General News

Education is a challenge for South Sudan

One of the challenges facing the new African nation of South Sudan is providing education to its children.

Decades of war have left almost three-quarters of adults illiterate in the country.

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Making roads safer: more needs to be done to save lives

Recently, a packed bus in India crashed some 800 kilometres from the capital, New Delhi, while trying to overtake a car on the highway. Media reports say 45 people were burnt alive.

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Expert recommends less emphasis on elections and more focus on the electoral process

A United Nations independent expert says the world is increasingly taking a narrow perspective on elections.

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Syrian leaders and some opposition groups express readiness to participate in Geneva II conference

Syrian authorities have confirmed their willingness to participate in an international conference aimed at ending the ongoing crisis in the country.

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Syrian refugee women learn to make Turkish rugs

Syrian women living in a refugee camp in Southern Turkey are being taught the techniques of traditional carpet making.

Adiyaman camp hosts 10,000 Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their country.

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Veteran diplomat thinks world is “on the right path” in promoting south-south cooperation

Solutions from developing countries geared at meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are being showcased this week at the Global South-South Development Expo in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Teen pregnancy: “Don’t blame the girl,” says UNFPA

Every year, more than seven million girls in poor countries are giving birth before they turn 18, according to a new report by the UN Population Fund.

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Human Rights Commissioner concerned about Supreme Court interference in Maldives elections

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay says she is alarmed at the excessive interference of the Supreme Court in the presidential elections in the Maldives.

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Commission on human rights in DPRK to hold hearings in US capital

A UN-mandated Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will hold its latest round of public hearings in Washington, DC, this Thursday and Friday.

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UN reiterates annual call to end blockade against Cuba

For the twenty-second time, delegates at the United Nations General Assembly voted to end the United States embargo against Cuba.

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