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‘We Are Going to Continue to Fight’

Foreign Policy - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 18:45
Venezuela’s would-be president, Juan Guaidó, says he’s confident ahead of a new round of talks with the Maduro government.

‘Greater urgency’ needed in fight against HIV/AIDS, warns UN agency, amidst $1 billion investment cuts

UN News Centre - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 17:53
The UN programme leading the global effort to end AIDS is calling for greater urgency and more funding in the fight against the disease, with data showing that the pace of progress in reducing new HIV infections is slowing, and some countries experiencing a rising number of cases.

Ebola emergency meeting to go ahead as UNICEF warns of higher risk to very youngest children

UN News Centre - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 17:13
Ahead of a key expert meeting convened by the United Nations to decide whether to declare the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) an international health emergency, the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF warned that the epidemic “is infecting more children” than earlier outbreaks.  

Ich Bin Ein Hong Konger

Foreign Policy - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 16:13
How Hong Kong is turning into the West Berlin of the quasi-cold war between the West and China.

Colombia’s Uneasy Peace

Foreign Policy - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 14:53
A few years after Bogotá struck a deal with the FARC, challenges to the agreement risk undermining it.

Trump Seeks to Shut Down Asylum at Southern Border

Foreign Policy - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 07:49
Plus: China's economy slows, Erdogan readies for S-400 deployment, and the other stories we’re following today.

Survivors of ISIL terror in Iraq want justice, not revenge, says head of UN investigation team

UN News Centre - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 00:14
The scale and barbarity of the crimes committed by ISIL have ultimately served not to divide but to unify, Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, head of the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (UNITAD), told the Security Council on Monday.   

‘No hope’ global development goals can be achieved without women, says UN Assembly President

UN News Centre - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 23:43
Without the full participation and leadership of women, “we have no hope” of realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the President of the United Nations General Assembly told gender equality leaders on Monday.

Ursula von der Leyen Isn’t Perfect, but She’s Better Than the Alternative

Foreign Policy - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 23:42
Opposing the compromise candidate for EU commission president will further empower populists and Euroskeptics.

‘We won’t get to zero cases of Ebola without a big scale-up in funding,’ UN relief chief warns

UN News Centre - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 22:48
Deadly, attacks on health workers in Ebola-hit areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), including one at the weekend that left two dead, are an indication that combating the disease outbreak will require far greater international support, UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said on Monday. 

Monday’s Daily Brief: numbers of hungry people rising, millions of children need vaccines, Mali children need more protection

UN News Centre - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 22:23
In today’s Daily Brief: achieving zero hunger an “immense challenge”, with numbers of hungry rising; 20 million children are missing out on potentially life-saving vaccines, the killing of health workers in DR Congo shows the need for a stronger Ebola response; a UN expert calls for an end to violations against children in Mali; and better training is needed to cut global youth unemployment.

Baby foods high in sugar, inappropriately marketed in Europe, reveal two UN studies

UN News Centre - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 21:58
Proper nutrition for newborn babies into early childhood is key to development and good health in later life, according to the Regional Director of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe, as she launched two new studies on Monday.

The End of Cuba’s Entrepreneurship Boom

Foreign Policy - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 21:36
It isn’t just Trump who has put the country’s small businesses under pressure. Díaz-Canel is after them, too.

Why Are Japan and South Korea in a Trade Fight?

Foreign Policy - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 21:36
Officially, Japan has “national security” concerns about technology exports to South Korea. Unofficially, World War II still casts an ugly shadow.

The New U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal Can Work for Everyone

Foreign Policy - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 21:01
Republicans and Democrats have every reason to compromise and ratify the agreement.

‘Complacency’ a factor in stagnating global vaccination rates, warn UN health chiefs

UN News Centre - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 17:45
More than one in 10 children – almost 20 million worldwide – failed to receive potentially lifesaving vaccines in 2018, the UN said on Monday, citing obstacles including conflict, cost and complacency. 

Why Turkey Doesn’t Trust the United States

Foreign Policy - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 17:21
The decline and fall of an alliance.

UN highlights importance of skills development on World Youth Skills Day

UN News Centre - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 16:37
At UN Headquarters, and across the globe, events are taking place on Monday to celebrate World Youth Skills Day – marked each year on 15 July – to raise awareness about the importance of youth skills development.

Over 820 million people suffering from hunger; new UN report reveals stubborn realities of ‘immense’ global challenge

UN News Centre - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 16:10
After nearly a decade of progress, the number of people who suffer from hunger has slowly increased over the past three years, with about one in every nine people globally suffering from hunger today, the United Nations said in a new report released on Monday.

Afghanistan’s Forests Are Turning a Profit for the Islamic State

Foreign Policy - Mon, 15/07/2019 - 14:47
Wood smuggling is big business for the terrorist group.