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News in Brief 15 January 2019

  • International Criminal Court acquits Laurent Gbagbo of Côte d’Ivoire allegations
  • Aid reaches war-hit Hudaydah communities for first time in months – WFP
  • ‘Life and death’ conditions in Syria’s desert camp, warns WFP
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Thousands of Syrians in ‘life and death’ struggle amid harsh conditions in remote desert camp, UN warns

Conditions in a makeshift Syrian camp near the border with Jordan are “increasingly desperate” and “have become a matter of life and death”, United Nations officials warned on Tuesday, after at least eight children died there from extreme cold and a lack of medical care.

News in Brief 11 January 2019

  • Suffering of North Korea’s citizens is unchanged, warns UN rights expert
  • Thousands risk lives to flee fighting in last Syria’s last ISIL enclave
  • Cautious welcome for DRC Ebola decline in cases in epicentre
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Storms and snow in Lebanon worsen plight for Syrian refugees

Storm-force winds and snow across Lebanon have worsened the plight for tens of thousands of Syrian refugees who’ve been forced from their homes by nearly eight years of conflict, a top UN humanitarian official said on Thursday.

Eight years into Syria’s brutal war, storm in Lebanon compounds refugee ‘misery’

In Lebanon, the plight of Syria’s 900,000  registered refugees just got a little worse, with the arrival of Storm Norma, which brought heavy winds and snow across the country last weekend.  In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Philippe Lazzarini, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon, explained what the organization is doing to help.

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News in Brief 21 December 2018

  • Dozens of migrants dead and missing, adds to mounting toll off Spanish coast
  • Drought threatens millions in northeast Syria along with continued fighting
  • South Sudan Mission ‘strongly condemns’ assault and detention of ceasefire monitors
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Remain united for Syrians, UN envoy de Mistura urges Security Council

Addressing the problems plaguing Syria and bring years of brutal fighting to an end, requires further “genuine effort” on the part of influential countries, to talk to each other and work constructively, the veteran United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has said.

Worth going ‘extra mile’ for a new Syrian constitution, UN envoy urges

Efforts to establish a constitutional committee for Syria are worth going the “extra mile” for, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Tuesday, after meeting the foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and Turkey - guarantors of a fragile ceasefire in the wartorn country – who agreed that it should convene for the first time early next year, in Geneva.

Four million Syrian children have only known war since birth: UNICEF

Half of Syria’s children, that’s four million, have grown up only knowing a life of violence, as the war-battered country enters its eighth year of conflict, the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday.

Beating climate change, boosting women: bike advocate takes to Damascus streets

When “conflict was underway, and checkpoints were increasing everywhere” in the Syrian capital, Damascus, Sarah Zein started biking to avoid the traffic, but verbal sexual harassment on the streets, soon became a big problem. The co-founder of “Yalla Let's Bike" – or Come on Let's Bike - sat down for an interview with UN News’s Yasmina Guerda at the COP24 climate change conference in Poland, where she received an award for her work on gender and climate. 

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