Thousands of Africans die trying to get to Europe, says UN | AFP

In Africa Weekly: More than 70 people die each month in the trek to cross Africa and reach Europe, culminating in thousands of deaths in recent years, the UN says in a new report. Meanwhile Mali’s political crisis drags on and a Tunisian man has found an ancient secret about making purple dye.

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UN restarts cross-border aid to Syria in reduced form: diplomats | AFP

The UN Security Council announces it voted to restart cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria, but with only a single access point into the war-torn country. SOUNDBITE

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Any future coronavirus vaccine must be “available to everyone”, says Guterres | AFP

UN Secretary General Antonio Guteress stresses the need to build more equal societies and economies to better fight the AIDS and coronavirus epidemics around the world, as the International Aids Society virtual conference on COVID-19 closes. He insists that any “future vaccine against coronavirus must be available to everyone”.

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UN chief denounces ‘unprecedented’ foreign interference in Libya | AFP

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres denounces “unprecedented” foreign interference in Libya, saying the conflict has “entered a new phase.” SOUNDBITE

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People flee home in Myanmar’s Rakhine state fearing ‘clearance ops’ | AFP

People from Myanmar’s conflict-ridden Rakhine flee to the state capital of Sittwe after warnings of military “clearance operations”, as the UN called to spare civilians amid intensifying fighting between the army and insurgents.

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Giant land art in Geneva celebrates 75 years of the UN | AFP

French artist Saype created a giant work of land art called “World in progress” in the garden of the UN headquarters in Geneva, a gift from Switzerland for the 75th anniversary of the international organization.

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UN’s top human rights body adopts resolution condemning structural racism and police brutality | AFP

The UN’s top human rights body adopts a resolution condemning structural racism and police brutality, after the text was revised to remove specific mention of the United States. The UN Human Rights Council’s 47 members approved by consensus the revised version of the resolution, which was initially presented by African countries for an urgent council debate, called following the death of George Floyd in US police custody. IMAGES

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Over 1% of humanity displaced, says UN’s Filippo Grandi | AFP

Nearly 80 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to violence and persecution, marking a near-doubling of global displacement in a decade, says UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi.

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UN rights chief urges reparations for colonialism, slavery | AFP

The UN’s human rights chief urges countries to confront the legacy of slavery and colonialism and to make reparations. Addressing an urgent debate on racism and police brutality called at the UN Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet says countries “need to make amends for centuries of violence and discrimination, including through formal apologies, truth-telling processes and reparations in various forms.” IMAGES

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‘Gratuitous brutality’ of Floyd’s death shows ‘systemic racism’: UN | AFP

Addressing an urgent debate on racism and police brutality called at the UN Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet criticises the “gratuitous brutality” on display in the killing of George Floyd in the United States, warning that it has “come to symbolise the systemic racism that harms millions of people of African descent”. IMAGES

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Uranium enrichment | AFP Animé

The UN nuclear watchdog’s governing body began meeting on Monday as a row brews over Iran’s refusal to allow access to two sites where nuclear activity may have occurred in the past. Videographic on uranium enrichment. VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Uranium enrichment | AFP Animé

Iran has now accumulated enriched uranium at nearly eight times the limit of a 2015 deal and has for months blocked inspections at sites where historic nuclear activity may have occurred, the UN watchdog. Videographic on uranium enrichment. VIDEOGRAPHICS

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WHO says it wants to keep working with US | AFP

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says US involvement with the UN health agency had made a “great difference” over the decades and “it is WHO’s wish for this collaboration to continue”. SOUNDBITE

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WHO emergency committee to meet this week to evaluate pandemic | AFP

The World Health Organisation says its emergency committee will meet on Thursday April 30th to assess the coronavirus pandemic, three months after the UN body declared it an international emergency. SOUNDBITE

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Biggest health effort ‘in history’ needed to rid world of coronavirus: UN chief | AFP

Ridding the world of the novel coronavirus, which has killed more than 190,000 people worldwide, will require the biggest public health effort ever seen, Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres says. SOUNDBITE

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Floods hit the southern Yemeni city of Aden | AFP

The roads in the southern Yemeni city of Aden are flooded due to heavy rains. At least seven people have been killed and 85 injured in flash flooding in Yemen this month, according to the UN, as the coronavirus threat also looms over the war-torn nation.

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WHO “regrets” Trump’s decision to suspend funding | AFP

WHO chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, says the organisation “regrets” US President Donald Trump’s decision to suspend funding of the UN agency over criticism it had mismanaged the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. SOUNDBITE d’une conférence de presse de l’OMS

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Lifting virus restrictions too quick could spark ‘deadly resurgence’: WHO | AFP

A hasty lifting of restrictions imposed to control the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to a fatal resurgence of the new coronavirus, the World Health Organization warns. “WHO wants to see restrictions lifted as much as anyone. At the same time, lifting restrictions too quickly could lead to a deadly resurgence. The way down can be as dangerous as the way up if not managed properly,” the UN health body’s chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says during a virtual press conference in Geneva. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: From Panama, UN, Red Cross prepare 16.5 tons of aid | AFP

The United Nations and the Red Cross prepare more than 16 tons of supplies, including masks and gloves, for distribution from their collection center in Panama for the combat of COVID-19 across Latin America and the Caribbean.

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WHO chief and Trump at odds over ‘politicizing’ of coronavirus | AFP

US president Donald Trump and WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus disagree over alleged ‘politicizing’ of the COVID-19 pandemic: the World Health Organisation is pleading for global unity in the face of accusations from Trump that the UN health agency is ‘very China-centric’.

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