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UN: international community must act on "widespread crimes of humanity" in North Korea

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The international community must act on evidence of widespread crimes against humanity in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), according to a UN Commission of Inquiry. A panel of experts mandated by the UN Human Rights council said North Koreans had experienced "great suffering and unspeakable atrocities" in prison camps and those accused must [...]

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New skills and farmer training cut toxic pesticide use in West Africa

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Tens of thousands of cotton farmers in Mali have been able to drastically reduce their use of toxic pesticides by 90 per cent through training on alternative methods of pest control, according to a new FAO study. Poor yields in the West Africa Region often result from a lack of knowledge of soil management, poor [...]

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Terrorist attack in Egypt condemned by UN chief

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A terrorist attack on a bus in Egypt, which reportedly killed four people and wounded many others, has been strongly condemned by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Three tourists from the Republic of Korea were amongst the dead in the attack on Sunday in the Sinai. Egypt has witnessed considerable violence since the overthrow of [...]

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Afghan elections should be inclusive and fair to be credible: UN

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"All eyes are on Afghanistan" as it prepares for elections on 5 April, the Under Secretary-General for UN's political affairs said at the end of his two-day visit to the country. The elections will mark the first ever transfer of power from one elected president to another in the country's history. Jeffrey Feltman, who oversees [...]

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Afghan election "opportunity" to engage internationally

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Forthcoming presidential and provincial elections in Afghanistan provide an opportunity for the country to engage with the international community according to the UN's political chief. Eleven candidates are fighting the presidential election on 5 April which will mark the first ever transfer of power in the country's history from one elected president to another. The [...]

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"Unspeakable atrocities" in North Korea

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"Unspeakable atrocities" are being committed against political prisoners in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), according to a report released by the United Nations. The report by a Commission of Inquiry lists what it described as crimes against humanity, not just confined to the prison system. They include extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, [...]

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Kenya urged to repeal matrimonial property act

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Kenya has been urged by a group of UN human rights experts to repeal sections of a law which may deny women the right to marital property upon divorce or death of their spouse. Women will not be able to claim their right to property unless they can prove they made a contribution to its [...]

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East Africa experts discuss role of foreign investments to boost local economies

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The Eastern Africa region has enjoyed impressive growth, but has not been able to make a dent in the poverty levels or create enough jobs. That's why experts from the region are meeting in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to see to what extent their governments can depend on foreign investments [...]

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Human rights violations report on North Korea goes public

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A report which investigates what have been called the "systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights" in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is being made public on Monday by the United Nations. Among the violations investigated in the report are those linked to the right to food,  prison camps, as well as torture [...]

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African experts review role of investment in East Africa's economies

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Experts from countries in the Eastern Africa region are gathering in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to discuss the role of investment to boost their economies. The Intergovernmental Committee of Experts is part of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, ECA's Office for Eastern Africa. It meets annually to [...]

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Mobile technologies to aid teaching and learning

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The potential for mobile technologies to aid teaching and learning is being examined by the UN's cultural organization, UNESCO in Paris, France. The annual Mobile Learning Week will focus on how cell phones and other communication technologies can boost learning in regions where traditional educational resources are lacking. A series of workshops will look at [...]

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