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Fragile ozone layer shows first sign of recovery: UN

Fragile ozone layer shows first sign of recovery: UN

The ozone layer that shields life from cancer-causing solar rays is showing its first sign of recovery after years of dangerous depletion, a UN study said on Wednesday, in a rare piece of good news on the environment. Experts said it was largely down to global action - a 1987 ban on man-made gases...

More than 3m have fled Syria: UN

More than 3m have fled Syria: UN

More than three million Syrians are now registered as refugees and the desperate crisis is only getting worse, the UN's refugee agency says. The UNHCR says Syria is now "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era" with almost half of all Syrians forced to flee their homes. The majority of refugees have fled to countries...

Syria 'used chlorine gas': UN

Syria 'used chlorine gas': UN

Islamic State militants have committed "mass atrocities" in Syria, including the recruitment of children as fighters, the United Nations says. Investigators have also accused the Syrian government of using chemical agents in eight separate incidents in western Syria this year. Islamic State (IS), which now controls areas of Syria, is one of the groups fighting...

Death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

Death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday. The figure, covering the period from March 2011 to April 2014, is the first issued by the UN's human rights office since July 2013, when it documented more than 100,000 killed. The high...

Growing inequality challenges sustainable Asia-Pacific growth

Growing inequality challenges sustainable Asia-Pacific growth

The growing disparity in incomes and access to social opportunities in Asia-Pacific developing countries, including Bangladesh, not only threatens social stability but is also a key constraint to the region’s economic dynamism, according to Survey 2014. Latest data from about 40 countries in the region show that the poorest 20 percent of the population...

Gaza bomb disposal team hit by blast, 6 dead

Gaza bomb disposal team hit by blast, 6 dead

Six people were killed in the Gaza Strip when an Israeli missile exploded amid attempts to dismantle it. The dead included two journalists - an Italian and a Palestinian - and a number of bomb disposal officers. The incident happened in the town of Beit Lahiya, in the north of the Gaza Strip It comes hours...

New three-day Gaza ceasefire holds

New three-day Gaza ceasefire holds

A fresh three-day ceasefire agreed between Israel and Palestinian faction Hamas in Gaza was holding on Monday. The agreement, which began at midnight (21:00 GMT Sunday), came after days of intense mediation by Egypt. If the truce continues to hold, Israel will send negotiators to Cairo on Monday for talks on a longer-term deal. Truce must...

US, UN condemn new Gaza violence

US, UN condemn new Gaza violence

The US and UN have condemned the resumption of attacks between Gaza and Israel on Friday, urging both sides to cease hostilities. Israel renewed strikes on Gaza soon after a three-day truce expired, saying it was in response to rocket fire by Hamas, which controls Gaza. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the parties should...

Top Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of crimes against humanity

Top Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of crimes against humanity

Three and a half decades after the genocidal rule of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge ended, a UN-backed tribunal on Thursday sentenced two top leaders of the former regime to life in prison for crimes against humanity during the country's 1970s terror period that left close to 2 million people dead. The historic verdicts were announced...

Editorial

Innocent blood spills on unchecked

UN reports say that at least 296 Palestinian children and adolescents have been killed since Israel's recent military operation began in the Gaza Strip. Even though casualty statistics have a penchant for devolving human lives into mere numbers, this is a chilling testament to the inhumanity displayed by the Israeli army and their complete disregard towards humanist values that the rest of the world holds deeply. At this point, a statement condemning their act will no longer suffice. We...

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