Americas

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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Argentina lodges complaint about UK “militarisation” of South Atlantic

An official complaint has been made at the United Nations by Argentina over what it says is the militarisation of the South Atlantic and more precisely the Falkland Islands or Malvinas.

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Brazil to wipe out extreme poverty by 2014

Authorities in Brazil have come up with a plan to lift 60 million Brazilians out of extreme poverty in two years time.

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Human Rights Office worried former Haiti leader will escape human rights charges

Former Haitian leader Jean-Claude Duvalier could only face trial for financial corruption charges during his regime and not human rights violations, a move which concerns the UN Human Rights Office.

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Job creation in Haiti key to development

The creation of jobs in Haiti is being seen as a key element in the recovery of the Caribbean island, two years after it was devastated by an earthquake.

Over 200,000 people were killed when the earthquake struck on January 12th 2010.

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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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Peacekeeping mission in Haiti says armed groups have gone underground

Although the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti no longer needs to patrol in armoured vehicles, it says the armed groups it has been battling in the shantytowns of the capital have gone underground and the police must work most closely with intelligence services, a senior military official said.

UN agency welcomes refugee protection resolution by 34 states in the Americas

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today welcomed a resolution adopted by 34 States in the Americas calling on countries to enact national mechanisms to protect refugees, stateless and internally displaced persons in accordance with international standards.