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Hi, this is Michelle. After two years of war, Ukraine faces an explosive problem that is likely to outlast the conflict.

The WTO’s chief is looking as determined as ever to show the trade body is not on its deathbed, and the UNRWA funding freeze will be felt soon in Lebanon.

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Michelle Langrand


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Anti-tank landmines collected for disposal by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in Kharkiv region. The Service reports finding of 69 explosive objects in the region during 17 March 2023. (State Emergency Service of Ukraine/Wikimedia)

💣 ‘Demining Ukraine will take decades’. As the war in Ukraine enters its third year, the director of Humanity and Inclusion’s (formerly Handicap International) Ukraine programme in Kyiv, Anne-Laure Bauby, paints a grim picture of the situation and the great danger of mines and other explosive devices. Le Temps

Le Temps (paywall) (FR)

🗣After lacklustre MC13, WTO chief vows more talks. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala promised to use the deals struck last week to pave the way for future negotiations amid transatlantic frustration that the ministerial conference didn’t yield more promising results.

Politico (EN)

💸Palestinians across Middle East face ‘catastrophe’ with UN agency’s cash crunch. Lebanese, Palestinian and UN officials have warned of a looming “catastrophe” for the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon after the UN agency tasked with their care said it could only survive another month. Financial Times (paywall)

Finacial Times (paywall) (EN)

🔬A concrete suggestion that could save millions of lives in a future pandemic. As countries negotiate a pandemic accord, they should ensure publicly funded research and development for new drugs and treatments benefit everyone, writes the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative’s Luis Pizarro.

El País (EN)

☠️EU leads call for probe into Navalny's death at UN human rights body. The death of Vladimir Putin’s jailed critic has triggered accusations that he was murdered by the Kremlin, which it denies.

Reuters (EN)

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