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More than 20 countries still discriminate against leprosy

More than 20 countries still have laws in place which discriminate against persons affected by the disease Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease.

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Stand together against the “normalization of hate”: UN chief

Remembering the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, the UN chief has called on everyone around the world to “stand together against the normalization of hate”.

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Inauguration of new Liberian president welcomed by UN

George Weah was inaugurated on Monday as the new President of Liberia, where the United Nations is set to close its peacekeeping mission (UNMIL) in a few weeks after a successful 15-year presence in the West African country.

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UN issues 48-hour ultimatum to Central African armed groups

Armed groups fighting in the north of the Central African Republic (CAR) have been given 48 hours to withdraw in order to allow villagers displaced by violence to return home.

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120 children need urgent medical evacuation from East Ghouta

Around 120 critically-ill children trapped in the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta, in Syria, are in urgent need of evacuation, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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Tea and empathy: ZamZam Yusuf shares her refugee experience

Somali refugee ZamZam Yusuf has a message for any neighbours who think she doesn’t have the right to call Leicester, in the English Midlands, home.

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Ancient Somali cave art “enormous” potential for future tourism

Ancient rock shelters that are home to some of the oldest cave paintings in Africa, have “enormous” potential to help bring thousands more tourists to Somalia and ‘Somaliland’.

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South Africa records largest Listeria outbreak ever, more than 60 dead

What’s believed to be the largest outbreak ever of the deadly bacterial disease Listeriosis — or Listeria — has left more than 60 people dead across South Africa, with nearly 750 confirmed cases.

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IOM calls on Social Media to "help explain the dangers" of migration

Social media companies, in particular Facebook, need to do more to "help explain the dangers" of embarking on migrant journeys in search of a better life.

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People-smuggling networks in Libya “must be tracked and prosecuted”

Illegal smuggling networks which have imprisoned, tortured and abused thousands of migrants trying to cross Libya, “must be tracked and prosecuted”.

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