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U.N. Recommends Taxing Tobacco to Curb Deadly Global Epidemic

New York, N.Y.  Only one in 10 of people now live in countries that levy taxes of more than 75 per cent on a pack of cigarettes despite the fact that raising taxes on tobacco products is one of the most effective – and cost-effective – ways to reduce consumption of products that kill one […]

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Rice University Study: Smartphones May be Detrimental to Learning

Houston, TX.  A yearlong study of first-time smartphone users by researchers at Rice University and the U.S. Air Force found that users felt smartphones were actually detrimental to their ability to learn. The research paper “You Can Lead a Horse to Water But You Cannot Make Him Learn: Smartphone Use in Higher Education” appeared in […]

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Greece’s Tsipras Briefs Obama on Bid for Eurozone Loan

Paris, France.  Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spoke to U.S. President Barack Obama by telephone on Tuesday shortly before an emergency eurozone summit and briefed him on Greece’s request for a rescue loan, a Greek government official said, as reported by Reuters. Alexis Tsipras. Photo courtesy of Frangisco Der. The official said Obama had voiced […]

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Ban: Education ‘Essential to Vision of a Life of Dignity for All’

Oslo, Norway. The Oslo Summit on Education for Development is a chance to reaffirm the human right to education, an opportunity to mobilize political commitment, and “our moment” to galvanize international support for education, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in Norway, where he has been attending a number of high-level events over the […]

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Nervous Investors Unload Chinese Stocks

Bangkok, Thailand.  Chinese stock indexes again sank lower Tuesday, despite the government’s efforts to boost the exchanges and reassure millions of individual investors by buying state-backed, big cap stocks. Shanghai Pudong Jan 2 2014. Photo by Yhz1221.   The Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges are notorious for their volatility, but their huge gains over the past […]

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S.C. to Remove Confederate Flag from Statehouse Grounds

Charleston, S.C.  South Carolina’s state senate has voted 37-3 to remove the Confederate battle flag from State House grounds. The Civil War-era flag has flown over parts of the state capitol for more than 50 years. The bipartisan proposal followed a call by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.  It followed an uproar over last month’s […]

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Obama to Visit Pentagon to Refine Islamic State Strategy

Washington, D.C.  U.S. President Barack Obama makes a rare visit to the Pentagon Monday to confer with national security advisers about refining their strategy to defeat Islamic State militants wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria. Obama, who has conceded the U.S. lacks a “complete strategy,” is scheduled to meet with Defense Secretary Ash Carter at […]

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Further Probe Needed to Understand Dag Hammarskjöld’s Death

New York, N.Y.  Ban Ki-moon announced today that “a further inquiry or investigation would be necessary to finally establish the facts” of the death of the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dag Hammarskjöld, in a plane crash in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, along with 15 others more than 50 years ago. Portrait of former […]

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Greeks Stand Tall, Defiantly Reject Europe’s Bailout Terms

Athens, Greece. Greeks have voted against accepting a bailout from the European Union in return for more spending cuts. Early results suggest the ‘No’ camp won with around 61 percent of the vote. As Henry Ridgwell reports from Athens, all eyes are now on Europe’s response. By Henry Ridgwell.   Tweet

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Millions Expected for Masses as Pope Starts South American Tour

Washington, D.C.  More than a million people are expected for the papal mass Monday. The 78-year-old Jesuit pope landed Sunday in Ecuador’s capital, Quito, on the first leg of his visit. Government and Church dignitaries greeted him, along with colorfully dressed children and adults waving the papal flag and standing on either side of a […]

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AIDS ‘Human Rights Issue,’ Ban Declares, Launching New U.N. Report

Past and Present: Celebrating July Fourth at the White House

Letter from Castro to Obama Re-establishing Relations with U.S.

Episcopal Church Elects First Black Presiding Bishop

Iconic Norman Rockwell Exhibition to Open at U.N. Headquarters

Barack Obama: A Hard Day’s Work Deserves a Fair Day’s Pay