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Inequality (I): Half of World’s Wealth, in the Pockets of Just Eight Men

Monday, January 16, 2017

ROME, Jan 16 (IPS) - Just eight men own the same wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity, according to a major new report by an international confederation of 19 organisations working in more than 90 countries.

Mário Soares, a Rebel with a Cause - Freedom

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

LISBON, Jan 10 (IPS) - Hardly a leader could reap so much respect, even from most relentless political rivals, both throughout his life and after his death on Jan 7 at the age of 92, like Portuguese Mário Soares.

Oceans, Tuberculosis and Killer Robots - the UN’s Diverse Agenda in 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 10 (IPS) - UN member states hope to reach agreement on a diverse range of global issues in 2017, from managing the world's oceans to banning killer robots to stopping tuberculosis, one of the world's deadliest diseases.

Threat of Famine Looms in Yemen

Friday, January 06, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 06 (IPS) - Millions of Yemenis could soon face widespread famine if no action is taken to improve food access through humanitarian or trade means, an early warning system has said.

January Brings Changes for UN Security Council

Friday, January 06, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 06 (IPS) - Five of the UN Security Council's 15 seats were filled by new members this week, but a bigger shift in the council is expected later this month under the new US administration.

Poor Darwin – Robots, Not Nature, Now Make the Selection

Thursday, January 05, 2017

ROME, Jan 05 (IPS) - When British naturalist Charles Darwin published in 1859 his theory of evolution in his work On the Origin of Species, he most likely did not expect that robots, not nature, would someday be in charge of the selection process.

Ban Ki-moon’s Mixed Legacy as UN Secretary-General

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 04 (IPS) - Ban Ki-moon ended his ten years as UN Secretary-General at midnight on New Year's Eve with his last official duty - dropping the ball at New York's Times Square.

New UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Takes Office

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 03 (IPS) - Antonio Guterres of Portugal officially took up his position as ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations Tuesday morning, beginning his duties by addressing UN staff in New York.

More Than 50 Internet Shutdowns in 2016

Friday, December 30, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 30 (IPS) - Governments around the world shut down the internet more than 50 times in 2016 - suppressing elections, slowing economies and limiting free speech.

Islamic Nations to Host Pledging Conference for Aid to Yemen

Thursday, December 29, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 29 (IPS) - While the international community remains intensely pre-occupied with the six-year-old civil war ravaging Syria, the ongoing military conflict in Yemen has triggered a relatively neglected humanitarian crises threatening to explode.

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