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News in Brief 8 July 2020

  • Africa sees COVID-19 cases pass 500,000: WHO
  • ‘Conversion therapy’ alert at UN Human Rights Council
  • UN expert calls for end to gender-based violence against women journalists
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News in Brief 7 July 2020

  • New evidence of likely war crimes in Syria
  • DR Congo villagers flee violence to Uganda
  • Expert concerned over 'greatly exaggerated' poverty eradication figures
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News in Brief 6 July 2020

  • Pope Francis echoes UN Security Council call for ceasefire
  • 4.5 million doses of COVID-beating drug secured for poorer nations
  • Countries should reject ‘mad or bad’ approach to mental health, says expert
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News in Brief 3 July 2020

  • Guterres calls for calm in Ethiopia after musician’s killing sparks deadly protests
  • UN rights office expresses alarm at Hong Kong arrests under new security law
  • Price spike alert in West and Central Africa as WFP warns of massive food insecurity
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COVID-19 linked to expected glut of stolen art for sale online, warns UN cultural agency

If you were offered the chance to buy a stunning African artefact, apparently with the blessing of the UN, what would you do?

For many people, it’s not obvious that the Organization never endorses or validates in any way, the sale of cultural treasures from any country.

In a warning to art lovers, the UN agency responsible for protecting endangered cultural heritage, UNESCO, has also said that increased pillaging of endangered World Heritage Sites during COVID-19 lockdowns, will likely result in a glut of stolen artefacts appearing online.

The development follows news of a new and sophisticated fraud ring that has been conning victims by using fake UNESCO permits.

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Ernesto Ottone Ramírez, Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO, explains how to avoid being taken in by this lucrative scam. 

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News in Brief 2 July 2020

  • Protect ordinary Afghans ahead of peace talks, urges UN Mission chief
  • ‘Transfats’ from processed foods may increase risk of developing ovarian cancer: UN scientists
  • UN’s top rights official urges Nicaragua to release political prisoners
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News in Brief 1 July 2020

  • Activist, 14, tells UN Human Rights Council to protect environment 
  • Human rights haven’t improved in Eritrea, says independent expert
  • UNESCO urges caution over fraudulent African artefacts sold in its name
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News in Brief 30 June 2020

  • Hard times forecast for global job recovery in 2020, warns UN labour agency chief
  • UN’s Bachelet urges Philippines’ President not to sign new anti-terror law
  • End harmful practices against women and girls, says UN Population Fund
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‘God forbid’ COVID-19 reaches Syria’s camps, warns WHO medic

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Syria are in the low hundreds, but it is only a matter of time before the disease reaches those sheltering in camps in the war-torn country.

That’s according to Dr Akjemal Magtymova, the World Health Organization’srepresentative in Syria, who has just visited a camp in the northeast that is hosting tens of thousands of youngsters caught up in the more than nine-year conflict.

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News in Brief 29 June 2020

  • Bachelet urges Israel to halt West Bank annexation plans, warns of ‘shockwaves’
  • Syrians need international solidarity, warn COVID crisis
  • Food insecurity affecting previously safe communities, insists WFP chief
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