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News in Brief 12 May 2020

  • Tropics, northern hemisphere facing hotter temperatures
  • COVID-19 pushes millions more in Middle East, North Africa into food crisis
  • Nigeria violence forces 23,000 refugees into Niger in a month
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Wildlife trade: Regulated markets involving local communities, ‘essential’ to balance humans and nature

Since COVID-19 emerged in central China in late December, health officials have raced to locate where and how the virus was first transmitted from its likely animal origins, to humans.

As the main international regulator dealing with the wildlife trade - both legal and illegal - the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, CITES, is highlighting the crucial importance of developing a better balance in the relationship between people and the natural world.

Calling for further regulation of a trade which millions around the world rely on, as a source of income and protein, Ivonne Higuero, Secretary-General of CITES, has been speaking to UN News’s Siwen Qian, about the risks and opportunities involved.

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News in Brief 11 May 2020

  • Three UN peacekeepers killed in improvised explosive attack in Mali
  • Myanmar extends agreement with UN on access to Rohingya’s embattled home state
  • Gains made against desert locusts in East Africa and Yemen but food security crisis remains
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Face-to-face with evil: Interrogating Adolf Eichmann

As the world marks 75 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany, an Israeli director has been talking to UN News, about latest film, which takes us inside the prosecution of the notorious Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann.

The chief of UN News's Russian service, Elena Vapnitchnaia, talked to Yoav Halevy back in January, when the film was shown in Vienna.

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News in Brief 8 May 2020

  • Syria is a ticking time-bomb that must not be ignored, says UN human rights chief
  • Conflict and floods force tens of thousands to flee in Somalia, amid COVID-19 threat
  • Virus hunters continue search for animal link to COVID-19 infections in people
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News in Brief 7 May 2020

  • Poverty likely to rise by nearly 60% for workers in informal economy
  • UN launches $6.7 billion humanitarian appeal to stem COVID
  • World tourism likely to plummet by up to 80 per cent, warns UN agency
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News in Brief 6 May 2020

  • Thousands stranded in Andaman Sea blocked from port, agencies warn
  • Coronavirus measures expose human trafficking victims to more abuse
  • Action needed to halt ‘drive-through’ child abuse spawned by COVID-19 restrictions
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News in Brief 5 May 2020

  • Alert over rapid spread of COVID-19 in Latin American prisons: OHCHR
  • Eight in 10 Afghans could be infected by new coronavirus, officials warn
  • Food insecurity in West Africa could leave 43 million at risk as COVID hits: WFP
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News in Brief 4 May 2020

  • None of us is safe until we all are, says UN chief at EU push to end COVID
  • Air bridge operation gets underway for ‘most fragile’ countries
  • Welcome for Sudan’s decision to ban female genital mutilation
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Spike in cybercrime linked to COVID lockdown measures exposes legal gaps

If you’re among those working from home, you may well have noticed an increase in the number of online scams when you open your inbox or shop on the internet? The disturbing trend is linked to the COVID-19 lockdown, says the UN agency for trade and development, UNCTAD.

It wants to see more countries adopt tougher measures to protect people using the internet, particularly in least developed countries, as Shamika Sirimanne, director of technology and logistics at UNCTAD, tells UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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