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Oct 23, 2014

WHO concerned but ‘reasonably confident’ on international Ebola spread

GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday it was “reasonably confident” that the Ebola virus plaguing three West African countries had not spread into neighboring states.

Asked whether countries such as Guinea Bissau and Ivory Coast might have cases of the disease crossing their borders without knowing about or reporting them, WHO assistant director general Keiji Fukuda said he considered that unlikely.

Oct 23, 2014

U.N. rights watchdog calls for open elections in Hong Kong

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations Human Rights Committee called on China on Thursday to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong, stressing that included the right to stand for election as well as the right to vote.

The panel of 18 independent experts, who monitor compliance with an international treaty on civil and political rights ratified by Hong Kong, agreed the move after voicing concern at Beijing’s plan to vet candidates in the former British colony.

Oct 23, 2014

Drugmakers may need indemnity for fast-tracked Ebola vaccines

LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) – Drugmakers are looking for some kind of indemnity from governments or multilateral agencies for the widespread emergency use of new Ebola vaccines in Africa.

While the issue will not delay the industry’s ongoing work to accelerate production and clinical testing of three experimental vaccines, it is likely to be discussed at a high-level meeting in Geneva on Thursday.

Oct 21, 2014

Tens of thousands expected to get Ebola vaccines from January – WHO

GENEVA, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people in
West Africa are expected to begin getting experimental Ebola
vaccines from January, but population-wide immunisation is still
far off, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

Initial clinical trials of vaccines from GlaxoSmithKline
and NewLink Genetics are already under way.
Some 500 volunteers are due to take part in countries including
the United States, Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Mali, Gabon
and Kenya.

Oct 20, 2014

U.N. questions Israel on Palestinians’ rights

GENEVA (Reuters) – U.N. experts questioned Israeli officials on Monday over alleged rights abuses ranging from the demolition of Palestinian houses to mistreatment of detainees and limited Palestinian access to water.

Israel’s delegation defended its record before the United Nations Human Rights Committee, which examined respect for civil and political rights in Israel, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Each U.N. member state is reviewed every four years.

Oct 20, 2014

U.N. rights boss urges Venezuela to free opposition leader

GENEVA (Reuters) – Top United Nations human rights official Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein called on Monday for the release of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and scores of others detained in a crackdown on protests that began in February.

Zeid said in a statement issued after meeting Lopez’ wife Lilian Tintori in Geneva on Friday that the “prolonged and arbitrary detention” of political opponents and protesters was only exacerbating tensions in the oil-rich Andean country.

Oct 17, 2014

Food prices up 24 percent in Ebola-hit countries: WFP

GENEVA (Reuters) – Food prices have risen by an average of 24 percent across the three countries worst hit by the Ebola outbreak, forcing some families to reduce their intake to one meal a day, the World Food Program (WFP) said on Friday.

The food-producing regions of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa have been severely affected by the worst outbreak on record of the viral hemorrhagic fever that has killed nearly 4,500 people.

Oct 16, 2014

New U.N. rights boss says in talks with China on Tibet visit

GENEVA (Reuters) – The new United Nations human rights chief said on Thursday at his first media briefing in the job that he wanted to visit Tibet and was talking to Chinese authorities about a trip there.

More than 120 Tibetans, including many monks, have set themselves on fire since 2009 to protest against Beijing’s rule, which activists say tramples on religious freedom and culture.

Oct 5, 2014

Aid workers ask where was WHO in Ebola outbreak?

DAKAR/GENEVA (Reuters) – In the first days of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as aid workers and health authorities battled to contain the deadly virus, Mariano Lugli asked himself a simple question: where was the World Health Organization?

Lugli, an Italian nurse, was among the first responders from medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) to reach the remote forests of Guinea in March where the hemorrhagic fever – one of the most lethal diseases known to man – was detected.

Oct 3, 2014
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Islamic State is committing ‘staggering’ crimes in Iraq – U.N. report


(Residents watch militant Islamist fighters taking part in a military parade along the streets of Syria’s northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer )

Islamic State insurgents in Iraq have carried out mass executions, abducted women and girls as sex slaves, and used child soldiers in what may amount to systematic war crimes that demand prosecution, the United Nations said on Thursday.