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April 24, 2017
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WHO announces malaria vaccine trials in 3 African nations
Doctors will begin testing the world's first malaria vaccine next year in Ghana, Malawi and Kenya, the World Health Organization says. The vaccine will be given to children 5 to 17 months old to assess its protective effects in real-life conditions.
The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (4/24),  AfricaNews (4/24) 
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United Nations
Guterres: "Israel needs to be treated as any other state"
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres promised to stand against anti-Semitism and the denial of Israel's right to exist as he addressed members of the World Jewish Congress on Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day. Guterres also advocated for the creation of a Palestinian state.
The Times of Israel/Agence France-Presse (4/24),  Forward (New York)/JTA (4/23) 
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Health & Development
UNICEF, Cambodian leaders aim to eliminate fake orphanages
UNICEF is partnering with Cambodian government officials to close down fraudulent orphanages set up to attract tourist donations. "Children living in unregulated and uninspected institutions are more at risk of neglect, as well as physical and sexual abuse and trafficking," said UNICEF Cambodia representative Debora Comini.
Thomson Reuters Foundation/Reuters (4/20) 
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Women & Girls
Jordan repeals law allowing rapists to marry their victims
Jordan has repealed a law that allowed rapists to avoid punishment if they married their victims for at least three years. The move follows years of pressure from activists.
BBC (4/24) 
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Climate and Energy
FAO tool helps governments, farmers maximize benefits of water use
A new open-access database developed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization will help governments and farmers monitor water use and adjust irrigation methods to maximize food production. "FAO's teams have designed WaPOR to cover Africa and the Near East, with a focus on key countries that are or are projected soon to face physical or infrastructural water scarcity," said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
Thomson Reuters Foundation (4/20), (China) (4/21) 
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Peacekeeping and Security
UN report: Torture by Afghan forces widespread
Security and intelligence officials in Afghanistan routinely mistreat and torture detainees in violation of the country's new laws, according to a report by United Nations investigators. "Confessions produced as a result of torture are totally unreliable," noted UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.
The Himalayan Times (Nepal)/Reuters (4/24),  Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)/Agence France-Presse (4/24) 
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UN Radio
Our well-being as humans depends on Earth's well-being: UN official
UN Radio (4/22) 
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UN Dispatch
"This Government Used 'Fake News' as a Pretext to Shut Off The Internet to Half the Country"
UN Dispatch (4/21) 
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