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Nikki Haley blasts Russia for giving 'cover' to Syria.

Associated Press/Evan Vucci U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday rejected Russia's argument that it was working for peace in Syria, and told the UN Security Council that they all need to put more pressure on Russia. "I listened to my Russian colleague, and he talked about task forces, and diplomacy, ...

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Primeval forest risks sparking new EU-Poland clash.

The EU warned Poland on Thursday it may take legal action to stop logging in a UNESCO World Heritage forest, risking a new clash with Warsaw's right-wing government.

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U.N. disabilities rapporteur to make observation visit to North Korea.

North Korea is making an unusual gesture by inviting a United Nations representative on the rights of the disabled to the country.

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On 'Girls in ICT Day,' UN agencies encourage girls, women to seek technology careers.

United Nations agencies today introduced thousands of girls and women to careers in coding and robotics as part of its annual 'International Girls in ICT Day' celebrations around the world, meant to encourage girls and women to pursue careers in the field of information and communications technology.

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UN signs up Syrian Olympic swimmer to shine light on refugees.

GENEVA, Switzerland, Apr 27 - The UN said Thursday it had enlisted Yusra Mardini, the teenage Olympic swimmer who braved a Mediterranean crossing in a leaky dinghy fleeing war-torn Syria, to help raise awareness about the plight of refugees. The United Nations refugee agency said it had appointed Mardini as its newest ...

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Afghan refugees won't be expelled against their will: UNHCR official.

Refugees complain of police harassment and lack of basic facilities at camps The post Afghan refugees won't be expelled against their will: UNHCR official appeared first on The Express Tribune.

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Poland supports India's bid for NSG membership, UNSC seat: VP Ansari.

, April 27 : Vice President Hamid Ansari has said that Poland supports India's bid for membership in Nuclear Suppliers Group and also a permanent membership in expanded United Nations Security Council."Happy for Poland's support to India's claim for permanent membership of expanded UN security council," Ansari said while ...

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Iraq forces retake town of Hatra southwest of Mosul.

HATRA, April 27 — Iraqi forces today retook the town of Hatra, southwest of Mosul, on the third day of an operation that saw them wrest back a nearby Unesco-listed ancient city, a statement said. Hashed al-Shaabi ...

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CHR: Gov't will send own panel to UN Human Rights Council.

The government will respond to the United Nations Human Rights Council's impending review of the country's human rights situation, the Commission on Human Rights on Thursday.

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Exclusive: U.N. criticizes Myanmar plan to resettle Rohingya in 'camp-like' villages.

YANGON - The United Nations' refugee agency has criticized a Myanmar government plan to resettle Rohingya Muslims displaced by recent violence in "camp-like" villages, saying it risks stoking tensions, according to a document seen by Reuters.

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UN says slight drop in war deaths, but more women among them.

The number of civilians dying in Afghanistan's protracted 16-year war dropped slightly during the first three months of this year, the United Nations reported Thursday, but in a surprising twist more women and children are among the dead and wounded than in previous casualty reports.

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Belgium sorry it helped get Saudi Arabia on UN rights panel

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel says it was a mistake for his nation to help vote Saudi Arabia onto a United Nations women's rights committee, arguing that the country does not respect gender equality.

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Afghanistan: UN urges protection of civilians as causalities remain high in first quarter

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan today urged all parties to the conflict to take immediate and concrete measures to better protect civilians from harm, as the latest data for 2017 shows continued high numbers of civilian casualties.

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FEATURE: UN's mission to keep plastics out of oceans and marine life

There will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050 unless people stop using single-use plastic items such as plastic bags and plastic bottles, according to figures cited by the United Nations.

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The surprisingly short list of U.S. metro areas achieving inclusive economic growth

In research and strategy circles around economic growth and development, the concept of inclusive growth' is all the rage Internationally, organizations including the OECD, World Bank, World Economic Forum, Asian Development Bank, and United Nations Development Program have recently sponsored reports and initiatives devoted ...

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Civilian casualties decline slightly in Afghanistan - U.N. report

KABUL - Civilians casualties caused by the war in Afghanistan declined slightly in the first three months of 2017, the United Nations said on Thursday, a rare drop that officials attributed mostly to residents fleeing areas of fighting.

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Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria receive highest polio vaccines

New York/New Delhi, April 27 Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria -- the only three polio endemic nations in the world -- received highest doses of vaccines in 2016, said a Unicef statement on Thursday. "Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan each received more doses of vaccines than any other country," said the United Nations ...

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Iraq forces retake ancient town of Hatra from the Islamic State

Iraqi forces on Thursday retook the town of Hatra, southwest of Mosul, on the third day of an operation that saw them wrest back a nearby UNESCO-listed ancient city, a statement said. Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary forces said they had flushed the Islamic State group out of Hat...

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UN disability rights expert's first visit to North Korea

GENEVA / PYONGYANG – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, will conduct an official visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from 3 to 8 May ...

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Iraq forces retake town of Hatra southwest of Mosul

Iraqi forces Thursday retook the town of Hatra, southwest of Mosul, on the third day of an operation that saw them wrest back a nearby UNESCO-listed ancient city, a statement said

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Children pay the price in Afghanistan conflict: United Nations

Children account for one-third of civilian casualties in Afghanistan's grinding conflict in the first three months of 2017, and are paying an increasingly high price in the fighting, a UN report said today in Kabul.

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UNICEF urges Malaysia to ban corporal punishment in schools

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Yusra Mardini appointed UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador

Yusra Mardini appointed UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.

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Civilian casualties decline slightly in Afghanistan: UN report

Civilians casualties caused by the war in Afghanistan declined slightly in the first three months of 2017, the United Nations said Thursday, a rare drop that officials attributed mostly to residents fleeing areas of fighting

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'A black day': Saudi Arabia to lead on gender equality

Saudi Arabia, a country where women are not allowed to drive cars, has been elected to the United Nations women's rights commission, sparking anger. The kingdom was elected on Monday by secret ballot to a four-year term on the Commission on the Status of Women and will join 45 other countries on the panel, a UN press ...

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UNESCO listed site of ancient Hatra recaptured from Daesh

Iraqi pro-government forces said on Wednesday they had seized the UNESCO-listed ancient site of Hatra from the Islamic State group, the latest archaeological jewel to be wrested from the militants' grip. Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary forces fighting IS around Iraq's se © 2017 Al Bawaba

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Washington Post's Milbank: Obamacare Repeal May 'Violate International Law'

Did you know that international law could supercede American law? In fact, Congress may not be able to repeal ObamaCare because it would be in violation of international law. That is the point now being made by Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank. He cites the United Nations High Commissioner on human rights as well as ...

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The ACLU Is at the UN Tomorrow to Testify on the Horrific Human Rights Record of US Private Prison Companies

The ACLU is staunchly against prison privatization, and we're taking our case to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. On April 13, private prison company GEO Group announced its first new contract to detain immigrants under the Trump administration: a 1,000-bed detention center that will be built in Conroe, Texas, ...


How AI can make retirement transition easier for businesses and workers

GUEST: Could digital apprenticeships help save the knowledge and experience of retiring employees from being lost forever? In 2016, the United Nations estimated the global population at 7.4 billion, with one in eight of those people over the age of 60. Moreover, life expectancy could break the 90-year-old barrier in ...

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Iraqi forces seize ancient site of Hatra from IS

Iraqi forces seized the UNESCO-listed ancient site of Hatra from the Islamic State group Wednesday, the latest archaeological jewel to be wrested from the jihadists' grip. Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary forces fighting IS around Iraq's second city Mosul said they had "liberated the ancient city of Hatra... after fierce ...

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New South Sudan Fighting Displaces 25,000 People

At least 25,000 people were displaced after fighting in the town of Kodok, according to a spokesman for the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, one day after the top United Nations official in South Sudan warned of a government offensive on the town. The fighting has caused a reduction in humanitarian services and a ...

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Haley, Akbaruddin discuss India-US cooperation

United Nations, April 27 The US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, the first Indian American to hold a cabinet rank, visited India's UN Mission on Thursday for a wide-ranging discussion with Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin. "We shared perspectives on how India-US can work together at the UN in line with our growing ...

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Six months into battle for Mosul, water, trauma care are key UN and partner priorities

Safe drinking water is a major concern in Mosul, where a battle has been underway for the past six months to retake the city from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant , the United Nations humanitarian arm has said

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'Progress under threat,' warns UN chief on twentieth anniversary of chemical weapons convention

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today warned that progress made in eliminating the world's declared stockpiles of chemical weapons is threatened by belligerents in the Middle East.

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Chernobyl 31 years on: International cooperation still needed to address consequences, says UN

The United Nations today commemorated the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day recalling the devastating explosion of 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant which spewed radioactive material to an area stretching 155,000 square kilometres across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

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Strong partnerships key to unleash full potential of industrialization, senior UN official says

Speaking at the conclusion of a global meeting on importance of agriculture and agro-industries for sustainable and resilient food systems, the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council today urged for greater partnerships to ensure that global development agenda brings prosperity to all.

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Syria: UN aid officials urge end to airstrikes on hospitals

Following reports of airstrikes that damaged hospitals in northern Syria, two senior United Nations humanitarian officials today called for an end to such attacks.

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Diary JFK kept as postwar Europe journalist fetches $718,000

A diary kept by a young John F. Kennedy during his brief stint as a journalist after World War II in which he reflected on Hitler and the weakness of the United Nations sold for more than $700,000 on Wednesday. Boston-based RR Auction said the diary sold for $718,750, far exceeding the pre-sale estimate of The post ...

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Iraqi forces seize ancient UNESCO site of Hatra from Islamic State as jihadis execute Mosul civilians

Iraqi forces seized the UNESCO-listed ancient site of Hatra from the Islamic State group Wednesday, the latest archaeological jewel to be wrested from the jihadists' grip. Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary forces fighting IS around Iraq's second city Mosul said they had “liberated the ancient city of Hatra … after ...

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More than 1.3 million grapple with flooding, landslides in South America

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru In the first quarter of 2017, sea temperature changes brought on by El Niño have unleashed heavy rainfall on Colombia, Ecuador, and particularly Peru, where more than 1,200,000 people are affected. OCHA ROLAC produces this ...

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20 killed in clashes in DR Congo's Kasai region: UN

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Apr 26 - Twenty people died in ethnic clashes last week in the troubled central Kasai region of Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations said Wednesday. The UN's DR Congo mission, MONUSCO, said in a statement that the clashes took place on April 19 east of the Kasai capital,

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Some African states oppose a return by South Sudan rebel Machar - U.N. | Reuters

By Michelle Nichols | UNITED NATIONS UNITED NATIONS East African states and South Africa believe that allowing South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar to return to the war-torn country would not "necessarily be positive at this stage," said United Nations envoy David Shearer on Wednesday.Machar, who fled to Democratic ...

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PM prefers Buddha Purnima to China meet

India will highlight its Buddhist links with the rest of Asia around the same time next month when China will host foreign leaders to drum up support for its One-Belt-One-Road initiative.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not attend the OBOR conclave in Beijing on May 14 and 15. Modi will, however, visit Sri Lanka on May 12 ...

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Report: UN Memo Says Obamacare Repeal Might Break International Law

The United Nations sent an urgent appeal to the Trump administration earlier this year warning that the repeal of Obamacare could be a violation of several international conventions that bind the United States, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

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UN accuses Kenyan politician of threatening S. Sudan dissidents

A new report by a United Nations panel of experts criticises a Kenyan politician for making veiled threats' against members of South Sudan opposition groups, especially those based in Kenya.

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Ashley Peacock's parents welcome report into 'concerning' levels of seclusion and restraint

The use of seclusion and solitary confinement among police, prisons and healthcare providers has sparked calls for urgent reform after a new United Nations-funded investigation.

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UNHCR's Assistant High Commissioner for Protection visits Afghanistan, urges for sustainable solutions to displaced Afghans

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Millions of bednets reach remote and high-risk areas of Chad as rainy season looms

Source: UN Development Programme Country: Chad The mass bed net campaign to reach the most vulnerable to malaria has included distributing nets across more than 4000 sites and 2 million households.New York, 25 April —13 million people will soon receive long-lasting insecticide treated bednets in some of the hardest to ...

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Threatened attack on Yemen port will trigger catastrophe, aid groups warn

Source: IRIN Country: Yemen The port, held by Houthi rebels, handles more than 70% of all Yemen's imported goods, including aid, food and fuel. Airstrikes in 2015 reduced capacity, but Hodeida remains the country's lifeline.Aid groups in Yemen are warning that an impending assault by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition on the ...

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South Sudan crisis forces girls out of school

Source: Plan Country: South Sudan In times of food crisis, many families keep girls at home to do housework or help them to find food. It is also common for them to be sold into early marriages in exchange for cattle.Around 76% of primary school aged girls in South Sudan are not receiving an education because of the ...

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