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‘Urgent, renewed effort’ needed to restore civilian rule in Myanmar: Bachelet

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet appealed on Friday for the international community to intensify pressure on Myanmar’s military to stop its campaign of violence against citizens, and to insist on the prompt return to civilian rule, almost one year after seizing power in a coup. 

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Pauline Vaiangina along with her husband and children in Mango island, Tonga.
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Pauline Vaiangina along with her husband and children in Mango island, Tonga.

Tonga tsunami: ‘Kids were screaming as if a war was upon us’

Humanitarian AidA Tongan family’s trip to visit relatives on Mango island earlier this month turned into a nightmare, when the country was devastated by the eruption of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai underwater volcano, and subsequent tsunami.

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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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People stand on a damaged bridge in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Ana making landfall in Mozambique.

UN assisting thousands affected by Tropical Storm Ana in Mozambique

Humanitarian Aid UN teams are on the ground in Mozambique assisting thousands of people affected by Tropical Storm Ana, which made landfall in central and northern regions of the country earlier this week. 

Familes arrive in rural Al-Hasakeh, fleeing continuing hostilities in Ras Al-Ain, northeast Syria. (file)
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UNICEF providing aid for children caught up in Syria prison siege

Humanitarian Aid Boys and girls caught up in intense fighting which raged for six days around a besieged prison in northeast Syria, need protection and assistance, the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, said on Thursday.