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Protests continue for 11th week in Israel against a controversial bill

New demonstrations took place on Saturday in several cities in Israel against the government of Benjamin Netanyahu and the controversial bill it supports, aimed at reforming the judicial system.

UN underlines commitment to support communities in Turkiye and Syria

UN Development Programme Administrator Achim Steiner was among officials from across the UN system who participated in an international donors’ conference to support communities in Turkiye and Syria

UNODC inspectors to continue providing support as deal allowing for sea export of Ukraine grain renewed

UNODC inspectors conducting an inspection under the Black Sea Grain Initiative in Istanbul.Photo: © Duncan Moore/UNODC Istanbul (Türkiye), 20 March 2023 — On Sunday, the United Nations (UN) announced the renewal of the Black Sea...

Jehovah’s Witnesses mass killing in Hamburg, interview with Raffaella Di Marzio

On March 9, 2023, 7 Jehovah’s Witnesses and an unborn child were killed by a mass shooter during a religious service in Hamburg. The killer was a former member of the congregation, who had...

Auditors call for further simplification of the complex EU financial landscape

Over decades, the piecemeal approach taken to set up the EU financial landscape has resulted in a patchwork construction that is overly complex and not fully publicly accountable

5 Things You Should Know About the UN 2023 Water Conference

The UN 2023 Water Conference, which takes place at UN Headquarters from 22-24 March, is being hailed as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to accelerate progress towards universal access to safe water and sanitation by 2030.

Climate change, Parliament votes to reduce by 40% the greenhouse gas emissions by member states

The new Effort Sharing Regulation reduces the allowed maximum level of greenhouse gas emissions in member states from transport, buildings and agriculture until 2030.

An Orthodox priest‘s wife is accused along with Putin of deporting Ukrainian children

The International Criminal Court in The Hague accused Putin and the children's ombudsman of the President of the Russian Federation, Maria Lvova-Belova, of war crimes. An arrest warrant has been issued for both of...

Just how safe are cosmetics on the European market?

When was the last time you read the ingredient label on a bottle of shampoo? Have you ever sneezed when applying face powder? A large number of chemical substances are used in cosmetics

The Lonely College Lifestyle: New Study Reveals the Connection Between Loneliness and Unhealthy Habits

In a study of 264 college students, those who reported higher levels of loneliness also had a higher fat diet and were more likely to engage in sedentary and low physical activity behaviors...

EU cohesion and agricultural spending: gaps in measures to detect, resolve and report on conflicts of interest

The new report, published on Monday (13 March) by the European Court of Auditors, explored how conflicts of interest are addressed in agricultural and cohesion policies, the two biggest spending areas in the EU which together amount to around half of the EU budget.

Announcing new youth advisers, Guterres praises their ‘unrelenting’ drive for climate justice

Their role is to act as climate justice advisers and push for the acceleration of bold climate goals based on their diverse expertise and grassroots work, across the different countries they represent

Black Sea Grain Initiative extended on deadline day

The announcement was made in a Note to Correspondents, released by the UN Secretary-General’s spokesperson’s office on Saturday, which emphasized that the Initiative allows for the “facilitation of the safe navigation for the exports...

ICC Prosecutor believes Putin and Lvova-Belova bear criminal responsibility for the unlawful transfer of children

On 22 February 2023, I submitted applications to Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court for warrants of arrest in the context of the Situation in Ukraine. Today, the Pre-Trial Chamber has issued arrest...

Communities Are Dialing 911—Shall We Answer or Let It Go to Voicemail? Buffalo and “The Great Replacement Theory” Revisited

On May 14, 2022, Latisha, an assistant office manager at the Jefferson Avenue Tops Supermarket in Buffalo, New York, tried to make herself invisible. Lying behind the customer service counter she dialed 911 and...

Ukraine-Russia: Extension of grain export deals vital to global food security

Martin Griffths, the UN Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, briefed ambassadors on the eve of the expiration of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which has allowed nearly 25 million metric tonnes of foodstuff...

Maternal and Infant Mortality Rates in the US Are Alarmingly High – New Study Sheds Light Why

The analysis reveals that the average length of US pregnancies declined by 0.6 weeks from 1990 to 2020 (from 39.1 to 38.5 weeks) and is shorter than England and the Netherlands. In 2020, only...

OSCE denounces continued repression of media workers in Belarus

VIENNA, 17 March 2023 – The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Teresa Ribeiro, strongly condemned today the judgements in the cases against editor-in-chief Maryna Zolatava and director general Ludmila Chekina, of TUT.BY, one...

Ancient Proteins Offer New Clues About the Origin of Life on Earth

The origin of life is a scientific mystery that has captivated researchers for centuries. While there are many theories about how life first arose on Earth, the exact process remains unknown. Researchers have used...

Human rights breaches in Iran, Tunisia and Cambodia

On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions against Human rights breaches in Iran, Tunisia and Cambodia.

WHO urges China to be ‘transparent’ in sharing COVID-19 data

Speaking during his latest media briefing, Tedros noted that the world is in a much better position now that at any time in the pandemic, which just entered its fourth year.  For the first time,...

Russia: International Criminal Court issues arrest warrant for Putin

“The contents of the warrants are secret to protect the victims,” said ICC President Piotr Hofmański. “Nevertheless, the judges decided to make the existence of the warrants public, in the interest of justice and...

Seven new substances/chemicals placed under international control; four resolutions passed at 66th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

Delegates at the closing session of the 66th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. Photo: UNODC. Vienna, 17 March 2023 — The sixty-sixth session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) concluded today, after five...

INTERVIEW: Turn the tide on water crisis with game-changing commitments, urge co-hosts of UN conference

Water is life, yet this vital natural resource is being depleted, polluted and mismanaged. Disruption to the hydrological cycle is also causing more water-related disasters. To tackle the challenges, the United Nations will convene in March one of the most important water events in history at its Headquarters in New York. 

The Procession of Saint Vincent (Archdiocese of Dijon)

This month, our ‘Christian Heritage month by month’ column presents the Festival of Saint Vincent, one of the most respected events among winemakers in Burgundy, France. For more information, please visit the website of...
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