Aftershocks continue following massive earthquake in Japan

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Aftershocks are continuing in Japan following one of the largest ever earthquakes to hit the Asian country. The powerful earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale has caused widespread damage in the earthquake zone about 250 miles north-east of Tokyo.  Hundreds of people are reported to have been killed. Mari Yamashita is the Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Tokyo. She told Daniel Dickinson what happened.

UN envoy to Afghanistan alarmed at high civilian casualties

Staffan de Mistura

Staffan de Mistura

The UN in Afghanistan says it is committed to reducing the number of civilians who are being killed in the ongoing conflict in the south central Asian country. Last year was one of the worst years for ordinary Afghans. Almost 2,800 civilians died as a result of the conflict between the government and the rebel Taliban movement. Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s envoy in the region told Gerry Adams who are the people dying from the suicide attacks and bombs planted by the Taliban movement.

Kiribati youth try to save their island nation.

Small island states may be the least responsible for global rising temperatures, but they are suffering the most from its adverse effects, according to the UN’s climate body. The Pacific island nation of Kiribati is on the front line of climate change and might soon become inhabitable. The fate of Kirabati is in the hands of global polluters and the nation is counting on global environmental solutions to save them.

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