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Fostering economic integration in East Africa

As the East African Community consisting of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi has agreed on a customs union and the beginnings of a common market, the EAC together with the International Monetary Fund will co-host a conference to discu

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Syria urged to stop violence and allow relief aid

Violence in Syria must stop immediately to allow humanitarian assistance to reach the people in need.

The call has come from the Human Rights Council in Geneva during an urgent debate on Syria on Tuesday.

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Italy pushes for an end to Female Genital Mutilation

Italy is pushing for approval of a UN resolution to end Female Genital Mutilation or FGM.

The country’s Ambassador to the UN, Cesare Maria Ragaglini, says the practice is a violation of basic human rights.

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Children from poor families in urban areas face huge challenges

Not all children living in urban areas are benefiting from the economic expansion in cities, according to a new report by UNICEF.

In fact, an increasing number are struggling to eat, get clean water, access health care and go to school.

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A call to end female genital mutilation through a concert

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Grammy Award Winner Angelique Kidjo will perform a special concert at the United Nations dedicated to the global efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation.

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Senegalese await provisional results of election


People in Senegal are waiting for the provisional results of the presidential election held on Sunday.

Violence broke out during the campaign as some people protested against the decision of incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade to seek a third term.

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Intel & UNFPA partner to train midwives & community health workers

The technology company Intel has partnered with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in a joint effort to strengthen the skills of midwives and community health workers.

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Piracy threatens Gulf of Guinea states

A rising tide of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea is threatening peace and development in West Africa.

According to one study, up to $2 billion a year is lost due to attacks on oil tankers operating in the region.

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Human Rights Council debates situation in Syria

As the violence continues in Syria, where protests against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad have been met with force, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva is holding a special debate on Syria on Tuesday.

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Searching for safe arsenic-free water in Bangladesh

Enormous progress has been made in Bangladesh where poisonous arsenic was found in well water across the country, but more still needs to be done to help the people there.

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