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With security improving in DR Congo’s Kasai, thousands of refugees head home from Angola

As security has improved in the restive Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), some 8,500 refugees have left the Lóvua settlement in Angola’s north-east Lunda Norte province in the past week, hoping to cross the border and return home, according to the UN refugee agency.

Friday’s Daily Brief: Education in Africa, Sudan flash-floods, WHO on Ebola, spike in South Sudan violence, Rwanda, Uganda move to normalize relations

A recap of Friday’s stories: Education under fire in Central and Western Africa; Sudan flash-floods wreak havoc; Ebola outbreak spreads, albeit with fewer transmissions; UN rights experts on South Sudan; and UN chief welcomes understanding between Rwanda and Uganda

VA launches Veterans Legacy Memorial to honor deceased Veterans online

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), National Cemetery Administration (NCA) launched the Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM), Aug. 14, the country's first digital platform dedicated entirely to the preservation of the memory of the 3.7 million Veterans interred in VA national cemeteries.

South Sudan: UN rights experts see little headway on peace deal amid spike in local-level violence

A United Nations expert group looking at human rights in South Sudan said on Friday that it is “deeply concerned” that, although the overall armed conflict has waned, there has been little progress in adhering to the peace agreement that guided the country thus far.

School closures triple in Central and Western Africa as education comes under fire

A surge in “deliberate” attacks against students, teachers and schools in West and Central Africa has led to a tripling in school closures in the last year and left almost two million youngsters “robbed of an education”, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. 

Myanmar military committed ‘routine, systematic’ sexual violence against ethnic minorities, UN experts find

Myanmar’s military must stop using sexual and gender-based violence to terrorize and punish ethnic minorities, according to a new report released on Thursday by the United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission.

A recap of Thursday’s top stories: International Day honours victims of religious-based violence, UN experts on Kashmir, environmental disasters in Asia-Pacific, animal protections, and UN chief on Burkina Faso

Thursday’s Daily Brief: New international day honouring victims of religious-based violence; Kashmir shutdown must be reversed; Relentless sequence of disasters in Asia-Pacific; Giraffes fare well for protection, elephants not so much; UN chief condemns Burkina Faso violence

FROM THE FIELD: Argentina Preserving Pristine Forests

Thousands of species of animals and plants which are indigenous to a vast forest in Argentina could be saved thanks to a partnership between the United Nations and the South American country.  

Kashmir communications shutdown a ‘collective punishment’ that must be reversed, say UN experts

End the crackdown on freedom of expression, was the strong call to the Government by India from five United Nations independent rights expert on Thursday.

World must stamp out persecution of religious groups, Guterres declares on new UN Day

UN chief António Guterres called for an end to the persecution of religious groups on Thursday, the first ever International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion and Belief.

Relentless sequence of disasters in Asia-Pacific ‘sign of things to come’, cautions UN regional body

Changing patterns and worsening impacts of natural disasters in Asia and the Pacific, coupled with environmental degradation and climate change, are not only making efforts to predict such catastrophes more difficult, but are also a “sign of things to come”, the United Nations development arm in the region has warned.

Appendix B: About the focus groups

Pew Research Center conducted a series of focus groups to better understand how people think about their own mobile phones and the impact of these devices on their society. Five focus groups were held in each of the following four countries: Kenya, Mexico, the Philippines and Tunisia.7 Each focus group consisted of 10 adults coming […]

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Appendix A: How smartphone and social media use relate to social network diversity

In this report, we explored how smartphone and social media use relate to people’s social network diversity. To do this, we performed a multilevel regression analysis predicting the regularity with which people interact with those of different religious views, racial or ethnic groups, political parties or income levels as a function of their demographic characteristics […]

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Methodology

About Pew Research Center’s Mobile Technology and Its Social Impact Survey 2018 Results for the survey are based on face-to-face interviews conducted under the direction of D3 Systems, Inc. The results are based on national samples. More details about our international survey methodology and country-specific sample designs are available here.

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Acknowledgments

This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Laura Silver, Senior Researcher Christine Huang, Research Assistant Kyle Taylor, Research Analyst Sara Atske, Assistant Digital Producer James Bell, Vice President, Global Strategy Peter Bell, Design Director Shawnee Cohn, Communications Manager Stefan Cornibert, Communications Manager Claudia Deane, Vice President, […]

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2. Social media users more likely to interact with people who are different from them

Social media platforms provide a major avenue for people to connect with friends, relatives and acquaintances they do not see in person on a regular basis. A median of 46% of Facebook users report seeing few or none of their Facebook “friends” in person regularly, while just 31% see most or all of them in […]

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1. Social activities, information seeking on subjects like health and education top the list of mobile activities

The survey asked mobile phone users about 10 activities they might do on their mobile phones. First, it included four activities that may be social in nature, including: sending text messages, taking pictures or video, posting pictures or videos to social media, and posting thoughts on social media. Second, it asked people whether they have […]

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In Emerging Economies, Smartphone and Social Media Users Have Broader Social Networks

Smartphone users in emerging economies – especially those who use social media – tend to be more exposed to people with different backgrounds and more connected with friends they don’t see in person.

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Microplastic pollution is everywhere, but not necessarily a risk to human health

Tiny plastic particles known as microplastics are “everywhere – including in our drinking-water”, but they are not necessarily a risk to human health, UN experts said on Thursday.

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