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Mountainous community in Pakistan comes together to establish microcredit facility

In the mountainous terrain of Azad Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistan, it isn't easy to start a small business. Banks are far away and in bad weather they’re inaccessible by road. Moreover, the poor people here don’t have the collateral for loans or the ability to pay high interest rates.

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Justice systems should protect children

Children should not be locked up in gaols or given harsh sentences, including the death penalty.

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Rwandan rural women farmers empowered

International Women’s Day is observed on 8 March annually to celebrate and highlight the achievements that women are making around the world.

The theme for this year is “Empower Rural Women, End Hunger and Poverty.”

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Syria hospital torture images “truly shocking”

Truly shocking.

That is how the UN Human Rights Office has described television footage reportedly showing the torture of hospital patients in Syria.

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One year on, UN pays tribute to resilience of Japanese quake survivors

The devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan a year ago is chronicled in a photo exhibition at UN headquarters in New York.

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More people have safe drinking water but many still need toilets

The good and bad news have been announced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) about drinking water and sanitation.

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The power of a meal and a camera: one child’s journey

Thirteen-year-old Molly invites the world into her world, as she chronicles her life in one of Kenya’s poorest slums.

She was given a video camera by the World Food Programme, which asked her to film scenes from her life at home and school.

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Japan shows it’s gratitude to the world following last year’s disaster

Japan is hosting a series of free concerts to express its gratitude for the support it got following the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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Women coconut farmers want recognition and support

The coconut is one of the easiest crops to grow requiring minimal care to thrive, but many rural women farmers are shut out of this lucrative business.

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Japan rebuilds one year after earthquake and tsunami

The tragic memories from last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan remain, but the rebuilding moves ahead according to the country’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN.

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