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News in Brief 13 November 2019

  • 'Indiscriminate’ rocket fire in Israel-Gaza ‘must stop immediately’
  • $1.35 billion humanitarian gap for fleeing Venezuelans
  • Diabetes cases nearly doubling, UN chief urges more action ahead of World Day
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EU Ebola vaccine approval is landmark moment: World Health Organization

Cases of Ebola virus are slowing down in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but it is still way too soon to say the deadly disease is beaten.

Christian Lindmeier of the World Health Organization (WHO), gave an update on the outbreak to  UN News’s Daniel Johnson, in Geneva.

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News in Brief 12 November 2019

  • Australia wildfires: ‘Get out’ if you can, warn UN weather experts  
  • UN health agency welcomes Ebola vaccine approval  
  • Economies must remain open, to succeed: IP chief 
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‘People tell you what you need to know, without brutality’: Former UN torture expert

Not only does torture not work, it’s counterproductive, and when the practice elicits false confessions, societies pay a “very high price.” 

That’s from Professor Juan Méndez, who served at the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture from 2014 to 2016, and experienced torture himself. He spoke to UN News’s Natalie Hutchison in New York.

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News in Brief 11 November 2019

  • UN chief appeals for respect for diplomatic missions in Bolivia
  • Experts concerned about women and children in camps in Syria and Iraq 
  • New FAO forest project to tackle climate change 
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News in Brief 8 November 2019

  • Hundreds of thousands of civilians at risk in Syria amid ongoing violence 
  • Egypt: ‘Credible evidence’ that ‘brutal’ prison conditions prompted Morsi’s death, thousands more at risk 
  • 60,000 young refugees and migrants who arrived in Italy alone lack support   
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Important ‘lessons learned’ could help other UN missions: Somalia police chief

Somalia could provide valuable “lessons learned for other mission set ups”, according to the UN police commissioner there.

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News in Brief 7 November 2019

  • ICC sentences DR Congo warlord to 30 years
  • UN chief calls for ‘meaningful dialogue’ in Iraq to end wave of protests
  • Montreal Protocol in the food chain
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Better quality of economic growth needed to meet East Africa’s job demands: UN study

Although East Africa has been experiencing impressive economic growth for nearly a decade, it has not enabled the creation of enough decent jobs for the region’s rapidly growing population.

That’s according to a new study by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), which estimates that more than eight million new jobs are needed annually to meet the demand.

 

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News in Brief 6 November 2019

  • Palestine refugee agency chief steps down amidst mismanagement probe  
  • Sudan cholera campaign moves to protect Khartoum state 
  • Pakistani actress Mahira Khan named UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador 
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