Violence in DR Congo’s Ituri may be crimes against humanity: UN | AFP

Hundreds of people have been killed or raped in attacks on the Hema ethnic group in eastern DR Congo’s Ituri province, in what “may amount to crimes against humanity”, the UN Human Rights High Commissioner’s spokesman says in Geneva. SOUNDBITE

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‘We need de-escalation,’ says France’s ambassador to the UN after US kills Iran general | AFP

“We need de-escalation, we need stability in the region,” says Nicolas de Riviere, France’s permanent representative to the United Nations, when asked for his country’s response following the killing of Iran’s top military commander Qasem Soleimani by a US strike. SOUNDBITE

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Syrians flee Idlib towns following uptick in bombardment | AFP

Syrians in Maar Shurin and Maaret al-Numan continue to flee in vehicles filled with their belongings after an uptick in violence as regime forces make steady advances on the ground despite an August ceasefire and UN calls for a de-escalation.

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UN official: Justice not done for Khashoggi

The UN official who investigated the killing of Jamal Khashoggi says justice for the journalist has not been done after a court in Saudi Arabia sentenced five people to death for the killing of the Washington Post columnist and royal family critic. (Dec.23)

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Seawolves: a lifetime dedicated to ocean conservation | AFP

In the remote South Atlantic Ocean, scientists, divers and activists brave dangerous conditions in search of an underwater mountain. The unique marine life here is rumoured to be flourishing after an extensive ban on fishing. This Greenpeace research mission is part of its year long pole-to-pole expedition to lobby the UN for an international legally-binding treaty to preserve the oceans. AFP journalists joined the NGO to see the revival of Mount Vema and get to know the men and women who sacrifice life on land for ocean conservation. N°1ML1ZUN°1N82FK

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Here’s the latest for Friday December 20th: US Ambassador to UN offers to restart talks with Iran; US watching North Korea for possible nuclear test or missile launch; Democratic presidential debate; Trump set to sign national defense bill.

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Italian PM Giuseppe Conte greets UN’s Antonio Guterres in Rome | AFP

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte greets UN secretary general Antonio Guterres at Villa Madama in Rome, ahead of a meeting. IMAGES

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Peruvians perform ‘Hatajo de Negritos’ after entering UN heritage list | AFP

Peruvians perform the “Hatajo de Negritos”, an expression featuring music and singing, after it was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO last week.

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Five years of thirst: S.Africa’s Eastern Cape battles brutal drought | AFP

In South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, no one can remember the last proper downpour. Some say it was five years ago, others six. Residents are relying on water distributions, with dramatic consequences for farmers, schoolchildren and traders. In Southern Africa as a whole, where temperatures are rising twice as fast as the rest of the world, people are experiencing the worst drought in thirty-five years, according to the UN. N°1N17C2N°1N23RG

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Global warming | AFP Animé

Videographic on global warming. A major climate summit wrapped up in Madrid Sunday with a compromise deal that left little to show, prompting UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to lament a “lost opportunity” to act.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Climate change scenarios | AFP Animé

Videographic on climate change. A major climate summit wrapped up in Madrid Sunday with a compromise deal that left little to show, prompting UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to lament a “lost opportunity” to act.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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COP25 final plenary session in Madrid | AFP

The UN climate summit in Madrid holds its final plenary session, after talks risked collapsing Saturday after all-night negotiations left countries more divided than ever over on how to fight global warming and pay for its ravages. IMAGES

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UN accuses Chilean police of rights violations

UN accuses Chilean police of rights violations

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A roundup of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, we head to Madagascar where anger is building over plans to relocate part of Madagascar’s choked capital to emerald-green farmland. Then we go to Nigeria where the UN has announced an epidemic of substance abusers, who have very little – if any – access to treatment.

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UN probe slams ‘repressive’ police response to Chile protests | AFP

Chilean police responded to recent mass protests in “a fundamentally repressive manner”, UN investigator says. SOUNDBITE of Imma Guerras-Delgado, mission chief in Chile for UN Human rights High Commissioner Office

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Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at ICJ for Rohingya genocide case | AFP

Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at the UN’s top court in The Hague for the third day in the genocide case against Myanmar. IMAGES of her arrival

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Suu Kyi says ‘genocidal intent cannot be the only hypothesis’ in Rohingya case | AFP

Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi tells the UN’s top court there was no proof of “genocidal intent” behind her country’s military campaign against Rohingya Muslims. SOUNDBITE

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Myanmar’s Rohingya | AFP Animé

Videographic on the Rohingya. The Myanmar military launched a ferocious crackdown against its Rohingya Muslim population in 2017, driving around 740,000 into neighbouring Bangladesh. On Tuesday the UN’s top court, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), is hearing a case brought by Gambia accusing Myanmar of genocide against the Rohingya.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Chilean demonstrators hit the streets of the capital again | AFP

Thousands of Chileans take the streets again in Santiago to protest social and economic inequality and against an entrenched political elite that comes from a small number of the country’s wealthiest families, among other issues. Some climate change protesters also join this rally after the country delays its emissions goal boost at its own UN climate talks taking place in Madrid. Protests in Chile initially erupted in mid-October over metro fare hikes but quickly escalated into the most severe outbreak of social unrest since the end of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in 1990. IMAGES

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Thunberg urges action at COP25 summit

Greta Thunberg arrived in Lisbon, Portugal on her way to the upcoming COP25 UN climate change conference in Madrid, Spain. The Swedish teen said she plans to keep pressing political leaders to make climate change their top priority. (Dec. 4)

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