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Criminality in sport is linked to other criminal activities: UN official

Match fixing, illegal or irregular betting and other criminal activities affect a number of major sporting events, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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November 25 starts 16 Days of Activism to End Violence against Women

Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender Violence starts on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

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Geneva II conference on Syria to be held in January

After months of diplomatic efforts, a date has finally been set for an international meeting aimed at ending the violence in Syria.

The second Geneva conference will be held in that city on January 22, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Monday.

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South India fishermen use power of collective action against debt bondage

For most of their lives, 12 fishermen in the Aruacottuthurai village, on the Tamil Nadu coast in South India, have lived like ‘slaves’.

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Tiny Nauru: A “litmus test” for the post-2015 development agenda

A remote Pacific island nation could be the “litmus test” for global efforts to devise a sustainable development agenda.

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UN study looks at how radiation affects children

For nearly 60 years, the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) has been evaluating the impact of nuclear radiation on the human body.

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Envoys say international cooperation critical to defeating the Lord’s Resistance Army

Joint diplomatic efforts by the United Nations and the African Union have ensured cooperation among four African countries affected by the activities of a rebel group out of Uganda.

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World’s poorest countries to face labour force explosion

The world’s poorest countries need to create decent jobs to break the cycle of poverty and avoid social instability, according to the latest report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

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UN envoy reports progress against Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army in Central Africa

There is progress in the efforts against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) which continues to terrorize civilians in Central Africa.

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Philippines: typhoon has affected 13 million people, displaced 4 million

An estimated 13 million people have been affected by super typhoon Haiyan and four million displaced, according to the latest figures published by the Philippines government.

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