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News in Brief 15 August 2017 (PM)

Listen / Children in the Mussungue reception centre for refugees in Dundo, Angola. Photo: UNICEF/M.Gonzalez

  UNHCR relocating scores of Congolese refugees in Angola An exercise has begun to relocate more than 33,000 Congolese refugees from overcrowded reception centres in northern Angola, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday. UNHCR and its partners are moving the people to a newly established settlement in in Lóvua, approximately some 100 km [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 15 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: Time is running out to stop the spread of violent terrorist groups across Africa's Sahel region, the Security Council hears; and we'll have the latest from the UN rescue and recovery mission on the [...]

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"Time running out" to stop terrorism's spread across the Sahel

Listen / Families fled their home in north-east Nigeria in fear of the militant group Boko Haram. They do not live in camps but are seeking refuge in local communities across the border, in Niger. File Photo: OCHA/Franck Kuwonu.

Time is "running out" to find and implement solutions to the spread of terrorist groups and their extremist ideology across Africa's Sahel region. That's according to El Ghassim Wane, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, briefing the Security Council on Tuesday. He was outlining preparations for the deployment of a new Sahel Joint Force, by [...]

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UN human rights chief urges Kenyan leaders to act to avoid further violence

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Kenya's political leaders are being urged to ensure calm at this "critical juncture" in the wake of the country's recent presidential election. The appeal was made by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein in a statement issued on Tuesday. Kenyans took to the polls a week ago, with incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta [...]

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Rescue mission turns to recovery after deadly Sierra Leone mudslide

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With hundreds reported to have died following mudslides and extensive flooding around the capital of Sierra Leone, UN agencies are joining in with the rescue and recovery effort. Access to water, food and medical treatment, together with widespread homelessness are expected to be immediate concerns for thousands around the capital Freetown, which has a population [...]

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News in Brief 15 August 2017 (AM)

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IOM provides US$150,000 for Sierra Leone mudslide relief The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is racing to assist Sierra Leone in the wake of devastating floods and mudslides which have killed hundreds. The UN agency announced on Tuesday that it has released US$150,000 in support of the relief effort. "IOM is ready to work with [...]

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Addressing today's problems in the Pacific via its deep cultural roots

Listen / Nisha, Director of Office and Representative to the Pacific States, UNESCO (third left) with UNESCO and National University of Samoa's staff. Photo: Julia Dean

The centuries-old cultural practices and traditions of Pacific islanders are key to addressing some of the development problems of today, and working out sustainable solutions for tomorrow. That's the view of the Pacific Representative for the UN Cultural Organization, UNESCO, Nisha. The organization uses the term Intangible Cultural Heritage to refer to those traditions handed [...]

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