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March 25, 2019
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UN condemns deadly militia attack on Mali village
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UN Security Council President Francois Delattre have condemned an attack on a village in central Mali that left at least 134 people dead, calling the violence "unspeakable." Mali's Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga has fired a number of senior military staff in the wake of the incident and ordered the dissolution of a militia group reportedly behind the attack.
NHK World (Japan) (3/25),  Business Recorder (Pakistan)/Agence France-Presse (3/25),  Voice of America/The Associated Press (3/24) 
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UN chief calls for stronger protections for religious sites
Places of worship need stronger protections, says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. In the wake of the deadly attacks on two New Zealand mosques, the UN chief has asked the UN Alliance of Civilizations to work with world leaders and religious officials to draft a plan to prevent further violence against religious sites.
Xinhua News Agency (China) (3/22),  France 24/Agence France-Presse (3/22) 
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Health & Development
WHO warns TB is still deadliest infection in the world
Tuberculosis is still the deadliest infection in the world, and global leaders must unite to find and treat all cases to eradicate the disease, said World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the agency marked World Tuberculosis Day. The International Organization for Migration has warned that migrants face a particularly high risk of contracting the disease.
Kenya Broadcasting Corp. (Africa) (3/25),  India Blooms News Service (3/25) 
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Women & Girls
Rights group claims visas were denied for would-be CSW attendees
The International Service for Human Rights, a group affiliated with the United Nations, says some women wishing to attend the recent UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York were denied entry visas by the US government. The US is prohibited by treaty from preventing individuals or civilian organizations from attending events at UN headquarters.
BuzzFeed News (3/25) 
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Climate and Energy
UNEP teams with Google on global fresh water app
The United Nations Environment Programme has worked in partnership with Google to develop and launch a software application that will allow users to more easily monitor global fresh water levels. The UN is hopeful the application will facilitate better sustainable water practices around the world.
Computer Business Review online (UK) (3/25) 
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Peacekeeping and Security
UN head urges Central African Republic leaders to implement peace deal
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has welcomed the formation of a new government in the Central African Republic. Guterres is urging all parties to the country's Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation to reject violence and demonstrate respect for human rights.
France 24/Agence France-Presse (3/24),  Xinhua News Agency (China) (3/24) 
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Scale of Idai disaster surprised us all: UNICEF
UN News (3/22) 
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UN Dispatch
Commentary and coverage on the UN and UN-related issues
"'It's Really Worrying Right Now.' An Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is NOT Under Control"
UN Dispatch (3/24) 
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Quote of the Day
"True liberation starts in the mind. Young Africans have a prime opportunity to reshape the skewed narratives that berate this continent." - @RiaraUniversity's VC Prof. Njenga
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