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News in Brief 31 May 2017 (AM)

The UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has condemned Wednesday’s “indiscriminate suicide attack” in the capital, Kabul, which has left dozens dead and more than 300 injured.

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Ocean Conference: Trinidad village protects leatherback turtles

An environmental group based in Trinidad and Tobago that has received UN support has become a model for marine conservation in the Caribbean.

Since 1990, Nature Seekers has helped turn the tide on the slaughter of leatherback turtles, the biggest turtles on Earth.

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“Essential” to implement Paris climate change deal: UN chief

The “unprecedented and growing” threat to the planet posed by climate change means that it’s “absolutely essential” to implement the Paris Agreement, said the UN chief on Tuesday.

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News in Brief 30 May 2017 (PM)

UN will continue to stand by Iraq in fight against terror, pledges Guterres

The UN will continue to stand by all Iraqis in their fight against terror, following bombings on Tuesday that killed more than 30 civilians, according to news reports.

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Tobacco hurts poorest people and the planet too: WHO

Smoking “threatens us all” and, increasingly, the planet’s poorest communities, UN health experts said on Tuesday ahead of World No Tobacco Day 2017 on 31 May.

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UN Standing Police Capacity: 10 years on the job

From preparing for the Pope’s visit to the Central African Republic to assisting Sierra Leone in conducting elections, the UN’s Standing Police Capacity wears many hats.

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Despite tragic accident, Lebanon in the heart of former peacekeeper

A Dutch army veteran who lost both hands while serving as a UN peacekeeper in Lebanon nearly 40 years ago, says the country is part of his story.

Hans Van Putten had only been in Lebanon for about four months when a grenade exploded in his hands.

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FAO warns “lethal” virus affecting farmed and wild tilapia

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is warning of a highly contagious disease that is spreading among farmed and wild tilapia.

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News in Brief 26 May 2017 – (AM)

UN rights office condemns Gaza executions by “field military court”

The UN human rights office has condemned the execution of three men by Gaza authorities, accused of being involved in the 24 March murder of Hamas leader Mazen Al Faqhaa.

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News in Brief 25 May 2017 – (PM)

African nations among world’s largest host of refugees, says UN chief

African nations are among the world’s largest and most generous hosts of refugees, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in his message to commemorate this year’s “Africa Day.”

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