GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.N. refugee agency said on Friday that it had reached an opposition-held area of north Syria for the first time and found about 45,000 displaced people living in appalling conditions.
A senior U.N. official voiced fears that other parts of the country could contain similar untold stories of suffering and he said Syria faced systematic destruction.
GENEVA, Feb 1 (Reuters) – The U.N. refugee agency said on
Friday that it had reached an opposition-held area of north
Syria for the first time and found about 45,000 displaced people
living in appalling conditions.
A senior U.N. official voiced fears that other parts of the
country could contain similar untold stories of suffering and he
said Syria faced systematic destruction.
GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has for the first time recommended limits on children’s daily consumption of sodium which it hoped would help in the global fight against diet-related diseases becoming chronic among all populations.
In advice to its 194 member states on Thursday, the U.N. agency noted high sodium levels were a factor behind elevated blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, the number one cause of death and disability worldwide.
GENEVA (Reuters) – U.N. human rights investigators called on Israel on Thursday to halt settlement expansion and withdraw all half a million Jewish settlers from the occupied West Bank, saying that its practices could be subject to prosecution as possible war crimes.
A three-member U.N. panel said private companies should stop working in the settlements if their work adversely affected the human rights of Palestinians, and urged member states to ensure companies respected human rights.
GENEVA, Jan 31 (Reuters) – United Nations human rights
investigators called on Israel on Thursday to halt settlement
expansion and withdraw all Jewish settlers from the occupied
West Bank, saying that its practices violated international law.
“Israel must, in compliance with article 49 of the Fourth
Geneva Convention, cease all settlement activities without
preconditions. It must immediately initiate a process of
withdrawal of all settlers from the OPT (occupied Palestinian
territories),” said a report by the inquiry led by French judge
GENEVA, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Afghanistan expects Chinese and
Indian investments in iron ore and copper mining to buoy its
economy after NATO troops withdraw in 2014, the country’s
finance minister said on Wednesday.
A group of Indian companies which in 2011 won rights to mine
iron-ore in Bamiyan, in central Afghanistan, should invest from
$10 billion to $13 billion, and Chinese firms should commit from
$5 billion to $7 billion on the Aynak copper deposit in Logar
province, Omar Zakhilwal told a news briefing in Geneva.
GENEVA (Reuters) – Israel boycotted the United Nations’ human rights forum on Tuesday, becoming the first country ever to decline to attend a session that was due to scrutinize its own rights record.
Israel’s no-show at the Human Rights Council drew widespread criticism, including a tacit rebuke from the United States which said the U.N. process of reviewing human rights was a “valuable mechanism” as it was applied to all countries.
GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations on Friday urged Syria’s neighbors to keep open their borders to civilians fleeing the intensifying conflict and said that the refugee exodus into Jordan was “absolutely dramatic”.
More than 30,000 Syrians have arrived in Jordan’s main Zaatri camp this year, including 4,400 on Thursday and another 2,000 overnight, it said. Most were fleeing fighting in the southern area of Deraa, food and fuel shortages and high prices.
GENEVA (Reuters) – Israel is expected to boycott a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council next week despite the United States urging its ally to show up for an examination of its record, the U.S. ambassador said on Thursday.
The Jewish state is scheduled to be in the dock of the Geneva rights forum on Tuesday, January 29 as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, the council’s regular scrutiny of all United Nations member states.
GENEVA, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Luxury watchmakers are fighting
over too few parts makers in order to keep up with a booming
market and counter supply bottlenecks caused by industry giant
Swatch’s decision to cut vital contracts to its rivals.
The market for high-end watches was worth more than $46
billion in 2012 driven primarily by Asian customers, but
competition is fierce. As top names try to keep up with orders
they have bumped into a big problem: too few high-end parts
suppliers and not enough investment in training.