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News in Brief 4 February 2019

  • Confidence-building measures continue in new Yemen prisoner-swap talks
  • Trade wars unlikely to benefit domestic Chinese/US manufacturing: UN report
  • UN Geneva’s Celestial Sphere set for a moving, sparkling restoration
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Cancer pain is a major cause of unnecessary suffering, says UN health agency

For World Cancer Day, on 4 February, Dr Etienne Krug from the World Health Organization (WHO), talks to Sarah Mbengue from UN News about cancer pain and global challenges that remain in tackling the disease.

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Nigeria refugees ‘too traumatized to return’ as UN News witnesses thousands fleeing over Cameroon border

Nigerian refugees are “too traumatized to return” anytime soon, according to a senior official from the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA), talking to UN News on the border with Cameroon.  Daniel Dickinson was at the border for UN News on Friday, and began by asking Mr. Munié to describe the scene around them. 

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News in Brief 1 February 2019

  • Aid stepped up to Syria camp; new arrivals say terrorists blocked their escape
  • Six months into DR Congo’s deadliest Ebola outbreak, top UN official praises ‘brave’ response effort
  • Biggest ever refugee waste treatment facility goes online in Bangladesh
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Violence, displacement continue, as 29 babies die of cold in northeast Syria camp

The World Health Organization (WHO) says it’s extremely concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Al-Hol camp in Syria’s Al-Hasakeh Governorate, where 11 infants are reported to have died due to cold, in the past two days alone.  Abdelmonem Makki spoke to WHO representative in Syria, Elizabeth Hoff, who said staff in the camp were “working round the clock”, to try and prevent further tragic loss of life, amidst desperate conditions.

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News in Brief 31 January 2019

  • Syria: ‘Violence, displacement’ and cold kill 11 infants ‘in the past two days’
  • Boom in Artificial Intelligence patents, points to ‘quantum leap’ in tech
  • UN appeals for more than $162 million in aid to Ukraine
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‘Not even a choice’ but ‘a duty’ to make Oscar-nominated refugee epic says Lebanese woman director

The first ever Arab woman director to be nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, has told UN News that she had ‘a duty’ to record the reality of the refugee crisis playing out on the streets of her native Lebanon. Nadine Labaki is the director of Capernaum, a harrowing drama seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy who decides to sue his own parents after years of abuse and neglect.

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Yumbi ‘a ghost city’ following DR Congo inter-communal violence

Yumbi in the western Democratic Republic of the Congo resembles a “ghost city” in the aftermath of a days-long massacre last month which left at least 535 victims. That’s according to Florence Marchal, spokesperson for the UN Mission in the country, MONUSCO.  Ms. Marchal spoke with  UN News's Pascal Sim regarding the brutal inter-ethnic killings  carried out between Banunu and Batende community members.

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UN strongly condemns witchcraft-linked killings of ten children in Tanzania

“We need to ensure a stronger protection environment” and “raise awareness” over the killings of girls and boys in Tanzania, believed to be linked to witchcraft rituals, said Álvaro Rodríguez, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the country, strongly condemning the recent killing of ten children in the south of Njombe district.  Mr. Rodríguez spoke with Stella Vuzo from the UN Information Office in the capital Dar es Salaam.

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PODCAST: How to beat the opioid epidemic

In late January, David Sheff and Vicky Cornell joined a panel discussion on addiction organised by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).  Mr. Sheff’s memoir about his son’s addiction is now a Hollywood movie, and Ms. Cornell was married to Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, whose suicide she has attributed to prescription drugs that altered his mental state.  They told Conor Lennon from UN News that changes to the health care system play a key role in addressing the crisis.

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