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Safer cities for women: one project takes off in the Philippines

One suburb of the Filipino capital, Manila, is trying to confront the issue of violence against women using a novel form of community patrolling.

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Colombia deal a “significant” step for peace

Displaced by Colombia’s armed conflict, this family now lives in Arjona, an impoverished community outside Cartagena on the northern coast. Photo:Kristy Siegfried/IRIN

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Global temperature rise bound to affect human health

Human health is bound to suffer if global warming goes beyond the limits agreed in December at the Paris climate change conference.

That’s the view of Jörg Hacker, a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board.

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Africa Year in Review 2015

Spread of Ebola in West Africa remains a concern for UN

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World passing through “delicate” human rights moment

The world is passing through a very “delicate” moment with regard to human rights.

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UN Gender Year in Review 2015

UN marks 15 years since landmark resolution on women, peace and security

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Vulnerability of Syrian refugees in Lebanon “skyrocketed” in 2015

The vulnerability of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has “skyrocketed” over the last year, according to a new report released by a group of UN agencies.

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Peacekeepers on quest to reach highest peak in Africa

Three peacekeepers from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) are on a quest to reach the top of Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.

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Cotton: A matter of life or death for some Indian farmers

For some farmers in India, cotton yields have become a life-or-death matter.

In India's Maharashtra state, three million farmers depend on cotton for their livelihoods.

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Syria talks to resume in Switzerland next month

Talks aimed at bringing an end to the conflict in Syria will resume in Geneva in early next year.

That’s according to Michael Møller, the Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva.

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