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News in Brief 19 December 2019

  • Tobacco use falling at last among males, says WHO 
  • Cholera cases decreased globally by 60 per cent in 2018: WHO 
  • Terror threat in Nigeria’s north-east inspires musical of hope 
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Meet the volunteers bringing back the sound of music to Switzerland

If you were passionate about a cause, would you give up a well-paid job for it – even if it drove your parents mad?

That’s what Ya Wang from Beijing, China, did, and now he’s helping other volunteers to promote youth empowerment through concerts, through the organization, Up With People.

They’re on tour in Switzerland, which is where UN News’s Daniel Johnson caught up with Ya, along with fellow cast member Ahmed Hassan from Aleppo, Syria, who has his own story to tell.

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An 'inclusive and free art form’ composer Antonio Sánchez lauds jazz, ahead of International Day

Written into the quest for human dignity, democracy and civil rights, the story of jazz is celebrated worldwide on 30 April, with the support of the UN culture agency, UNESCO. Mexican jazz composer and drummer Antonio Sánchez, defines jazz simply as “freedom”, highlighting its inclusive power to bring “different elements together, transforming it into something greater.” He spoke to UN News’s Antonio Lafuente.

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