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News in Brief 14 December 2017 (AM)

UN peacekeeping chief pays tribute to fallen Tanzanian blue helmets

The head of UN peacekeeping operations has paid tribute to the 14 Tanzanian blue helmets killed last week by suspected rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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Counselling and dieting among new guidelines on child obesity

An estimated 41 million children under five years old are obese or overweight, UN health experts warned on Wednesday, at the launch of new guidelines to tackle what they have called a global epidemic.

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“Protect the girls, respect the women,” says Sierra Leone minister

Protecting girls from forced or underage initiations like female circumcision has always been a focus of Sylvia Blyden, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Gender and Social Affairs.

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Yemen’s cholera epidemic may be levelling off, says WHO

The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has dropped for the first time as efforts continue to resist the nationwide epidemic that UN agencies have described as the world's worst outbreak.

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News in Brief 12 June 2017 (PM)

UN chief expresses support, “admiration” for UNRWA following criticism

The UN Secretary-General expressed his concern on Monday over “recent public criticism” of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

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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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UN and Africa: focus on DRC, South Sudan and Ebola

Malnutrition alert for 400,000 DRC Kasai children

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Experts race to quell Ebola outbreak in remote DRC province

A race against the clock has begun to contain an outbreak of Ebola in a remote northern area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on the border with the Central African Republic, the World Health Organization has announced.

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News in Brief 17 May 2017 (PM)

One in three young Europeans now obese: WHO

One in every three young Europeans is overweight or obese, with the highest rates found in southern and Mediterranean countries.

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Teenage deaths are “shocking and preventable”, says WHO

More than 3,000 teenagers die every day but nearly all of those deaths could be avoided, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

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