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Ireland: UN Approves Marriage Equality Referendum

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Ireland: UN Approves Marriage Equality Referendum

As he wrapped up a visit to Ireland Tuesday, the UN Secretary-General congratulated the country on its “fruitful and strong” relationship with the United Nations over the past 60 years (pictured above). “Ireland has been a steadfast supporter of peacekeeping and an important contributor across the global agenda,” said Ban Ki-moon during a press encounter [...]

Olympic Day Celebrated in Kazakhstan

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Olympic Day Celebrated in Kazakhstan

Nearly three million people, in four of the biggest cities in Kazakhstan – Almaty, Astana, Shymkent and Oral (Uralsk) – had the chance to take part in the Olympic Day celebrations. The event was organised by the National Olympic Committee of Kazakhstan, the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the respective city administrations and the Organizing [...]

Have You Seen the BMW Art Cars?

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Have You Seen the BMW Art Cars?

The BMW Art Car Collection celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The celebrations got under way with exhibitions in Hong Kong, the Centre Pompidou, the BMW Museum and the Concorso d’Eleganza on Lake Como, where the first four BMW Art Cars by Alexander Calder, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, plus the M3 GT2 [...]

4 Million Gay Men Are Beaten Every Year

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4 Million Gay Men Are Beaten Every Year

Dating site PlanetRomeo announces its Gay Happiness Index (GHI) to be launched 17 May 2015 on the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHOT). Contrary to what the index name implies, the situation is anything but happy, says PlanetRomeo. The site says it is a known fact that 1/3 of all countries in the world still view [...]

Rail Europe’s New Offer for France-Spain Train Travel

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Rail Europe’s New Offer for France-Spain Train Travel

Head from Le Sacre-Coeur to La Sagrada Familia, or Notre-Dame de la Garde to El Museo Nacional del Prado this summer at a discount with Rail Europe. Rail Europe, Inc., a top distributor of European rail products in North America, is offering travelers discounts on rail travel between France and Spain this spring with 20% [...]

UN Chief Meets President Putin in Russia

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UN Chief Meets President Putin in Russia

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in Russia for ‘Victory Day’ marking 70 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe, met with President Vladimir Putin to discuss issues including conflict in Ukraine and climate change. “The Secretary-General and President Putin discussed in depth the way forward on Ukraine,” said a statement from [...]

UN Envoy to Kick Off Syria Talks in Geneva

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UN Envoy to Kick Off Syria Talks in Geneva

The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Syria will begin a series of consultations with Syrian stakeholders and other regional and international actors. The idea is to take stock of their views on reopening peace talks based on the 2012 Geneva Communiqué, a spokesperson for the Organization has announced. It is estimated that Syria [...]

Pentagon Responds as Iranian Warships Seize Cargo Ship

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Pentagon Responds as Iranian Warships Seize Cargo Ship

Danish shipping company Maersk said today its crew on the container ship Maersk Tigris seized by Iran is safe. “Maersk pleased to learn that the crew is safe,” the company said in its tweet. Maersk Tigris is managed by Rickmers Shipmanagement but on hire to Maersk Line, the shipping division of Maersk, a leading container [...]

Has the UN Lost Its Relevance… and Respect?

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Has the UN Lost Its Relevance… and Respect?

The UN (United Nations) believes that “respect for UN flag is disappearing” as its aid workers are increasingly being targeted by violent elements in different parts of the world. The “horrific” attack on the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) staff in Somalia is a reminder of the dangers many aid workers face on a daily [...]

Pope Francis Urges All People to Protect the Earth

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Pope Francis Urges All People to Protect the Earth

Pope Francis commemorated Earth Day with a speech of environmental stewardship Wednesday in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. On this 45th anniversary of Earth Day, the Pope’s remarks bring the message of the environmental movement to billions of people around the world. Over one billion people of all faiths observe Earth Day. In attendance [...]

UN Condemns Terrorist Attack on Spanish Embassy in Libya

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UN Condemns Terrorist Attack on Spanish Embassy in Libya

The head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Bernardino León has condemned the latest terrorist attack in the Libyan capital of Tripoli in which the Spanish Embassy was targeted. Reportedly, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had attacked the embassy on Monday. The attack didn’t result in any loss of [...]

Azerbaijan Urged to Release Activists and Journalists

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Azerbaijan Urged to Release Activists and Journalists

Azerbaijan’s international partners should insist on the release of wrongfully detained and imprisoned critics as the country prepares to host the first European Games, Human Rights Watch said today. The humanitarian organization also released a new video featuring prominent activists and journalists detained in the months leading up to the games. Azerbaijan will host the [...]

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