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Still ‘not clear’ whether Omicron COVID variant is more transmissible or more severe than Delta: WHO

The World Health Organization published on Sunday an update on the science regarding the new coronavirus variant Omicron which is causing global concern and sparking increasing flight bans on Southern African countries.

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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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Community focal points attend a training session on Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Juba, South Sudan.
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Violence against refugee women surged in 2020, but grassroots solutions can help tackle scourge

Women One in five refugee or internally displaced women have faced sexual violence, and the situation continues to worsen globally, the UN refugee agency, (UNHCR), said on Thursday.

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Are you sure you want to share that? Sorting online fact from fiction

Health Since the creation of the World Wide Web, we have had access to more information than ever before. However, we are also bombarded with dangerous disinformation. The UN’s Verified campaign has launched an online course to help us decide which is which, and protect vulnerable people from potential harm.