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News in Brief 24 August 2017 (PM)

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UN welcomes report on Myanmar's Rakhine State The United Nations has welcomed the release of a report on finding lasting solutions to the crisis in Rakhine State in Myanmar. The western state has seen deadly clashes between Buddhist and Muslim communities. The study follows a year of consultations by an Advisory Commission established by the [...]

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Leaders can bring South Sudan from "impending abyss:" UN official

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Although a National Dialogue in South Sudan has yielded some progress, achieving inclusivity and a free and secure environment remain challenges, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Thursday. Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, El Ghassim Wane provided ambassadors with an update on the situation in the country, the world's youngest nation. Rival [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 24 August 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn. In today’s programme: No "worse place on earth" than Syria's Raqqa, says top aid official; and Somali police officers trained in tackling sexual violence.  

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Floods, landslides affecting 41 million in Bangladesh, India and Nepal

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Nearly 41 million people in three Asian countries have been affected by torrential monsoon rains, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, has reported. The rains have caused flooding and landslides which have killed at least 900 people in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. Dianne Penn has the story. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian [...]

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News in Brief 24 August 2017 (AM)

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Europe: Refugee and migrant arrivals drop but dangers persist, says UNHCR Despite a decline in the arrival of refugees and migrants in Europe, the likelihood of death on the journey to the continent is still "alarmingly high." That's according to a report issued on Thursday by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) which said many of [...]

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Somali police officers trained in tackling sexual violence

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Fifty-four police officers in Somalia's South West state have been trained to tackle sexual and gender-based violence as well as conflict-related sexual violence. They took part in a three-day workshop this week in the state capital, Baidoa, organized by the UN Mission in the country, UNSOM, together with the state's Ministry of Women and Human [...]

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UN and Africa: focus on human rights in Burundi, hunger in DRC and human trafficking in Libya

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UN human rights experts concerned about situation in Burundi International human rights experts monitoring Burundi have seen “no sign of positive” change in the country in recent months. That’s according to a report commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council into allegations of ongoing grave abuses in the Great Lakes state. In June, UN investigators [...]

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No "worse place on earth" than Syria's Raqqa, says top aid official

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Needs are "beyond belief" for thousands of civilians trapped by ISIL fighters in the Syrian city of Raqqa, a senior aid official said on Thursday. Jan Egeland, who's Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura, made the comments after a meeting of an internationally-backed humanitarian task force in Geneva. The UN is [...]

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Disaster protection needn't cost billions: UN expert

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Natural disasters are a major brake on development but low-cost initiatives can counter the threat they pose. That's according to senior UN official Robert Glasser, head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). His message comes ahead of the Fourth Central American Forum on Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management (PCGIR) in Panama beginning on [...]

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