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Jul 23, 2015

UN urges Canada to probe mining abuses, murders of native women

GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) – A United Nations watchdog urged
Canada on Thursday to investigate alleged human rights abuses by
its mining companies abroad and launch an inquiry into the high
number of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.

The U.N. Human Rights Committee examined Canada’s record in
upholding civil and political freedoms as part of a regular
review of seven countries during its four-week session.

Jul 20, 2015

Natural disasters forced 20 mln from their homes in 2014 -report

GENEVA, July 20 (Reuters) – Nearly 20 million people were
forced to flee their homes due to floods, storms and earthquakes
last year, a problem likely to worsen due to climate change, but
which could be eased by better construction, a report said on
Monday.

Asia is particularly prone to natural disasters, accounting
for almost 90 percent of the 19.3 million displaced in 2014, led
by typhoons in China and the Philippines, and floods in India,
the Norwegian Refugee Council said.

Jul 16, 2015

Veloso and Gil bring Brazil fusion to Montreux stage

MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) – Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil gave a pure and poignant concert at Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival on Wednesday, celebrating decades of Brazilian music and friendship.

The pair of singer-songwriters sat on a bare stage at Stravinski Auditorium, each playing an acoustic guitar, but without a back-up band, throughout the 100-minute concert that included two encores.

Jul 15, 2015

Swiss authorities begin questioning detained soccer officials

GENEVA (Reuters) – Swiss authorities have begun questioning the soccer officials who were arrested in Zurich in May in a corruption scandal and are facing extradition to the United States, legal sources said.

Those questioned included Jose Maria Marin, a former president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), one of the sources said. The final decisions are expected in August.

Jul 15, 2015

Soccer-Swiss authorities begin questioning detained soccer officials

GENEVA, July 15 (Reuters) – Swiss authorities have begun questioning the soccer officials who were arrested in Zurich in May in a corruption scandal and are facing extradition to the United States, legal sources said.

Those questioned included Jose Maria Marin, a former president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), one of the sources said. The final decisions are expected in August.

Jul 14, 2015

Countries must invest more in mental health in hard times: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) – Rich and poor countries alike must invest more in mental health care, especially during economic crises when rates of depression and suicide tend to rise, the World Health Organization (WHO)said on Tuesday.

One in 10 people worldwide has a mental health disorder but only one percent of the global health workforce is treating such illnesses, which are still widely stigmatized, the United Nations agency said.

Jul 14, 2015

U.N. delivers urgent food and health supplies to Aden

GENEVA (Reuters) – United Nations convoys of food and medical supplies have reached the southern Yemeni province of Aden, but fighting around Aden’s port is still preventing ships from docking, U.N. officials said on Tuesday.

A 40-truck convoy carrying enough food for 117,000 people for a month reached the province after being held at the Rabat checkpoint outside Aden since July 9, said Abeer Etefa, a spokeswoman for the U.N. World Food Programme in Cairo.

Jul 14, 2015

U.N. delivers urgent health supplies to Aden but food stalled

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations said on Tuesday it had delivered medical supplies to the southern Yemeni city of Aden, where fighting has badly disrupted health provision, but that food rations had been delayed.

The World Health Organization brought 46.4 tonnes of assistance including trauma kits, medicines to treat malaria and diarrheal diseases, and water and sanitation supplies for more than 84,000 people.

Jul 14, 2015

WHO delivers urgent health supplies to Aden – statement

GENEVA, July 14 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization
(WHO) said on Tuesday it had delivered life-saving medical
supplies to the southern city of Aden in Yemen, where most
health facilities are “non-functional” due to fighting and
critical shortages of supplies.

In a statement, the WHO said it had brought 46.4 tonnes of
assistance including trauma kits, medicines for treating malaria
and diarrhoeal diseases, and water and sanitation supplies for
more than 84,000 people in six trucks as part of a United
Nations convoy.

Jul 10, 2015

UN urges EU to step in and help Greece with migrant crisis

GENEVA, July 10 (Reuters) – The United Nations refugee
agency said on Friday that Greece urgently needed help to cope
with 1,000 migrants arriving each day and called on the European
Union (EU) to step in before the humanitarian situation
deteriorates further.

More than 77,000 people have arrived by sea to Greece so far
this year, more than 60 percent of them Syrians, with others
fleeing Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea and Somalia, it said.