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News in Brief 08 August 2017 (PM)

Listen / A young man waits at an IOM transit centre in Agadez, Niger. He along with his younger brother decided to return back to the country after a failed attempt to reach Europe. Photo: IOM 2016/Amanda Nero.

  UN migration agency rescues 1,000 migrants in northern Niger The UN migration agency (IOM) announced on Tuesday that since April, it had rescued 1,000 people in distress trying to make their way across the border between Niger and Libya. Late last month, IOM conducted an assessment mission of migratory routes in the desert in [...]

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"Work together to deepen the rule of law" in Mauritania urges UN chief

Listen / Drought has affected residents of the Mbera refugee camp, Mauritania, in the Sahel region of Africa. Photo: WFP/Justin Smith.

Mauritanians need to work together in order to deepen the rule of law, and national unity, said the UN Secretary-General on Tuesday. António Guterres' call came following a national referendum at the weekend in the North-West African country, which was boycotted by opposition parties. More details from Liz Scaffidi. The controversial vote took place on Saturday, amidst [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 08 August 2017


Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Matt Wells. In today’s programme: Phased deployment of a regional protection force begins in South Sudan, and Venezuela violence shows no signs of abating, the UN human rights office says.

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Escalating crisis for asylum seekers on Manus Island, UNHCR warns

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Refugees and asylum seekers are facing deteriorating conditions and an "escalating crisis" on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, where they are being housed in an Australian detention facility. That's according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in a statement on Tuesday, which said that refugees are suffering "acute distress" ahead of the planned closure later [...]

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Venezuela violence “shows no signs of abating,” UN rights office says

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Protesters in Venezuela have reported being shot at with nuts and bolts at close range by security forces amid what the UN on Tuesday called the "widespread and systematic" use of force during anti-Government demonstrations. The UN human rights office, OHCHR, made the announcement in Geneva after conducting interviews with victims and witnesses of the [...]

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News in Brief 08 August 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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Recovery in Iraq’s Mosul is a “tale of two cities” says top UN country coordinator Whole neighbourhoods of Western Mosul have been destroyed and nearly a quarter of a million people have nowhere to return home  "anytime soon", a top UN humanitarian official said on Tuesday. Lise Grande, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, made [...]

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South Sudan force will allow for more peacekeeper patrols

Listen / UNMISS chief David Shearer greets members of the Rwandan battalion of the Regional Protection Force (RPF) in South Sudan. UN Photo/Isaac Billy.

The arrival of a UN regional force in South Sudan will enable the UN Mission in the country, UNMISS, to free up additional peacekeepers to mount "more patrols along insecure roads," the head of the Mission, David Shearer, has said. Mr Shearer, who is also the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan, [...]

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Trials of refugee camp life inspire South Sudan singers

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The challenges of day-to-day life in a refugee camp have inspired two young singers in South Sudan to write a song about their experiences. The songsmiths, who go by the names of "Tony Gway 4" and "Ugly Facil," are now in their early 20s, but they grew up as teenagers in the Kakuma refugee camp, [...]

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