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Hi, this is Gabriela. Washington is nudging the World Health Organisation to invite Taiwan as an observer to its annual meeting later this month, saying excluding it would undermine ongoing pandemic preparedness work. But China isn’t on board, putting the health organisation in an awkward spot.

Protesters in Geneva called out the United Arab Emirates for keeping government dissidents locked up beyond their jail terms. And, over in New York, children’s rights groups say Moscow should be named and shamed over the children who have died during its invasion of Ukraine.

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The World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. (US Mission Geneva/Eric Bridier)

😬 US urges WHO to invite Taiwan to observe May meeting. The proposal to include Taiwan in the annual World Health Assembly is raising hackles with China, which considers Taiwan part of its territory.

Reuters (EN)

⛓️ Over 50 political prisoners held in UAE past their jail terms: activists. The group includes academics, human rights defenders and lawyers jailed over accusations of attempting to overthrow the government, activists and family members said at a human rights examination in Geneva.

Reuters (EN)

🇷🇺 Will the UN name and shame Russia as a violator of children’s rights in Ukraine? Pressure is mounting for secretary general António Guterres to add Russia, a permanent UN Security Council member, to a yearly report on children in armed conflict, due out in June.

PassBlue (EN)

🪦 Death toll from Sudan war rises to more than 600. The WHO’s latest death tally comes as talks between Sudan’s warring generals drag on in Saudi Arabia, where envoys are discussing the opening of a humanitarian corridor.

Voice of America (EN)

🍼 One maternal or newborn death happens every seven seconds, WHO report finds. Most of the deaths could be avoided “if proper care was available”, the WHO said, adding that, since 2015, progress has stalled on reducing deaths during pregnancy.

CBS News (EN)

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