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News in Brief 29 November 2019

  • Violence in DR Congo Ebola hotspot leaves people ‘caught in crossfire’
  • Iraq: Guterres, Bachelet express concern at continued protester deaths
  • UN-appointed panel urges Colombia to do more to stop human rights defender murders
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News in Brief 28 November 2019

  • Zimbabwe facing man-made starvation, says UN expert
  • UN expert on human rights in North Korea visit to Japan
  • Ebola health workers pay highest price in eastern DRC amid attacks by armed groups 
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Meet the volunteers bringing back the sound of music to Switzerland

If you were passionate about a cause, would you give up a well-paid job for it – even if it drove your parents mad?

That’s what Ya Wang from Beijing, China, did, and now he’s helping other volunteers to promote youth empowerment through concerts, through the organization, Up With People.

They’re on tour in Switzerland, which is where UN News’s Daniel Johnson caught up with Ya, along with fellow cast member Ahmed Hassan from Aleppo, Syria, who has his own story to tell.

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News in Brief 27 November 2019

  • UN Mission in Afghanistan supports child sex abuse allegations
  • Thousands of children killed by measles in DR Congo
  • Eat the Mediterranean way: UN food agency
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Billions still needed to rebuild Iraq, only ‘a drop in the ocean’ received

The UN is working in Iraq on many fronts, including assisting the rebuilding of northern areas devastated during the war against ISIL terrorists, says the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator there. Marta Ruedas cites the World Bank and Iraq Government in estimating that reconstruction will cost $88 billion - but just over $1 billion has been received so far. In a recent visit to UN Headquarters, she spoke to Liz Scaffidi, and began by addressing the recent political upheaval across Iraq, which has seen thousands of protesters killed and wounded.

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News in Brief 26 November 2019

  • HIV in decline worldwide but thousands of children still being infected
  • ‘Climate procrastination’ means we now need to cut emissions by more than half, urge UN climate experts
  • Yemen’s warring parties must de-escalate, urges UN head of ceasefire mission
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Here’s what you need to know about the new Emissions Gap Report

If we told you that greenhouse gas emissions are measured in gigatonnes, how many of them do you think we need to stop producing, if we’re to keep the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with the

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News in Brief 25 November 2019

  • UN chief praises peaceful Colombia protests, condemns violence 
  • UN Mission, community leaders, condemn South Sudan rioting
  • Mine action champion, Norway hosts anti-landmine summit 
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Gaza youth facing ‘daily existence in a nightmarish scenario’

With unemployment in Gaza standing at 54 per cent, young people there are living “a daily existence in a nightmarish scenario”, according to Jamie McGoldrick, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory.

Mr. McGoldrick spoke to May Yaacoub about challenges facing UNRWA, the UN agency that assists the Palestinian people, which continues to face a staggering $200 million funding shortfall.

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News in Brief 22 November 2019

  • New DRC Ebola virus transmission chain risks reversing major gains: WHO
  • Venezuela: WFP makes urgent appeal for US$196 million to help millions of refugees, migrants
  • Libya: 600 migrants discovered on at least nine boats in Mediterranean Sea
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