Business and Finance

Business & Finance

Protecting the world’s wetlands: 5 essential reads

World Wetlands Day on Feb. 2 marks the date when 18 nations signed the Convention on Wetlands in 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Since that time, scientists have shown that wetlands …

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Siberian Cave Findings Shed Light on Extinct Human Species

WASHINGTON Scientists using sophisticated techniques to determine the age of bone fragments, teeth and artifacts unearthed in a Siberian cave have provided new insight into a mysterious extinct human species that may have been more advanced than previously known.

Research …

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World’s Worst Air is in S. African Coal Community

South Africa's coal mining heartland has the worst air quality in the world, according to a recent study by environmental group Greenpeace. The 12 large coal mines in this area make it the world's hotspot for toxic nitrogen dioxide emissions. …

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Governance

Governance

New Permanent Representative of Botswana Presents Credentials

(Based on information provided by the Protocol and Liaison Service)

The new Permanent Representative of Botswana to the United Nations, Collen Vixen Kelapile, presented his credentials to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres today.

Before his latest appointment, Mr. Kelapile was …

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Least Developed Nations Lagging Behind on Attaining Sustainable Development, Speakers Say, as Second Committee Debates Countries in Special Situations

Delegates Also Take Up Reports on Operational Activities for Development, with Many Expressing Concern over Official Aid Not Meeting Agreed Upon Targets

Least developed nations are not entirely on track to attain the Sustainable Development Goals or eradicate poverty, speakers …

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Least Developed Nations Lagging Behind on Attaining Sustainable Development, Speakers Say, as Second Committee Debates Countries in Special Situations

Delegates Also Take Up Reports on Operational Activities for Development, with Many Expressing Concern over Official Aid Not Meeting Agreed Upon Targets

Least developed nations are not entirely on track to attain the Sustainable Development Goals or eradicate poverty, speakers …

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General

General

Malawi Looks to Cannabis to Supplement Lost Tobacco Earnings

LILONGWE, MALAWI Malawi is the latest African country to look at legalizing cannabis, the plant that produces hemp and marijuana, after similar moves in Lesotho, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. As Malawi's tobacco industry, the country's biggest foreign exchange earner, has …

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AP Exclusive: Undercover Agents Target Cybersecurity Watchdog

NEW YORK The Associated Press has found that researchers who reported the role of Israeli spyware in the targeting of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi's inner circle are in turn being targeted by international undercover operatives.

Twice in the past …

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South Sudan Resumes Oil Production in Former Unity State

JUBA Oil is again being pumped from fields in South Sudan's former Unity state, five years after production was halted because of fighting between government soldiers and rebels.

Awow Daniel Chuang, director general of the Petroleum Authority, which is part …

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Medical and Health

Medical/Health Care

DR CONGO: NOTORIOUS MILITIA CHIEF KILLED IN VOLATILE ITURI PROVINCE – ARMY

KINSHASA, A notorious militia chief has been killed in DR Congo along with six of his men in a military operation in volatile northeastern Ituri province, the army said.

The operation took place as the country prepares to swear in …

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Ad Hoc Committee on Gender Equality briefed on progress regarding filling of vacancies at Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)

The Ad Hoc Committee to identify suitable candidates for the filling of vacancies at the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) met on Tuesday. The committee was briefed and updated on progress made with regard to filling of vacancies at the …

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Eighteen urban planning specialists trained on Geographic Information System (GIS)

UN-Habitat launched a ten-day training course in Geographic information System (GIS) mapping on urban planning for 18 civil servants from different branches of Libya's Urban Planning Agency (UPA) and six municipalities. (Benghazi, Ubari, Al Kufra, Sebha, Sirte and Janzour).

UN-Habitat …

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Sports

Sports

Burkina Faso: Thousands of people fleeing violence need help

Since the beginning of 2019, the escalation of violence in the North Centre and Sahel regions of Burkina Faso has caused dozens of deaths and the internal displacement of thousands. They need help urgently.

laquo;Our homes have been burntraquo;

Machetes, …

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Burkina Faso: Thousands of people fleeing violence need help

Since the beginning of 2019, the escalation of violence in the North Centre and Sahel regions of Burkina Faso has caused dozens of deaths and the internal displacement of thousands. They need help urgently.

laquo;Our homes have been burntraquo;

Machetes, …

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Experts caution against stagnation of immunization coverage in Africa

Global immunization experts attending the biannual Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group (RITAG) meeting urged African countries to strengthen their routine immunization. Over the past five years, immunization coverage in sub-Saharan Africa has stagnated at 72%, exposing populations to vaccine-preventable diseases …

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Technology

Technology

Cities Need to Grow Up – Not Out – to Survive, Researchers Warn

WASHINGTON Urban areas are expected to grow by 80 percent by the end of the next decade, and unless they grow up rather than out, they could be in trouble, according to a new report from the World Resources Institute …

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Nigerian Opposition Candidate to Consider Amnesty for Corruption Suspects

ABUJA Nigerian opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar said on Wednesday he would consider an amnesty for corruption suspects in order to help recover billions of dollars stashed abroad by the country's politicians and government officials.

Abubakar is the main challenger …

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UNICEF Needs Nearly $4 Billion to Help 73 Million People

The U.N. Children's Fund is launching its largest-ever appeal for $3.9 billion in life-saving assistance for 73 million people, including 41 million children affected by conflict, natural disasters and other emergencies in 59 countries.

This year marks the 30th anniversary …

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