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UNITED NATIONS: International organizations have criticized the United States’ decision to cut more than half of planned funding to a UN agency serving Palestinian refugees. This week, the US administration announced that it is withholding 65 million dollars from a planned 125-million-dollar aid package for the UN Relief and Works…

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BY PASCAL LAUREYN SUVA, Fiji: They are young, smart and willing to take the rough road. Victor Ugo, Jubilanté Cutting and Khaled al-Bashy are independent fighters who speak out with a force that could possibly change the appearance of their countries, and beyond. Creating awareness for mental health in Nigeria.…

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UNITED NATIONS: When the UN General Assembly condemned the United States for its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the vote was described as a “collective defiance” of the international community against public threats against the United Nations and its member states by a politically unpredictable and…

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PARIS: As funding to combat climate change has lagged behind lofty words, the One Planet Summit in France earlier this month invited governments and business leaders to put money on the table. The result was a significant number of international pledges—both for investment in green energy and divestment from fossil…

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MEXICO CITY: Azael Meléndez recalls the tornado that in May 2015 struck his hometown of San Gregorio Atlapulco, in Xochimilco, on the outskirts of Mexico City. “I had never seen anything like it, and I asked my parents, and they said the same thing,” the farmer told IPS. The tornado…

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BY THARANGA YAKUPITIYAGE UNITED NATIONS: As press freedom becomes increasingly limited, journalists are frequently finding themselves in more dangerous predicaments than ever before. Every year, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) honors courageous journalists from around the world at the International Press Freedom Awards. “Journalists around the world face growing…

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BY DANIEL GUTMAN BUENOS AIRES: The IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labor, which drew nearly 2000 delegates from 190 countries to the Argentine capital, left many declarations of good intentions but nothing to celebrate. Child labor is declining far too slowly, in the midst of unprecedented…

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BY ROSHNI MAJUMDAR UNITED NATIONS: On 23rd August, just days before thousands of Rohingyas began fleeing their homes from Rakhine State, Aung San Suu Kyi’s recently appointed Rakhine Advisory Commission, established in 2016, submitted its final report. The engaging of an independent Commission, tasked with recommending newer ways of improving…

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BY BAHER KAMAL ROME: Exacerbated by climate-related shocks, increasing conflicts have been a key driver of severe food crisis and recently re-emerged famines, a major United Nations joint report has just revealed. Hunger and under nutrition are significantly worse where conflicts are prolonged and institutional capacities weak, on 15 September…

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