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February 9, 2015
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UN study: Girls seeking an education face persistent attacks
Schoolgirls in dozens of countries were prevented from getting an education during the past five years, says a study by the United Nations human rights office. Removing girls from school increases the likelihood that they will be victims of human rights abuses such as early marriage and sexual exploitation, the study warns. The Associated Press (2/9)
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Security Council to vote on anti-terrorism resolution
The United Nations Security Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a Russian-backed draft resolution to condemn the payments of ransom to terrorist groups, to issue sanctions to those who buy oil from Islamic State and other militant groups and to prevent trade in Syrian antiquities. The resolution is drafted under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which would make it legally binding for UN member states. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.)/The Associated Press (2/6), Reuters (2/6)
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UN Water chief calls for countries to address wastewater issues
The reclamation of wastewater is getting more attention, including in discussions in the Sustainable Development Goals, says Michel Jarraud, chairman of United Nations Water. "Countries have recognized that economic and sustainable development must incorporate water resources, wastewater and water quality," he argues. The Star (Kenya) (2/6)
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WFP officials: Famine is looming in South Sudan
Ongoing fighting in South Sudan is making food deliveries to needy civilians increasingly difficult, say World Food Programme staff. WFP estimates that 20% of South Sudanese need food assistance, with "localized famine" possible, says Bernard Owadi, a WFP food-security analyst. Reuters/Thomson Reuters Foundation (2/6)
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Delegates begin honing text of climate-change agreement
Delegates to the United Nations climate-change talks are meeting this week to simplify the draft text. Delegates say it is possible to meet the goal of keeping temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius. To do so, "it is important that every contribution is as ambitious and fair as possible given each country's individual responsibilities and their respective capabilities," says Elina Bardram, head of the European Commission Delegation. Voice of America (2/8), Reuters (2/8)
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Nigeria postpones national elections until March
The Nigerian election commission has postponed national elections from this Saturday until March 28 to give the military time to contain Boko Haram militants. The government says there wouldn't be enough military personnel available to guard polling places if election were held this week. Separately, African Union countries have pledged an 8,700-member peacekeeping force to fight the militants. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/7), Reuters (2/8), Voice of America (2/9), Reuters (2/9)
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