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News in Brief 18 October 2017 (PM)

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UN chief heads for CAR "to strengthen international support for peace" Against a backdrop of growing violence and communal tension, the UN chief announced on Wednesday that he's heading to the Central African Republic "to strengthen international support for peace". António Guterres told reporters at UN Headquarters that he will fly early next week and [...]

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Immediate investment needed for violence-free world by 2030

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Urgent investment is needed in order to reduce violence against children in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. That's according to Marta Santos Pais, the UN Special Representative on Violence against Children. She says that although some progress has been made, the "clock is ticking" and if more action is not taken "we won't [...]

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5,000 children now reunited with their families in South Sudan: UNICEF

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Thanks to a special programme run by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), 5,000 South Sudanese children have now been reunited with their families. The 5,000th child to be reunited with his mother after a four-year separation was a 17-year-old boy who had fled violence in his home state of Western Equatoria. South Sudan descended into [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 18 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: The UN food agency FAO and its partners battle a new banana disease strain; and: Diplomats help build buzz over World Bee Day  

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FAO and partners battle new banana disease strain

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A new strain of fungus is threatening one of the world's most favourite fruits. The warning comes from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which is working with partners to protect the world's banana crops from the disease, known as Fusarium Wilt TR4, which can last for years in the soil. Dianne Penn spoke [...]

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News in Brief 18 October 2017 (AM)

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Intra-Palestinian agreement critical for "a sustainable peace" The agreement between the Fatah-run Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, and Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, is "critical" for a lasting peace agreement between Palestine and Israel. That's the view of Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Miroslav Jenča, briefing the Security Council on Wednesday. The militant [...]

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UN condemns deadly attacks on journalists

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The killing of investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta on Monday has been condemned by the head of the UN's science and cultural agency, UNESCO, along with two other deadly attacks on journalists in Afghanistan and Colombia. Daniel Johnson has more. In her statement, Irina Bokova welcomed a pledge by the Maltese government to [...]

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