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Will the New Anti-Slavery Law Work in Mauritania?

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Will the New Anti-Slavery Law Work in Mauritania?

While applauding the adoption of a new anti-slavery law in Mauritania that doubles, from 10 to 20 years, the maximum prison sentence for slavery crimes and creates special prosecution tribunals for slavery-like practices, a United Nations expert has cautioned that “this welcome development needs to be followed by its full implementation.” Special Rapporteur Urmila Bhoola, [...]

Yemen Conflict Kills or Maims Eight Children a Day

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Yemen Conflict Kills or Maims Eight Children a Day

An average of eight children are killed or maimed every day in Yemen as a direct result of the conflict that has affected the country since April, according to a new report released Wednesday by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “This conflict is a particular tragedy for Yemeni children,” said UNICEF Representative in Yemen, [...]

Will Iran Make a Nuclear Weapon?

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Will Iran Make a Nuclear Weapon?

Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran (CNFI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapons capability, has launched a new national television advertisement to share growing opposition to the recently announced Iran agreement. The ad features Ahmad Batebi, an Iranian human rights activist, describing the torture he was subjected to by [...]

Sexual Abuse by UN Peacekeepers: Ban Vows Action

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Sexual Abuse by UN Peacekeepers: Ban Vows Action

Vowing “decisive action” on reports of sexual exploitation committed by United Nations (UN) peacekeepers deployed to the Central African Republic (CAR), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Wednesday that he has accepted the resignation of the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, scheduled a special session of the Security Council on the matter, and [...]

How Solar Light Helps Schools in the Developing World

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How Solar Light Helps Schools in the Developing World

Access to power allows schools to increase the number and type of classes they offer, attract and retain teachers, and access vast educational resources on the Internet. GivePower Foundation—a charitable non-profit organization that addresses energy poverty by providing solar-powered lighting to schools in the developing world—is expanding. Through a $500,000 donation from the Bank of [...]

How Tourism Is Killing Africa’s Lions

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How Tourism Is Killing Africa’s Lions

Cecil was just one of the thousands of lions whose welfare and existence is under threat from unethical tourism practices throughout Africa, reveals the animal charity World Animal Protection in a report launching today. Many tourists are unwittingly creating a demand that, beyond the horrors of hunting, subjects wild animals to a lifetime of misery [...]

Cecil Toy Created in Memory of Murdered Lion

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Cecil Toy Created in Memory of Murdered Lion

Cecil was a 13-year-old male Southwest African lion who lived in the Hwange National Park in Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe. He was a major attraction at the park and was being studied and tracked by the University of Oxford as part of a larger study. Cecil was shot by Walter Palmer, an American recreational hunter, who [...]

Panasonic Solar Lanterns for Ebola Affected Regions

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Panasonic Solar Lanterns for Ebola Affected Regions

Panasonic Corporation says it has donated 3,000 solar lanterns to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for use in Ebola affected regions. These lanterns have started to be distributed in 3 West African countries (Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone). Controlling the outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever is a matter of global importance. In order to contribute [...]

Boko Haram Targets Muslims and Christians in Nigeria

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Boko Haram Targets Muslims and Christians in Nigeria

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attacks by Boko Haram in Lake Chad Basin countries, including the deliberate targeting of Christian and Muslim worshippers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Nigeria’s northeast states of Borno and Yobe. “The Secretary-General takes note of [Nigerian] President Muhammadu Buhari’s determination to root out this menace, [...]

Syrian Crisis Causing Child Labor: Report

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Syrian Crisis Causing Child Labor: Report

The conflict and humanitarian crisis in Syria are pushing an increasing number of children into exploitation in the labor market, and much more needs to be done to reverse the trend, according to a new report released by Save the Children and UNICEF. The report shows that inside Syria, children are now contributing to the [...]

Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Target Islamic State

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Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Target Islamic State

U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported Tuesday. Officials reported details of the latest strikes, which took place between 8 a.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday, local time, noting [...]

Criminal Court to Bring Justice to People of Sudan

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Criminal Court to Bring Justice to People of Sudan

Over six years since the issuance of the first warrant of arrest against Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said Monday that her Office’s determination to bring “independent and impartial justice” to the people of Sudan remains “unshaken”. “The question we need to ask of ourselves today is whether [...]

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