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COVID-19 rise in Europe a great concern, says WHO regional chief

COVID-19 is now the fifth leading cause of death in Europe, where nearly 700,000 cases were reported this week: the highest weekly incidence since the pandemic began in March, the regional head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) told journalists on Thursday. 

Interception no solution to address migrants crossing English Channel

Intercepting boats full of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel, is not the solution to deter them from attempting to reach the United Kingdom, UN agencies have stressed, warning that deployment of large naval vessels to block small, flimsy dinghies could lead to fatal incidents.

News in Brief 16 April 2020

  • UN chief expresses solidarity for Africa as continent ‘braces’ for pandemic
  • Europeans remain in midst of storm, warns region’s UN health chief
  • ‘No evidence’ polio vaccine prevents COVID-19
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News in Brief 15 April 2020

  • Relaxing lockdowns without boosting care could lead to new COVID spike: WHO
  • New coronavirus infections have yet to peak
  • Protection appeal for children facing online threats during stay-at-home confinement
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Protecting refugees in Europe: UNHCR calls for a ‘year of change’

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is calling on the European Union (EU) to make 2020 “the year of change for robust refugee protection”. On Thursday, the agency issued a set of new recommendations, as Croatia and German preside over the EU Council during the next 12 months.

News in Brief 9 January 2020

  • UN strongly condemns attack on Mali peacekeeping base
  • 2020 must be 'year of change' on refugee protection in Europe
  • UN envoy welcomes Russia-Turkey ceasefire call in Libya
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Patriotism must have global dimension, says EU’s Donald Tusk

The suggestion by some earlier this week at the UN that there is an immanent conflict between patriotism and globalism “is false and dangerous, even if it has many followers and powerful propagators,” European Council President said on Thursday.

News in Brief 30 April 2019

  • Floods in Iran: worst damage in over 50 years, as UN supports recovery effort
  • Breastfeeding protects children from obesity, new UN studies confirm
  • Story of Jazz celebrated worldwide with International Jazz Day
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Measles in Europe: infection rates highest in a decade, says UN health agency

Although more children than ever before are being vaccinated against measles across Europe, overall infection rates are the highest in a decade, and a three-fold increase on last year, according to new data published on Thursday by the World Health Organization (WHO).

News in Brief 21 January 2019

  • UN official says trade report shows eradication of poverty “unlikely”
  • Urgent need for disarmament in current climate
  • UN agency dispels refugees disease-spreading myth
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