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Security concerns remain in Burundi ahead of 2015 elections

There is need to address remaining concerns, including security for Burundi to hold free and fair elections in 2015.

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“The Soil” from South Africa brings its message to the UN

An award winning a capella group from South Africa known as “The Soil” brought its harmonies to the UN recently.

The group participated in a “Music for Peace” event organized by the UN Academic Impact in early October.

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Economic growth in Africa overshadowed by Ebola

Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa continue to enjoy economic growth which is currently at five per cent according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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“Recipes” exist to combat desertification: FAO

“Recipes” to combat desertification exist, according to a forestry expert at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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Nine million people developed tuberculosis in 2013

Improvement in the collection of information on tuberculosis shows that there are almost half a million more cases of the disease than previously estimated.

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Korea urges Japan to take responsibility for “comfort women” issue

The Republic of Korea has called on Japan to acknowledge its army forced thousands of women to work as wartime sex slaves.

Ambassador Hahn Choong-hee made the appeal during a General Assembly meeting on the advancement of women earlier in the week.

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“Huge challenge” getting aid to displaced people in South Sudan

Delivering humanitarian aid to the people in need in South Sudan is a huge challenge due to the rainy season, poor road system and conflict.

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Meeting in Jamaica seeks to unlock Caribbean economic growth

Senior government ministers are meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, later this week to discuss ways to unlock economic growth in the Caribbean region.

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Vaccines developed to tackle Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Efforts are ongoing to develop vaccines for the deadly Ebola virus disease which has claimed more than 4, 500 lives in West Africa.

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Violence in schools, physical and sexual, underreported

Violence in schools around the world is considered as “normal” which is why it is often not documented, according to an expert on international education.

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