General News

Committee to look at human rights violations against MPs

Arbitrary arrest, infringement on basic freedoms and other violations against more than 260 Members of Parliament will be examined when the Human Rights Committee of the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) meets in Geneva this week.

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Waiting for asylum in Italy

Sicily has a high number of asylum-seekers because of its location in the south of Italy.

In 2011, Cara Mineo was set up to provide asylum-seekers with a place to live while their applications were processed.

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Secretary-General: 2014 to be a year of progress for people and the planet

The UN Secretary-General is determined to make 2014 a year of progress for people and the planet.

In his first press conference for the New Year, Ban Ki-moon says the next 12 months need to be a period of intensified diplomacy, advances against poverty and action on climate change.

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A Syrian centenarian celebrates her birthday away from home

A Syrian refugee living in Lebanon who has fled the ongoing civil war in her country is celebrating an impressive milestone in her life.

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UN partnership wants mountains included in sustainable development goals

An alliance that brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society and the private sector, wants to see more global action to improve the lives of mountain communities and protect mountain environments.

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Rising demand and record meat and dairy costs drive food price increase

Food prices worldwide have remained high but steady, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports.

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Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan concerned over continued violence

As South Sudan peace talks stall in Addis Ababa, a senior UN official is calling for the fighting to stop so that people in the world’s newest nation can begin rebuilding their lives.

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Runway fashion debuts at UN

A multi-cultural fashion show filmed at the United Nations in New York is reaching its finale on Thursday.

The “Project Runway: All Stars” show is a US-based reality TV programme where contestants compete to design and create new clothes.

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Foreign Affairs meets fashion as UN hosts design show finale

The worlds of foreign affairs and fashion come together at the United Nations on Thursday in the season finale of the popular US television show ‘Project Runway: All Stars’.

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June 2014 deadline for chemical weapons elimination on track

The June 2014 deadline for the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria can be met according to the Dutch diplomat overseeing the process.

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