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Astronaut makes UN touchdown for women in space

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Back when Astronaut Scott Kelly was a military pilot in the navy, seeing a woman in his class would have been almost as common as "seeing a unicorn." At the UN to discuss the so-called "Space for Women" project, the retired United States astronaut, and official UN Champion for Space, shared his views on how [...]

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Death penalty states owe families transparency: Guantánamo lawyer

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States which practice the death penalty often fail to release basic details of executions, even concealing them from prisoners' family members. That was one of the details discussed at the event, Transparency and the Death Penalty, held at UN Headquarters this week to mark World Day Against the Death Penalty. James Connell is a lawyer [...]

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News in Brief 11 October 2017 (PM)

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UN genocide prevention expert concludes visit to CAR Those responsible for atrocities and inciting ethnic and religious hatred in the Central African Republic (CAR) will have to face justice, the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide said on Wednesday. Adama Dieng was speaking to reporters in the capital, Bangui, following a visit to [...]

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Election timetable, budget, essential to ease "political tensions" in DRC

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The publication of an election timetable and budget are essential to ease rising political tensions across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the head of the UN Mission in the country said on Wednesday. MONUSCO chief Mama Sambo Sidikou told the Security Council that despite the likelihood that fresh parliamentary and presidential elections would [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 11 October 2017

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Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Matt Wells and Dianne Penn. In today's programme: Risk reduction efforts are crucial to reaching the ambitious 2030 goals, and dealing with future deadly hurricanes the UN's disaster risk chief tells us;  and from Norway, we'll hear why generous parental [...]

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News in Brief 11 October 2017 (AM)

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International Day spotlights challenges and opportunities facing girls The challenges and opportunities facing girls worldwide are being highlighted by various UN agencies this Wednesday, the International Day of the Girl Child. It has been celebrated since 2012, and this year the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is focusing on girls caught in crises and emergencies. "The [...]

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Myanmar Rohingya attacks meant to make return "impossible"

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Attacks that forced more than half a million people to flee Myanmar's Rakhine state for Bangladesh were "well-organised" by security forces and designed to make returning home next to impossible, a UN probe said on Wednesday. Compiled by the UN human rights office, OHCHR, the report also indicates that the Myanmar military began "clearance operations" [...]

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UN-backed study reveals tenfold rise in child obesity rates

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The number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has increased tenfold over the past 40 years, according to a study published on Wednesday. It warns that if current trends continue, more youngsters will be obese than moderately or severely underweight, by 2022. More than 1,000 researchers contributed to the study, which was coordinated by Imperial [...]

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