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SUNS # 8546 Thursday 5 October 2017

United Nations : Opportunities, costs and risks in roll-out of digital economy (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
While the digitalization of economic activities and transactions can help to overcome barriers to more inclusive development, significant divides in the readiness of countries to engage in and benefit from the digital economy enhance the risk of the gaps becoming even wider, with greater income inequality as a result, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has said.

United Nations : US call for suspending arms sales to Myanmar faces roadblock (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
When US Ambassador Nikki Haley called for a virtual arms embargo against the repressive and much-maligned military regime in Myanmar, she took a passing shot at two of her fellow veto-wielding, permanent members of the Security Council - namely China and Russia - who are primary arms suppliers to the increasingly politically-isolated nation.

Bangladesh : Women and girls - the hardest hit Rohingya refugees (PRIV)
(IPS, Dhaka)
Of the nearly half a million Rohingya refugees who've fled across the border and have sought refuge in Bangladesh, women and girls are the most at risk, sleeping under open skies, roadsides, and forest areas with little or no protection.

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