News headlines in May 2021

  1. ISIL crimes against Yazidis constitute genocide, UN investigation team finds

    - UN News

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    A UN team investigating ISIL atrocities in Iraq has established “clear and convincing evidence” of genocide against the Yazidi religious minority, the Security Council heard on Monday. 

  2. COVID’s grip keeps world in ‘perilous situation’

    - UN News

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    Amidst an “unacceptably high plateau” in COVID-19 cases and deaths globally, the UN health agency chief on Monday shone a light on last week’s death toll that totalled almost 90 thousand people and 5.4 million reported cases. 

  3. Bridging the Digital Divide Will Save Our Planet

    - Inter Press Service

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    NEW YORK, May 10 (IPS) - Data, analysis and information are essential building blocks in our race to save humanity from the clear and present risks posed by the climate crisis.

  4. How to Assess the Willingness of US to Suspend Patent Protection on Vaccines?

    - Inter Press Service

    BRUSSELS / ROME, May 10 (IPS) - The news of the Biden Administration's willingness to lift intellectual property rights protections in the case of the Covid-19 pandemic has sent the world into turmoil, even though in recent days this willingness had become increasingly airy.

  5. CORRECTED VERSION: Struggle for the Future of Food

    - Inter Press Service

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    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 10 (IPS) - Producers and consumers seem helpless as food all over the world comes under fast growing corporate control. Such changes have also been worsening environmental collapse, social dislocation and the human condition.

  6. Free up ‘bottlenecks’ stifling Africa’s agri-food sector, urges FAO chief

    - UN News

    The UN agriculture chief warned on Monday that severe underfunding of Africa’s agri-food sector has boosted food insecurity and was hampering the future development of countries across the continent. 

  7. Is the Campaign for a Female UN Chief a Good Try in a Lost Cause?

    - Inter Press Service

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    UNITED NATIONS, May 10 (IPS) - As negotiations for the upcoming election—or re-election-- of a UN Secretary-General gather momentum, one undeniable fact looms heavily over the final decision: the choice of a UN chief is the intellectual birthright of the five big permanent members (P5) of the Security Council, namely, the US, UK, France, China and Russia.

  8. Middle East Envoys express deep concern over East Jerusalem violence

    - UN News

    The Envoys of the Middle East Quartet (from the European Union, Russia, the United States, and the United Nations), have expressed deep concern over confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem, particularly those which began on Friday evening, and continued on Saturday night. The UN Children's Fund noted that several Palestinian children were among those wounded in the clashes.

  9. ‘I am alive, but I feel like I am dead’: a migrant grieves the drowning of 3 children

    - UN News

    Misrah, an undocumented migrant worker, and her family, left their home in Ethiopia hoping for a better life. Instead, her three children are now dead, drowned during a perilous sea crossing across the Gulf of Aden, when the overloaded boat smuggling them into the country capsized.

  10. Kabul school bombing condemned by senior UN officials

    - UN News

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    Saturday’s deadly bombing outside a high school in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, has been condemned by leading UN officials. The attack led to the deaths of at least 30 people, including several schoolchildren.

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