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Peacekeepers’ Day ceremony honours service and sacrifice of UN blue helmets

The United Nations paid tribute to the men and women serving under its flag in some of the most dangerous places in the world during a ceremony in New York on Thursday to mark the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.

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Ilarion Celestin tends his beehives in Bonbon, Haiti.
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Ilarion Celestin tends his beehives in Bonbon, Haiti.

First Person: Sweet taste of modern beekeeping

Economic DevelopmentBeekeepers in the southern Haitian commune of Bonbon are creating a buzz around honey in an area which is recovering from an earthquake in 2021.

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A sweet solution to a mammoth problem

It’s true; elephants are surprisingly afraid of bees. It’s hard to believe that these goliaths are afraid of a small insect, but this fear may help save their lives. This vulnerability is now being used in the elephant’s favour, by enterprising and innovative groups like South Africa’s Elephants Alive.

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‘Grim reality’ of war’s deadly toll on civilians laid bare in Security Council

Peace and Security Conflict continues to inflict “widespread civilian death and injury” a senior UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday, outlining the “grim reality” for those caught up in the crossfire of war.

Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, attends a virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on her visit to Guangzhou, China.
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UN rights chief Bachelet holds ‘valuable’ meeting with China’s President Xi

Human Rights On day three of her official mission to China, top UN rights official Michelle Bachelet described having a “valuable opportunity” to highlight rights issues and concerns with President Xi Jinping and other senior officials, the first such visit by a UN rights chief since 2005.