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Feb 3, 2015

U.N. Gaza war crimes inquiry to pursue work under new chair

GENEVA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A U.N. inquiry into possible war crimes in the Gaza conflict will produce its report on time next month, officials said on Tuesday, brushing aside a demand from Israel’s prime minister to shelve it after the chairman resigned.

It marked the latest chapter in fraught relations between Israel and the main U.N. rights forum, which the Jewish state and its ally Washington accuse of bias against Israel. Activists voiced concern that Israel was trying to derail the inquiry.

Feb 2, 2015

Parents of murdered Mexican students seek justice at UN watchdog

GENEVA (Reuters) – The parents of Mexican students believed murdered by a drugs gang appealed to the United Nations on Monday for help in seeking justice, saying they had no faith in the government’s ability to investigate the crime.

President Enrique Pena Nieto’s government said last week that the 43 trainee teachers who disappeared four months ago were killed on the orders of a drug cartel who mistook them for members of a rival gang.

Jan 30, 2015

Ebola likely to persist in 2015 as communities resist aid – Red Cross

GENEVA (Reuters) – West Africa will be lucky to wipe out Ebola this year, as the local population remains suspicious of aid workers, especially in Guinea, the Red Cross said on Friday.

The virus is “flaring up” in new areas in the region and not all infections are being reported, said Birte Hald, who leads the Ebola coordination and support unit of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Jan 29, 2015

Weekly Ebola cases below 100, WHO says endgame begins

GENEVA, Jan 29 (Reuters) – The number of new confirmed Ebola
cases totalled 99 in the week to Jan. 25, the lowest tally since
June 2014, the World Health Organization said on Thursday,
signalling the tide might have turned against the epidemic.

“The response to the EVD (Ebola virus disease) epidemic has
now moved to a second phase, as the focus shifts from slowing
transmission to ending the epidemic,” the WHO said.

Jan 28, 2015

EU investment plan could create 2.1 mln jobs if done right -ILO

GENEVA, Jan 28 (Reuters) – The European Commission’s 315
billion euro investment plan to spur growth could create more
than 2.1 million net new jobs, lowering the bloc’s jobless rate
by 1 percent by 2018, the International Labour Organization
(ILO) said on Wednesday.

But if the three-year plan, announced by Commission chief
Jean-Claude Juncker in November, fails to attract and leverage
private investment, it would create just 400,000 new jobs,
barely making a dent in the EU’s 23 million unemployed, it said.

Jan 27, 2015

After Ebola, WHO to set up contingency fund, develop ‘surge capacity’

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday it will create a contingency fund and an emergency workforce to respond quickly to crises after strong criticism of the agency’s delay in confronting the Ebola epidemic.

Director-general Dr. Margaret Chan said at an emergency meeting called to discuss the agency’s Ebola response that the outbreak showed the need to strengthen WHO’s crisis management and to streamline procedures for recruiting frontline workers.

Jan 25, 2015

WHO, under fire, to develop “surge capacity” in post-Ebola crises

GENEVA, Jan 25 (Reuters) – The World Health Organisation
(WHO) drew sharp criticism on Sunday over its response to the
Ebola epidemic, with donors and agencies urging the creation of
a contingency fund and an emergency workforce to respond quickly
to future crises.

Director-general Dr. Margaret Chan acknowledged that the
outbreak showed the need to strengthen WHO’s crisis management
and to streamline procedures for recruiting frontline workers.

Jan 25, 2015

Ebola waning, but WHO must respond better next time, Chan says

GENEVA (Reuters) – Ebola is declining but there is no room for complacency and the World Health Organization (WHO) must respond faster to future emergencies, its director-general told member states held talks on Sunday on the WHO’s delay in facing the deadly epidemic.

The special session in Geneva was called by member states seeking reforms amid strong criticism of the United Nations agency’s response to the outbreak that began a year ago in West Africa.

Jan 23, 2015

WHO says cash crunch, rains could thwart Ebola efforts

GENEVA (Reuters) – Halting the spread of Ebola in West Africa will depend on mobilising funds and aid workers before the rainy season hits in April-May, otherwise it could up to take a year, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Friday.

But the WHO is set to run out of cash in mid-February, a key period as it tries to halt the deadly disease, a senior WHO official said.

Jan 22, 2015

North Korea seeks U.N. probe of “CIA torture crimes”

GENEVA, Jan 22 (Reuters) – North Korea called on Thursday
for the top United Nations human rights body to investigate
allegations of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) torture in the
George W. Bush era, that were contained in a recent Senate

The move, announced by So Se Pyong, ambassador of the
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the U.N. in Geneva,
puts more strain on ties with Washington, following U.S.
accusations that Pyongyang was behind a cyber attack on Sony
Pictures. North Korea denies those accusations.