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News in Brief 10 August 2017 (PM)

Drought in Ethiopia. Photo: WFP/Melese Awoke

  5.6 million more going hungry in Ethiopia so far this year The number of people going hungry in Ethiopia has risen by 5.6 million so far this year due to poor rainfall, exacerbating severe drought conditions, the UN said on Thursday. The whole East Africa region has been badly affected by three years of [...]

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More protection needed for LGBTI defenders in Honduras

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Authorities in Honduras are being urged by UN human rights experts to do more to protect activists who defend the rights of sexual minorities in the Central American country. The joint appeal was sparked by the attempted murder in July of Osmin David Valle Castillo, a prominent human rights defender of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 10 August 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: Up to 20 migrants thought dead in second sea tragedy in 24 hours off Yemen coast, and UN agencies support Eritrea on the path to sustainable development.

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Investment "urgently required" to save lives of Iraqi babies and mothers

Listen / An Iraqi woman and her son, internally displaced from Mosul, stand beside a water truck on the road leading past the Garmava transit camp. Credit: UNHCR/S. Baldwin (file)

"Urgent" investment is required to help save the lives of pregnant women and their babies in Iraq, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). In a statement on Thursday, UNICEF said that decades of conflict and under-investment had placed a "huge strain" on the entire health system. Matt Wells reports. The agency said that in [...]

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Yemen sees second sea tragedy in two days

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Up to 20 migrants from East Africa are feared dead in a new tragedy off the coast of Yemen after they were forced overboard by traffickers, the UN said on Thursday. IOM, the UN migration agency, reported that the latest incident happened barely 24 hours after at least 50 Somali and Ethiopian nationals died in [...]

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News in Brief 10 August 2017 (AM)

Listen / UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed addresses Security Council meeting on 'peace and security in Africa.' UN Photo/Manuel Elias

“Advancing peace" by advancing empowerment of women: Deputy UN chief The UN deputy chief briefed the Security Council this Thursday on the "first-of-its kind" high level mission to Africa which she led last month, devoted to advancing the empowerment of women. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed was joined on the trip by the Executive Director of [...]

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UN Gender Focus: Barbershop Conference, safety in South Sudan UN camps and access to sexual health care

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Barbershop Conference: Changing the conversation around gender equality Despite years of policies to promote gender equality in the workplace, no country has managed to make it a reality. That's one of the findings of a report launched at the second Barbershop Conference, held at UN Headquarters in July. The Barbershop Conference aims to change the [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan force, DRC atrocities, Eritrea development

Listen / A former site for internally displaced persons (IDPs) near Kalemie, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was burned down when it was attacked by a militia group in early July. Credit: OCHA/Ivo Brandau

Arrival of South Sudan force allows peacekeepers to patrol "insecure roads" 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 [...]

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