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General Assembly calls for end of United States embargo against Cuba

Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla

The 193-member General Assembly on Tuesday urged the United States to lift the embargo it imposed against Cuba in 1962. The resolution was adopted by 188 votes in favour to three against: the United States, Israel and Palau. The Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia abstained. The Foreign Minister of Cuba, Bruno Rodriguez [...]

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URDU #46: Bain Ul Aqwami Manzarnama

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1. Lack of funds limiting UN response to Syrian humanitarian crisis 2. Flooding affects about 8 million people in Nigeria 3. UN supports hurricane-hit Caribbean countries 4. Progress is made in stabilizing Libya, says UN envoy 5. Libya cooperates with ICC as it seeks to try Qadhafi 6. Security Council authorizes African Union to continue [...]

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UN appeals for additional funds for hurricane-struck Haiti

A man scoops water out of a flooded school yard in Haiti

  Hurricane Sandy has been classified as the largest Atlantic tropical system on record. After cutting a destructive path through the Caribbean, it caused widespread damage to the east coast of the United States. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 2’22″

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Bosnia and Herzegovina left behind in joining European Union and NATO

Security Council chamber [UN file photo].

Bosnia and Herzegovina is being left behind in making the reforms necessary for it to join the European Union (EU) and NATO, according to the EU High Representative Valentin Inzko. Mr. Inzko told the UN Security Council on Tuesday that six months ago he was cautiously optimistic about the direction in which the country was [...]

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Young envoys study best environmental practices during Germany field trip

Young Environmental Envoys

More than 40 students from developing countries recently took part in a week-long study tour of Germany where they learned first-hand about best environmental practices. The students, who range from 16 to 25 years old, were chosen as this year's participants in the Young Environmental Envoy Programme run by the pharmaceutical company, Bayer in partnership [...]

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Involving local farmers is key to success of foreign investment: FAO

Security of land tenure is vital

Foreign investments that involved local farmers and leave them in control of their land stand a better chance of improving local economies and social development. That's the conclusion of a report titled "Trends and Impacts of Foreign Investment in Developing Country Agriculture," issued by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Tuesday. Charles Appel [...]

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Tomorrow for Two

Herbert Marshall

In this drama narrated by British actor Herbert Marshall, an officer from the International Refugee Organization (former Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees) reunites with two displaced persons whom he assisted two years earlier. Language: English Genre: Drama 1959 Duration: 28’35″

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Peace on Earth

Charles Boyer

Actor Charles Boyer discusses the cruelties of war, highlighting the urgency for peace in troubled areas such as Korea, India, Iraq, Germany and Syria, and giving a voice to soldiers and civil society. Language: English Genre: Report 1953 Duration: 30’00″

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Human rights chief "shocked" to hear about discrimination against women in Indonesia

Navi Pillay

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says she is shocked to hear about the levels of discrimination against women in Indonesia. Speaking to reporters in Jakarta on Tuesday during her mission to the country, Navi Pillay said that Indonesia is to be commended for ratifying international human rights treaties. However, she added, these [...]

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Relief supplies for Syrians destroyed in attack

A Syrian family receives food aid at a WFP distribution point. [Photo: WFP/John Wreford]

A humanitarian aid convoy and warehouses storing relief supplies have come under attack in Syria, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). More than 13,000 blankets destined for displaced Syrians were destroyed after a warehouse belonging to the Syrian Red Crescent was hit by a motor shell in Aleppo, while a truck transporting over 600 [...]

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UN seeks funding to help Haiti cope with effects of Hurricane Sandy

The United Nations is appealing for $40 million to provide urgent humanitarian assistance in Haiti following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says the hurricane had generated critical humanitarian needs and exacerbated existing ones. Heavy rains and flooding caused extensive damage to agricultural lands in [...]

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