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Umbrella Revolution: Pro-Democracy Protests Continue in Hong Kong

A pro-democracy protester sleeps on a bed as hundreds block Nathan Road, the main north-south route of Kowloon peninsula, at Hong Kong’s Mongkok shopping district. Tweet

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

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations continues to ramp-up its Ebola response, reaching more than 530,000 people with food assistance in hard-hit Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, and, in the latter country, gathering survivors for a meeting to help deal with the psychological aftermath and stigma they face re-entering their communities. A C160 German aircraft [...]

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Today is Global Handwashing Day – Helps Fight Ebola

New York, N.Y.  Handwashing with soap is one of the most cost-effective methods to stop the spread of viral diseases such as diarrhoea – the second biggest killer of children under 5. It also plays an important role in the fight against #Ebola. On #GlobalHandwashingDay - and every day – the power is in your hands!http://uni.cf/1vvhkOS Tweet

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Yale Young Global Scholars Program: 2015 Applications Available

New Haven, CT.  When asked to describe her time participating in last summer’s Yale Young Global Scholars program (YYGS), high school junior Makiko Miyazaki chooses the word inspiring. “I learned so much from my peers and the faculty; they truly motivated me to take an active stance on issues I am passionate about,” she says. [...]

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Has Roman Catholic Synod Embraced the LGBT Community?

The Vatican, Rome.  Yesterday, the Roman Catholic Eleventh General Assembly released its Relatio post disceptationem offering the most embracing view of the LGBT community and other groups historically disenfranchised within the Church.  As media outlets around the globe dissect the findings, and the more conservative American Catholic Church distances itself from the more moderate Pope, our [...]

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True Love Found Through Helping Humanity, Together

By Jim Luce with Mitzi Perdue. Name a person who wouldn’t like to find true love and a soul mate? Lorraine Silvetz nee Cancro and her new husband, Dr. Robert Silvetz are among the lucky ones who’ve done just that, but who could have guessed what it took for them to find each other? True [...]

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Ban Ki-moon to Visit Gaza to Jump-Start Massive Reconstruction

New York, N.Y.  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that he will travel to Gaza on Tuesday to visit several sites destroyed during last summer’s conflict, spotlighting the need to help the enclave “look ahead and build a better future” and advance reconstruction efforts.  “I believe it is important to be on the ground. That is why [...]

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U.N. Marks World Day Against Death Penalty: End ‘Cruel Practice’

New York, N.Y.  The continuing application of the death penalty is a “cruel practice” that undermines human dignity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he urged Member States to “reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights” and impose moratoriums on executions. In a video message issued to an event that took place yesterday at the U.N. Office in Geneva [...]

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Battling Inequity for Life: Luce Leader Travels, Reflects

Madison, WI.  In January of this year, I was recognized by the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation as one of two Luce Leaders for the year 2014—an award reserved for young individuals trying to make a difference on a global level (link). For this reason, it seemed only fitting that I was unable to attend the ceremony, [...]

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Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzay, Kailash Satyarthi

Oslo, Norway.  The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.  Children must go to school and not be financially exploited.  In the poor [...]

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On World Teachers’ Day, U.N. Agencies Urge Investing in Educators

Honoring Gandhi, U.N. Reaffirms Power of Peaceful Protest

U.N.: 3,700 Children Orphaned by Ebola, Lives Shattered

New York City Poetry Corner: Poem by Sharon Stern

U.N.: Not One Child Untouched by Recent Gaza Conflict

In Hong Kong, Occupy Central Gains Momentum