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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Syria, polio, DR Congo, Sudan updates, and, the art of stealing

Tuesday’s top stories include: A “daily nightmare” in Syria’s Idlib; polio remains an international health emergency; Guterres extends condolences as Australia bushfires continue; measles in DR Congo; clashes in Darfur displace thousands; and a celebration of stolen art.

Monday’s Daily Brief: Guterres on Bolivia and multilateralism, Syria and Iraq’s displaced, forest initiative, the healing arts

A recap of Monday’s stories in brief: UN chief spotlights multilateralism at peace forum; Bolivian authorities must uphold safety of citizens; new programme to feed Kenya’s children; experts concerned for detained in Syria and Iraq; UN forest management project fights climate crisis; and, from Warhol to the Wiggles – the role of art in keeping you healthy.

From Prince to Picasso, the arts can be just the tonic, new UN health agency study shows

From before birth, to the end of life, taking to the dance floor or sketching a still life, can positively affect our health and even prove more cost-effective than conventional medical treatment, the World Health Organisation (WHO) found in a new study published on Monday.

Creativity works as ‘catalyst’ to overcome slavery: artist Christopher Cozier

Since before the era of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the arts have been used to confront slavery. Highlighting the importance of creativity as a force for change in societies where people were viewed first and foremost as property,  Christopher Cozier highlights the “self-worth process” that led slaves to become full citizens. 

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“I love my ocean and I want to protect it”: Aboriginal artist says

An Aboriginal Australian behind an exhibit at the United Nations has been using his art to sound the alarm over abandoned fishing nets.

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Art helps people understand "we are all the same": Tunisian painter

All people experience the “same feelings”, no matter which country they’re from, and art can help “open the heart”, a Tunisian artist has said.

Zeineb Tlili Ghali is a painter who specialises in images of women and landscapes in her North African homeland.

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Film festival in Lebanon seeks to unmask the lives of Syrian refugees

A film festival has been held for the first time in Beirut, Lebanon, in an attempt to expose the plight of Syrian refugees settling in the country.

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Free mobile app showcases art and architecture at UN Headquarters

A free mobile app which guides visitors around more than 65 art and architectural works on display at UN Headquarters has been launched.

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Using art to commemorate the end of the slave trade

A memorial at UN Headquarters dedicated to the millions of African victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade urges people to “acknowledge the tragedy, consider the legacy, lest we forget.”

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