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Pledge to ‘never forget’ the Holocaust, Guterres tells synagogue ceremony

People everywhere must stand firm against hate, amid rising antisemitism and other forms of religious bigotry, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday. 

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Damage caused in Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa, by the volcano eruption and subsequent tsunami on 15 January 2022.
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Damage caused in Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa, by the volcano eruption and subsequent tsunami on 15 January 2022.

First Person: ‘We saw people running from the tsunami, screaming’

Humanitarian AidWhen a tsunami swept over much of Tonga last weekend, Joseph Sikulu, a Tongan national, was in Sydney, Australia, exiled from home by strict COVID-19 travel restrictions. For three days, with most communications lines severed, his family and friends were cut off from the outside world, and Mr. Sikulu feared the worst.

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In Grenada, Molinere Bay suffered considerable storm damage from Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Underwater sculptures  have provided a base for coral attachments and marine life proliferation.
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UNEP at 50: Solving the world’s environmental challenges

In celebrating 50 years of fighting for the planet, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is calling for more action worldwide to overcome climate change, biodiversity loss, and rising levels of pollution and waste – three crises that threaten our planet.

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A family visit the grave of their mother who worked at a popular restaurant in Indonesia where she likely contracted COVID-19.
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‘No free ride’ for COVID, it's here ‘for the foreseeable future’: Tedros

Health   The world must accept that COVID-19 is with us “for the foreseeable future”, even if it is possible to end the acute phase of the pandemic this year, UN health agency chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on Monday.

A mother holds up hers and her daughter's inked fingers at a polling station in the eastern city of Benghazi after casting her vote in historic elections. The proud display of inked fingers became a fad for many Libyans stressing their newfound right to vote.

Unified Libya will come only via ballot box, ‘not the gun’, Security Council hears 

Peace and Security Libya is at a “delicate and fragile juncture in its path to unity and stability”, the UN Political Affairs chief told the Security Council on Monday, urging the international community to remain united in supporting national elections postponed last month.