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News in Brief 18 May 2017 (PM)

Listen / Two Syrian refugees, a brother and sister, in Jordan. (file) Photo: UNICEF/Lucy Lyon

UN "alarmed" as dozens reported dead in heavy fighting around Syrian village The UN said on Thursday it was alarmed at reports of dozens of deaths during heavy fighting in Syria, in and around the village of Aqareb. News reports suggest that the fighting occurred between ISIL extremists and the Syrian army together with allied [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 18 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: experts race against clock to quell an Ebola outbreak in a remote DRC province and a former refugee is helping displaced women "amplify" their voices.

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Experts race to quell Ebola outbreak in remote DRC province

Listen /  Representatives of the Ministry of Health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), WHO and UNICEF arrive at Likati, the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak . Photo: WHO African Region

A race against the clock has begun to contain an outbreak of Ebola in a remote northern area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on the border with the Central African Republic, the World Health Organization has announced. Twenty cases of Ebola have been reported, two have been confirmed by laboratory tests and [...]

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News in Brief 18 May 2017 (AM)

Listen / Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. (file) UN Photo/Loey Felipe

"Imperative" to find a resolution to Palestinian hunger strike The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has said it is "imperative" to find a resolution to end the on-going hunger strike by Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails. UNSCO chief Nickolay Mladenov issued a statement on Thursday saying he had been following the [...]

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Spike in refugee and migrant children travelling alone

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A five-fold increase in vulnerable children travelling on their own around the world has left more of them prey to "predatory" traffickers, the UN has said. UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund, issued the warning along with data showing "at least 300,000 unaccompanied and separated youngsters" on the move in 2015 and 2016. Five years earlier, [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on Somali drought ,Côte d'Ivoire, South Sudan and education in north Africa

Listen / Food security worsens as drought looms in Somalia. Photo: FAO

Somali drought “tragedy continues to unfold” Somalia’s severe drought which is affecting more than six million people is a tragedy that “continues to unfold” according to a senior UN official in the country, briefing the Security Council on Wednesday. Deputy Special Representative Raisedon Zenenga, said that the humanitarian crisis has deteriorated more rapidly than originally projected. He [...]

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UN Gender Focus: LGBTI UN workers, rape survivors and released Chibok girls

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LGBTI workers get a boost from UN's Michael Møller Violence and abuse of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) has to stop, including in the workplace, a group of UN workers in Geneva said on Wednesday. UN-GLOBE, the group representing the organization's LGBTI staff, made the appeal on the International Day Against Homophobia [...]

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Number of Mosul displaced is "overwhelming": UN

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The number of people displaced by conflict in the Iraqi city of Mosul is "overwhelming" the UN's Humanitarian Coordinator for the country said on Thursday. According to Lise Grande, nearly 700,000 people have fled their homes since military operations began last October to retake Mosul from ISIL fighters. This includes half-a-million people from the west [...]

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Former refugee helps displaced women amplify their voices

Listen / Mina Jaf. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

When a community breaks down, women face a heightened risk of exploitation, abuse and violence, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has found. They also form the majority of displaced populations and often see their vulnerabilities increased, the agency says. But far from being helpless victims, women and girls have much to contribute in responding [...]

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