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U.N. Concerned over ‘Disproportionate’ Killings of Blacks by U.S. Police

New York, N.Y.  The decision by a Grand Jury in Missouri to absolve a police officer for the fatal shooting of an African-American teenager has spotlighted broader concerns about institutionalized discrimination across the United States, the top United Nations human rights official said today. Protestors gather in New York City to demonstrate against the police [...]

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The Pope Urges Europe to Do More for Migrants

Rome, Italy.  Pope Francis, in the first papal address ever to the European Union parliament, urged the 28-member bloc to support a courageous, open and humanitarian immigration policy, saying they must do more to stop the Mediterranean becoming “a vast cemetery.” Francis also said Europe should create jobs and not allow the bureaucracy of its [...]

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U.N.: Israeli Demolition of Homes Contrary to International Law

New York, N.Y.  The Israeli Government’s use of house demolition as a punitive measure in response to alleged acts of violence by Palestinians must end immediately, two United Nations experts urged today, adding that the practice – which targets Palestinian homes in both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory – is a violation of human [...]

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In New York, Yun-Chin Zhou Seduces Zankel Hall Audience

New York, N.Y.  Last week I attended the Peter Marino Concert opening the 54th Young Concert Artists Series at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. I was prepared to hear an excellent pianist. It turned out that Yun-Chin Zhou was far and beyond anyone I have heard in many years: an original character, insightful musicianship, breathtaking technique, and best [...]

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Stage and Screen Stars Unite to Salute Rita Cosby for Wounded Warriors

New York, N.Y. Last week over a thousand New Yorkers had the opportunity to “Celebrate America’s Heroes” on the occasion of Emmy-Winning TV and Radio Host Rita Cosby’s fiftieth birthday to benefit the acclaimed organization, the Wounded Warrior Project.  Held at the historic Edison Ballroom off Times Square, the star-studded gala was emceed by FOX News’ [...]

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Diplomatic Viewpoint: Recovering from the Conflict – Peace for All

New York, N.Y.  On November 19, 2014, Dr. Palitha T.B. Kohona, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, spoke at St. Peter’s University on the topic, “Recovering from the Conflict – Peace for All.”                                            [...]

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Obama Remarks in Address to the Nation on Immigration

Washington, D.C.  THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans, tonight, I’d like to talk with you about immigration. For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations. It’s kept us youthful, dynamic, and entrepreneurial. It has shaped our character as a people with [...]

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UNICEF: State of the World’s Children in 2015

New York, N.Y.  As UNICEF marks twenty-five years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the 2015 edition of The State of the World’s Children calls for brave and fresh thinking to address age-old problems that still affect the world’s most disadvantaged children. In particular, the report calls for innovation – and for the best and [...]

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First Indian Literary Festival at Columbia a Best Seller

New York, N.Y.  Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia University drew participants from Bombay to Brooklyn and Berkley – including glitterati such as literary giant Sir Salman Rushdie, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mira Nair, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar of Disgraced fame, and [...]

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Mixed Picture for Ebola in Sierra Leone, as Victims Outpace Beds

Port Loko, Sierra Leone.  Witnessing yet again the challenging dynamics of the Ebola outbreak unfolding in West Africa, the United Nations envoy coordinating the global response visited Sierra Leone today, where he reported efforts to halt the virus in former hotspot Kenema are starting to pay off, while some 200 kilometres away, Port Loko is now [...]

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On World Cities Day, U.N. Spotlights Need for Sustainable Urban Planning

Recession Impoverished Millions of Children in Rich Countries

Mass Surveillance Puts Online Privacy at Risk: U.N.

New York Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola, at Bellevue Hospital

U.N. Day: Celebrating Continuing Commitment for Better World

Cuba Hosts U.N. Ebola Conference, Sends MDs to West Africa