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Small island developing states detail peace and security woes

The big issues facing small island developing states (SIDS) were the focus of debate in the UN Security Council on Thursday.

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Thai student says language is “key to understanding different cultures”

A medical student from Thailand who’s studying at a university in China says the only way to understand another culture is through its language.

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Developing countries to lead global population growth

The number of people living on the planet is expected to rise from just over seven billion today to 8.5 billion by 2030, the UN announced on Wednesday.

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Sanctions on Iran and Cuba need phasing out, says expert

The time has come for a “phasing out” of sanctions on Cuba and Iran to protect the most vulnerable members in society, a leading human rights investigator said Wednesday.

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Multilingualism “catalyst” for achieving sustainable development

Greater emphasis should be placed on nurturing multilingual students, according to a winner of a UN-backed essay competition entitled “Many Languages One World.”

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Unsafe jabs targeted in new push against hepatitis

The risk of dying from the hepatitis virus has been cut massively in some parts of the world, but it remains a major threat in others, UN experts said Thursday.

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Iraqi student praises the power of multiculturalism

When Ahmed Fahad left Iraq two years ago to pursue a PhD in the United States, he had what he described as “scary expectations.”

However, strong English language skills and a belief in what he called “the multicultural sense of communication” helped the father of three to survive.

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Former Portuguese President honoured for democracy activism

Former Portuguese president Jorge Sampaio has been honoured by the United Nations for his decades of public service to the international community.

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More global action needed to thwart foreign terrorist fighters

Approximately 20,000 foreign combatants are fighting for extremist groups in conflicts such as the ongoing crisis in Syria.

That’s according to the Counter-Terrorism Committee which was established by the UN Security Council.

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Namibian eye doctor honoured for fighting blindness

An eye doctor from Namibia who has provided no-cost treatment to more than 30,000 people is a recipient of the first United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize.

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