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News in Brief 23 July 2019

  • ‘The nightmare in Idlib is getting worse’, UN humanitarian official warns
  • Record heatwaves in store for Europe…
  • …and widespread flooding brings destruction to Bangladesh
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Friday’s Daily Brief: UN chief meets cyclone survivors in Mozambique, Human Rights Council investigates Philippines state violence, UN weather agency tracks Arctic fires

In today’s Daily Brief: UN chief António Guterres condemns airstrikes on Syrian hospitals and meets survivors of Cyclones Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique; the UN Human Rights Council votes to investigate the “war on drugs” in the Philippines; and UN weather agency tracks fires…in the Arctic.

World in grip of ‘high impact weather’ as US freezes, Australia sizzles, parts of South America deluged

“High impact weather” has gripped much of the world so far this year, the UN weather agency, WMO, reported on Friday, with “dangerous and extreme cold in North America, record high heat and wildfires in Australia, heavy rains in parts of South America, and heavy snow on the Alps and Himalayas.

News in Brief 11 October 2017 (AM)

International Day spotlights challenges and opportunities facing girls

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Hurricane island expat: I still haven’t heard from Dominica relatives

A UN worker in Geneva who is from one of the Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Maria has spoken of her fears for her family there, whom she has been unable to contact.

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News in Brief 25 August 2017 (AM) - Geneva

Deadly Myanmar violence condemned by top UN coordinator

Deadly attacks on police outposts in Myanmar have been condemned by a top UN official in the country, who’s called on “all parties” to halt the violence.

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Science “has answers” to rising sea level threat

Many of the world’s biggest cities are exposed to rising sea levels but scientists and Mayors can work together to protect millions of people from the threat, climate experts said on Friday.

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News in Brief 30 June 2017 (PM)

Security concerns still to be overcome at Cyprus talks

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Hot spell is earlier than expected, says UN weather agency

The sweltering conditions affecting western Europe are set to last for at least another two weeks, but there may be some respite by the weekend, a senior UN weather expert said on Tuesday.

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News in Brief 18 May 2017 (PM)

UN “alarmed” as dozens reported dead in heavy fighting around Syrian village

The UN said on Thursday it was alarmed at reports of dozens of deaths during heavy fighting in Syria, in and around the village of Aqareb.

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