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UN informed of US plans to withdraw from Paris climate agreement

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The United States has officially informed the United Nations of its intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, the world body said on Friday. The deal adopted by world leaders in the French capital in December 2015 seeks to limit global temperature rises to below two degrees Celsius. Dianne Penn reports. The [...]

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IOM worried by rise in deaths of migrants crossing US-Mexico border

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The drowning of a five-year-old child in the Rio Grande river this week and the recent discovery of 10 bodies in the back of a tractor-trailer in Texas are harrowing reminders of the dangers undocumented migrants face in their attempts to enter the United States. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that so far [...]

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News in Brief 04 August 2017 (PM)

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  UN projects positive yet low economic growth in Latin America and Caribbean Latin America and the Caribbean will record "a positive, though still low" growth rate this year. That's according to the annual report by the UN Economic Commission for the region, ECLAC, launched on Friday. Here's UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric with more details [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 04 August 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Matt Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: horrific eye-witness accounts of human rights violations by government personnel and militia in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Kasai region are catalogued in a new UN report; and we've the first studio interview [...]

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News in Brief 04 August 2017 (AM)

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IOM data shows rise in migrants deaths at US-Mexico border Undocumented migrants attempting to cross the border from Mexico into the United States are dying at a faster rate than in previous years, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported. There have been 232 fatalities so far this year, up from 204 during the [...]

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"Absolutely horrific" militia and government attacks in Kasais

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The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) released a report on Friday of "absolutely horrific" accounts of killings and human rights violations against villagers in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The report was based on interviews with nearly 100 refugees from the volatile region who have fled to neighbouring Angola. UN [...]

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More understanding needed of children in conflict

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Better understanding is needed of the UN's role championing children caught up in armed conflict, and the work that the world body does to stop armed groups recruiting child soldiers. That's according to Virginia Gamba, who took up her post as Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict just a few weeks ago. She praised [...]

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