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News in Brief 8 March 2023

  • Afghanistan: Experts urge Taliban to end ‘harmful annihilation’ of women’s freedoms
  • Cholera vaccination campaign begins in quake-hit northwest Syria
  • United Kingdom: UN refugee agency concerned about new asylum bill
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News in Brief 3 March 2023


  • Myanmar: Tatmadaw’s ‘scorched earth’ policy in spotlight
  • Iran urged to investigate allegations of school ‘poisonings’
  • For first time, women represented in all parliaments worldwide
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Digital ambition: How one Afghan student plans to get girls back to school

Somaya Faruqi is one of the lucky ones. She managed to escape from Afghanistan in August 2021, just as the Taliban overran the country’s capital. Today, while the 20-year-old engineering student pursues a degree in the US, her former classmates back home have been banned from the classroom. In support of this week’s Education Cannot Wait conference in Geneva and its call for learning support in emergencies, Somaya has been speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson.
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News in Brief 16 January 2023

  • Economic slowdown likely to force workers to accept lower quality jobs - ILO
  • UN rights chief’s condemnation for Burkina Faso ‘broad daylight’ abductions
  • Pakistan: rights experts urge action on coerced religious conversions, child marriage
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News in Brief 27 October 2022

  • Iran: Protest crackdown warrants independent international probe
  • Ecosystems more sensitive to nitrogen pollution than previously assumed
  • UN panel urges States to address stigma against indigenous women