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Worsening human rights "cyclical": UN Belarus expert

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Human rights in Belarus are not improving, but rather "going from worse to worse." That's the view of Miklos Harazti, Special Rapporteur on human rights in Belarus, who has been accused by the government there of ignoring positive developments and barred from entering the country. Belarusian officials continue to prosecute activists and critical journalists, and [...]

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News in Brief 13 November 2017 (PM)

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World Antibiotic Awareness Week tackles major threat to global health The international community is this week shining a spotlight on what the World Health Organization (WHO) considers "one of the biggest threats to global health, food security and development today." The UN agency and its partners are using World Antibiotic Awareness Week, from 13-19 November, [...]

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Faster intervention could have eased Rohingya crisis: UN expert

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Statelessness, rising intolerance and hate-speech are some of the key challenges faced by many religious and other vulnerable minorities around the world. That's according to Fernand de Varennes, Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, who underlines the importance of recognizing the human rights of communities at risk. He said he was particularly concerned by the “desperate [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 13 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: It's critical to fill major gaps in equipment and personnel for UN peacekeeping missions the head of Field Support tells us, ahead of a key conference in Canada; and: Developing countries shoot [...]

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UN chief addresses regional leaders at ASEAN summit

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Multilateralism and regional cooperation will be critical to a peaceful and prosperous future, the UN Secretary-General told Asian leaders meeting in Manila on Monday. António Guterres was addressing the latest summit of regional body ASEAN, which brings together 10 nations. Dianne Penn reports. ASEAN is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations which celebrates its 50th [...]

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"We need to go the comprehensive way:" anti-corruption executive

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Most major corruption cases that occur around the world, cut across national borders. That's according to the Dean and Executive Secretary for the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), Martin Kreutner, who addressed the issue at a conference hosted by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC) in Vienna last week. He told delegates at the [...]

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News in Brief 13 November 2017 (AM)

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UN teams rushing to help victims of Iran-Iraq earthquake United Nations teams are rushing to assist local authorities in Iraq in the wake of a deadly earthquake which hit the country and neighbouring Iran. The 7.3-magnitude quake struck the border region between the two countries on Sunday evening, killing nearly 400 people and injuring thousands [...]

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UN Refugee Agency evacuates women, children from Libya

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More than two dozen "extremely vulnerable" people have been evacuated from Libya to Niger so they can be resettled, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said, in the first operation of its kind. Since the overthrow of Libya's President Muammar Ghadaffi in 2011, the North African state has been beset by violence. It has also [...]

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"Extremely critical" to fill peacekeeping "gaps"

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It is "extremely critical" that major "gaps" in equipment and staff needed to maintain UN peacekeeping operations are filled "in the shortest possible time". That's according to Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, which administers a budget of more than $7 billion to sustain 35 peacekeeping and other UN field missions around the world. He [...]

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