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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

New York, N.Y.  As the world’s urban areas inevitably expand, growing both in size and in population, they will also need to transition into better planned and better managed environments or risk exacerbating negative trends, the United Nations warned today.  Marking the inaugural edition of World Cities Day, a global event aimed at promoting sustainable urban [...]

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Recession Impoverished Millions of Children in Rich Countries

Geneva, Switzerland.  The U.N. Children’s Fund says the great recession of 2008 has had a devastating impact on millions of children in rich countries.  UNICEF’s rankings of 41 wealthy countries finds 23 have failed in their duty to make life better, not worse, for their children.  The report shows that 2.6 million children have sunk below the [...]

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

New York, N.Y.   States must be transparent about the nature of their electronic mass surveillance programmes, an independent United Nations counter-terrorism expert said today as he warned about the impact such measures might have on individuals’ right to privacy. “States need to squarely confront the fact that mass surveillance programmes effectively do away with the [...]

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New York Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola, at Bellevue Hospital

New York, N.Y.  A New York City doctor who recently treated Ebola victims in Guinea has become the first person in the U.S. city to be diagnosed with the virus. Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed the case at a news conference late Thursday, saying Dr. Craig Spencer has been placed in isolation and there is [...]

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

New York, N.Y.  As multiple crises – ranging from poverty and disease to terrorism and climate change – continue to afflict the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the 69th anniversary of the United Nations today, declaring that the Organization is needed now “more than ever.” U.N. Photo/Rick Bajornas. In his message on the Day, observed annually on 24 October, the anniversary [...]

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

Havana, Cuba.  Ebola is no longer a localized public health emergency, top UN officials said in Havana today as they commended Cuba for sending doctors and nurses to the affected countries in West Africa, and addressed regional leaders gathering to discuss ways to resolve the emergency and halt spread of the virus to regional States. [...]

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Hope: Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

U.N. Calls Out Detroit Water Policy as ‘Contrary to Human Rights’

Umbrella Revolution: Pro-Democracy Protests Continue in Hong Kong

Ebola Response in ‘High-Gear,’ But Faces Great Challenges

Today is Global Handwashing Day – Helps Fight Ebola

Yale Young Global Scholars Program: 2015 Applications Available