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Omicron: Don't panic but prepare for likely spread, says WHO

As scientists continue to investigate the Omicron COVID-19 variant, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday urged countries not to panic but to prepare for its likely spread.

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After suffering in a violent and abusive relationship, Layla went to the police, accompanied by a friend.
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After suffering in a violent and abusive relationship, Layla went to the police, accompanied by a friend.

Violence against women must stop; five stories of strength and survival

WomenConflicts, humanitarian crises and increasing climate-related disasters have led to higher levels of violence against women and girls (VAWG), which has only intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing into sharp focus the urgent need to stem the scourge.

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The Glasgow Climate Conference officially opened on 31 October, with some 50,000 delegates, NGOs and press registered.
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Photo Story: Beyond the negotiations, COP26 in pictures

The eyes of the world turned to Glasgow, Scotland, as the United Nations climate summit known as COP26 opened on 31 October, with UN diplomats and politicians seeking new commitments to curb greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of a warming planet.

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Bangul, Gambia's capital city.
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The Gambia: Guterres calls for ‘credible and transparent’ election 

UN Affairs As Gambians prepare to choose their next president on Saturday, the UN Secretary-General asked on Friday for voters to help foster “a peaceful environment” at the polls.  

IOM distributed crutches and wheelchairs to people with disabilities.
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Disabled and displaced: helping Haiti’s most vulnerable people

Human Rights Disabled people in Haiti who have been driven from one temporary shelter to another, as result of an earthquake, fire, and mounting gang violence, have finally been able to find a safe home, just ahead of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, marked annually on 3 December.