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News in Brief 27 June 2017 (PM)

UN chief meets with US foreign committee representatives

The importance of “positive” US engagement at the United Nations was among topics on the agenda during talks between the UN Secretary-General and members of the House Foreign Affairs committee in the country’s capital on Tuesday.

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Urgent funding needed for proposed humanitarian operation in Mosul, Iraq

As the Iraqi army moves to retake the city of Mosul from the terrorist group ISIL, or Daesh, aid groups are preparing to assist as many as 1.5 million civilians who might be affected.

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Afghan teen raps against child ‘Brides for Sale’

An Afghan teenager is using rap music to advocate for an end to child marriage.

Sonita Alizadeh, 19, has released a music video called ‘Brides for Sale’ which highlights the ordeal of young girls forced into marriage by their families.

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Security Council seeks boost in UN mission to monitor situation in DR of Congo

With the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continuing to pose a threat to international peace and security in the region, the Security Council today asked Secretary-General Kofi Annan to boost the number of United Nations military observers and humanitarian staff throughout the country to help monitor developments on the ground.