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News in Brief 5 February 2021

  • UN agencies in plea for access to help stranded people in Ethiopia’s Tigray

  • COVID-19 ‘to contribute to two million additional cases’ of FGM over 10 years 

  • In Somalia, risks of Desert Locust crop damage remain ‘high and alarming’ 


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News in Brief 16 December 2020

  • Desert Locust ‘re-invasion’ threatens millions across Horn of Africa 

  • Independent expert decries shrinking space for China’s human rights lawyers  

  • Bangladesh cartoonist must be released on medical grounds, urge rights experts 

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News in Brief 9 April 2020

  • COVID-19: Yemen ceasefire announced in bid to contain coronavirus

  • UN Deputy chief launches blueprint to protect poorer countries from coronavirus

  • The fight against desert locust swarms goes on in East Africa despite COVID-19 measures

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UN agency warns of possible locust infestation in India and Pakistan

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that swarms of desert locusts from East Africa are expected to cross the Indian Ocean and could reach India and Pakistan within days, creating a potentially dangerous situation for a region already suffering from the impact of last week’s deadly storms.