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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela passes away at 95

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•This week the global community is paying its last respects to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. The first democratically elected President of South Africa and global icon passed away at his home in Johannesburg on Thursday 5 December at 95 years of age. On Tuesday, the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg was packed with thousands of South African [...]

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UN chief receives final report on use of chemical weapons in Syria

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  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has received the final report of the United Nations Mission to Investigate Allegations of the use of Chemical Weapons in Syria from the Head of the Mission, Professor Åke Sellström. In remarks upon receiving the report, the Secretary-General again commended the team of experts led by Professor Sellström for their important [...]

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African leaders play increasing role in fighting malaria: UN envoy

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  Financial contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have played a critical role in reducing the number of deaths from malaria. That view was expressed by Ray Chambers, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Malaria and for Financing of the Health-related Millennium Development Goals. He spoke reporters on Thursday [...]

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International tourism – an engine for economic recovery -UNWTO

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International tourism grew by 5% in the first nine months of 2013 to reach a record 845 million worldwide, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. The number of international tourist arrivals reported by destinations around the world increased by some 41 million between January and September, growing above UNWTO's initial forecast and creating [...]

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'Sahel Action Fund' is being set up for projects, says UN envoy

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A fund is being set up to help countries in the Sahel promote development in a region plagued by a myriad of problems, including drought, hunger and conflict. The announcement was made by Romano Prodi, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Sahel during his briefing to the Security Council on Thursday. He said a [...]

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Study predicts global cancer cases will exceed 19 million by 2025

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Research from more than 180 countries reveals that cancer is on the rise globally, with striking patterns in women. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) estimates more than 14 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed worldwide last year, while 8.2 million people died from the disease. More than half of these new [...]

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India's decision to re-criminalize same-sex relationships "a step backwards"

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A decision issued by India's Supreme Court to uphold a colonial-era law criminalizing same-sex relationships has been described as a "step backwards for India". That's according to a statement issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on Thursday. The Indian Supreme Court ruling struck down a 2009 decision by the [...]

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WFP calls for honouring Nelson Mandela by ending hunger

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The head of the World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin on Thursday called for honouring the late Nelson Mandela by ending hunger in our lifetime. Ms. Cousin spoke in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania during the launch of a scheme to enable small farmers to have access to financial services such as bank accounts, short-term credits, [...]

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Global cancer burden rises to 14.1 million cases in 2012

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The global burden of cancer rose to 14.1 million new cases in 2012, according to the latest data released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Geneva on Thursday. The new version of the IARC's online database, GLOBOCAN 2012 provides the most recent estimates of 28 types of cancer in 184 countries [...]

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Pillay dismayed at re-imposition of criminal sanctions for same-sex relationships in India

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"Criminalising private, consensual same-sex sexual conduct violates the rights to privacy and to non-discrimination enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which India has ratified, according to High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Pillay expressed her disappointment at the re-criminalization of consensual same-sex relationships in India following a judgment by the [...]

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UNHCR and partners step up measures to help Syrian refugees amid massive winter storm

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The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is stepping up measures to protect the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, including 120,000 living in flimsy tents, as they face the onslaught of a massive winter storm in the region. With the support of the Lebanese armed forces, UNHCR and NGO partners were able earlier this [...]

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