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UN experts urge United States to wrap up review of Trayvon Martin case, examine laws

A group of United Nations independent experts today called on the Government of the United States to finalize the ongoing review of the case involving the death of teenager Trayvon Martin, an African –American teenager who was shot in 2012 by a neighbourhood watchman in the state of Florida.

UN independent expert calls on US to ban prolonged, indefinite solitary confinements

As nearly 200 inmates in California detention centres approach their fifth consecutive week on hunger strike against cruel, inhuman and degrading prison conditions, a United Nations right expert today urged the Government of the United States to abolish the use of prolonged or indefinite solitary confinement.

Ban congratulates Ambassador Rice on being named US national security advisor

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice on her appointment as National Security Adviser to her country.

Arbitrary detention at Guantánamo in breach of international law: UN

United States President Barack Obama thinks the Guantánamo Naval Base camp should close but it’s still open, says the UN Human Rights Office.

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First woman private space explorer advocates for more girls in Maths and Science

Fifty years ago this June, Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to travel to space.

Anousheh Ansari, an Iranian-American engineer and serial tech entrepreneur, believes more women and girls should follow the space pioneer.

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UN human rights chief urges US to close Guantánamo detention centre

The United Nations human rights chief today urged all branches of the United States Government to work together to close the Guantánamo detention centre, stressing that the indefinite incarceration of detainees is a clear breach of international law.

Youth speak out on slavery

Forever Free:Celebrating Emancipation is the 2013 theme of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

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Assisting rape survivor mothers and their children

When a rape victim becomes pregnant, she should be able to choose to parent her child without having to worry about a life of being tethered to the rapist, says the organization “Hope after Rape Conception”.

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Global hotspots top agenda as UN chief meets with new US Secretary of State

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Secretary of State John Kerry held talks in Washington D.C. today on a range of issues, including Syria, Mali and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with the United Nations chief stressing the importance of United States leadership in tackling global challenges.

Ban expresses deepest condolences to Connecticut Governor following school shooting

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has written to the Governor of Connecticut in the United States to express his deepest condolences at the murders which took place on Friday at an elementary school there, according to his spokesperson.