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Thousands of migrants still trapped by intensifying clashes in Tripoli detention centres

Thousands of migrants remain trapped by fighting in and around Tripoli, UN agency IOM has warned, more than a month after an assault on the Libyan capital began, led by self-style

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News in Brief 14 May 2019

  • Rising safety fears for civilians in Libya's capital
  • Healthier lifestyle choices can prevent dementia onset
  • Top UN human rights official calls for probe into Lebanon death
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News in Brief 13 May 2019

  • New Zealand youth ‘in frontline’ of fight against climate change: UN chief
  • Climate change ‘a threat to our human rights’, says Australian minority community
  • Condemnation for deadly attack on church in Burkina Faso
  • Conflict escalation in Gaza possible ‘at any time’ amid growing despair and depression: UNRWA
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Plastic pollution peril, symptom of world’s ‘out-of-control chemistry experiment’: top explorer

Explorer Paul Rose is usually found in the world’s wildest places where he works with scientists to find solutions to climate change. For the last two weeks though, he’s been in downtown Geneva at a major UN conference, to encourage countries to ban widely used toxic substances and plastic pollutants. 

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News in Brief 10 May 2019

  • Record number of people displaced by conflict and natural disaster
  • Myanmar military alleged to have opened fire on men and boys held in school 
  • Nearly 900 children released by north-east Nigeria armed group
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UN Coordinator in South Pacific highlights need to boost funding against climate change

The greatest threat to the traditional way of life across the Pacific region, is climate change, says Simona Marinescu, UN Resident Coordinator for the 28 islands that make up Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau. Paulina Greer spoke to Ms. Marinescu, on a recent visit to UN Headquarters in New York.

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News in Brief 9 May 2019

  • ‘Absolutely abhorrent’ attack on ambulance in Libya 
  • UN rights expert urges Cambodia to change ‘political culture’ 
  • Swine fever linked to food price spike: FAO 
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New resolution on sexual violence in conflict, bolsters UN’s ‘survivor-centred’ approach, says top official

A newly-passed Security Council resolution on sexual violence in conflict, “reinforces” the mandate of the UN’s top official dealing with the issue, cementing a “survivor-centred” approach in “all aspects of prevention and response”. That’s according to the UN’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramilla Patten, in an in-depth interview with UN News following the resolution passed late last month.

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News in Brief 8 May 2019

  • Rising hunger in Middle East affects over 52 million people
  • Without emergency funding, more Gaza protestors face amputations
  • Remembering the victims of the Second World War
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WHO leads bid to protect rural communities from neglected snakebite emergency

At least 80,000 people die from snakebites every year, but the UN health agency has a plan to help the rural communities who are worst affected. That’s according to Dr. Bernadette Abela-Ridder, head of the World Health Organization’s Neglected Zoonotic Diseases unit. 

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