group, have an "uphill road to climb" reintegrating into society, a UN expert has warned. Urmila Bhoola, the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery expressed deep concern about the plight of the 115 girls who remain in captivity. In 2014, close [...]

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News in Brief 16 May 2017 – (AM) Geneva

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  “Alarm bells” should be ringing over CAR civilian and UN peacekeeper attacks – Zeid "Alarm bells" should be ringing that armed groups in Central African Republic (CAR) are targeting and killing civilians in rural areas that have until recently escaped a wave of deadly violence. The warning, from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [...]

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Teenage deaths are "shocking and preventable", says WHO

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More than 3,000 teenagers die every day but nearly all of those deaths could be avoided, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Road traffic accidents, lower respiratory infections and suicide are the leading causes of adolescent mortality, the UN health agency highlighted in a new report. As WHO's Dr Anthony Costello explained to [...]

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Journalists in Afghanistan's south work to build support for peace

Listen / Journalist forum in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Photo: UNAMA/Mujeeb Rahman

Afghanistan’s southern provinces have suffered some of the deadliest fighting in the country for the past 10 years, leaving behind damaged infrastructure and displacing thousands of families, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA. The Mission has been working with local media outlets to build support for Afghan-led peace and reconciliation efforts. Last [...]

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"Nearly all" 3,000 adolescent deaths each day "preventable": WHO

Listen / Photo: UNICEF/Adriana Zehbrauskas

"Nearly all" of the estimated 3,000 adolescent deaths each day around the world are "preventable" according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO). More than two-thirds of the deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries in Africa and South-East Asia, with traffic collisions, respiratory infections and suicide the biggest causes overall. Matthew [...]

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