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News in Brief 18 August 2017 (PM)

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  UN relief chief laments lack of progress in Yemen There has been no significant improvement in the "deplorable, avoidable and completely man-made catastrophe" in Yemen over the past two years, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator told the Security Council on Friday. Yemen forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, have been battling Houthi rebels for control [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 18 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: The UN relief chief underlines the value of providing humanitarian aid today; and tackling rising hunger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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UN agencies supporting Sierra Leone relief efforts

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Relief efforts continue in Sierra Leone, where mudslides earlier this week killed more than 400 people, a quarter of them children. The mudslides were triggered by torrential rain, wiping out entire communities around the capital, Freetown. Ana Carmo has an update on how UN agencies and their partners are assisting. The UN humanitarian affairs office, [...]

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UN chief calls for solidarity with civilians, aid workers caught in conflict

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People worldwide are being asked to stand in solidarity with the millions of civilians globally who have been affected by conflict and the aid workers who are supporting them. UN Secretary-General António Guterres made the appeal in a message for World Humanitarian Day, observed this Saturday, 19 August. The day also marks the 14th anniversary [...]

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News in Brief 18 August 2017 (AM)

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Security Council expresses solidarity with Spain following Barcelona attack The UN Security Council has condemned the terrorist attack in Barcelona which killed 13 people and wounded more than 100 others. The incident occurred on Thursday in the Las Ramblas district, a popular spot located in the heart of the Spanish city. The Council has issued [...]

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7.7 million people in DRC face "acute hunger" UN warns

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Around 7.7 million people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) face acute hunger; a 30 per cent increase over the last year, two UN agencies warned this week. A new report released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) found that the number of people requiring urgent [...]

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Humanitarian aid a “fantastic investment,” says UN relief chief

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Providing humanitarian aid today to the world's needy is a "fantastic investment" in the future. That's according to the UN relief chief, Stephen O'Brien, speaking ahead of World Humanitarian Day, marked each 19 August. The focus of this year's event is the targeting of civilians and humanitarian workers who are caught up in violent conflict [...]

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