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Noncommunicable diseases pose serious threat to public health

Millions more people are going to suffer from noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes and heart attack, according to the World Health Organization, (WHO).

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Peace “tenuous” in West Africa

Progress towards building peace in West Africa has been described as “tenuous” by the top United Nations envoy in the region.

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IT sector sparking economic growth in Africa

Economic growth in Africa is getting a boost from the IT sector according to one young entrepreneur from Kenya.

Kariuku Gathitu is the founder of Zege Technologies, a software company specializing in mobile money transfers.

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Women in Azerbaijan defend property rights

Women’s groups in Azerbaijan are fighting back against property developers who are being accused of forcing women out of their homes.

Many residential properties have been declared too dirty or too old to live in, but many women say they are being driven out against their will.

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Breaking the silence around violence against women

Breaking the silence surrounding the issue of violence against women has been one of the greatest achievements of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women.

That’s according to the President of the grant-making body, Meryem Aslan.

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Algeria chairs bloc of developing countries and China

As the new chair of the Group of 77 and China, Algeria has vowed to combine efforts with developed countries to resolve the financial crisis.

The G 77 is a bloc of developing countries including China, whose goal is to advance their economic well-being.

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Job creation in Haiti key to development

The creation of jobs in Haiti is being seen as a key element in the recovery of the Caribbean island, two years after it was devastated by an earthquake.

Over 200,000 people were killed when the earthquake struck on January 12th 2010.

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Mexican women fight exploitation

A growing number of women are facing exploitation on the streets of Mexico City one of the world’s largest cities that’s according to organizations in the Central American country that are working to protect women from prostitution and homelessness.  More and more young people, especially women,

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China reports bird flu death

China has reported that a man has died after contracting bird flu also known as the H5N1 virus.

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Japan: Booming flower industry

In many parts of the world, flower growers struggle to make a living, but in Japan the industry is well literally blooming. One farmer’s collective in northern Japan has discovered new and creative ways to prosper and their ingenuity is fast becoming a model for growers worldwide.

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