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News in Brief 19 October 2017 (AM)

Leaders commit to reduce deaths caused by noncommunicable diseases

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UN Daily News Programme 19 October 2017

Listen to our daily bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, presented by Dianne Penn.

In today’s programme:  An update on international support to Somalia in the wake of this past weekend's deadly bombing; and: Progress on fighting HIV and AIDS in Tanzania.

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Twelve countries report decrease in child refugee detentions

The number of refugee children in detention centres in 12 countries fell by 14 per cent over the past two years, according to a report launched by the UN R

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Malta must accelerate efforts towards preventing ill-treatment of detainees – UN experts

The Government of Malta has made strides towards preventing the torture and ill-treatment of people in detention, a group of independent United Nations rights experts confirmed today, but added that more needed to be done for the island nation to comply with its international obligations.

UN refugee agency hails Italy’s efforts to find missing boat

The United Nations refugee agency today hailed efforts by Italy to locate a boat carrying scores of people, including possibly some asylum-seekers, which recently went missing off the coast of Malta.

UN refugee agency condemns Malta’s treatment of asylum-seekers

Calling on the European Union to harmonize the asylum policies of its members, the United Nations refugee agency today criticized Malta’s policies, the strictest in the EU, and condemned what it said were deliberate attacks by Maltese soldiers on asylum-seekers demonstrating peacefully in a detention centre.