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No evidence newly-discovered virus is contagious for humans: WHO


  There is no evidence of human-to-human transmission of a newly discovered virus called 'novel coronavirus,' the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Wednesday. WHO says novel coronavirus can cause acute respiratory infection and renal failure. Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports. A 60 year old man in Saudi Arabia was stricken and died from the virus earlier [...]

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UN chief writes to family of girl shot by Taliban in Pakistan

Malala Yousafzai

The shooting of a 14-year old girl in Pakistan has outraged UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who is writing to her family to show support. Malala Yousafzai, who is a campaigner for education in her country, was seriously wounded by Taliban gunmen who shot her and two other girls on Tuesday. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) [...]

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Ensure social justice for girls: ILO

Theme for 2012:  Ending child marriage

The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has called for measures to ensure that girl children around the world attain social justice and progress. The call comes ahead of the first ever observance of the International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October. Gerry Adams reports. ILO Chief Guy Ryder says long-term gender [...]

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Islamic extremists violate human rights in northern Mali

Mothers wait at the Gabriel Toure nutrition center in the capital, Bamako, Mali - OCHA

Human rights abuses have become systematic in northern Mali where Islamic extremists have imposed a strict interpretation of Sharia law. That's what a senior United Nations human rights official who has just concluded a four-day visit to the country told UN Radio on Wednesday. Ivan Šimonović says that at the beginning of the conflict when [...]

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Asia-Pacific leaders meet to map out sustainable transportation network

Railway system in Asia

Policymakers and experts from 23 Asian countries are meeting this week to further plans for a sustainable regional transport and logistics network. An integrated transportation system would help spur growth while improving access to economic opportunities and social services for all people, according to the UN office for the region. The three-day meeting, which opened [...]

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Special Court for Sierra Leone to soon complete final case

The United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone has informed the Security Council that it will soon complete the case of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. It is the final case related to war crimes committed during the 11-year civil war in Sierra Leone which started in 1991 and reportedly left about 50,000 people dead. [...]

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Depression a "global crisis": Secretary-General


Depression is a global crisis, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Mental Health Day observed on 10 October. According to the World Health Organization, some 350 million people of all ages, incomes and nationalities suffer from depression. Dianne Penn reports. The Secretary-General says in the most extreme cases of depression, people [...]

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Islamic extremists carry out cruel punishments in northern Mali

Islamic extremists controlling the northern part of Mali are carrying out cruel punishments and abusing women, according to a senior United Nations human rights official. Ivan Šimonović spoke to reporters in New York on Wednesday following a four-day visit to Mali. He said Islamic militants have imposed a strict interpretation of Sharia law and carrying [...]

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UN Daily News 10 October 2012

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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Transport decisions affect livelihoods and lifestyles: ESCAP

Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary, UNESCAP

The transport decisions of today will impact the livelihoods and lifestyles of tomorrow, according to Noeleen Heyzer, the head of the UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Ms. Heyzer spoke at a three-day meeting of ESCAP's Committee on Transport which started in Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday. She said transport can reduce poverty [...]

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Special Representative condemns shooting of Pakistani school girls

video capture

A senior United Nations official has condemned "in the harshest terms" the shooting of three Pakistani school girls by Taliban gunmen on Tuesday. The girls were reportedly shot by gunmen in a school bus in front of their school in the city of Mingora in Pakistan's volatile Swat Valley, Charles Appel reports. Fourteen year-old Malala [...]

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New vaccine gives Pakistani children a fighting chance against pneumonia

A Pakistani mother carrying her child home after being treated in the hospital for pneumonia

Pakistan has become the first country in South Asia to introduce a new vaccine that targets a major childhood killer: pneumonia. The pneumococcal vaccine will help in the fight against a largely preventable illness which robs the world of more than a million children under five years old each year. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’07″

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WHO calls for support and encouragement for depression sufferers

Depression is the theme for World Mental Health Day

Everyone feels sad every now and then, but constant feelings of sadness, guilt or low self-worth, as well as disturbed sleep or appetite, could be symptoms of depression, according to mental health professionals. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that approximately 350 million people across the planet are currently suffering from depression, or have had [...]

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