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Combating wheat stem rust in Africa

Stem rust race Ug99 can be so devastating that wheat heads do not fill grain; no yields are expected from such a crop

A new strain of wheat rust – known as Ug99 – is decimating African wheat fields. Ug99 was first detected in Eastern Africa in 1998 and has since spread around the continent but help could be at hand in the form of nuclear science. The Joint Division of the IAEA and the UN's Food and [...]

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Addressing the winter needs of Syrian refugees

A Syrian refugee woman holds her child in Jordan's Zaátri camp, where the needs are many. © UNHCR/S.Malkawi

A senior UN official has met with Lebanon's Prime Minister to discuss international and financial arrangements for the growing number of Syrian refugees as winter approaches. Derek Plumbly, the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, met with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati in Beirut on Monday. Gerry Adams reports. Derek Plumbly thanked Lebanon for honouring its [...]

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Landmark report covers 10 years of human rights violations in Nepal

Human Rights Council

  A landmark 235 page report analysing the conflict that occurred in Nepal from 1996 to 2006 was released on Monday. The report, released by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, is accompanied by a database of some 30,000 documents. Hanny Megally, an official at the High Commissioner's Office, says it is designed as [...]

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In Namibia, poverty wears a woman's face: UN Special Rapporteur

Young Namibian girls of Ovahimbo Tribe at Otjenda Kraal near Okanguati in northern Kaokoland.  UN Photo/Alon Reininger

More than two decades after independence, in Namibia, poverty wears a woman's face, according to Magdalena Sepúlveda, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. Gerry Adams reports. Women continue to be economically marginalized, have unequal access to land and are disproportionately affected by unemployment and HIV-AIDS, says Magdalena Sepúlveda. Ms. Sepúlveda has just [...]

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UN chief reiterates call for end to crisis in Syria

Syrian children's access to education has been affected as many of them are displaced OCHA/Ben Parker

The situation in Syria has dramatically worsened and is posing a serious risk to the stability of the country's neighbours and the entire region. That warning has come from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who addressed the World Forum on Democracy held in Strasbourg, France on Monday. Derrick Mbatha reports.  Duration:  2’40″

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Kenyan troops protect Somali city from explosive devices left by militants

A Kenyan soldier locating improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted by militants.

It's been about a week since Al Shabaab militants retreated from the Somali port city of Kismayo, and Kenyan soldiers on duty there are working to make sure a potentially explosive situation is kept under control. The troops are locating improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted by the militants. Kismayo, the third largest city in Somalia, [...]

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Nobel Peace Prize winner calls for justice in Syria

Tawakkol Karman, the 2011 Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize Winner

The 2011  Nobel Peace Prize winner  Tawakkol Karman from Yemen  has called for support for the Syrian people and for the United Nations to act whenever injustice is found. Ms. Karman made the appeal on Monday during the World Forum for Democracy taking place in Strasbourg, France. She said democratic and civil rights for all citizens [...]

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Young and older workers face same problems of unemployment: ILO

Doctors and nurses at a hospital in France - ILO/Crozet M.

  The International Labour Organization (ILO) says it is time to promote employment for older people in the same way youth employment is being promoted. The ILO says that's because young and older workers face the same problems of unemployment. Beng Poblete Enriquez reports. The ILO says many of the countries that are suffering from [...]

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Syrian crisis likely to become a regional conflict: UN chief

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The crisis in Syria has dramatically worsened and is threatening to engulf neighbouring countries and the entire region, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned. Mr Ban said the escalation of  hostilities along the Turkish Syrian border and the impact of the crisis on Lebanon had shaken stability in the region. Speaking at the opening of the [...]

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