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Mali’s power ‘vacuum’ leaves civilians targeted by extremists, warns refugee agency

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has warned that every day in Mali, civilians are being attacked by extremists who are forcing them from their homes and in some cases following them to displacement camps, to target them once again.

This is what has happened recently to more than 3,700 Burkinabé refugees and Malians who fled N’Tillit village for Gao, the nearest city, located 120 kilometres away. With more on this alarming situation, here’s UNHCR Representative in Mali, Mohamed Touré, who’s been speaking to UN News’ Daniel Johnson.

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News in Brief 29 November 2022

  • Large parts of world drier than normal in 2021, warns WMO
  • UNCTAD urges more shipping industry investment in sustainability
  • Uganda’s refugee response ‘bursting at the seams’, warns UNHCR
Lyuba with her two-month-old child sits in a train station in Uzhhorod after fleeing conflict in Ukraine.
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Ukraine: UN condemns deadly attack on train station, dozens of civilians killed

In eastern Ukraine, a reported Russian missile attack on a railway station that’s killed dozens of civilians including children, has been condemned by the United Nations. Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement, that the strike - and others against civilians and civilian infrastructure - were "gross violations" of international law.

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News in Brief 13 August 2021

  • Fast-moving Afghanistan crisis ‘has hallmarks of humanitarian catastrophe'
  • UN health agency WHO urges support for new COVID-19 origins studies
  • Widespread DRCongo sexual abuse alert from UNHCR