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The United Nations health agency on Thursday launched the first global monitoring system for dementia, which is expected to affect 152 million people worldwide by 2050—triple the current 50 million—amid the aging of the global population. Dementia includes Alzheimer’s disease and other types of memory loss and cognitive disabilities. “Nearly…

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Strongly condemning the widespread violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, which has led to the displacement of over 600,000 members of the country’s minority Muslim Rohingya community, the United Nations Security Council on Monday called on the Government to end the use of excessive military force and intercommunal violence in the…

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Voicing concern that hate speech and incitement to violence against Myanmar’s Rohingya community has been “cultivated for decades” in the minds of the country’s people, a United Nations human rights expert urged the Security Council to act strongly to resolve the crisis. “The crisis in Rakhine state has not only…

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A United Nations-supported humanitarian conference on Monday raised more than $344 million to fund critical relief programs for Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh. The exodus—which began in late August—continues unabated, making the crisis the fastest growing refugee emergency in the world today. As of Sunday, some 603,000 refugees…

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Some 650 people are killed each day in road accidents throughout Africa, a senior United Nations official today said, calling for more to be done to keep drivers – as well as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists – safe. “There is projected increase in urbanization, motorization, infrastructure development projects and vehicle…

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The United Nations migration agency and its partners are supporting Bangladesh in coordinating assistance for the influx of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, including with clean water and sanitation, shelter, food and psychosocial care for the most vulnerable. “The world has rarely witnessed a refugee crisis of such speed,…

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Food security for all requires tackling climate change and ending conflicts, His Holiness, Pope Francis, stressed Monday (Tuesday in Manila) at an official ceremony for World Food Day held at the Rome headquarters of the United Nations agriculture agency. “It is clear that wars and climatic change are a cause…

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Civil and political rights in Cambodia are “under threat” as the main opposition party is being dissolved in the parliament, a United Nations human rights expert warned Thursday, also voicing concern that the dissolution may affect upcoming elections in the country. “For Cambodians to engage in open and serious political…

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