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News in Brief 14 August 2018

  • WHO chief calls on DRC warring parties to halt fighting and prevent Ebola spreading
  • Libyan militias force thousands from displacement settlement: UNHCR
  • Asia’s food security ‘under threat’ as invasive pest spreads to Asia, says FAO
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Combating invasive Armyworm with education for farmers and machine learning

An invasive pest, the Fall Armyworm, risks ruining up to 40 per cent of farmers’ yields in Asia, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday.  The good news is that there are new tools that use machine learning to help farmers combat the caterpillars in a sustainable way, as FAO’s Allan Hruska told UN News’s Jens Renner.

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UN Baghdad hotel bombing survivors: Francis Mead

It has been 15 years since the terrorist attack on the UN compound at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad on 19 August 2003. At the time of the blast, veteran television producer Francis Mead was undertaking a new challenge in Iraq: reporting for the UN humanitarian news agency, IRIN. He was at the Canal Hotel that afternoon for a press briefing.

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News in Brief 13 August 2018

  • Report underscores need to respect human rights during Somalia elections
  • UN Mission welcomes progress towards Afghanistan elections
  • Rights experts call for immediate release of Bangladesh photographer
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UN Baghdad hotel bombing survivors: Mujahed Hassan

It has been 15 years since the terrorist attack on the UN compound at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad on 19 August 2003.  For Mujahed Hassan, working for the UN was “a dream.” It was an opportunity to serve his homeland, and the workplace felt more like a family.  Mujahed was at the Canal Hotel at the time of the attack.

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UN Baghdad hotel bombing survivors: Andrew Clapham

It has been 15 years since the terrorist attack on the UN compound at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, on 19 August 2003. Andrew Clapham had only been in the city for a few weeks, serving as an academic adviser to Sergio Vieira de Mello, the top UN envoy in the country. He was attending a meeting at the Canal Hotel when the attack occurred.

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News In Brief 10 August 2018

  • Venezuela exodus ‘one of largest population movements in history’: UNHCR.
  • Yemen bus attack condemned as just the latest outrage against civilians
  • Birth registration initiative promises to boost vital services to children
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News In Brief 09 August 2018

  • Secretary-General nominates next UN Human Rights High Commissioner
  • Casualties in Israel and Gaza following overnight violence
  • Syrian aid to East Ghouta hampered by access restrictions
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‘Immediate risk’ of mass hospital closures and infrastructure collapse for 2 million in Gaza

If emergency fuel is not immediately allowed into the Gaza Strip, five key hospitals could be forced to close and other vital facilities could grind to a halt, according to David Carden, head of the UN humanitarian office (OCHA) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  UN News’s Mustafa Al Gamal spoke with Mr. Carden.

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First Indonesian city signs landmark education deal for migrant children

Hundreds of migrant children are getting the chance to go to school in Indonesia’s third city as part of a groundbreaking deal with the UN Migration Agency, IOM announced on Wednesday.  UN News’s Michelle Kusuma spoke with IOM spokesperson Paul Dillon.

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