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UN Study: Noncommunicable Diseases Cause Two-Thirds of Deaths Worldwide

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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A U.N. study says non-infectious diseases are responsible for nearly two-thirds of all deaths across the globe. The study says over 36 million people die each year from noncommunicable diseases, the deadliest of which are lung and heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The study cites lack of physical activity, abuse of tobacco and alcohol, and […]

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UNCHR Expresses Concern About Refugees Arrested in Thailand

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. refugee agency has told Thailand it is profoundly concerned about the arrest of 32 refugees and asylum seekers during the last two weeks. In a press release Monday, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said asylum seekers should not be locked up simply for being refugees. Those arrested in four locations included Pakistanis […]

UNCHR Expresses Concern About Refugees Arrested in Thailand

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. refugee agency has told Thailand it is profoundly concerned about the arrest of 32 refugees and asylum seekers during the last two weeks. In a press release Monday, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights said refugees should not be locked up simply for being refugees. Those arrested in four locations included Pakistanis and […]

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UNHCR: Number of World Refugees at a 15-Year High

Posted June 19th, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says the number of refugees worldwide is at a 15-year high and that poor nations are bearing the brunt of the problem. In a new report being released Monday for World Refugee Day, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says 43.7 million people were forcibly displaced by conflict last year. Millions of […]

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Security Council Recommends UN Chief for 2nd Term

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council has recommended the re-election of Ban Ki-moon for a second term as U.N. chief. The Security Council officially endorsed Mr. Ban on Friday. Speaking from the capital of Brazil, where he is on a Latin American tour, Mr. Ban said he was “deeply honored” by the vote. The former South […]

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Security Council Recommends UN Chief for 2nd Term

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council has recommended the re-election of Ban Ki-moon for a second term as U.N. chief. The Security Council officially endorsed Mr. Ban on Friday. The former South Korean foreign minister faced no other candidates. His bid earned the backing of the United States and other key Security Council members. If any […]

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Security Council to Recommend UN Chief for 2nd Term

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council is expected to endorse the reappointment of Ban Ki-moon for a second term as U.N. chief on Friday. Mr. Ban faces no other candidates. His bid has the backing of the United States and other key members of the U.N. Security Council, and he appears almost certain to be re-elected. […]

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UN Passes Gay Rights Resolution

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a historic resolution, seeking equal rights for all regardless of sexual orientation. The resolution, drafted by South Africa, passed Friday with 23 nations voting in favor, 19 voting against and 3 abstentions. . There was strong opposition from some African and Arab nations. The United States, the […]

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New Hopes, Protections for Domestic Workers

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The world’s domestic workers could soon have better working conditions under a landmark convention. Delegates at the International Labor Conference in Geneva Thursday adopted a treaty protecting domestic workers’ rights. If approved by member states, it will give domestic workers many of the same basic rights already available to other workers, including reasonable work hours, […]

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Security Council to Recommend UN Chief for 2nd Term

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council is expected to recommend the reappointment of Ban Ki-moon for a second term as U.N. chief. Mr. Ban faces no other candidates. His bid has the backing of the United States and other key members of the U.N. Security Council, and he appears almost certain to be re-elected. The Security […]

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