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WHO / WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY 2013

On World No Tobacco Day, 31 May, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for countries to ban all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship to help reduce the number of tobacco users. Tobacco use kills nearly 6 million people every year. WHO

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IMF / JAPAN

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team, led by Mr. Jerald Schiff, Deputy Director for the Asia and Pacific Department, visited Tokyo during May 21-31 to conduct the annual Article IV discussions with Japan. IMF

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GENEVA / SYRIA REFUGEES

The UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, said Friday that the number of refugees fleeing Syria had reached more than 1.6 million people. CH UNTV

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GENEVA / DPRK DEFECTORS

The UN human rights office, OHCHR, says it is concerned for the fate of nine young North Korean (DPRK) defectors returned to their homeland, where they face possible severe punishment or even execution. The group, believed to all be orphans, were first returned by Laotian police to China this week after crossing that border. CH [...]

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MALI / HEALTH

In rural Mali community health agents are in the frontline of the fight against diarrhea, malaria and pneumonia, the biggest killers of under 5 year old. UNICEF

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ECUADOR/ SOWC DISABILITIES

Richard suffers from a genetic disorder called osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease. He is fortunate to be growing up in a country that has some of the most progressive policies towards people living with disability. UNICEF

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SOUTH SUDAN / PRISON AGRICULTURE

The UN Mission in South Sudanis helping South Sudan Prison Services in stepping up efforts to establish its own agricultural farm and industries as a means of rehabilitating prisoners in the country. UNMISS  

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