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Paralympic refugee sports liven Syrian boy's dark past

Listen / Syrian refugee Najib Alhaj training for Paralympic sports in Athens, Greece. PHOTO: UNifeed

The first ever Paralympic refugee sports team is providing refugees with disabilities a new way to heal from their traumatic experiences. Paralyzed from the waist down by a bomb attack on his home in Syria, 13-year-old Najib Alhaj found out about the UN Refugee Agency, or UNHCR-supported training squad in the Greek capital, Athens, after [...]

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Shelters in storm-ravaged nation fight gender-based violence

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Managers of shelters in hurricane-ravaged Antigua and Barbuda are being trained to make sure these locations are safe spaces for women and girls. The tiny Caribbean island nation was devastated by Hurricane Irma, a category 5 storm which struck last month. As in other natural disasters, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) fears the resulting displacement [...]

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Rohingya crisis: 'Family counting' exercise underway in Bangladesh

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An exercise has begun to collect data on more than half a million newly-arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Friday. It will allow the government, UNHCR and other agencies to have a better understanding of the size and breakdown of this population and where they are located. Dianne Penn [...]

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News in Brief 13 October 2017 (PM)

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Yemen cholera cases top 820,000 The number of suspected cases of cholera in Yemen is now over 820,000, the United Nations said on Friday. Yemen is in the midst of the world's worst-ever single-year outbreak of the water-borne disease, with more than 2,150 associated deaths since April. Cholera is caused by ingesting contaminated water or [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 13 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:  We'll speak to the "father" and creator of 18-month-old robot Sophia, who made her debut at UN Headquarters this week – we'll hear from her too; and: Could space and technology be [...]

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News in Brief 13 October 2017 – Geneva (AM)

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Fair trial concerns for Nigeria's Boko Haram suspects Concerns have been raised by the UN about the trials of more than 2,000 suspected Boko Haram militants in Nigeria. OHCHR, the UN human rights office, said on Friday that it is worried by a "lack of transparency", as the hearings are being held behind closed doors, [...]

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Displacement from disaster set to increase, warns UN

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Earthquakes, hurricanes and other so-called sudden onset phenomena force nearly 14 million people a year to flee their homes every year – and that number is set to rise, the UN said on Friday, the International Day for Disaster Reduction. UNISDR, the agency tasked with encouraging Member States to do more to protect vulnerable communities, [...]

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