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UN independent expert calls for human rights approach to address Mexico drug problem

Nearly 50,000 people in Mexico have been killed over the past six years, victims of the drug violence in the country.

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Concert and exhibition on slave trade at UN

A special concert will be held Tuesday night at the United Nations in support of a Permanent Memorial to the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

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Guatemala invites the world to welcome a new era in December 2012

The year 2012 will see the dawning of a new era for Guatemala and the world.

That is the message officials from the country brought to the United Nations on Monday.

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UN supports African Union effort to stop LRA

Over the past weeks, elements of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have been terrorizing people in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Experts say tax on financial transactions would help fight poverty and inequality

A group of UN independent experts is calling for a global financial transaction tax that would be used to fight poverty.

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Foreign direct investment boosts growth

Foreign Direct investment to low income countries is booming globally. On average, it’s grown about 20% each year for the past decade. Some of the main investors are the so-called BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India and China.

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Combating violence against indigenous women and girls

Indigenous women and girls suffer a disproportionate amount of gender related violence, according to a report from experts gathered at the UN for the 11th Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

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Child bride sentence handed down in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, the minimum age for marriage is 16, but UN Women estimates half of all girls marry before age 15.

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UN Mission in Iraq concerned about Syrian crisis

The situation in Syria is being closely watched by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) for any possible spill over into the neighbouring country.

The head of UNAMI Martin Kobler says the plight of Syrian refugees, as well as the political conflict, are two areas of focus.

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Representatives from Asia-Pacific participate in UN indigenous forum

Some 2,000 indigenous people from around the world are in New York for the annual meeting of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues which opened this week.

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