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News in Brief 19 June 2017 (PM)

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  "Deep concern" for safety of 100,000 in Syria's Deir Ezzour city "Deep concern" was expressed by the UN on Monday for the safety of around 100,000 Syrians trapped inside the city of Deir Ezzour. It's been besieged for nearly three years by the extremist group Daesh, or ISIL. Within the past week, heavy airstrikes [...]

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"Nothing inevitable" about transnational organized crime: UNODC

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There is "nothing inevitable" about the continuation of international crime syndicates such as people-smugglers and traffickers, said the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Monday. Yuri Fedotov was speaking at the beginning of a High-Level Debate in the UN General Assembly on Transnational Organized Crime. Matthew Wells has more. UNODC [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 19 June 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Matt Wells. In today's programme: global displacement hits new high in 2016; and experts meet to promote stronger action to address drought.

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Refugee film shows power of compassion, says star

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A film featuring Syrian refugees that’s inspired by their harrowing experiences – as well as lighter moments – shows how successfully integrating them is possible with a little compassion, its lead actress said on Monday. No Monsters In Berlin, tells the story of an Indian immigrant in the German city who forges a bond with [...]

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Sexual violence in conflict is a tactic of terrorism and war: UN chief

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Rape and sexual violence in conflict are clear "tactics of terrorism and war" used to destroy lives and even fuel ethnic cleansing. That's according to UN chief António Guterres, in his official message marking the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence and Conflict, which falls each 19 June. More details from Ana Carmo. [...]

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News in Brief 19 June 2017 (AM)

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First ever official refugee named Ambassador for UNICEF A 19-year-old Syrian has become the first official refugee to be appointed as an Ambassador for the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Muzoon Almellehan becomes the newest and youngest Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, on the eve of World Refugee Day. She received support from UNICEF while living in [...]

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FAO seminar promotes stronger action to address drought

Listen / Women displaced by drought waiting to meet Secretary-General António Guterres during his visit to Baidoa, Somalia, where the focus is on famine and cholera. Photo: UN News/Laura Gelbert

Experts and policy makers from across the globe are meeting in Rome this Monday to study how they can be more proactive in combatting drought, which the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) describes as "an overlooked phenomenon." This natural hazard affects people living in arid and semi-arid regions of the world and can have an [...]

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Global displacement hits new high in 2016: UNHCR

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The number of people fleeing war, violence and persecution around the world hit a new high of 65.6 million in 2016, the UN said on Monday. In its annual report on global displacement, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) blamed escalating conflicts for the increase. The agency's William Spindler told Daniel Johnson that a key priority [...]

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