The dawn of a new day in China for women in rural politicsListen /
Across rural China, there is a transformation taking place. More and more women are stepping out of their traditional roles and into positions of power. UN TV travelled to a remote region of China to meet women leaders who are shaping a new future for their country.
Study calls for greater action to monitor trade in python skins
Striking colours and naturally occurring patterns have made snakeskin accessories a perennial favourite among the fashionable set. It's estimated that nearly half a million python skins are shipped each year from South-East Asia to Europe where they are transformed into luxury versions of items such as shoes, belts, wallets and handbags. But a recent report raises concerns about the sustainability of this trade, which is estimated at US $1 billion annually.
UN ready to help typhoon-hit Philippines: Ban Ki-moon
More than 500 people are reported to have been killed and hundreds more are missing after Typhoon Bopha devastated parts of southern Philippines. Winds and gusts of up to 120 miles an hour were reported to have toppled trees and lifted roofs off of homes. The United Nations stands ready to provide humanitarian assistance to the Philippines which has been hit by a typhoon, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
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