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‘Good buzz’ in south Lebanon as country enjoys ‘gift of peace’ — UNIFIL Force Commander

With a gradual return of better economic conditions and a generation of children growing up without the horrors of conflict, there is a “good buzz” in southern Lebanon, says General Michael Beary of Ireland, concluding his two-year tour as Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

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Podcast: Mandela letters reveal ‘the power of hope’

A newly published volume of prison letters written by the former President of South Africa and global anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela, reveal to the world the enduring “power of hope”, according to the South African journalist and author who edited the volume. For this edition of our UN and Africa podcast, Matt Wells talks to Sahm Venter, who was at UN Headquarters in New York to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day.

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News in Brief 03 August 2018

  • Fresh Yemen hospital attack raises risk of new cholera epidemic
  • Conflict in new Ebola outbreak zone of DR Congo exacerbates complexity of response: WHO
  • Brazil urged to refocus economic policies to avoid ‘harsh consequences’ on most vulnerable
  • UN refugee agency beefs up assistance to nearly 1 million displaced in Ethiopia
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News in Brief 02 August 2018

  • UN chief urges restraint amid reports of post-election violence in Zimbabwe
  • New Ebola cases in DR Congo, UN health agency reports
  • Key foods see biggest price drop since late last year: FAO
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Damage to civilian infrastructure ‘jeopardizes everything we’re trying to do’ in Yemen: UN coordinator

Damage to the civilian infrastructure in the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah could “jeopardize everything” relief operations are trying to do, said UN Special Humanitarian Coordinator Lise Grande. The severely malnourished might be too weak to survive a cholera outbreak, which could spread quickly if water and sanitation facilities are not kept safe from contamination.

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News in Brief 01 August 2018

  • Attacks on Yemen’s water facilities, infrastructure, breach ‘basic laws of war’, says UNICEF
  • FAO seeks urgent humanitarian response to “severely underfunded” crises
  • Bodies of three Russian journalists killed in Central African Republic recovered by UN Mission
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Food and Agriculture Organization calls for urgent humanitarian action

Millions of women, children and men worldwide are at risk of acute hunger in countries affected by natural disasters and conflict, according the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  Charlotta Lomas spoke with Roseanne Marchesich,  Head of FAO's Emergency Response and Resilience Team.

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News In Brief 31 July 2018

  • Three out of five babies are not breastfed within first hour of life, putting them ‘at risk’
  • ‘International solidarity’ and more support needed for countries hosting exodus of Nicaraguans, fleeing violence
  • UN Syria envoy chairs informal talks on reviving peace talks and constitutional change
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Breastfeeding in first crucial hour is ‘the foundation of life’ – UNICEF expert

Failing to breastfeed in the first hour after birth, puts newborns at higher risk of death and disease, and makes mothers less likely to persevere with breastfeeding, says UNICEF, together with the World Health Organization (WHO) in a new report to mark the start of World Breastfeeding Week.  UNICEF Nutrition Specialist for infants and young children, Maaike Arts, spoke to UN News.

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News in Brief 30 July 2018

  • ‘Vile’ crime of human trafficking feeds on inequality and instability: UN chief
  • Key elections in Mali pass off in ‘a peaceful manner’, despite some violence and voter intimidation: UN Peacekeeping
  • Brazil police who shot dead teenage boy must face ‘impartial investigation’ – UN expert
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