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Over half of Ukrainian children displaced by war: UN******
Ukrainian refugees exit a plane chartered by a Swiss millionaire at Zurich Airport, on March 22, 2022.
More than half of all children in Ukraine have been displaced from their homes since Russia launched its full-scale attack on February 24, the United Nations said Thursday.
"One month of war in Ukraine has led to the displacement of 4.3 million children -- more than half of the country's estimated 7.5 million child population," the UN children's agency Unicef said.
Displaced children make up nearly half of the over 10 million people who have been forced to flee their homes since the invasion began.
More than 1.8 million children have fled Ukraine as refugees, while another 2.5 million are now displaced inside their war-ravaged country, the UN said.
"The war has caused one of the fastest large-scale displacements of children since World War II," Unicef chief Catherine Russell said.
"This is a grim milestone that could have lasting consequences for generations to come," she warned.
"Children's safety, well-being and access to essential services are all under threat from non-stop horrific violence."
Her comments came a month after Russian tanks rolled over the border, bringing a conflict that has already killed thousands of Ukrainian civilians.
The UN human rights office has confirmed that 81 children have been killed in the conflict and 108 injured but acknowledges that the true toll is likely far higher.
The UN has also decried that the conflict is taking a devastating toll on civilian infrastructure and access to basic services.
The World Health Organization has verified 64 attacks on health care, including on hospitals, clinics and ambulances, since the attack began.
And Ukraine's education ministry has reported damage to more than 500 schools and other education facilities, according to Unicef.
The UN children's agency estimated that 1.4 million people now lack access to safe water, while 4.6 million people have limited access to water or are at risk of being cut-off.
"Over 450,000 children aged six to 23 months need complementary food support," it said.
Unicef also cautioned that it is already observing a reduction in vaccination coverage for routine and childhood immunisation, including for measles and polio.
"This could quickly lead to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases especially in overcrowded areas where people are sheltering from the violence," it said.
The UN agency reiterated its appeal for an immediate ceasefire and for the protection of children from harm.
It stressed that essential infrastructure that children depend on, like schools, hospitals and buildings sheltering civilians, "must never come under attack."
"In just a few weeks, the war has wrought such devastation for Ukraine's children," Russell said.
"Children urgently need peace and protection. They need their rights."
UK Supreme Court rejects gender******
Five judges at Britain's Supreme Court have rejected a legal challenge against a government policy not to allow gender-neutral passports.。
Christie Elan-Cane, who does not identify as either male or female, argued that Britain's passport application process was "inherently discriminatory."
Individuals only have a choice of "male" or "female" on the application, with no option to put "X" for "unspecified" – an alternative introduced in several other countries.。
But the Supreme Court yesterday unanimously dismissed the appeal, ruling that a person's identity could be confirmed using the form and checking it against other official documents.。
That included birth, adoption or gender recognition certificates, said judge Robert Reed in the ruling.。
"It is therefore gender recognized for legal purposes and recorded in those documents which is relevant."
The case was brought on the grounds that the government breached legal rights to a private life and not to face gender or sex discrimination.。
The judges, though, said the lack of a gender-neutral option "does not unjustifiably breach articles 8 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights."
Elan-Cane, who has campaigned on the issue for 25 years, had earlier lost cases in lower courts. The activist, who uses the pronouns "per/perself," said the government and courts were "on the wrong side of history."
"This is not the end," the campaigner wrote on Twitter, promising to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.。
Countries including Canada, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Malta, Nepal and Pakistan all now issue passports with options other than male and female.。
Analysis: Four things to look out for in Spain's Matchday 12******
MADRID, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- The 12th round of matches in La Liga has so many interesting games that it's hard to only focus on four. Here are some things to look out for this weekend in Spain.
1. Post-Koeman Barca face improving Alaves
Every time Barca have sacked a coach recently it has promised a new dawn, but neither Quique Setien, who replaced the harshly treated Ernesto Valverde and Ronald Koeman, who replaced Setien, have been able to improve on the work of the Basque coach. Now with Koeman also gone after defeats to Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano and temporarily replaced by Sergi Barjuan, the team has to react at home to Alaves.
Alaves travel to Barcelona after two wins in two games have lifted them out of the bottom three and they will have their morale sky high. What makes the game so interesting is to see how the Barca players react without Koeman on the bench: will it be more of the same - implying Koeman was right to complain about the limits of his squad, or will they play like a side happy to see a change? - which would of course imply Barca have made the right decision.
2. Valencia and Villarreal look to end their troubles
Valencia's positive start to the season under coach Pepe Bordalas lasted approximately four games and Wednesday highlighted their current problems as Betis thrashed them 4-1.
Meanwhile Villarreal needed a late fightback to avoid a third consecutive league defeat after they had trailed 3-1 at home to Cadiz.
Villarreal sit below Valencia in the league table, but look to have a better squad and starting 11 (even without the injured Gerard Moreno and Juan Foyth). Players such as Arnaut Danuuma, Samuel Chukwueze and Boulaye Dia have enough to give big problems to Valencia's defense, while Manu Trigueros, Dani Parejo and Etienne Capoue should have Valencia on the back foot in midfield.
However, with matches against Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad around the corner, this is one match where Valencia have to dig deep and get something.
3. Basque derby with the leadership at stake
Derbies between Real Sociedad and Athletic Club Bilbao are always hard-fought affairs and this promises to be tougher than ever as Real Sociedad receive their neighbors as La Liga leaders, while Athletic are battling to climb into the top-six.
The game should see a clash of styles with Real Sociedad aiming to control the ball in midfield and use players such as Mikel Merino, Alexander Isak and Portu to create space against a rival that has an incredibly well-organized defense and midfield.
Athletic will look for the pace of Inaki Williams and vision of Iker Muniain in attack and their effectiveness from set pieces, while Real Sociedad hope to have Mikel Oyarzabal back for a match that will have the best atmosphere of the weekend.
4. Atletico Madrid against Betis doubts against confidence
The fourth standout game this weekend sees Atletico Madrid entertain an in-form Betis at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Atletico go into the game with some uncharacteristic doubts after being outplayed for much of last weekend's 2-2 draw at home to Real Sociedad and after twice allowing Levante to come from behind on Thursday night, with four dropped points seeing them slip to sixth in the table.
Betis meanwhile brushed aside Valencia 4-1 with an impressive attacking display to make it three consecutive wins and move up to fourth.
The visitors will look to striker Borja Iglesias and midfielder Nabil Fekir to keep causing Atletico problems at the back, but as they showed last weekend, Atletico may not be at their best, but they never give up until the final whistle. Enditem