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  1. Middle East: a Threat to World Peace & Security, Warns UN Chief

    Friday, April 13, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 13 (IPS) - UN Secretary-General António Guterres in an address to the Security CouncilThe situation in the Middle East is in chaos — to such an extent it has become a threat to international peace and security. The region is facing a true Gordian knot – different fault lines crossing each other and creating a highly volatile situation with risks of escalation, fragmentation and division as far as the eye can see with profound regional and global ramifications.

  2. UN Cracks Down on Peacekeeping Troops over Human Rights Abuses

    Friday, April 13, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 13 (IPS) - The United Nations, whose peacekeepers have come under increased scrutiny because of widespread charges of sexual abuse and human rights violations, claims it is now committed to ensuring that all personnel serving with the UN meet the "highest standards of conduct, competence and integrity, including respect for and commitment to human rights."

  3. Food Is the Answer: Perugia International Journalism Festival

    Friday, April 13, 2018

    PERUGIA, Italy, Apr 13 (IPS) - The twelfth International Journalism Festival on April 12-15 has drawn 710 speakers from 50 different countries, becoming the biggest journalism festival in Europe.

  4. Tunneling Through the Andes to Connect Argentina and Chile

    Friday, April 13, 2018

    BUENOS AIRES, Apr 13 (IPS) - Visionaries imagined it more than 80 years ago, as a way to strengthen the integration between Argentina and Chile. Today it is considered a regional need to boost trade flows between the two oceans. Work on a binational tunnel, a giant engineering project in the Andes, is about to begin.

  5. First They Came for the Rohingya

    Thursday, April 12, 2018

    Apr 12 (IPS) - Other ethnic minorities will be Myanmar's next victims.In recent months, international media coverage of Myanmar has focused on the plight of the Rohingya people in the west of the country. And for good reason: Since August 2017, brutal army attacks on this Muslim ethnic minority have sent more than 750,000 people — 90 percent of the Rohingya population living in Rakhine state — fleeing over the border to Bangladesh, in what can only be described as a coordinated campaign of genocide.

  6. Death Sentences Keep Sliding, Says Amnesty International

    Thursday, April 12, 2018

    ROME, Apr 12 (IPS) - As the United Nations continues to lead the global fight to abolish the death penalty, countries in sub-Saharan Africa have recorded a significant decrease in death sentences, according to a new report released by Amnesty International (AI).In its 2017 global review of the death penalty, AI has singled out Guinea, Kenya, Burkina Faso and Chad for their positive steps amongst abolitionist states in sub-Saharan Africa.

  7. Caribbean Eyes Untapped Potential of World’s Largest Climate Fund

    Thursday, April 12, 2018

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 12 (IPS) - The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) also known as the 5Cs, is looking for ways to boost the region's access to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

  8. The UN tells private enterprise leaders that “Business as Usual Won’t Work”.

    Wednesday, April 11, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 11 (IPS) - As global citizens face an array of issues from unemployment to discrimination, affecting their livelihoods and potential, a UN agency called upon businesses to employ a new, sustainable, and inclusive model that benefits all.

  9. UN’s Zero Hunger Goal Remains a Daunting Challenge

    Wednesday, April 11, 2018

    ROME, Apr 11 (IPS) - The United Nations, which is battling some of the world's worst humanitarian crises in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, still remains focused on one of its equally daunting undertakings: how to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030.

  10. Drowning for Progress in Cambodia

    Tuesday, April 10, 2018

    KBAL ROMEAS, Cambodia, Apr 10 (IPS) - Suddenly the road ends. The cart track disappears under the water. A vast lake stretches out in front of me. I have to transfer from a motorbike to a canoe. "Tuk laang," my guide says coolly. "The water is rising."

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