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UN torture prevention committee ends visit to Cabo Verde

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 9:12 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA/PRAIA (14 October 2019) — The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) concluded on Thursday 10 October its first visit to Cabo Verde, which began on 29 September. The objectives of the visit were to support the recently ... More >>

RRMine Global CEO attends World Digital Mining Summit 2019

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 9:01 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HAINAN, CHINA, Oct 14, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - On October 10, RRMine attended WDMS 2019 (World Digital Mining Summit) hosted by BITMAIN, in Frankfurt, Germany. RRMine is a global cloud computing power asset management and trading platform that provides ... More >>

A Coalition of Support: Parliamentarians for Julian Assange

Monday, 14 October 2019, 5:16 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Australian politicians, and the consular staff of the country, are rarely that engaged on the subject of protecting their citizens. In a couple of notorious cases, Australian authorities demonstrated, not only an indifference, but a consciously venal approach ... More >>

World's Largest Electronics Marketplace Opens Today

Monday, 14 October 2019, 10:19 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Oct 13, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The 39th HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition), organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), and the 23rd electronicAsia, jointly organised by the HKTDC and MMI Asia Pte Ltd, opened ... More >>

Bali Terror Plot

Monday, 14 October 2019, 8:13 am | Indonesia Institute

A father and son with links to Islamic State have been arrested in Bali, accused of plotting a terrorist attack on the holiday island. More >>

Save the Children is Preparing for Cyclone Season

Sunday, 13 October 2019, 1:39 pm | Save The Children

Sunday, 13 October 2019: On International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, Save the Children is warning that climate change must be addressed to reduce the threat to lives and livelihoods in the Pacific. More >>

Philippe Mazuel Proposed As Frances European Commissioner

Sunday, 13 October 2019, 5:38 am | Alastair Thompson

Philippe Mazuel, founding president of the pro-European party PACE, submitted his candidacy at the Élysée on Friday 11 October for a position as a European Commissioner for France. More >>

Philippe Mazuel Proposed As Replacement French European Commissioner

Sunday, 13 October 2019, 5:32 am | Alastair Thompson

Philippe Mazuel, founding president of the pro-European party PACE, submitted his candidacy at the Élysée on Friday 11 October for a position as a European Commissioner for France. More >>

Faster, cleaner energy transition in Asia-Pacific

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 12:36 pm | UN ESCAP

Bangkok (ESCAP News) - The Second Session of the Committee on Energy closed today at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) with stronger commitments to power the region with sustainable energy. More >>

Passive Microwave Temperature Soundings of Typhoon Hagibis

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 12:21 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

BOULDER, CO and SINGAPORE, Oct 11, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - via NEWMEDIAWIRE - Orbital Micro Systems (OMS), a leader in advanced instrumentation for small satellite missions and analysis-ready earth data intelligence, has released images of Typhoon Hagibis ... More >>

Judiciary legitimizes seizure of Palestinian property

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 11:58 am | Euro-Med Monitor

Euro-Med's Jerusalem monthly report: Israeli judiciary legitimizes seizure of Palestinian property Jerusalem- The Israeli authorities continued its violations of the rights of the Palestinian population in Jerusalem in September, in line with the Israeli ... More >>

Turkey’s Syria offensive could spark another catastrophe

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 11:53 am | UN News

Airstrikes and a ground offensive by Turkey in northern Syria against Kurdish forces have left civilians dead and forced tens of thousands to flee, UN agencies said on Friday, amid fears of another “humanitarian catastrophe” in the war-torn country. More >>

Day of the Girl Child spotlights 25 years of progress

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 11:53 am | UN News

The world’s one billion young girls, are being celebrated on Friday as an “unscripted and unstoppable” force for change, with 11 October designated each year the International Day of the Girl Child. More >>

Climate emergency: City mayors are 'world first responders'

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 11:52 am | UN News

City bosses are “the world’s first responders to the climate emergency” UN chief António Guterres declared on Friday, at an international mayors’ summit in Copenhagen. More >>

NGOs urge opposition to election of rights abusers at UN

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 11:51 am | UN Watch

GENEVA, October 11, 2019 - Ahead of next Thursday's UN election of 14 nations to its highest human rights body, a coalition of non-governmental human rights groups from Europe, the U.S. and Canada today called on UN member states to oppose the election ... More >>

Norway needs to bridge disability rights implementation gap

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 11:50 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA / OSLO (11 October 2019) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Catalina Devandas, has commended the Norwegian Government for its comprehensive social protection system and for providing education in regular ... More >>

UN expert on violence against women to visit Bulgaria

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 11:48 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (11 October 2019) – The UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Dubravka Šimonović, will visit Bulgaria from 14 to 21 October 2019. “I will look into issues of violence against women and girls as well as its causes and consequences, ... More >>

States must better protect and empower girls

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 11:47 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (11 October 2019) — States must take meaningful action to eliminate discrimination against girls and promote girls’ equal rights, said the UN Child Rights Committee and UN Women’s Rights Committee in a joint statement published today for the International ... More >>

Human Rights Committee to review 6 nations

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 11:45 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (11 October 2019) — The UN Human Rights Committee, which monitors implementation by States of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), will meet in Geneva from 14 October to 8 November 2019 to review the situation for human ... More >>

Azerbaijan’s farming sector needs support for smallholders

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 11:44 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA / BAKU (11 October 2019) – Vigorous economic growth and social transformation over the past 20 years have turned Azerbaijan into an impressive upper middle-income country, but it should work towards economic diversification and provide help for ... More >>

Near Average Tropical Cyclone Season expected

Friday, 11 October 2019, 11:49 am | MetService

A ‘near-average’ Tropical Cyclone Season is forecast this year, with 9 to 12 named cyclones expected to occur in the Southwest Pacific between November and April. About four of these may be severe, reaching category three or higher. New Zealand ... More >>

Southwest Pacific Tropical Cyclone Outlook

Friday, 11 October 2019, 11:15 am | NIWA

NIWA and MetService analyses indicate nine to 12 named tropical cyclones (TC) could occur in the Southwest Pacific basin between November 2019 and April 2020. More >>

Save the Children preparing to scale up its operations

Friday, 11 October 2019, 10:35 am | Save The Children

Save the Children warned today against an impending humanitarian disaster in North East Syria, where families and children have already started fleeing hostilities. The agency confirmed it was preparing to scale up its relief operations which have ... More >>

De-escalation of Turkish military operation in Syria needed

Friday, 11 October 2019, 10:29 am | UN News

A de-escalation of renewed conflict in northern Syria is “absolutely essential,” the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday. His comments follow the launch of airstrikes and a ground offensive by Turkey on Wednesday just days ... More >>

Ebola on the run in DR Congo

Friday, 11 October 2019, 9:32 am | United Nations

Ebola on the run in DR Congo, ‘now we have to kill the virus’: UN health agency More >>

Agents for change: Girls take up the fight for better world

Friday, 11 October 2019, 9:31 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (10 October 2019) – On the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, UN human rights experts* have applauded the energy and sense of urgency, as well as courage and intellect, that girls and young women have brought to recognizing ... More >>

Meet the winners and finalist of this year's Peace Prize

Friday, 11 October 2019, 9:28 am | KidsRights

KidsRights patron Archbishop Desmond Tutu announced the finalists and winners of the International Children’s Peace Prize 2019! These children are all remarkable changemakers with amazing actions and impact. More >>

NetDragon Builds Serbian Public Innovation Platform

Friday, 11 October 2019, 9:19 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Oct 10, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited ("NetDragon" or "the Company", Hong Kong Stock Code: 777), a global leader in building internet communities, is pleased to announce that, "The Fourth China-CEEC Conference on Innovation ... More >>

PatPat Picks Adyen To Power Payments Globally

Friday, 11 October 2019, 9:17 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

PatPat's Global Expansion Targets Europe and the United States; Leverages Adyen Platform to Increase Authorization Rates, Comply with PSD2 and Build Loyalty SINGAPORE, Oct 10, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Adyen (AMS: ADYEN), the payments platform of choice for ... More >>

What Really Happened to American Socialism?

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 6:03 pm | Harvey Wasserman

Despite the corporate hype, Democratic Socialism and Social Democracy are deeply rooted in the mainstream of our nation’s history. More >>

Germany Synagogue Shooting

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 3:24 pm | International Muslim Association of New Zealand

We extend our condolences to our Jewish community, Germany and to its people on this difficult day More >>

Trade deals putting corporates before people and environment

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 2:21 pm | AFTINET

Community groups representing millions say trade deals with Indonesia, Hong Kong and Peru put corporate rights before people and environment and urge Labor and cross-bench to oppose them More >>

Energy Underpins the African Dream

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 2:08 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, Oct 10, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - NJ Ayuk's latest book, "Billions at Play: The Future of African Energy and Doing Deals" launches October 22, 2019 and is already an Amazon #1 Best-Seller in two categories: Oil and Energy, ... More >>


Thursday, 10 October 2019, 12:21 pm | Jewish Council

The New Zealand Jewish Council is horrified to learn of the attempted white supremacist attack on a synagogue in Halle, Germany, on the most sacred day of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur. Our condolences go to the loved ones of the two people murdered by the ... More >>

German synagogue shooting more tragic anti-semitism

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 8:45 am | UN News

The killing of two people outside a synagogue in Germany on Wednesday has been characterized by the UN Secretary-General as “another tragic demonstration of anti-Semitism.” More >>

Administrative Torture: Free Heba al-Labadi

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 8:42 am | Ramzy Baroud

On August 20, Heba Ahmed al-Labadi fell into the dark hole of the Israeli legal system, joining 413 Palestinian prisoners who are currently held in so-called administrative detention. On September 26, Heba and seven other prisoners declared a hunger strike ... More >>

Support 'winds of change' in DR Congo

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 8:35 am | UN News

Recent positive trends could help transform the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into a stable country, the head of the UN operation there told the Security Council on Wednesday. More >>

‘at least 60 civilians’ killed after US military airstrikes

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 8:34 am | UN News

“Multiple” airstrikes by the US military on alleged methamphetamine drug labs in a remote area of western Afghanistan earlier this year, killed or injured dozens of civilians who should not have been treated as military targets, the UN said on ... More >>

Major changes to suicide prevention needed

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 8:26 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (9 October 2019) – Suicide prevention should not be addressed by increased prescription of medication, says UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health Dainius Pūras. “Emotional pain frequently comes from being a victim of violence, discrimination ... More >>

LankaClear Launch LankaPay/JCB Co-badged Cards in Sri Lanka

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 8:23 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

Colombo / Tokyo, Oct 9, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - LankaClear (Private) Limited (LankaClear) - the operator of LankaPay, Sri Lanka's National Payment Network, together with JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., ... More >>

TCL Electronic Benefits from Asset Restructuring of Parent

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 8:22 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Oct 9, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - On October 2nd, TCL Industries Holdings Co., Ltd. (TCL Holdings), T.C.L. Industries Holdings (H.K.) Limited, and TCL Electronics Holdings Limited ( 1070.HK ) released a joint announcement stating that parent TCL ... More >>

FAO to call for immediate action to tackle rising obesity

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 8:21 am | Food and Agriculture Organisation

Bangkok, Thailand – The regional office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Bangkok will convene a high-level meeting to call for immediate action to curb rising levels of obesity in Asia and the Pacific brought ... More >>

Report Finds Alleged Drug Facilities Were Not Lawful Targets

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 8:21 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

KABUL / GENEVA (9 October 2019) – A United Nations special report, which examines the impact on civilians of United States’ airstrikes on alleged drug-processing facilities on 5 May 2019 in Afghanistan, determines that the operation caused a large ... More >>

Cynical Enterprises: The Kurds Await Their Fate

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 4:08 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Big powers, as with the greatest of gangsters, have always had a certain, indulgent luxury; their prerogative is to make promises they can choose to abide by or ignore. A vision is assured, guarantees made. Then comes the betrayal. The small powers, ... More >>

Alarming number of women mistreated during childbirth

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 3:53 pm | United Nations

More than a third of women surveyed across four lower-income countries, reported being mistreated during childbirth, a new study led by the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed. More >>

Work and reforms of the UN ‘at risk'

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 9:43 am | UN News

The United Nations is facing a severe shortage of cash, and unless more Governments pay their annual dues, “our work and our reforms are at risk”, the UN chief António Guterres told Member States on Tuesday. More >>

UN chief urges ‘maximum restraint’ in Syria

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 9:38 am | United Nations

Peace and SecurityThe UN chief on Tuesday expressed “great concern” over recent policy statements made regarding northeastern Syria, following the announcement from the United States at the start of the week, that it would withdraw troops from the ... More >>

One billion people have preventable eye conditions

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 9:33 am | United Nations

A staggering 2.2 billion people already suffer from eye conditions and visual impairment today, but the global need for eye care is set to increase “dramatically”, with lack of exercise a key factor, the UN health agency said on Tuesday, unveiling its ... More >>

Bachelet welcomes release of hundreds of political actors

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 9:26 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (8 October 2019) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday welcomed the release of hundreds of political actors in Cameroon, among them opposition leader Maurice Kamto. On 4 October, President Paul Biya announced ... More >>

New study highlights how the fragrance industry adds value

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 9:16 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

SINGAPORE, Oct 8, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Fragrance boosts the value of consumer goods such as perfumes, cosmetics and cleaning products by up to ten times, according to a new report. More >>

Mr. Philip Heah to deliver Guest-of-Honor Address

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 9:12 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

SINGAPORE, Oct 8, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - The 7th edition of Cloud Expo Asia, Singapore will take place on 9th-10th October 2019 at Marina Bay Sands, and is expected to receive over 18,000 senior decision makers across the APAC region in attendance. More >>

Nationalism threatens efforts to tackle statelessness

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 8:30 am | UN News

Hate speech and misguided nationalism present a serious threat to efforts to tackle statelessness, despite growing public awareness of the problem, UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi said on Monday. More >>

Turning waste into wealth

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 8:30 am | UN News

Waste can have a devastating effect on public health, the environment, and the climate, but cutting-edge innovation and technology can provide improved, cheaper solutions to the challenge, and help cities and communities to see waste as a business opportunity. ... More >>

The Netherlands: UN expert calls for greater equality

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 8:26 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (7 October 2019) – The UN expert on racism and human rights has questioned the perception that Dutch society is inherently inclusive and tolerant, saying this belief masks the reality of a national identity and national belonging that treats ... More >>

Widespread violence and mistreatment of women in childbirth

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 8:24 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (7 October 2019) – Mistreatment and violence against women during childbirth are widespread and systematic human rights violations that continue to blight the lives of women across the globe and must be stopped, says UN rights expert Dubravka ... More >>

Brazilian experts warn of uncontacted tribes “genocide”

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 8:13 am | Survival International

Top Brazilian experts have released a damning statement warning “genocide is underway” against uncontacted tribes. The warning follows the sacking of Bruno Pereira, the head of the government department charged with the protection of uncontacted tribes’ ... More >>

Radical transition needed for sustainable energy targets

Monday, 7 October 2019, 8:11 pm | UN ESCAP

Bangkok (ESCAP news) – The 10th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development opened today with delegates underscoring the need for greater collaboration between government and the private sector, and for inter-regional dialogue if the global ... More >>

Colin Powell’s Trump Problem

Monday, 7 October 2019, 5:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

When the compromised speak of judgment, the voice of credibility vanishes. In its place, a certain niggling sense of hypocrisy and weakness prevails. Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell is one of those of those compromised voices. He presided over ... More >>

The Biggest Medical Marijuana Facility in Southeast Asia

Monday, 7 October 2019, 3:02 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand has built what's described as the biggest industrial-scale medical marijuana facility in Southeast Asia with 12,000 plants, and will soon allow everyone to grow six cannabis plants "in their back gardens like any other herb." More >>

Hope in a Time like ours

Monday, 7 October 2019, 9:22 am | David Swanson

Hope in a Time Like Ours: remarks by Brian Terrell at #NoWar2019, Limerick, Ireland, October 5, 2019 More >>