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Israel Strikes Another UN School In A Refugee Camp, Killing 13
Israel Strikes Another UN School In A Refugee Camp, Killing 13 By
JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip  — Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school sheltering Gazans displaced by fighting on Wednesday, killing 15 and wounding 90 after tearing through the walls of two classrooms, a spokesman...
Too Many Humanitarian Crises, Not Enough Global Resources
Too Many Humanitarian Crises, Not Enough Global Resources By
WASHINGTON — Humanitarian crises in the world today — Syria, Iraq, Central African Republic, South Sudan and now Gaza — all demand immediate and massive humanitarian response. The crises are not only large-scale, affecting millions, but the conflicts also are complex,...
UN Human Development Report Faults Inequality
UN Human Development Report Faults Inequality By
TOKYO — Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest, the United Nations said Thursday...
Contentious Start For UN Process Toward Business And Human Rights Treaty
Contentious Start For UN Process Toward Business And Human Rights Treaty By
WASHINGTON — In a landmark decision at the end of June, the United Nations Human Rights Council voted to allow negotiations to begin toward a binding international treaty around transnational companies and their human rights obligations. The move marked a key success...
Detroit Citizens Vow Direct Action To Protect Their Right To Water
Detroit Citizens Vow Direct Action To Protect Their Right To Water By
Rallying on the steps of the Michigan governor’s office in Detroit, activists and religious leaders on Monday called for an immediate moratorium on the city’s plan to shut off water to tens of thousands of households. “This is everybody’s fight, water...
Groups Appeal To UN to Stop Water Cut Offs In Detroit And Restore Basic Human Rights
Groups Appeal To UN to Stop Water Cut Offs In Detroit And Restore Basic Human Rights By
In March 2014, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) announced it would begin shutting off water service for 1,500 to 3,000 customers every week if their water bills were not paid, and yesterday, the city council approved an 8.7 percent water rate increase. According...
UN Security Council Holds Emergency Meeting On Ukraine Crisis As Ukraine Readies Troops
UN Security Council Holds Emergency Meeting On Ukraine Crisis As Ukraine Readies Troops By
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council met late Sunday in emergency session as violence escalated in eastern Ukraine, hours before a Monday morning deadline for pro-Russia protesters to lay down their arms or face Ukrainian troops. Russia called the meeting shortly...
Swiss Say Palestinians Can Join Geneva Conventions
Swiss Say Palestinians Can Join Geneva Conventions By
GENEVA — Twenty-five years after making their first bid for membership, the Palestinians can join the Geneva Conventions governing the rules of war and military occupations, the Swiss government said Friday. Israel had opposed the move, arguing that there is no universally...
US Bill Blocking Iran’s Ambassador Infringes On UN Sovereignty
US Bill Blocking Iran’s Ambassador Infringes On UN Sovereignty By
On Monday, the Senate passed a bill that would effectively prevent Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations from entering the United States. The bill, drafted by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., and passed unanimously, would deny individuals listed on the U.S. State Department’s...
Costs Down, Profits Up: Green Energy Looking Good, Says UN
Costs Down, Profits Up: Green Energy Looking Good, Says UN By
Costs are down, profits are up, and renewable energy is contributing an increasing amount of electricity to the world’s energy grids, according to a report published Monday by the United Nations. With that information in mind, governments must now “re-evaluate...