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Friday's Daily Brief: Security Council Ebola response, UNICEF chief on 'devastating week' for children in Middle East and North Africa, climate and migration links

Our main stories today: Security Council concern over DRC Ebola outbreak, head of UNICEF deplores ‘devastating week’ for children in MENA region, climate crisis to have ‘extensive’ effect on human settlement

Friday’s Daily Brief: Libya mass drownings response: Syria ‘carnage’ denounced, food aid doubled for Ebola-affected in DR Congo

Our main stories today: UN leaders call for a return to sea rescues in the Mediterranean, following Libya shipwreck; UN human rights chief denounces indifference to victims of Syrian airstrikes; World Food Programme doubles supplies to those affected by Ebola outbreak in DR Congo, and WHO urges more investment to eradicate hepatitis.

Senior UN officials call for return to sea rescues, after ‘the worst Mediterranean tragedy of this year’

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, along with the heads of a number of UN agencies, expressed horror at Thursday’s reports that as many as 150 people may be dead after a boat they were traveling in capsized off the coast of Libya, making it the worst such tragedy in the Mediterranean this year.

In aftermath of Libya airstrike deaths, UN officials call for refugees and migrants to be freed from detention

“As a priority, we ask that 5,600 refugees and migrants currently held in centres across Libya be freed in an orderly manner and their protection guaranteed” the UN refugee and migrants chiefs said in a joint statement, released on Friday.

News in Brief 11 July 2019

  • Mass measles vaccination campaign begins in Ebola-hit DR Congo province 
  • UN agency describes refugees’ ‘misery’ in Bangladesh as monsoon rains continue 
  • Countries and companies have a role in protecting freedom of expression, says rights expert 
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News in Brief 03 July 2019

  • UN condemns deadly airstrike on migrant centre as possible war crime
  • Situation in Myanmar is deteriorating, says UN human rights expert
  • UN experts say millions in Indian state of Assam dealing with ‘xenophobic climate’
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One migrant child reported dead or missing every day, UN calls for more protection

Around 1,600 children were reported dead or missing between 2014 and 2018 – an average of almost one every day – but many more go unrecorded, a new UN report revealed on Friday.

Thousands of migrants still trapped by intensifying clashes in Tripoli detention centres

Thousands of migrants remain trapped by fighting in and around Tripoli, UN agency IOM has warned, more than a month after an assault on the Libyan capital began, led by self-style

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News in Brief 14 May 2019

  • Rising safety fears for civilians in Libya's capital
  • Healthier lifestyle choices can prevent dementia onset
  • Top UN human rights official calls for probe into Lebanon death
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Bangladesh braces for Cyclone Fani, UN moves to protect vulnerable refugees

UN staff in Cox’s Bazar are monitoring Cyclone Fani’s movements very closely for any potential impact on what is the world’s largest refugee camp, agencies said on Friday. The cyclonic storm made landfall close to Puri, in eastern India, and it’s expected to reach the southwestern part of Bangladesh during Friday night.  IOM Deputy Chief of Mission in Bangladesh, Manuel Pereira, spoke to UN News’s Alexandre Soares by phone, from Cox’s Bazar.

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