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Malaysia says Obama cancels visit due to shutdown

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Government shutdown: President Barack Obama, accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and people who support the Affordable Care Act, his signature health care law, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President […]

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Flag-raising ceremony held in Toronto to mark China’s National Day

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Rob Ford (R4), the mayor of Toronto, and Fang Li (R3), China’s Consul General in Toronto, attend a flag-raising ceremony in the City Hall of Toronto, Canada, Sept. 30, 2013. The ceremony was held Monday here to mark the 64th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China which falls on Oct. 1. […]

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Chinese leaders honor martyrs on National Day

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China’s top leaders Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan, Zhang Gaoli attend a ceremony marking the 64th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 1, 2013. (Xinhua/Li Xueren) Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a ceremony marking the […]

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On International Day, Ban calls on world’s citizens to practice non-violence everyday

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“Non-Violence,” a sculpture by Karl Fredrik Reutersward, sits permanently outside UN Headquarters in New York 2 October 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on people all over the world to have the courage to turn their backs on violence and stand up for peace and justice, marking the International Day of Non-Violence. “I call […]

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UN Security Council urges all sides in Syrian crisis to immediately provide access for humanitarian aid

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A scene from the crowded Za’atri refugee camp in Jordan hosting many Syrian refugees. Photo: UNHCR/J. Kohler 2 October 2013 – Gravely concerned by the deepening “humanitarian tragedy” in Syria, the United Nations Security Council today urged the Syrian Government to immediately allow cross-border aid deliveries and called on all parties to the conflict to […]

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UN inspectors begin mission to disable Syria’s chemical production facilities

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Following the historic decision by the Security Council on Syrian chemical weapons, an OPCW inspection team prepared to leave for Syria early Monday 30 September 2013. Photo: OPCW (file photo) 2 October 2013 – The joint team of United Nations and international inspectors overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons production facilities completed its first […]

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At UN treaty event, countries take action to advance child rights, regulate arms trade

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Treaty Event at UN Headquarters with USG for Legal Affairs, Miguel de Serpa Soares (centre) officiating. UN Photo/Win Khine 2 October 2013 – Some 59 States took part in the annual United Nations Treaty Event which gives countries the opportunity to sign or become party to treaties on critical issues such as human rights, disarmament […]

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ICC issues arrest warrant for Kenyan accused of bribing witness in Ruto case

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ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. Photo: ICC-CPI 2 October 2013 – The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an arrest warrant for a man accused of bribing a prosecution witness in the case against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto. A statement from the Court’s Prosecutor said that evidence collected so far indicates that there is a […]

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Ahead of high-level meeting, UN officials spotlight migrants’ contribution to societies

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Malawian migrants fleeing attacks in Tanzania are stranded in the northern city of Mzuzu without funds to continue their journeys home. Photo: IRIN/Sanje Msiska 2 October 2013 – United Nations officials today highlighted the plight of international migrants, stressing that countries should increase efforts to protect their rights while finding ways to integrate their contributions […]

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UN and Malawi launch relief operation to assist nearly 1.5 million in need of food aid

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Consumers line up to buy scarce maize supplies at a market in Rumphi, northern Malawi. Photo: IRIN/Sanje Msiska 2 October 2013 – With nearly one and a half million people in need of food assistance in Malawi, the United Nations, the Government and other partners have launched a relief operation to meet growing needs owing […]

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