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UN and Africa: UN chief in the CAR and protecting civilians, promoting human rights in South Sudan

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UN chief reaffirms international support to the Central African Republic The UN Secretary General António Guterres visited the Central African Republic in October 2017.  There he met with CAR President Faustin Archange Touadera, religious and civil society leaders, UN MINUSCA peacekeepers and with a range of civil society groups, including youth and women representatives.  A UN [...]

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Podcast: Inside the world's worst humanitarian "nightmare"

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  The UN chief has called the plight of the Rohingyas in Bangladesh a "humanitarian and human rights nightmare". So what has it been like trying to ease the suffering on the ground? For this latest edition of our UN News podcast, The Lid Is On, we'll take you inside the biggest and fastest exodus [...]

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News in Brief 02 November 2017 (PM)

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  Assistant UN refugee chief meets with Myanmar officials A senior UN official has met with authorities in Myanmar in connection with the ongoing Rohingya crisis, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has reported. Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Volker Türk concluded a two-day visit to the country on Wednesday. In meetings with top government officials, [...]

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ISIL fighters in Mosul "used loudspeakers to threaten civilians with death"

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Grave human rights violations were committed by ISIL fighters against civilians trapped in the Iraqi city of Mosul which amount to "international crimes", a new UN report published on Thursday claimed. Focusing on the insurgents' efforts to resist the Iraqi military which finally retook the city in July, the report indicates that more than 2,500 [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 02 November 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: A UN report on the liberation of Mosul finds that ISIL's terrorist fighters committed "serious and systematic" violations of international law; and: We'll hear from a former child soldier in South Sudan [...]

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Global food prices dip, surpluses to hit new highs

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Prices have declined for some of the world's most important foods as harvests continue to outstrip demand, the UN food and agricultural agency (FAO) said on Thursday. FAO, which announced the development in its monthly Food Price Index, said that lower dairy prices led the downward trend in key commodities. Forecasts for 2018 indicate that [...]

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Entrepreneurship forum concludes in Bahrain

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A United Nations forum concluded in Bahrain on Thursday with a strong call for the integration of entrepreneurship and innovation as a means of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Some 1,000 participants from more than 90 countries, 60 per cent of them women, attended the World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum 2017 held in the capital, [...]

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News in Brief 02 November 2017 (AM)

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Political solution to conflicts key to ending displacement: UN refugee chief World leaders have been urged to find a political solution to conflicts if the rising numbers of forcibly displaced people are ever to return home. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi made the appeal in a speech to the UN Security Council on [...]

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South Sudan peacekeepers aim to reach "more vulnerable people"

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Peacekeepers with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) are aiming to reach more vulnerable civilians in more remote parts of the country. It's part of a more "nimble and proactive" approach that's being spearheaded by UNMISS chief, David Shearer. On Wednesday he was in Akobo, near the Ethiopian border, where around 71,000 displaced people [...]

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