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Hurricane Florence photographed from the International Space Station on 12 September, 2018.
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Thursday's Daily Brief: Syria latest, tech needs threaten life-saving weather forecasts, #UN75 birthday conversation begins, polio virus nears eradication

A recap of Thurday's main stories: Wireless technology could block life-saving weather forecasts; UN gears up for 75th birthday dialogue; polio close to eradication; UN steps up northeast Syria aid; "unique opportunity" for end to Sudan-South Sudan border disputes.

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Violence, displacement continue, as 29 babies die of cold in northeast Syria camp

The World Health Organization (WHO) says it’s extremely concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Al-Hol camp in Syria’s Al-Hasakeh Governorate, where 11 infants are reported to have died due to cold, in the past two days alone.

Over the last two months, approximately 23,000 people, mainly women and children fleeing hostilities in rural areas of neighbouring Deir Ezzour, have arrived in the camp. 

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Refugee arrivals in Europe not slowing despite winter conditions

The number of refugees arriving in Europe is not slowing despite harsh winter conditions in the region according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Almost a million people arrived by sea alone in 2015.

They’re fleeing conflict and instability in the Middle East and Africa.

Christopher Tidey has been working for UNICEF in transit countries including Greece, Serbia and Croatia as well as destination countries, Austria and Germany.

Daniel Dickinson has been speaking to him.

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Most desperate time for migrants may be yet to come

The most desperate time for migrants and refugees who have arrived in Europe may be yet to come.

With the first winter weather arriving in Central and South Eastern Europe, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is urgently distributing coats, blankets and other basic winter items to the hundreds of thousands of people who’ve arrived in Europe this year.

Veronica Reeves has more.

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