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

New York, N.Y.  The city of Detroit must restore access to water for its citizens who remain unable to pay their bills, two United Nations experts urged today, adding that a failure to do so would be a violation of the most basic human rights of those residents. Photo: World Bank/Allison Kwesell. Catarina de Albuquerque, [...]

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

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