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UPDATING LIVE: General Assembly President condemns ‘catastrophic, unconscionable, shameful’ conditions in Gaza

HIGHLIGHTS The General Assembly debated the use of veto by the United States on 20 February, with the world body’s president saying “the situation in Gaza is catastrophic, unconscionable, shameful” The GA president, stressing that a ceasefire is urgently needed, said “it is essential that we rapidly and substantially increase the scale of humanitarian operations…

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Security Council reiterates call for immediate and safe aid delivery to Gaza

Members issued a statement on Saturday expressing their deep concern over reports that “more than 100 individuals lost their lives, with several hundred others sustaining injuries, including gunshot wounds…in an incident involving Israeli forces at a large gathering surrounding a humanitarian assistance convoy southwest of Gaza City.” They noted that an Israeli investigation is underway….

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Student gastronomes plan recipe for Madagascar’s future

At Beabo Primary School in Ambovombe in the south of Madagascar, teams of students are in competition to cook the tastiest and most nutritional meal using locally available products which hopefully will encourage their parents and others to change to healthier diets. Fifteen-year-old Marie-Eliane is one of six junior chefs who have produced an impressive…

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UN chief ‘committed’ to Sudan as mission ends

In a statement, the UN Secretary-General extended his “deep appreciation” to all international and national personnel of the United Nations Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan – UNITAMS. “The United Nations is not leaving Sudan,” the UN chief insisted, as he noted that heavy fighting continues throughout the country between rival militaries that has displaced millions…

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