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India reduces open defecation by 31 per cent: UN report

It said India is among the 16 countries that have reduced open defecation rates by at least 25 percentage points. The progress termed as “moderate” by the UN report.

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United Nations: Internet companies should respond to extremist exploitation

A UN panel is calling for Internet and social media companies to respond to the exploitation of their services by al-Qaida and other extremist groups who use the web to recruit fighters and spout “increasingly horrific propaganda.” The panel recommended in a report circulated Wednesday that these companies brief the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions […]

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Yoga not religious, an antidote to violence, conflict: Sushma Swaraj at UN

Yoga began in India some five thousand years ago. But it was given the ultimate seal of international acclaim only last year by the UN, she said.

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Global refugee figures are at a record high, resulting from conflicts still to be resolved.

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UN raises alarm as global refugee population reaches 59.5 million

UNHCR estimated that a total of 59.5 million people worldwide had been displaced by conflict by the end of last year, including 38.2 million displaced within their own countries.

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Chelsea Clinton launches first report on ‘State of the World’s Fathers’

The report was produced by MenCare, a global campaign to promote men and boys as equal caregivers, and was supported by several UN agencies.

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Pakistan hangs man who was convicted at 15; rights group says witnesses tortured into confessing

In an essay written from jail and published a day before his hanging, Bahadur, a Christian, repeated his assertion that he was innocent.

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PM Modi asks Health Ministry to track region-specific health problems

He called for documentation and adaptation of best practices in the healthcare sector across the country to enable their rapid scaling up for maximum benefit.

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Scientists warn of a vicious global warming cycle, raise permafrost alarm at UN climate talks

“By 2100 we expect 130 to 160 gigatonnes of carbon released into the atmosphere,” Natali told journalists in Bonn.

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Yoga Day celebrations at United Nations to be broadcast at Times Square

The idea for declaring an International Day of Yoga at the United Nations was formally proposed by PM Narendra Modi

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UN to host new peace talks in Morocco for war-torn Libya

Western officials say the UN talks are the only hope of forming a unity government and halting the fighting among factions allied to either government.

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Sweden backs India’s UNSC bid, says it is ‘natural claimant’

The President and Swedish Prime Minister witnessed signing of agreements between the two sides which included an Agreement on Visa Exemption for diplomatic passport holders.

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Child sex abuse claims shake United Nations as revelations continue

No arrests have been announced, and it’s not clear where the accused soldiers, who were supporting a UN peacekeeping force, are now. The UN seems unable to say when the abuses stopped, or how long it continued to investigate.

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Fewer hungry people in world despite wars, poverty: United Nations

The agencies said improved agricultural productivity, and better social protection measures like food vouchers or school meal programs had had the most impact in reducing hunger.

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Alarming rise in Boko Haram’s female suicide attackers, says UN

UN children’s agency said women and children have carried out three-quarters of all reported Boko Harem suicide bombings with girls blamed for nine such attacks since July.