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News in Brief 27 June 2017 (PM)

UN chief meets with US foreign committee representatives

The importance of “positive” US engagement at the United Nations was among topics on the agenda during talks between the UN Secretary-General and members of the House Foreign Affairs committee in the country’s capital on Tuesday.

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Israeli settlement expansion could be “obstacle” to peace

The decision by the Israeli government to approve the building of more than 5,000 new housing units on land in the occupied West Bank, could be an “obstacle” to peace.

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Urgent funding needed for proposed humanitarian operation in Mosul, Iraq

As the Iraqi army moves to retake the city of Mosul from the terrorist group ISIL, or Daesh, aid groups are preparing to assist as many as 1.5 million civilians who might be affected.

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Afghan teen raps against child ‘Brides for Sale’

An Afghan teenager is using rap music to advocate for an end to child marriage.

Sonita Alizadeh, 19, has released a music video called ‘Brides for Sale’ which highlights the ordeal of young girls forced into marriage by their families.

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UN Gender Focus: refugees, entrepreneurship in Pakistan and women's rights

Concern at “never-ending flow” of vulnerable EU arrivals

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Ban to discuss UN’s work with officials in Washington, D.C. later this week

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to discuss with United States officials the work of the United Nations in a number of critical areas, his spokesperson announced today.

Secretary-General to meet with US President Bush next Tuesday

Darfur, climate change and United Nations reform will be on the agenda when Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon holds talks next week in Washington with United States President George W. Bush, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson announced today.

Annan to go to Washington to address Jewish committee, academic meetings

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will address the centennial dinner of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) in Washington, D.C., on Thursday evening, his spokesman announced today.

Annan set for visit to Washington, D.C., meetings with senior US officials

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, is set to leave Tuesday for the Washington, D.C. area, where he will meet with senior officials from the United States and take part in other activities, a UN spokesman announced today.

In Washington, Annan discusses Afghanistan, Middle East with President Bush

The situation in Afghanistan and the Middle East topped the agenda of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s meeting today with President George Bush in Washington, D.C., where the UN leader also discussed the global impact of HIV/AIDS with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.