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News in Brief 5 August 2020

  • UN force aids Lebanese following blast
  • Health agency sends COVID-19 'surge team' to South Africa
  • UN rights experts concerned over Jammu and Kashmir
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UN peacekeepers stand with Lebanese in aftermath of Beirut blast

UN peacekeepers in Lebanon has been busy helping the authorities in the aftermath of the devastating explosion in Beirut on Tuesday that’s left dozens dead and thousands injured.

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News in Brief 4 August 2020

  • COVID link to breastfeeding, negligible
  • Child Labour Convention is ratified
  • UN censures 'heinous attacks' in Lake Chad basin
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News in Brief 3 August 2020

  • No coronavirus ‘silver bullet’
  • Crisis-resilient supply chains needed
  • ‘Gunpoint censorship’ cannot go unpunished
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PODCAST: Ukuleles help reforest Hawaii

The manufacture of ukuleles by a company in Hawaii is helping to promote Hawaii’s culture of aloha, with the added benefit of reforesting the US Pacific Ocean island state.

Daniel Dickinson reports from Hawaii, where climate action is mingling with an ancient Pacific culture.

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News in Brief 30 July 2020

  • UN chief appeals for resolution to Darfur violence
  • Acute hunger likely hitting 6 in 10 Zimbabweans
  • COVID increasing 'dehumanising' discrimination against Roma
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Wisdom of indigenous peoples is being lost, warns UN Latin America chief

In Latin America, indigenous people are being particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alicia Bárcena, the head of ECLAC, the UN body for the region, is concerned by the health risks faced by indigenous people, as well as rising poverty.

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News in Brief 29 July 2020

  • African migrants, refugees, abused throughout journeys
  • 300 million fewer tourists due to COVID: WTO
  • Peaceful assembly defined by UN rights committee
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Learning can counter COVID-19 crisis and give hope, says UN education partner

In an emergency, education isn’t perhaps the first priority that springs to mind, when it comes to helping people in crisis.

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News in Brief 28 July 2020

  • Jailed DPRK women forced home, 'face grevious abuse'
  • COVID likely not seasonal, WHO warns
  • Desert Locust upsurge tamed in Kenya
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