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DAILY WRAP 9 August 2018

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FROM THE FIELD: A mountain of indigenous knowledge in PeruIndigenous people in a remote mountain town in the Andes in Peru are being helped to boost their incomes by preserving a valuable but threatened breed of alpaca.

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Nicaragua must end ‘witch-hunt’ against dissenting voices – UN human rights expertsFollowing weeks of civil unrest in Nicaragua, a group of 11 UN independent human rights experts urged the Government on Thursday to stop the violent repression of protestors, which has left at least 317 people dead and 1,830 injured, stressing that “no one should be detained for the exercise of their human rights”.

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Millions at risk if Syria’s war moves to last redoubt of Idlib, warns senior aid officialAid access to embattled Syrians may soon improve following recent military gains by the Government, but the war “cannot be allowed to go to Idlib”, the head of the UN’s Humanitarian Task Force said on Thursday.

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Nagasaki is ‘a global inspiration’ for peace, UN chief says marking 73rd anniversary of atomic bombingThe survivors of the atomic bombings, known in Japanese as the hibakusha, have become global “leaders for peace and disarmament”, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at Thursday’s Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony in Japan, commemorating the 73rd anniversary of that devastating day.

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Thai citizenship means ‘dream of a brighter future’ for cave rescue boys, says UN Refugee AgencyThe decision of the Thai Government to grant citizenship to three of the boys recently rescued after being trapped in a flooded cave, along with their football coach, has been welcomed by UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

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UN chief condemns air strike that hit school bus in northern Yemen, killing scores of childrenUN Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday condemned an air strike by pro-Yemini Government coalition forces, which killed scores of children who were on board a bus travelling through a busy market area in the northern province of Saada.

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UN Envoy urges Burundi leaders to ‘seize opportunities for national unity and peace’The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Burundi, Michel Kafando, has called on the country’s leaders to “seize the opportunity” offered by the recent adoption of a new constitution, to create a new political environment that is “conducive to the consolidation of national unity and peace”.

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UN underscores the need to celebrate indigenous peoples, not confine themCelebrating some 370 million indigenous people across 90 countries; marches, ceremonies and a host of other initiatives took place across the world, as the United Nations marked on Thursday the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

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