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Access to water improves but challenges remain

There has been considerable improvement in access to water, sanitation and hygiene or WASH, according to a new reported unveiled on Thursday.

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Security Council to debate sending observer mission to Syria

The Security Council is consulting on the possibility of sending an observer mission to Syria.

This follows a request from the UN-Arab League Joint Special Envoy on Syria, Kofi Annan, who briefed council members via videoconference on Thursday.

Dianne Penn reports.

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Songwriters use music to teach children about The Mighty Sky

Annie Roboff and Beth Nielsen Chapman are used to working with stars.  As songwriters, they have written tunes for artists such as country music superstar Faith Hill, her husband, Tim McGraw, and the late pop diva, Whitney Houston.  But now the two talented friends are working with another group

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Book of Life celebrates memory of Rwandan genocide victims

It has been 18 years since the genocide in Rwanda, and on Wednesday the UN remembers the victims in its annual commemoration of this tragedy.

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'More and Better Jobs in South Asia'

South Asia is a vast swath of land extending from Afghanistan to the west and Bhutan in the east and from the Himalayas to the Maldives. Covering 8 countries, it has a population of over one and a half billion inhabitants.

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Number of people with dementia is growing

As the world population gets older, the number of people living with dementia is also growing.

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Survivor of Rwanda genocide helps others in the United States

The United Nations is this week remembering the 1994 genocide in Rwanda when extremist Hutus massacred about 800,000 people, mainly Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

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Finance and the Good Society

Many blame the financial sector for the current economic downturn, but in his new book “Finance and the Good Society”, Robert Shiller aims to change that way of thinking.

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Disarmament of civilians proceeds well in South Sudan

The government of South Sudan is continuing to remove weapons from civilian hands.

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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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