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News in Brief 30 November 2020

  • UNHCR appeals for $147 million for up to 100,000 Ethiopians fleeing to Sudan 
  • COVID-19 threatens global progress against malaria, warns UN health agency 
  • UN rights office spotlights killings in Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua 
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News in Brief 27 November 2020

  • Africa ‘not ready’ for huge vaccine drive against COVID: WHO 
  • First of four UN humanitarian airlifts for Ethiopia refugees lands in Khartoum 
  • Food emergency forces Malagasy to forage for food 
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News in Brief 26 November 2020

- Nearly 150,000 more deaths from AIDS because of COVID-19
- WHO chief Tedros urges people to be more active “to add years to life and life to years”
- AI may increase bias in racial profiling by law enforcement officials

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News in Brief 25 November 2020

  • UN given permission to assess stranded supertanker off Yemen coast 
  • Alert over growing use of cluster munitions despite stockpile reduction successes 
  • 16 days of action against gender-based violence launches on international day 
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News in Brief 24 November 2020

  • End bloodshed now in Afghanistan, urges UN’s Guterres  
  • Ethiopian military must be given ‘clear’ orders to protect civilians: Bachelet 
  • Brazilian man’s killing at hands of security guards condemned 
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News in Brief 23 November 2020

  • CO2 levels hit new high despite COVID lockdowns 
  • Yemen inches towards famine: UNICEF 
  • Do more to protect Afghan civilians, Bachelet tells armed actors 
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‘Don’t let your kindness go to waste’, urges WFP

Donating goods overseas after disasters can be unhelpful and even harmful, and with the Pacific Cyclone season now in full swing, the World Food Programme (WFP) has begun a campaign urging people to donate more responsibly.  

Julia Dean from the UN Country Team in Australia spoke to Jo Pilgrim, Director of WFP’s Pacific Multi-Country office in Fiji, and started by asking her what the most donated items were.  

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News in Brief 20 November 2020

  • WHO advises against remdesivir use
  • Humanitarian fallout continues in Ethiopia's Tigray
  • Unlawful killings in Syria's Idlib
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Interview exclusive: UN Libya envoy reports on significant achievements towards peace

Following a decade of political instability and conflict, Libyans are on the path to peace and the international community “needs to do its part”, which includes respecting an arms embargo, the top UN official there has said, in an exclusive interview with our UN News Arabic team.

Stephanie Williams, Acting UN Special Representative, spoke to May Yaacoub about ongoing developments in Libya since the signing of a historic ceasefire agreed last month under the auspices of the UN mission in the country, UNSMIL, which she heads.

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News in Brief 19 November 2020

  • Refugee resettlement numbers are lowest in two decades: UNHCR 
  • Whole generation of children at risk from impact of COVID, says UNICEF  
  • Probe call for ‘excessive’ violence used against Belarus demonstrators 
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