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China is reaching its tipping point

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Nicole Kidman greets fans at the opening ceremony of the Oriental Movie Metropolis in Qingdao, Shandong province, on Sept 22. The Chinese government is keen to expand the service sector and reduce reliance on manufacturing for economic growth. AFP  Updated: 2013-10-21 01:03 By ALFRED ROMANN in Hong Kong   Big change is coming to the […]

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Ban pledges UN support for Africa’s development partnership, peer review process

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) addresses the high-level panel discussion, “Africa’s innovation in governance through 10 years of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).” UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe 21 October 2013 – Hailing the success of the self-assessment mechanism agreed among African leaders a decade ago, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the peer review process has not […]

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South Sudan: UN mission deplores latest round of deadly violence in Jonglei state

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UN peacekeepers offer protection to residents of Jonglei state, South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS 21 October 2013 – The United Nations has strongly condemned yesterday’s deadly attacks in South Sudan’s Jonglei state that resulted in many deaths and injuries. One attack was on Paliau cattle camp in Ajong Payam, and the other was in Maar cattle […]

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Reducing food loss, waste key to fighting hunger, UN official stresses at global forum

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Workers in a food processing plant. Photo: FAO/Giuseppe Bizzarri 21 October 2013 – The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for innovative thinking to measure and cut global food loss and waste which he said is essential to advance the fight to eliminate hunger. FAO Director-General José Graziano da […]

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Brazzaville, Zahlé, Kraków and Fabriano designated UNESCO Creative Cities

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Creative City for Design – Shanghai, China. Photo: City of Shanghai 21 October 2013 – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated Brazzaville (Republic of Congo), Zahlé (Lebanon), Kraków (Poland) and Fabriano (Italy) as new members of its network of “creative hubs” promoting socio-economic and cultural development worldwide through creative industries. […]

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Seychelles: UN expert urges technical, vocational education to foster ‘blue economy’

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Digue Island, Seychelles. Photo: UNWTO 21 October 2013 – Noting Seychelles’ efforts to develop a marine-based economy while reducing ocean degradation and alleviating poverty, an independent United Nations human rights expert today urged greater attention to teaching skills in the ‘blue economy.’ Following his first visit to the country, the UN Special Rapporteur on the […]

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UN team hails Japan’s remediation efforts in Fukushima-affected areas

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IAEA International Remediation Expert Mission examines Reactor Unit 3 during a visit to TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant. Photo: IAEA/Giovanni Verlini 21 October 2013 – Good progress has been made by Japan in remediation efforts in areas affected by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, a group of United Nations experts have said in a […]

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Happy 63rd Birthday to Donald Rabindranauth Ramotar President of Guyana born 22 Oct 1950

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Donald Rabindranauth Ramotar (born 22 October 1950[1]) is a Guyanese politician who has been President of Guyana since December 2011. He has been the General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) since 1997. Political career Ramotar joined the PPP in 1967 and was first elected to the PPP Central Committee in 1979; he joined […]

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PM’s address at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations

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October 21, 2013 Moscow, Russia “I consider it a matter of great honour that the Moscow State Institute of International Relations has decided to confer an Honorary Doctorate on me. I am conscious of the rich history of this great institution and its enormous contribution to Russian and international diplomacy. Your gesture today is yet […]

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Maldives: UN chief voices deep concern at delay of presidential re-run

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas (file photo) 20 October 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday voiced his deep concern at the delay of the re-run of the 7 September presidential election annulled by the Supreme Court and called on all concerned to ensure that the polls take place as soon as possible. “The […]

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