General News

Noncommunicable diseases pose serious threat to public health

Millions more people are going to suffer from noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes and heart attack, according to the World Health Organization, (WHO)

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Peace “tenuous” in West Africa

Progress towards building peace in West Africa has been described as “tenuous” by the top United Nations envoy in the region.

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Women in Azerbaijan defend property rights

Women’s groups in Azerbaijan are fighting back against property developers who are being accused of forcing women out of their homes.

Many residential properties have been declared too dirty or too old to live in, but many women say they are being driven out against their will.

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Algeria chairs bloc of developing countries and China

As the new chair of the Group of 77 and China, Algeria has vowed to combine efforts with developed countries to resolve the financial crisis.

The G 77 is a bloc of developing countries including China, whose goal is to advance their economic well-being.

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Mexican women fight exploitation

A growing number of women are facing exploitation on the streets of Mexico City one of the world’s largest cities that’s according to organizations in the Central American country that are working to protect women from prostitution and homelessness.  More and more young people, especially women,

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Japan: Booming flower industry

In many parts of the world, flower growers struggle to make a living, but in Japan the industry is well literally blooming. One farmer’s collective in northern Japan has discovered new and creative ways to prosper and their ingenuity is fast becoming a model for growers worldwide.

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Executions triple in Saudi Arabia

The number of executions for crimes committed in Saudi Arabia last year has increased three-fold compared to 2010, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, (

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Cash handouts for poorest Liberians

The poorest women in Liberia, are being given cash handouts as a first step to getting out of poverty.

It’s estimated that almost half of the population in the West African country are living in poverty…that’s despite years of economic growth there.

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"Grim humanitarian situation" following attack in South Sudan

People living in a town in Jonglei state in South Sudan are facing what’s been described as a grim humanitarian situation, following an attack by a group of armed youth.

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UN facing multiple challenges in 2012

2012 is likely to provide another year of challenges for the United Nations as it faces up to everything from keeping the peace in countries wracked by conflict to combatting hunger in the developing world, and ensuring nuclear safety.

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