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U.N. Daily Brief: August 31, 2015

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Notes from Monday’s U.N. daily briefing.

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Nearly 250,000 Migrants Currently in Libya: UN

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A quarter million migrants face worsening conditions in Libya and the rise of the Islamic State or a dangerous ocean crossing in hopes of reaching Europe.

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UN Nuclear Oversight Group Requests Funding To Carry Out Iran Deal

United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency told donor countries Tuesday that it will need an extra $10.5 million per year in contributions to carry out the agreement.

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Transparency Needed After Chinese Chemical Blasts: UN Expert

Amateur footage of the August 12, 2015 Tianjin chemical explosion.

“Information about hazardous substances must be available and accessible in order to protect and respect the rights to life,” Baskut Tuncak said Wednesday.

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UN Sec. Gen. Stresses Importance Of World Humanitarian Day Summit

The first ever World Humanitarian Summit will take place from May 23-24 in 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey where participants will discuss “sustainable development” and a “global commitment to end poverty.”

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South Sudan Gov’t Postpones Signing of Peace Agreement

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President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar failed to meet a Monday deadline to reach a deal ending the country’s civil war.

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UN Rights Experts Call for Jason Rezaian’s Release

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Last month, the Washington Post appealed to the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions, arguing that Rezaian’s July 2014 arrest was illegal.

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US: Assad Gov’t Has Dropped 2,000 ‘Barrel Bombs’ Since July

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power listens to remarks by the U.K.'s Mark Lyall Grant before briefing reporters on the situation in the Ukraine. March 6, 2014. Photo: Luke Vargas/TRNS

U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power accused the Syrian government of intensifying attacks on civilians since the first week of July.

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The World in 2:00 – August 13, 2015

The World in 2:00

The UN urges victims to speak out after new revelations of rapes by peacekeepers, and Kiribati’s president calls for a global moratorium on new coal mines.

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UN Vows To ID Culprits in Syrian Chemical Weapons Attacks

The U.N. Security Council chamber. Photo: Luke Vargas/TRNS

U.N. and OPCW investigators will soon be tasked with identifying those responsible for incidents dating back to 2013, instead of simply determining they occurred.

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Trump Pledges To Not Run As An Independent

Donald Trump launches his 2016 campaign for president at Trump Tower in New York. June 16, 2015. Photo: Luke Vargas/TRNS

Trump, who frequently boasts about his skill in deal-making, said that he did not strike a bargain with the party in exchange for his signature.

Prosecutors To Seek Death Penalty For Charleston Shooting Suspect

Mourners comfort each other following the massacre late Wednesday night in Charleston, SC. (Photo courtesy of the King Center)

The suspect faces nine counts of murder, the counts of attempted murder, and additional federal charges that include counts of hate crimes.

Back To Jail: Study Links Psychiatric, Drug Problems To Repeat Offenders

47,326 Swedish prisoners were studied.

Liberia Ebola Free, Enters 90-Day “Heightened Surveillance Period”

And UNICEF has pledged to improve health and education programs in the country.

Judge Orders Kentucky Marriage Clerk To Jail

Kentucky State Seal

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis had refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses on multiple occasions, despite court orders.

WHO: Global Community Maintaining Grip Around MERS

The disease is transmitted from sick camels.