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Friday’s Daily Brief: Pope Francis, Lesotho, Iran, world corruption

Our top stories for Friday include: Pope Francis receives the UN chief in Rome, Lesotho famine threat, concern for jailed Iranian protestors, and strengthened global action to prevent corruption. 

News in Brief 20 December 2019

  • UN chief pays tribute to Pope Francis for defence of “most vulnerable” 
  • Lesotho: tens of thousands ‘one step away from famine’ as drought impacts harvests 
  • Targeted killings of rights activists in Iraq continue with complete impunity 
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Lesotho: Tens of thousands ‘one step away from famine’ as drought impacts harvests and UN launches flash appeal

Devastating drought in the southern African nation of Lesotho has left more than half a million people facing severe food shortages and tens of thousands “one step away from famine”, UN humanitarians said on Friday, in an appeal for funds. 

UN Gender Focus: economic empowerment, women rights and “sex education” for girls and boys

Women’s economic empowerment is “uniquely important”: UN chief

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UN and Africa: focus on Boutros-Ghali, Burundian refugees and Lesotho's economy

The death of Boutros-Ghali marks “the passing of an era” a former UN spokesperson says

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“ShareTheMeal” and feed Syrian refugee children

Fifty cents—whether in Euro or United States coins—probably won’t buy you much anywhere in the world.

But this relatively small sum can feed a hungry child for an entire day, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

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UN chief welcomes Lesotho elections, reaffirms commitment to democracy in the Kingdom

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho on the “peaceful conduct” of the country's parliamentary elections, held on 28 February.

Ban welcomes Lesotho elections, reaffirms commitment to peace in the Kingdom

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has noted the recent announcement of national elections in Lesotho to be held on 28 February next year.

Ban voices concern about reported military takeover in Lesotho

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern on Sunday about the reported military takeover in the southern African nation of Lesotho, and called on all parties to resolve their differences peacefully.

Lesotho’s rural populations in dire need of food aid

The priority now for Lesotho is to secure food aid for the most vulnerable populations, according to its Prime Minister, Motsoahae Thomas Thabane.

Recurring drought and late rains have resulted in a poor harvest and added to the already fragile situation in the country, he says.

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