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Hi, this is Michelle. Israel's row with the UN chief over his remarks on the war in Gaza escalates.

Meanwhile, a UN report reveals what will be needed to rebuild the Strip's already crippled economy, and the world's first jab recommended by the World Health Organization against malaria shows promising results.

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Michelle Langrand


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UN secretary general António Guterres addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, in New York, 24 October 2023. (UN Photo/Manuel Elías)

🇺🇳Israel to refuse visas to UN officials after Guterres speech on Gaza war. Israel’s UN ambassador said UN secretary general António Guterres should resign and that it would deny visas to UN officials after Guterres said the Hamas attack did not happen “in a vacuum”.

Al Jazeera (EN)

🚚Gaza needs billions in aid to reverse years of restrictions – UN trade body. Unctad’s latest report highlights the dire economic crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territories long before the escalation of the war between Hamas and Israel.

Reuters (EN)

🦟First malaria vaccine slashes early childhood mortality. An analysis of the World Health Organization’s pilot rollout of the RTS,S jab in Africa showed a 14 per cent drop in deaths among young children.

Science (EN)

🏴󠁰󠁳󠁧󠁺󠁡󠁿What is UNRWA and what has it said about fuel deliveries to Gaza? Amid the Palestinian territory’s total siege by Israel, the biggest UN aid agency in Gaza says it will have to stop operations if fuel is not delivered.

The Guardian (EN)

🚢WTO negotiations on ‘right path’ on key issues, says head. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala held talks with senior trade officials this week on issues such as dispute settlement reform and agriculture ahead of the body’s ministerial meeting in February.

Barron's (AFP) (EN)

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