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August 15, 2018
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WHO chief: Conflict increases Ebola's threat to DR Congo
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns that conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo makes the Ebola outbreak in the region more dangerous. An experimental vaccine is being tested in the country.
The Guardian (London) (8/15),  Reuters (8/15),  Voice of America (8/14) 
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Guterres promotes multilateralism in annual report
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says in his annual UN report that multilateralism is "the only path to address global challenges." Guterres urges global unity and partnerships to address issues such as poverty and conflict.
Global Times (China)/Xinhua News Agency (8/15),  UrduPoint (Lahore, Pakistan) (English-language content) (8/15) 
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Health & Development
UN: Venezuela suffers from shortages of food, medicine
The economic crisis in Venezuela has caused food shortages that have driven about 2.3 million Venezuelans to flee to neighboring countries, says United Nations representative Stephane Dujarric. Medical supplies are also running low, putting more than 100,000 HIV/AIDS patients at risk and increasing cases of measles, malaria, tuberculosis and diphtheria, Dujarric warns.
Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)/Agence France-Presse (8/14),  Xinhua News Agency (China) (8/14) 
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Women & Girls
Instability in Iraq could drive up child marriage
The percentage of Iraqi girls married as minors was higher in 2016 than 19 years prior, and child advocates are concerned an unstable government could exacerbate the trend. "It's important to underscore the impact of conflict on the incidence of early marriage," says Ivana Chapcakova of UNICEF in Iraq.
PRI/Globalpost (8/13) 
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Climate and Energy
FAO head says healthy soil is key to climate, hunger issues
Keeping soil safe from erosion and pollution is a critical part of dealing with climate change and global hunger, says Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva. "Let us make soils a vehicle of prosperity and peace, and show the contribution of soils to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals," he says.
Climate Action (U.K.) (8/15) 
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Peacekeeping and Security
UN report: ISIS, other groups still active despite setbacks
Up to 30,000 Islamic State militants remain in Syria and Iraq, which includes some foreign-born fighters, according to a report by United Nations sanctions monitors. The report also warns of active extremist groups in South Asia and parts of Africa.
CBC News (Canada)/The Associated Press (8/14),  Channel NewsAsia (Singapore)/Agence France-Presse (8/14) 
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UN Radio
PODCAST: "Repression is fashionable again" -- outgoing UN Human Rights Chief
UN News Centre (8/15) 
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UN Dispatch
"There is a new Ebola outbreak -- this time it is in a war zone. How worried should we be?"
UN Dispatch (8/14) 
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@UNOCHA: Armed conflict destroys the lives of millions of people. Take a selfie and face world leaders to say, civilians are #NotATarget. worldhumanitarianday.org/en
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