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News in Brief 21 April 2017 (AM) – Geneva

325 million people suffer from hepatitis B and C

More than 325 million people are infected with hepatitis B or C virus, which can seriously damage the liver, and most sufferers do not get the life-saving help they need, UN health experts said on Friday.

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#RememberSlavery: African rhythms permeate Cuban music

More than 15 million African men, women and children were brought to the New World due to the transatlantic slave trade, which the UN has described as one of the darkest chapters in human history.

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As Cuba mourns passing of former President Fidel Castro, Ban offers condolences, UN support

Speaking on behalf of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this morning extended condolences to the Cuban people and to the family of former President Fidel Castro Ruz, who passed away overnight at the age of 90.

UN development agency working with Cuban government in areas hard-hit by Hurricane Matthew

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is cooperating with Cuban authorities to support early recovery in Baracoa, Maisí, Imías and San Antonio del Sur, the areas of the island nation most-affected by Hurricane Matthew.

US abstains for first time in annual UN vote on ending embargo against Cuba

In a near unanimous action, the United Nations General Assembly today adopted a resolution underlining the need to end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba, while also welcoming progress in the relations between the two countries.

Hurricane Matthew leaves extensive damage in eastern Cuba

Some 350,000 people in eastern Cuba have been affected by Hurricane Matthew, according to a senior UN official in the country.

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In wake of Hurricane Matthew, UN to deliver food for 180,000 people in hard-hit eastern Cuba

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is working with the Cuban Government to provide food for 180,000 people in hard-hit eastern areas of the island as they cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Ban welcomes formal talks between Colombia and ELN rebel group

Colombia is set to begin formal negotiations on 27 October in Havana, Cuba, with the country’s second-largest rebel group, the National Liberation Army or ELN, the UN has confirmed.

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“Historic” agreement to release children from Colombian armed group

An agreement to release child soldiers serving with one of Colombia’s main armed opposition groups has been welcomed by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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Guantánamo prison should be closed “promptly” and dismantled

The detention centre at Guantánamo Bay should be closed “promptly” by the United States and dismantled, said the UN’s expert on judicial independence.

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