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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: inclusion in development, Asia monsoons, Ebola risk for youth, obesity and Yemen latest

UN News Centre - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 22:40
In today’s Daily Brief: Inclusion resonates widely at development meeting, UN offers help after monsoons devastate Asia, DR Congo Ebola effecting children, obesity plagues island communities, Yemen’s warring parties agree to ceasefire for key port

Warren Hammers Trump’s Pentagon Nominee—Despite Her Own Industry Ties

Foreign Policy - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 22:30
The presidential contender is leading the charge against the Defense Department’s revolving door but has a history of pushing the interests of firms in her home state.

Here’s How to Finally Solve Spain’s Governmental Standstill

Foreign Policy - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 22:26
A coalition between Pedro Sánchez’s Socialists and Albert Rivera’s Ciudadanos could prevent a fourth election in as many years—but voters are unlikely to buy it.

Inclusion, empowerment and equality, must be ‘at the heart of our efforts’ to ensure sustainable development, says UN chief

UN News Centre - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 22:15
The world’s people are demanding “transformative change that is fair and sustainable,” Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, calling on government leaders to use the upcoming slate of key United Nations meetings in September to “kickstart a decade of delivery and action for people and planet.” 

UN agency helps stranded Ethiopians return home, ending ‘harrowing migration ordeal’

UN News Centre - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 21:56
With the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), some 280 Ethiopians returned home on 10-11 July, after being facing traumatic experiences in Yemen.  

‘Severe’ new US asylum restrictions will put vulnerable families at risk, UN refugee agency says

UN News Centre - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 21:35
Deeply concerned about the new rule barring from asylum the majority of people crossing the southern land border of the United States, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has warned that the ‘severe’ measure will endanger vulnerable people in need of international protection from violence or persecution.

Human cost of Ukraine conflict is growing, Security Council told

UN News Centre - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 20:50
The human cost of the conflict in Ukraine is growing, the UN political chief told the Security Council on Tuesday, during a briefing on the current situation in the country.

Hun Sen’s Man in Washington (State)

Foreign Policy - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 19:47
Cambodia’s strongman has found an unlikely American voice.

Japan’s Trade War Is as Futile as Trump’s

Foreign Policy - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 19:17
Tokyo’s temper tantrum over history is mostly hurting itself.

Ursula von der Leyen’s Big Promises for Europe

Foreign Policy - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 18:52
A transcript of the nominee’s remarks at the European Parliament plenary session.

‘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.