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News in Brief 19 May 2017 – (PM)

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Syria talks end on schedule in Geneva, to resume in June Talks to help resolve the Syrian conflict have ended on schedule in Geneva, where UN negotiator Staffan de Mistura said he was satisfied that some progress had been made, and that there had been "less rhetoric". Speaking to journalists after his meetings with delegations [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 19 May 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Daniel Johnson. In today’s programme: a resurgent cholera outbreak in Yemen is spreading with "unprecedented" speed, the World Health Organization warns; and human rights abuses against civilians in Yei town in South Sudan "may amount to war crimes" an [...]

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"Human rights violations in Yei may amount to war crimes": UN

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Violations and abuses against civilians specifically in Yei, may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity, a new report released by the human rights division of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says. The report documents the profound human suffering caused by the ongoing conflict and the exploitation of local and ethnic divisions [...]

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“Unprecedented” Yemen cholera outbreak must be halted, says WHO

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A resurgent cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen has spread with "unprecedented" speed and taken medical professionals by surprise, the UN said on Friday. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 240 people have died from cholera in just the last three weeks, out of a total of 23,400 infections. WHO estimates that 7.6 [...]

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European Union and UN in talks to launch "Gender Initiative"

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The United Nations and the European Union (EU) are in talks to jointly develop a new initiative that will further gender equality and women's empowerment in the world. The announcement was made by the UN Spokesperson on Friday. The Gender Initiative will focus on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls. Jocelyne Sambira [...]

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Algeria hailed by UN for holding "peaceful" parliamentary elections

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Algeria has been hailed by the UN Secretary-General for conducting "peaceful" parliamentary elections on 4 May. António Guterres's spokesperson said that the UN chief "welcomed any further steps the Government and stakeholders can take to continue to strengthen the democratic process". According to media reports, the ruling coalition won the vote. Jocelyne Sambira has more. [...]

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News in Brief 19 May 2017 – (AM) Geneva

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  Thousands more migrants rescued on Mediterranean Sea crossing Nearly 3,000 migrants have been saved in a single day after trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa to Europe. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that several ships were involved in more than a dozen rescue operations on Thursday. The majority of [...]

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