Venezuela on the brink, WhatsApping hate, and a Davos bright spot: The Cheat Sheet

IRIN editors give their weekly take on humanitarian news, trends, and developments from around the globe.

On our radar
What next in Venezuela?

The crisis in Venezuela has bubbled away for months, demanding media attention only when protests flare or&…

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Text adopted – Situation in the Central African Republic – P7_TA(2013)0602 – Thursday, 12 December 2013 – Strasbourg – Final edition

The European Parliament,
–  having regard to its resolutions of 17 January 2013(1)
and 12 September 2013(2)
on the situation in the Central African Republic,
–  having regard to UN Security Council resolutions 2088 (20…

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Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.**Lebanon

I just got a note from our colleagues at UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force) in Lebanon, so I will …

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Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.**Lebanon

I just got a note from our colleagues at UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force) in Lebanon, so I will …

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Special Representative Stresses Need for New Strategies to Tackle Root Causes of Insurgency, as Security Council Considers Situation in Central Africa

Humanitarian Affairs Official Says Embattled Cameroon Regions Witnessing One of Africa’s Fastest-Growing Displacement CrisesCentral and West African countries must develop strategies with which to tackle the root causes of insurgency, the senior …

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Spotlighting Long-Term Impact of Unexploded Munitions, First Committee Delegates Discuss Progress Made through Multilateral Treaties

Drawing attention to the daunting challenges and long-term consequences posed by explosive remnants of war, the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) continued its debate on conventional weapons as delegates pointed to progress …

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First United Nations Expert on Sexual Orientation Presents Inaugural Human Rights Report to Third Committee, as Others Tackle Justice, Environment Concerns

Right Not to Be Arbitrarily Deprived of Life Universally Recognized, ‘Applies at All Times’, Says Special RapporteurThousands of trans and gender-diverse persons are subjected to levels of violence that “offend the human conscien…

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Angry Iraqis, fed-up Nicaraguans, and a Mosul blooper: The Cheat Sheet

Every Friday, IRIN’s team of specialist editors offers a global round-up of humanitarian trends and developments.

On our radar:
Latin America’s new exodus

We’ve been banging the IRIN news drum regularly about Venezuela’s meltd…

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Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary‑General

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary‑General.Good afternoon everyone.

**Democratic Republic of the Congo

I have the following statement attributable to the …

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Spanning 116 States, World’s Five Nuclear Weapon Free Zones Must Use Political Capital to Advance Common Disarmament Goals, Speakers Tell First Committee

Casting a spotlight on regional efforts to advance common disarmament goals, delegates in the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) addressed the current and potential contribution of nuclear‑weapon‑free zones to glo…

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Spanning 116 States, World’s Five Nuclear Weapon Free Zones Must Use Political Capital to Advance Common Disarmament Goals, Speakers Tell First Committee

Casting a spotlight on regional efforts to advance common disarmament goals, delegates in the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) addressed the current and potential contribution of nuclear‑weapon‑free zones to glo…

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Global Pledges to Improve Children’s Well‑Being ‘A Distant Dream’ without Renewed Respect for Their Rights, Notably Protection, Third Committee Speakers Declare

With children’s aspirations still falling short of global commitments to improve their well‑being, and some calling those pledges a “distant dream”, the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) continued its debate on…

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Tripoli clashes, dying with dignity, and AI for good: The Cheat Sheet

Here’s the IRIN team’s weekly take on humanitarian news, trends, and developments from around the globe.
On our radar:
The (ending) age of Aquarius
MSF’s Mediterranean rescue ship, Aquarius, has been at the centre of a series of diplo…

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Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.**China

The Secretary-General was in Beijing over the weekend, where he spoke at the Forum on China-Africa Coop…

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