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Pope Francis' encyclical calls for engaging with the world

Pope Francis' encyclical calls for engaging with the world

In Laudato Si, the Pope expands on Catholic teaching on mankind's responsibility to care for creation, and to protect and care for the most vulnerable. This letter builds on teachings of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope St. John Paul II.

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Obama administration apologizes to UN for Baltimore incidents

Obama administration apologizes to UN for Baltimore incidents

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France thinks Obama's foreign policy is naive

France thinks Obama's foreign policy is naive

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Human rights worsen in Iran

Human rights worsen in Iran

A UN official opined that multi-lateral negotiations with Iran over its nuclear weaponization program may yield improvement in its human rights practices.

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Putin admits advance planning for Crimea invasion

Putin admits advance planning for Crimea invasion

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Obama: the

Obama: the "ugly lie" of Islamic war on the West

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Israeli mortar fire kills Spanish peacekeeper

Israeli mortar fire kills Spanish peacekeeper

Update: Hezbollah kills two Israeli soldiers.

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Tainted tetanus vaccine stirs a row in Kenya

Tainted tetanus vaccine stirs a row in Kenya

A Kenyan teachers union, and the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, have called for an investigation into fears that a UN-sponsored tetanus vaccine is causing miscarriages among Kenyan women.

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Islamic State stands accused of genocide

Entire villages and towns, once occupied by Iraq's Christian and Yazidi communities, have been abandoned after their inhabitants fled. Christians and Yazidis are being beheaded. A Yazidi member of Iraq's parliament wept as she pleaded for help on video.

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Lebanese Christians beg the world for aid

Lebanese Christians beg the world for aid

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Video news proves Hamas launched missiles from civilian areas in Gaza

Video news proves Hamas launched missiles from civilian areas in Gaza

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Nigeria: Catholic archbishop says foreigners force homosexuality on Africans

Nigeria: Catholic archbishop says foreigners force homosexuality on Africans

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama says that organizations such as the UN are forcing secularism, condoms, and homosexuality 'down the throats' of his fellow Africans.

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China surveilled US bombers in disputed airspace

China surveilled US bombers in disputed airspace

Chinese defense minister: China has the capacity to exercise full control of its airspace.

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Diplomat gives stunning pro-life speech at U.N.

Diplomat gives stunning pro-life speech at U.N.

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LGBT activists take stock after UN defeat

LGBT activists take stock after UN defeat

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Niger: rise in child malnutrition deaths

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Guatemala: over 2000 children and teens infected with AIDS

Guatemala: over 2000 children and teens infected with AIDS

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Calling on all Catholics: Defend your brothers and sisters in Syria

Calling on all Catholics: Defend your brothers and sisters in Syria

If Obama's intention is not to change the regime in Syria, is it not better to do nothing? What is the reason for bombing Syria?

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Common Core Curriculum: how do you spell socialism?

Common Core Curriculum: how do you spell socialism?

Nationalized education imbedded in a workforce-management system? Well, how would you spell it?

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Eritreans protest 'ethnic cleansing' in Ethiopia

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US denounces UN official who justified Boston bombings

US denounces UN official who justified Boston bombings

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Catholic Health Association: who are you kidding about W.H.O.?

Catholic Health Association: who are you kidding about W.H.O.?

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Is sexuality a human right?

Is sexuality a human right?

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Mali: French intervention may awaken jihadi sleeper cells

Mali: French intervention may awaken jihadi sleeper cells

Muslim rebels in Mali impose martial law, cut off hands, and forcibly impress children into combat roles. Qatar is entwined with the rebels, hoping to extend Islam and its own regional power.

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Contention with Obama is a 'wake-up call' for Israelis

Contention with Obama is a 'wake-up call' for Israelis

Obama says that Israel does not know what is best for its own security.

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Deadly measles outbreak targets Pakistani children

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Iraq: Bishop asks West to help Christians remain in-country

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World Health Organization prescribes abortion for the poor

World Health Organization prescribes abortion for the poor

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Paraguay supports Argentina's bid for UN Security Council

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UN worries about marriage among underage girls

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Specter of famine again haunts Somalia

Specter of famine again haunts Somalia

Crop failure and water shortages assail the impoverished people of Somalia.

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Obama sends Islamist radical as U.S. envoy on human rights

Obama sends Islamist radical as U.S. envoy on human rights

An apologist for Palestinian terrorism, Salam Al-Marayati of the Muslim Public Affairs Council will represent the U.S. at a human rights conference of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe to be held in Warsaw.

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Obama lectures UN on the Muslim problem despite drone attacks

Obama lectures UN on the Muslim problem despite drone attacks

Obama condemned a short film that has been blamed for anti-American riots in Muslim countries. This came a day after a deadly U.S. drone strike in Muslim-dominated Pakistan.

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President Obama's speech to UN General Assembly

President Obama's speech to UN General Assembly

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A former Muslim tells jihadists: Enough is enough

A former Muslim tells jihadists: Enough is enough

Majed El Shafie, a convert from Islam, says there is nothing spontaneous about the violent Muslim demonstrations in 20 countries around the world. They were not in reaction to an otherwise obscure movie, 'The Innocence of Muslims'.

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Iran's nukes and why we should worry about them

Iran's nukes and why we should worry about them

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India is called upon again to respect human rights

India is called upon again to respect human rights

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Israel goes it alone as Syria is abandoned to its fate by the world

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Maputo Protocol promotes eugenic approach to contraception in Africa

Maputo Protocol promotes eugenic approach to contraception in Africa

A radical transformation of African societies appears to be the goal of the African Union, in league with organizations such as Planned Parenthood.

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UN chief asks youth to ?make some noise? ahead of Rio+20 conference

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today asked young people from all over the world to "make some noise" to help accelerate progress on the negotiations of the United Nations Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) which will take place in Brazil next month.

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UN Women names members of group to facilitate dialogue with civil society

The United Nations entity mandated to promote gender equality today announced the members that will be part of a group that will facilitate dialogue between civil society and the agency.

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UN envoy hails workshop related to Guyana-Venezuela border dispute

A UN envoy today hailed a recent workshop related to a long-standing border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela as a demonstration of both countries? on-going commitment to a peaceful resolution of the matter.

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UN envoy to take part in regional meeting on Mali, Guinea-Bissau political crises

As part of the United Nations? ongoing efforts to ensure the full restoration of constitutional rule in Mali and Guinea-Bissau, the Secretary-General?s Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit, will participate in an upcoming regional meeting on the political crises in the two countries.

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UN presents awards for promoting information technology use to empower women

A South American leader, the head of a Chinese telecommunications company and a United States actress today received a United Nations award recognizing their efforts to the use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) to empower women and girls.

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UN expert urges Canada to adopt national strategy to ensure right to food

Noting that some 800,000 households in Canada are unable to meet their daily food needs, an independent United Nations expert today called on the country to adopt a national right to food strategy.

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Maternal deaths continue to decline but more progress needed - UN report

The number of women dying of pregnancy and childbirth related complications has almost halved in 20 years, according to new estimates released today by the United Nations, which stressed that greater progress is still needed in significantly reducing maternal deaths.

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Top UN officials underscore need to combat organized crime in Central America

Senior United Nations officials today drew the world?s attention to threats posed by transnational organized crime and drug trafficking in Central America and called for concerted global efforts to combat the scourge, which they said is spreading to other continents.

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UN Sees Significant Progress In Bosnia, Long Road Ahead

The UN's High Representative for Bosnia-Herzegovina has told the UN Security Council that while the country has made significant process, there is still a long road ahead to European Union and NATO membership.

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UN envoy urges Serbia and Kosovo to overcome past feuds and seek stability

The United Nations envoy in Kosovo today called on both Serbia and Kosovo to put past disputes behind them and focus instead on promoting mutual prosperity and stability, urging the international community, for its part, to ensure that its efforts to help resolve outstanding issues are coherent.

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Operation to airlift South Sudanese citizens stranded in Sudan begins - UN official

An operation to fly back to their country an estimated 12,000 citizens of South Sudan stranded at a riverside town in neighbouring Sudan has begun, a senior United Nations official said today, adding that the returnees are being provided with humanitarian assistance on arrival back home.

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UN envoy welcomes deal to end hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israel

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, has welcomed the agreement reached to end the hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody.

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UN Sees Positive Moves In Kosovo But Says 'Status Quo Is Not Stable'

The head of the UN Mission in Kosovo has told UN Security Council members that the last three months in Kosovo have seen positive developments in the region, including successful elections in Serbia and Kosovo and steps toward EU membership for Serbia.

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UN mission in Afghanistan condemns assassination of peace council member

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has condemned today's assassination of Maulawi Arsala Rahmani, a senior member of the country's High Peace Council, and stated its continued commitment to supporting the locally-led peace and reconciliation process.

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UN official urges Islamic nations to integrate ancient principles into refugee laws

Addressing a first-of-its-kind meeting on refugees in the Muslim world, the top United Nations refugee official today urged Islamic nations to take long-standing principles of providing asylum and enshrine them in national legislation

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UN mission in Afghanistan condemns attacks on schools by insurgents

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan today voiced serious concern over reported attacks on schools and education officials by anti-government groups in recent weeks, saying the raids were a violation of children's right to education.

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UN Calls On NATO Summit Members To Protect Women's Rights

The United Nations has called on participants in next week's NATO summit to take steps to protect the rights of women in Afghanistan before foreign troops pull out of the country in 2014.

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UN official urges Israel to resolve Palestinian prisoners? hunger strike issue

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees today urged the Israeli Government to find an acceptable solution to the issue of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, noting their demands are generally related to basic prisoners? rights as stipulated in the ...

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UN envoy: political crisis in Guinea-Bissau worsens citizens? living conditions

The current political crisis in Guinea-Bissau is worsening the living conditions of its citizens, a United Nations envoy said today, stressing that an inclusive sustainable solution among all national stakeholders is needed to put an end to the turmoil.

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UN official appeals for urgent funds to assist millions across Africa's Sahel region

Speaking from Niger, a top United Nations official on Sunday appealed to the international community to provide the resources needed to help millions in crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa, warning that the situation is critical and there is no time to lose.

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UN committed to helping war-torn nations build and sustain peace - Ban

The United Nations is determined to do everything possible to assist societies torn by war from sliding back into conflict, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told an audience in the United States capital today, adding that while there have been setbacks, peacebuilding remains a crucial element of the ...

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UN official appeals for urgent funds to assist millions across Africa's Sahel region

Speaking from Niger, a top United Nations official on Sunday appealed to the international community to provide the resources needed to help millions in crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa, warning that the situation is critical and there is no time to lose.

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UN expert urges US to take more robust measures to tackle indigenous issues

The United States needs to adopt more robust measures to address the issues affecting its indigenous peoples, an independent United Nations expert said today, stressing that such policies must be developed in partnership with Native American, Alaskan Native and Hawaiian peoples in the country.

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UN expert launches study to assess migrants? rights in European border region

A United Nations expert will kick off on Monday a one-year study to assess the impact that migration policies in the Euro-Mediterranean region have on the human rights of migrants, focusing on the management of the European Union?s external borders.

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Impunity remains a concern in Burundi despite progress on human rights - UN official

Burundi is making progress in improving it human rights record, but impunity remains a challenge, a senior United Nations official said, stressing that the envisaged establishment of a truth and reconciliation commission will be a real test of country?s commitment to upholding human rights.

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UN envoy urges Israel to preserve health of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike

A senior United Nations official said today he was deeply troubled by reports about the critical condition of at least two Palestinians being held by Israel, who have been on hunger strike for over two months, and urged the Government to preserve the health of the prisoners.

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UN calls for increased efforts to stop spread of foot and mouth disease in Middle East

The United Nations food agency today called for an increase in efforts to stop foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) from spreading in the Middle East and North Africa after a new case of the disease was detected in the Gaza Strip.

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UN official urges support for new strategy to assist Afghan refugees

The head of the United Nations refugee agency today urged the international community to back a new regional strategy aimed at improving conditions for Afghan refugees in neighbouring countries and supporting those who wish to return to their country.

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The world's hunger for justice

The world's hunger for justice

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Congo: political jockeying results in 241,000 refugees

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UN official concerned over plight of South Sudanese stranded at river port

The top United Nations humanitarian official in Sudan today voiced concern over the plight of thousands of citizens of neighbouring South Sudan who are stranded at the Kosti river port on the While Nile, where they have been waiting for barges to take them back to their country.

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UN mission in Afghanistan condemns deadly attacks on civilians in Kabul

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today strongly condemned a car bomb and suicide attack in the country?s capital, Kabul, which killed eight civilians and injured 11 others.

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UN envoy urges protection of children from violence in Syria

The United Nations envoy for children and armed conflict today said she was alarmed by another wave of extreme violence which had resulted in the deaths and injuries of children across Syria and called on all parties to ensure their protection.

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UN official concerned over plight of South Sudanese stranded at Sudanese river port

The top United Nations humanitarian official in Sudan today voiced concern over the plight of thousands of citizens of neighbouring South Sudan who are stranded at the Kosti river port on the While Nile, where they have been waiting for barges to take them back to their country.

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UN and partners issue warning against Somali peace process spoilers

The United Nations and its partners in Somalia today warned individual groups against jeopardizing a roadmap for ending the transition in the east African country, adding that sanctions and restrictions could be imposed on those who seek to obstruct the peace process.

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UN and partners issue ?unambiguous? warning against Somali peace process spoilers

The United Nations and its partners in Somalia today warned individual groups against jeopardizing a roadmap for ending the transition in the east African country, adding that sanctions and restrictions could be imposed on those who seek to obstruct the peace process.

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UN Chief Praises Suu Kyi For 'Flexibility' On Parliamentary Oath

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has praised Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for agreeing to take a parliamentary oath despite her continued objection to its wording.

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UN Says At Least 34 Children Killed In Syria Since Truce

The United Nations says at least 34 children have allegedly been killed in Syria since a fragile cease-fire between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and opposition groups took hold on April 12.

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UN rights office voices alarm at killing of Brazilian journalist

The United Nations human rights office today voiced concern at what it called a "disturbing" trend of killing journalists in Brazil, after another reporter was found dead earlier this week.

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UN rights chief voices concern about safety of Chinese activist and his family

The United Nations human rights chief today voiced concern about the welfare of Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, and the safety of his family members, following his reported escape from house arrest.

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Independent UN expert calls on Russia to ensure better protection of cultural rights

An independent United Nations human rights expert today called on Russia to ensure better protections so that everyone can fully participate in the cultural life of the country.

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UN officials welcome court?s guilty verdict in Charles Taylor trial

United Nations officials today welcomed the welcomed the guilty verdict handed down against former Liberian President Charles Taylor by the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL).

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UN Says Russia Must Better Protect Cultural Rights

The United Nations' special rapporteur on cultural rights has called on Russia to better protect the diversity of its citizens and their ability to participate in cultural life.

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People of South Sudan disappointed with UN and African Union stance on war with Sudan

People of South Sudan disappointed with UN and African Union stance on war with Sudan

Catholic Archbishop Lukudu Loro of Juba says that the people of South Sudan do not want war. "This is an economic conflict for the control of oil," he says.

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UN Boosts Homs Presence; Annan Praises Larger Mission

Two United Nations cease-fire monitors in Syria on April 22 have set up a base in Homs, a day after a team of UN observers toured the battered city.

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UN rights office calls for halt on use of military courts to try civilians in Gaza

The UN human rights office today expressed serious concern that the de facto authorities in Gaza continue to issue death sentences and carry out executions, especially since many of the sentences are handed down by military courts against civilians.

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UN official stresses importance of international support for anti-LRA efforts

A United Nations official today spoke out on the importance of sustained international efforts to bring the Lord?s Resistance Army (LRA) to justice.

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UN envoy condemns eviction of Palestinian families from East Jerusalem homes

A senior United Nations official has condemned the eviction today of two Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem and called for an end to such violations of international law.

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UN chief: Security Council has vital role in combating threats of nuclear proliferation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the vital role played by the Security Council in combating the threat of nuclear proliferation, as the 15-member United Nations body met to assess recent global efforts and progress in the area of disarmament and security.

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Pro-choice advocates offer 'tool-kit' for sexual rights complaints

Pro-choice advocates offer 'tool-kit' for sexual rights complaints

The International Planned Parenthood Federation and Sexual Rights Initiative is offering its Sexual Rights toolkit for documenting sexual and reproductive rights abuses for submission to the UN.

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UN and global migration agency agree to step up efforts to combat human trafficking

The United Nations anti-crime agency and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) today agreed to boost cooperation to tackle human trafficking and migrant smuggling, and to improve border management.

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UN chief congratulates new World Bank President

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated Dr. Jim Yong Kim on his appointment as the 12th President of the World Bank, noting that he brings to the Bank the mix of professional development expertise and personal commitment required to advance the global development agenda at this difficult ...

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UN rights chief condemns Sudan?s bombing of civilian areas in South Sudan

The top United Nations human rights official today condemned Sudan?s indiscriminate bombing raids that resulted in civilian casualties in South Sudan and urged the two countries? governments to halt the escalating violence along their border areas.

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UN Says 613 Civilians Killed In Iraq This Year

The UN special envoy for Iraq, Martin Kobler, says terrorist attacks and communal violence in Iraq killed a total of 613 civilians in the first three months of 2012.

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UN Envoy Condemns Deadly Attack On North Kosovo Apartments

The UN envoy in Kosovo has condemned an attack on a home in the northern city of Mitrovica that killed a father and injured two of his children.

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UN rights chief urges Barbados to address domestic violence and discrimination

The United Nations human rights chief today urged Barbados to adopt more effective legislation measures to combat discrimination and domestic and sexual violence in the country, adding that an attitudinal change is needed in society as a whole to tackle these issues.

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Africa and Asia to lead urban population growth in next 40 years - UN report

Africa and Asia together will account for 86 per cent of all growth in the world?s urban population over the next four decades, the United Nations said today, adding that this unprecedented increase will pose new challenges in terms of jobs, housing and infrastructure.

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UN official urges greater support for peacebuilding efforts in Central African Republic

The head of the United Nations peacebuilding office in the Central African Republic (CAR) today urged the international community to support ongoing efforts to restore stability in the country, saying that more $19 million is required to complete its disarmament, demobilization and reintegration ...

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UN envoy outraged over suicide bombing of national theatre in Mogadishu

The United Nations envoy for Somalia has voiced outrage at today?s suicide bomb attack in the newly reopened national theatre in the capital, Mogadishu, which reportedly killed at least six people and injured scores of others.

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UN expert urges Lebanon to investigate suicide of migrant domestic worker

A United Nations independent expert today urged Lebanon to investigate the death of an Ethiopian migrant domestic worker who committed suicide days after being abused in the capital city of Beirut.

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UN officials stress need to strengthen and harmonize human rights treaty bodies

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for increased resources to help strengthen and harmonize the treaty bodies that monitor the implementation of international human rights treaties, describing them as the indispensable link between universal standards and the individuals they are designed ...

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