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By Beatrice Fihn, Martin Butcher, and Rasha Abdul Rahim VIENNA/Oxford/LONDON: Nuclear weapons are once again high on the international agenda, and experts note that the risk of a nuclear detonation is the highest since the Cold War. As global tensions, uncertainty and risks of conflict rise amongst nuclear-armed states, nuclear…

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By A. D. McKenzie PARIS: With widespread attacks on professional journalists and the rise of a fake-news industry, media experts agree that journalism is increasingly under fire. But how can the press fight back and ensure its survival? Judging by the stubbornly defiant tone at a one-day colloquium held at…

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NEW YORK: Unhealthy environments – both inside and outside the home – cause the deaths of more than 1.7 million child under the age of five every year, according to two new reports released by the World Health Organization (WHO) Monday. Even in their own homes, many children in developing…

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ROME/GENEVA: The United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) has published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens”—a catalog of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health. The list was drawn up in a bid to guide and promote research and development (R&D) of new…

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UNITED NATIONS, New York: The UN Oceans Conference planned for June 2017 aims to create a more coordinated global approach to protecting the world’s oceans from rising threats such as acidification, plastic litter, rising sea levels and declining fish stocks. The tiny country of the Seychelles off the East Coast…

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ROME: There are more than 370 million self-identified peoples in some 70 countries around the world. In Latin America alone there are over 400 groups, each with a distinct language and culture, though the biggest concentration is in Asia and the Pacific– with an estimated 70 per cent. And their…

FORMER UN OFFICIAL:

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US government farm subsidies are contributing to the growing prevalence of obesity because they primarily go to crops processed into foods linked to obesity and other health problems rather than to vegetables and other healthier crops, former UN Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development Jomo Kwame Sundaram contends in the following…

COMMENTARY

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LONDON: The gloves are off. With his executive order on “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals,” US President Donald J. Trump has declared war on Muslim refugees around the world. With the stroke of a pen, Trump has–among other actions–banned Syrian refugees from the US and has…

UN AGENCIES WARN:

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ROME: Anti-microbial resistance is “a major though silent global threat to human and animal health, with implications for both food safety and food security and the economic well-being of millions of farming households,” three key United Nations health and food agencies said in a joint statement. “The world is in…

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UNITED NATIONS, New York: As deadly yellow fever spreads to seven provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), new measures have been introduced to ensure that as many people as possible are immunized, despite global shortages of the yellow fever vaccine. Global emergency stocks of just 6 million yellow…