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Microcephaly the big threat, not Zika virus itself, WHO emphasizes

The medical condition which causes birth abnormalities in babies that’s being linked to the Zika virus is the main threat to health, the World Health Organization (WHO) emphasized on Wednesday.

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Central American governments losing capacity to protect citizens

Central American governments are losing the ability to protect their own people from the effects of violence, “in particular women and children.”

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US acknowledgement of police brutality against African Americans “first step”

The acknowledgement by the United States authorities of police brutality against African Americans is a “first step” to addressing the problem, according to a senior UN human rights official.

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Guantánamo prison should be closed “promptly” and dismantled

The detention centre at Guantánamo Bay should be closed “promptly” by the United States and dismantled, said the UN’s expert on judicial independence.

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Syrian refugees prepare for new life in US, despite opposition

Syrian refugees are continuing to arrive in the United States, despite public fears and political opposition.

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US fears of terrorist “fifth column” among refugees “far from truth”

Fears being expressed over a possible “fifth column” of terrorists entering the United States along with Syrian refugees are understandable, but unfounded.

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UN chief expresses condolences following mass shooting at Oregon college

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his deep sadness in the wake of the mass shooting that took place yesterday at a college in the state of Oregon in the United States.

Ban condemns apparently racially motivated killings in South Carolina as ‘hateful act of violence’

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the apparently racially motivated killings at an historic African American church in South Carolina in the southern United States, and expressed the hope that those responsible for such a “hateful act of violence” will be brought to justice.

At regional conference, Ban spotlights role of United States, its youth in UN’s success

The United States and its young people, in particular, are essential to the success of the United Nations, Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said today in his remarks to the UN Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) Members Day gathering at Headquarters.

U.S. delegate to Youth Forum hopes to form ties with other global youth

Forming ties and networking with young people around the world is what a United States delegate hopes to get out of the first ever Global Youth Forum which opened in Baku, Azerbaijan on Tuesday.

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