Overuse of antibiotics results in drug-resistant strains of bacteria

The more people know about the harmful effects of overusing antibiotics, the less they might use them for treating a common cold, a medical researcher says.

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“Tough year” for humanitarian crises expected in 2015

2015 is expected to be what’s been described as a “tough year” for the international community as it struggles to deal with an increasing number of humanitarian crises.

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Young people in Kosovo learn their human rights

Young people in Kosovo are learning about their human rights and what they can do if those rights are violated.

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Good policies can help bridge income gap

Tackling income inequality should be a priority for countries across the globe, says a professor of economics and public policy.

The gap between rich and poor is at its highest level in 30 years, according to the Organization for Economic Development (OECD).

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Women stereotyped and under-represented in global film industry

The global film industry perpetuates discrimination against women, a UN-backed study on female characters in popular movies has found.

Girls and women are over twice as likely as boys and men to be shown in sexually revealing clothes, partially or fully naked.

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Nuclear science can help contain soil erosion, land degradation

The latest techniques in nuclear science can help protect soil from degradation, according to the UN nuclear agency.

Soil erosion is the main contributor to land degradation, leading to annual loss of 75 billion tons of fertile soil.

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Humanitarian priorities for 2015 to be set by aid workers battling crises

The humanitarian priorities for 2015 will be set by relief workers battling crises and disasters on the ground, a senior UN official has said.

Over US$400 million has been pledged by donors to a UN fund in support of urgent aid needs for next year.

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Number of Ebola cases in West Africa still “too high”, says UN chief

Despite the progress that has been made in containing the spread of Ebola in Liberia, now is not the time to ease the efforts against the deadly disease.

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Young working migrants resented in industrialized countries

Migrants provide the much needed labour and skills for the economies of industrialized countries, yet they are resented by host communities, according to an expert on migration.

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Action needed to save migrants from exploitative smugglers

A record 5,000 migrants lost their lives in 2014 as they attempted to reach other countries according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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