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May 26, 2017
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Guterres: Attacks pushing medical facilities to breaking point
Deliberate attacks on medical personnel or facilities took place in at least 20 countries last year, in many cases driving health care systems in war-torn countries to the breaking point, said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. "These attacks are evidence of a broader trend: Parties to conflict are treating hospitals and health clinics as targets, rather than respecting them as sanctuaries," he says.
Pulse Nigeria/Agence France-Presse (5/26),  Xinhuanet (China)/Xinhua News Agency (5/26),  The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (5/25) 
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UN officials mark International Day of Peacekeepers
United Nations officials gathered in New York this week to honor 117 military and civilian peacekeeping staff who were killed while serving under the UN flag last year. "They are the best of all of us, and we must always pay tribute to their sacrifice that is a demonstration of the courage and generosity that the United Nations needs to present in today's world," said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
AllAfrica Global Media (5/25),  BD (5/25) 
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Health & Development
UNICEF: DR Congo violence driving up child malnutrition
About 400,000 children in the Democratic Republic of Congo are facing severe acute malnutrition as violent conflicts in the country continue, UNICEF officials warn. The agency says more than one-tenth of children in the region die before the age of 5 due to inadequate health care.
Thomson Reuters Foundation (5/24),  Firstpost (India)/Agence France-Presse (5/24) 
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Women & Girls
Aid ban threatens displaced women in Sudan
Women who have fled violence to rebel-held areas of northern Sudan have no access to contraception or maternal health care and limited access to basic medicine, greatly increasing their risk of disease and death. A six-year conflict between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Army-North is blocking aid to those in regions controlled by rebel forces.
The Guardian (London) (5/25) 
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Climate and Energy
28 dead, dozens missing as early rains hit Sri Lanka
Flooding and at least five landslides in Sri Lanka caused by early rains have killed 28 people, left 66 missing and displaced hundreds, officials in the country say. About 400 military personnel have been deployed with boats and helicopters to supplement rescue efforts.
Thomson Reuters Foundation/Reuters (5/26),  Al Jazeera (5/26) 
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Peacekeeping and Security
UN envoy calls off Cyprus peace talks with no agreement
United Nations efforts to help Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders find common ground have failed and there is no reason to continue negotiations, said the United Nations envoy to Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide. A UN spokesman noted the talks have not collapsed and remain leader-led, and that the UN will await word from Cypriot leaders on how to proceed.
U.S. News & World Report/Reuters (5/26),  ABC News/The Associated Press (5/26) 
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In observance of Memorial Day in the US, UN Wire will not publish on Monday, May 29. Publication will resume Wednesday.
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UN Radio
Suffering of civilians fleeing conflict "incalculable" says UN chief
UN Radio (5/25) 
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UN Dispatch
"This is What Political Science Teaches Us About the Killing of Journalists"
UN Dispatch (5/25) 
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