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News in Brief 12 November 2020

  • Neglected tropical diseases: Countries endorse new targets to eradicate 20 killers 
  • Landmine toll still high amid concerns over COVID-19 impact 
  • Philippines hit by sixth major storm in five weeks 
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Trauma in the Philippines as third major storm barrels through 

The southeast Asian nation of the Philippines has been pummeled by the third major storm in three weeks, adding to the pain and suffering of thousands of families. 

Typhoon Vamco (locally known as Ulysses) made landfall on Wednesday night and although it is much weaker than Super Typhoon Goni, it brought catastrophic flooding across the capital Manila, a sprawling and densely populated city.  

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News in Brief 11 November 2020

  • Social media firms urged to help end trafficking amid pandemic 
  • More support needed for stateless, powerless against COVID
  • Brutal Mozambique killings must be investigated: Guterres
  • Deputy UN chief visits displaced in wartorn NE Nigeria
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News in Brief 10 November 2020

  • UN rights chief Bachelet condemns Tanzania election violence  
  • COVID will likely make millions more food insecure 
  • UNHCR expands aid as Ivorian refugee numbers top 8,000 
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News in Brief 9 November 2020

  • Success of Libya talks dependent on compromise, says UN chief Guterres 
  • Lifesaving $45 million appeal for Philippines communities hit by super typhoon 
  • WHO’s Tedros says it is time for the world to heal after years of division 
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New highland outposts reflect UN’s long-term commitment to Papua New Guinea

The opening of two provincial offices for UN agencies operating in Papua New Guinea, reaffirms the Organization’s commitment to sustainable peace and development.  

Gianluca Rampolla, the UN Resident Coordinator for the country, spoke to Julia Dean at the UN Information Centre in Australia about the new investment.  

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News in Brief 6 November 2020

  • Aid agencies call for urgent action to prevent emergency in hunger hotspots 
  • UN chief calls for peaceful elections in Myanmar 
  • Top emergency relief official condemns killing of six humanitarian workers  
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News in Brief 5 November 2020

  • 1 in 3 students being bullied at school: UNESCO
  • UN aid coordinator slams school attacks in Cameroon
  • Experts call for immediate release of Saudi women's rights defender on hunger strike
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News in Brief 4 November 2020

  • Libya’s warring parties meet to discuss practical measures for ceasefire 
  • UN brings Cyprus leaders together, mull future talks on divided island 
  • UN chief urges inclusive dialogue in Ethiopia amid ethnic attacks 
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News in Brief 3 November 2020

  • UN stands with Austria over deadly shootings
  • "Super typhoon" Goni leaves towns cut off
  • Côte d’Ivoire election violence sees thousands flee
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