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News in Brief 16 August 2017 (PM)

Listen / UN observers removing the last of more than 8,112 guns carried by the FARC-EP. Photo: UN Mission in Colombia

  UN mission concludes Colombia arms removal process The process of extracting arms and scrap ammunition from rebel camps in Colombia has been completed, the UN mission in the country has reported. More than 8,000 guns and other items have been collected from 26 camps of the group FARC, while weapons such as anti-personnel mines, [...]

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UN chief calls for “dial up” in diplomacy to resolve Korean crisis

Listen / UN Secretary-General António Guterres speaks to journalists at a press encounter. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The solution to the crisis on the Korean peninsula must be political, the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday, stressing the importance of diplomacy and dialogue. António Guterres was speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters in New York. Dianne Penn reports. The UN chief noted that tensions on the Korean peninsula "are at levels not seen [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 16 August 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today’s programme: Countries have been urged not to forget the millions of people going hungry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and only one in 5 women drug addicts seeks treatment, a UN expert warns.

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Only 1 in 5 women addicts seeks treatment, warns UN expert

Listen / A woman from a hill tribe in Thailand smoking opium. UN Photo/D. Gair (file)

Only one in five women addicts seeks treatment for drug abuse, the president of the International Narcotics Board (INCB) has warned. Viroj Sumyai highlighted these challenges during a presentation of his agency's annual report to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Furthermore, he warned that there has been a disproportionate increase in overdoses among [...]

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New convention tackles dangers posed by mercury

Listen / Artisanal small scale mining is responsible for up to 35% of global emission of mercury into the environment. Photo: Global Environment Facility

A convention that protects people and the environment from the harmful effects of mercury has come into force, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced on Wednesday. Seventy-four countries have committed to the Minimata Convention on Mercury, which means they are now legally bound to address concerns posed by the heavy metal. The convention is named [...]

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News in Brief 16 August 2017 (AM)

Listen / A mother with her children in Monguno, Borno state, northeast Nigeria. (file) Photo: OCHA

  UN chief condemns triple suicide bombings in Nigeria A series of suicide bombings in northern Nigeria on Tuesday has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General. At least 30 people were killed in the three attacks which occurred at a market and refugee camp in Borno State. In a statement condemning the violence, UN chief [...]

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