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Ban lauds Liberia for its efforts to stem Ebola
Liberia's efforts to combat Ebola are showing results, says Ban Ki-moon, United Nations secretary-general, who is visiting West African countries affected by the disease. "We have reasons to be cautiously optimistic that this terrible outbreak can be defeated," Ban argues. ABC News/The Associated Press (12/19), Reuters (12/19)
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General Assembly criticizes human rights in Iran, N. Korea, Syria
The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday voted in favor of nonbinding resolutions critical of human rights abuses in North Korea, Iran and Syria. The Security Council on Monday will take up the request to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court. ABC News/The Associated Press (12/18), Reuters (12/18), Voice of America/Reuters (12/18)
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Officials: Vigilance is needed in fight against polio
The world is close to eradicating polio, which is a cause for celebration, yet every country must remain vigilant to ensure polio's demise, write Geeta Rao Gupta, UNICEF's deputy executive director; Bruce Aylward, the World Health Organization's assistant director-general for polio; and John Hewko, Rotary International's general secretary. "The responsibility lies at the feet of every one of us, as ending polio now will ensure the protection of children all around the world," they write. (12/19)
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UNCTAD chief: Trade pact will remove "bottlenecks"
The World Trade Organization's Trade Facilitation Agreement will make international trade easier without sacrificing controls, writes Mukhisa Kituyi, secretary-general, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. The Huffington Post (12/2)
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Renewables receive boost from climate talks
Countries are being required to draw up action plans to combat climate change as part of the recent United Nations climate-change talks in Peru. Great use of renewable energy likely will be a key action step, say policy experts. MIT Technology Review online (12/16)
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Thousands of child soldiers coerced into joining CAR militias
As many as 10,000 children have become child soldiers in Central African Republic militias, says Save the Children. In some cases, children were abducted, and others were promised food and supplies if they joined the armed groups, the agency says. Thomson Reuters Foundation (12/18), Voice of America (12/18)
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