CHILDREN, TEENS FALL PREY TO ONLINE ADS OF HARMFUL PRODUCTS: UN STUDY

Sat 22 February 2020: (REUTERS) Children and adolescents are being bombarded with ads on social media promoting harmful products from fast food to tobacco and alcohol, according to a United Nations-backed report on Wednesday that called for regulation. Advertisers also sell data on children obtained from electronic games to global tech giants, said the report’s […]

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G20 SCIENTISTS DISCUSS GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY

Thu 20 February 2020: Sustainable agriculture and global food security topped discussions during the 9th meeting of the Agricultural Chief Scientists of the G20, which was attended by guest countries and international organizations to adopt a communique that will be delivered to ministers of agriculture. The meeting took place in Saudi Arabia’s Khobar, during which […]

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REVIEW OF 2019: HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Tue 18 February 2020: In 2019, the people were back in the streets. From Algiers to Beirut, hundreds of thousands of citizens demonstrated to demand their basic human rights: social justice, dignity, and political freedom. Despite police brutality, arbitrary arrests, intimidation, assassinations and smear campaigns, young people across the region are determined to claim their future. The years […]

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WORLD STANDING BY AS CHILDREN HARMED BY CONFLICT: CHARITY

Fri 14 February 2020: Governments were on Thursday urged to do more to protect children from the effects of war and serious violence, after a new report suggested record numbers were living in a conflict zone. Save the Children said wars were becoming more dangerous for children, with youngsters facing an increased risk of death […]

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POPE TELLS WEB COMPANIES TO BE VIGILANT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKERS

Mon 10 February 2020: Pope Francis called on internet-based companies Sunday to be vigilant about keeping human traffickers from using electronic communications to entrap victims. Francis said during his remarks to the public in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday that the “plague” of human trafficking “exploits the weakest.” He said research has shown that criminal […]

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SCIENTISTS RACE TO DEVELOP VACCINE FOR NEW CORONAVIRUS

Sun 09 February 2020: (AFP) Scientists from the United States to Australia are using new technology in an ambitious, multi-million-dollar drive to develop a vaccine in record time to tackle China’s coronavirus outbreak. The new virus has spread rapidly since emerging late last year in China, killing more than 800 people in the mainland and […]

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“A WIND OF MADNESS SWEEPING THE GLOBE”: LIBYA AND YEMEN AT THE TOP OF 2020 AGENDA OF UN

Fri 07 February 2020: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres laid out his plan for 2020 and highlighted the escalation of violence in Yemen and Libya as one of the most critical issues to tackle this year. Speaking at the UN in Geneva, Guterres said there is “a wind of madness sweeping the globe” as instability erupts into violent conflicts, which […]

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AFGHANS CONTINUE TO PAY PRICE OF CONFLICT: AMNESTY

Fri 31 January 2020: Government, armed groups carry out ‘serious’ human rights violations against civilians in 2019, human rights group says Afghan civilians have remained victims of the “widening” armed conflict in their country throughout 2019, Amnesty International said on Thursday. “Throughout 2019, they were killed, injured, forcibly displaced and subject to other serious human […]

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CPI 2019 GLOBAL HIGHLIGHTS: HOW CORRUPTION IMPACTS POLITICAL INTEGRITY

Sat 25 January 2020: This year’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) reveals that a majority of countries are showing little to no improvement in tackling corruption. Our analysis also shows corruption is more pervasive in countries where big money can flow freely into electoral campaigns and where governments listen only to the voices of wealthy or well-connected individuals. […]

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NEARLY 40% OF THE WORLD’S 195 COUNTRIES WILL SEE CIVIL UNREST DURING 2020

FILE PHOTO: Protesters attacked banks and clashed with security forces this week in Lebanon. Sat 18 January 2020: Nearly a quarter of the world’s nations witnessed a rise in unrest and violence in 2019 with the figure expected to rise in 2020, according to a study released earlier this week. Verisk Maplecroft, a socio-economic and […]

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