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Red Cross to expand activities in Syria

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says there are growing humanitarian needs in Syria because of the ongoing unrest and violence in several parts of the country.

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Disarmament project in Central African Republic needs support


The Central African Republic is making efforts to disarm, demobilize and reintegrate fighters into society but needs support from the international community.

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Rwandans get along 18 years after genocide

On 7 April, the international community remembers the horrific slaughter that took place in Rwanda 18 years ago.

From that day, and for approximately 100 days, extremist Hutus massacred around 800,000 people, mainly Tutsis and moderate Hutus, in the tiny east African country.

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World Health Day focuses on older people


In the next few years, and for the first time ever, there will be more people over 60 years of age than children less than five years old in the world.

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"Race Against The Machine"

Are machines taking over the work of people and if so is this a good or a bad thing?

The book “Race Against The Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy” tackles the topic.

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Syria tells Peace Envoy it has started withdrawing troops, still violence continues

The Syrian government has told Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan that it has started withdrawing its troops from civilian areas in line with his six-point peace plan.

But the UN is concerned that the violence continues and the death toll which it estimates to be at 9,000, is rising.

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Hostilities force UN food agency to stop operations in Mali

In Mali, the ongoing military hostilities have forced the World Food Programme (WFP) to temporarily halt operations in a number of areas mainly in the north of the country.

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Accountability, rather than impunity, for all acts of violence against women

The UN Special Rapporteur on violence against Women is calling on the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea to do a better job when it comes to protecting women.

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Myanmar moves forward following historic elections

Myanmar is facing a number of challenges as it transitions to a freer and fairer society according to the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the country.

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Football tournament raises awareness for polio vaccination in Pakistan

In Pakistan, a first ever ‘united against polio’ football tournament raises awareness for polio vaccination.

The country is one of three in the world where polio remains endemic.

Despite 20 years of sustained efforts to eradicate the disease, 198 cases were reported in 2011.

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