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UN migration agency launches $10 million appeal to support hurricane recovery in The Bahamas

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 16:46:17 -0400

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has launched a $10 million appeal to assist The Bahamas as the country continues to recover from the devastation brought on by Hurricane Dorian just over a month ago.

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Friday’s Daily Brief: Day of the Girl Child, mayors lead on climate emergency, Turkey Syria offensive, new statelessness pledges, extremism in social media

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 16:09:19 -0400

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Our top stories for Friday: Day of the Girl Child celebrated around the world; city mayors lead on climate fight; humanitarian alarm rising over Turkey’s Syria offensive; history’s made as countries step forward to tackle global statelessness; Burkina Faso violence forces 500,000 from their homes; 'white extremist’ use of social media in attacks must be curbed.

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Turkey’s Syria offensive could spark another catastrophe, warn humanitarians

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 12:04:02 -0400

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Airstrikes and a ground offensive by Turkey in northern Syria against Kurdish forces have left civilians dead and forced tens of thousands to flee, UN agencies said on Friday, amid fears of another “humanitarian catastrophe” in the war-torn country. 

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Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Mistreatment rife during childbirth, UNICEF Cryptocurrency Fund, Synagogue attack in Germany, World Post Day

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 16:31:03 -0400

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A recap of Wednesday’s stories: Alarming accounts of women mistreated in childbirth; UNICEF enters new world of cryptocurrency funding; UN chief condemns synagogue attack in Germany; mission chief calls on DR Congo political class to build on progress; UN celebrates mail services around the world.

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Athens urged to fast track asylum seekers amid island shelters crisis – UNHCR

Tue, 01 Oct 2019 12:35:50 -0400

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A spike in the number of refugees reaching Greek island reception centres is likely to worsen the situation in already “dangerously overcrowded” facilities there, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday. 

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#UNGA NEWS ROUNDUP: Funding plea for UNRWA, Burkina Faso and CAR updates, Guterres praises climate change ‘pioneer’ Chirac

Thu, 26 Sep 2019 16:41:48 -0400

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A short roundup of events and statements making the news at UN Headquarters on this Thursday, of General Assembly high level week.

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Security Council: Two draft resolutions, zero consensus on ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 14:59:26 -0400

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The UN Security Council on Thursday failed to reach consensus on either of two competing resolutions on a cessation of hostilities in Idlib, Syria: the last province in the war-torn nation that is still largely held by rebel forces.

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One million facing food shortages, nutrition crisis after Mozambique cyclones: UNICEF

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 17:16:58 -0400

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Such was the extent of devastation caused by two back-to-back cyclones in Mozambique earlier this year, nearly one million people, including 160,000 children under five, are still facing food shortages and a nutrition crisis, the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, said on Monday.

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Attack on Saudi facilities risks dragging Yemen into ‘regional conflagration’: UN Envoy

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:47:18 -0400

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Attacks against oil facilities in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, claimed by rebel fighters in Yemen, are a sign that the war-torn country could be drawn into even greater conflict, the top United Nations official there told the Security Council on Monday.

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In The Bahamas, Guterres sees impact of ‘Category Hell’ hurricane, ‘powered by climate change’ 

Sat, 14 Sep 2019 19:16:57 -0400

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The UN chief saw for himself the deadly power of Hurricane Dorian on the shattered islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama on Saturday, describing it as more like a “Category Hell” disaster, than the official Category 5 designation used by meteorologists. 

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In visit to hurricane-ravaged Bahamas, UN chief calls for greater action to address climate change

Fri, 13 Sep 2019 19:40:24 -0400

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World leaders attending the upcoming UN Climate Action Summit are being urged to show up armed not with speeches but with plans to achieve carbon neutrality, reduce emissions and improve adaptation.

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Friday’s Daily Brief: 12 million may miss school, Bangladesh and Mali updates, Kenya’s malaria vaccine, land degradation pact

Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:21:22 -0400

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A recap of Friday’s top stories: 12 million children may never go to school; Monsoon rains crush Rohingya shelters; 3.9 million Malians in need of humanitarian aid; Kenya launches malaria vaccine; and agreement made to neutralize land degradation.

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Monsoon destroys Rohingya shelters, sparking record UN emergency food agency response in Bangladesh

Fri, 13 Sep 2019 11:35:25 -0400

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Unusually heavy monsoon rains have inundated shelters in refugee camps in southern Bangladesh creating “havoc”, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, as it launched its biggest emergency response of the year for displaced Rohingya families.

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UN report on Syria conflict highlights inhumane detention of women and children

Wed, 11 Sep 2019 11:34:28 -0400

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As the people of north-west Syria face intensifying violence, tens of thousands of women and children continue to be kept in “inhumane conditions” in a remote camp on the other side of the country, UN-appointed independent investigators said on Wednesday.

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Tuesday's Daily Brief: Afghanistan ‘direct talks’ needed, Nicaragua rights crisis, Bangladesh monsoon and Libya detainees latest, Dorian update

Tue, 10 Sep 2019 17:26:47 -0400

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A recap of Monday’s top stories: All Afghans must participate in peace process; Nicaragua’s rights crisis can be resolved says Bachelet; Rohingya refugees impacted by monsoon rains; Libya detainees to be evacuated to Rwanda; and multiple donors show solidarity with the Bahamas.

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More funds needed to counter ‘persistent and multi-faceted humanitarian problems’ in Ethiopia

Tue, 10 Sep 2019 14:41:54 -0400

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Ethiopia is beset by “persistent and multi-faceted humanitarian problems”, the United Nations relief chief said on Tuesday, calling for more international funding as well as support for the Government-led response to the country’s displacement crisis.

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Bahamas: ‘Clock is ticking’ to help those who lost everything in Hurricane Dorian, says UN

Sun, 08 Sep 2019 13:31:23 -0400

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“The clock is ticking” for Hurricane Dorian survivors in the Bahamas to receive humanitarian assistance, the top United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official in the region said on Sunday.

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Hurricane Dorian: Bahamas death toll expected to rise as thousands remain missing

Fri, 06 Sep 2019 10:52:31 -0400

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As the UN and other aid partners respond to huge humanitarian needs in the hurricane-struck northern Bahamas, latest reports indicate that the death toll is likely to increase substantially, the head of an emergency medical relief team said on Friday.

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Thursday’s Daily Brief:  Facebook rallies against vaccination ‘fake news’, DPR Korea UN staff cuts call, Syria crop report, crisis funding and Dorian latest

Thu, 05 Sep 2019 16:43:21 -0400

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A recap of Thursday’s stories: Facebook and WHO work together to stem misinformation on vaccines; North Korea tells UN to cut staff; $75 million allocated for eight crises; mixed news on Syria crop production; ‘digital divide’ sidelines most vulnerable.

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UN gears up emergency food aid for hurricane-struck region of Bahamas, as death toll rises

Thu, 05 Sep 2019 15:00:50 -0400

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With initial assessments indicating that some 76,000 people in the parts of the Bahamas worst-affected by Hurricane Dorian need urgent support, the World Food Programme (WFP) is arranging for eight tons of ready-to-eat meals to be provided – part of a $5.4 million overall funding package.

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Central Africans ‘need our help now’: UN’s deputy relief chief 

Wed, 04 Sep 2019 17:12:55 -0400

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“Spikes of violence” in previously unaffected areas of the Central African Republic (CAR) have prompted new displacement, the United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator said on Wednesday, calling for additional funding to meet the humanitarian needs of 2.9 million people.

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3.7 million lives could be saved by 2025 if health services ramp up nutrition actions: WHO

Wed, 04 Sep 2019 13:32:42 -0400

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If governments boost their focus on healthier eating, 3.7 million deaths could be prevented by the year 2025, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) latest guidelines on improving nutrition, released on Wednesday.

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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Guatemala, Hurricane Dorian, Yemen, Nigeria, Somalia and post-Brexit UK trade

Tue, 03 Sep 2019 16:09:02 -0400

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A recap of Tuesday’s stories: International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala successfully completes mandate; UN prioritizes Hurricane Dorian assistance; Nowhere to hide in Yemen; Insecurity and Violence in Nigeria; Post-Brexit export losses likely in billions for UK; Hunger in Somalia.

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UN ‘prioritizing needs’, ramping up aid, as Hurricane Dorian continues to batter the Bahamas

Tue, 03 Sep 2019 10:59:11 -0400

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Renewed warnings of deadly destruction in the Bahamas caused by Hurricane Dorian have been issued by UN agencies and partners, who said on Tuesday that they’re worried “for every single” person on two of the worst-hit Caribbean islands.

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‘These are very dark times for Yemen’: senior UN official on air strike mass casualties

Mon, 02 Sep 2019 09:56:27 -0400

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Lise Grande, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, described Sunday’s deadly airstrikes in Dhamar City as a “horrific incident”, and the scale of the casualties, as “staggering”. “These are very dark times for Yemen,” said Ms. Grande. "There have been days of fighting and strikes in the south and hundreds of casualties”.

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Friday's Daily Brief: Refugee children missing out on school, Ebola in Uganda, Fresh violence in Yemen, 20 years of Timor-Leste independence, Enforced disappearances

Fri, 30 Aug 2019 16:16:31 -0400

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A recap of Friday's stories: Over half of refugee children missing an education; new Ebola case in Uganda; funding gap in Yemen leaves many at risk; Timor-Leste marks 20th anniversary of independence, enforced disappearances spread terror

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Alarming number of Ebola deaths in DRC a ‘rallying cry’ to scale up treatment

Fri, 30 Aug 2019 14:52:41 -0400

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Since the Ebola epidemic struck in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) one year ago, almost 600 of around 850 children who have caught the virus have now died, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported on Friday.

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As Yemen relief operations face funding gap, timing of surge in violence ‘couldn't be worse’

Fri, 30 Aug 2019 11:00:19 -0400

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The situation in Yemen is “very fragile”, the top United Nations humanitarian official there has warned, noting that as many as 13 people have been killed and at least 70 wounded over the past three days during clashes in two governorates.

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Millions in Idlib ‘counting on your support to make the violence stop’, UN relief chief tells Security Council

Thu, 29 Aug 2019 16:45:38 -0400

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Despite an agreement signed nearly a year ago on a halt to further escalation in Syria’s war-battered Idlib, “the bombing and fighting go on in plain sight, day in and day out”, the UN humanitarian chief told the Security Council on Thursday.

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With security improving in DR Congo’s Kasai, thousands of refugees head home from Angola

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 15:49:55 -0400

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As security has improved in the restive Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), some 8,500 refugees have left the Lóvua settlement in Angola’s north-east Lunda Norte province in the past week, hoping to cross the border and return home, according to the UN refugee agency.

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