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These are the most powerful passports in the world

  The most powerful passports in the world have been revealed as those issued by the United Kingdom and the United States – which both give holders access to 147 countries. Collated by the Passport Index and presented by Statista, the rankings are based on how many countries bearers of each passport can visit without …

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Migratory waterbird populations in decline globally, but latest status review shows that concentrated conservation actions can turn the tide

  NEW YORK, United States of America, November 9, 2015/APO (African Press Organization)/ — Waterbird populations across the African-Eurasian flyway are on a downward trend, with declining populations outstripping growing ones by almost 50 per cent, shows the latest conservation status report compiled for the Agreement on the Conservation of …

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Netanyahu appointee forced to apologize for insulting Obama on social media

  JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s newly appointed spokesman on Thursday apologized for a series of insulting comments about U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, days before his boss heads to Washington on a fence-mending mission. The apology from Ran Baratz, issued by Netanyahu’s …

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UN Human Rights Committee issues findings on Greece, San Marino, Austria, Suriname, Korea, Iraq, Benin

GENEVA, Switzerland, November 5, 2015/APO (African Press Organization)/ — The UN Human Rights Committee has published its findings on the countries reviewed during its last session: Greece, San Marino, Austria, Suriname, the Republic of Korea, Iraq and Benin. The findings cover how the respective country is implementing the International Covenant …

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Note to Correspondents re plans to mark end of Ebola transmission in Sierra Leone On Behalf of the Sierra Leone National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) and the World Health Organization (WHO)

PREGNY-CHAMBESY, Switzerland, November 5, 2015/APO (African Press Organization)/ — On 7 November 2015, if no new case of Ebola virus disease is recorded, Sierra Leone will have met the criteria set by the World Health Organization (WHO) for declaring the end of Ebola transmission. If Sierra Leone meets that milestone, …

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Launch of UN @70 photo exhibition

NEW YORK, United States of America, November 5, 2015/APO (African Press Organization)/ — The United Nations Information Centre in collaboration with the City of Johannesburg is proud to invite you to a Photo Exhibition featuring key milestones in the history of the UN to mark its 70th Anniversary. Join us …

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International Migratory Waterbird Conference

  UN Campus, Bonn, Germany 9-14 November 2015 NEW YORK, United States of America, November 3, 2015/APO (African Press Organization)/ — The 6th Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) will be held from 9 – 14 November 2015, at the United …

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New world agriculture census round to kick off in 2016

Updated and revised FAO guidelines set international standard on collecting data ROME, Italy, /APO (African Press Organization)/ — A new global round of country-driven agricultural censuses is set to begin in 2016, a large-scale, data collection process that will gather information and statistics on the world’s agricultural sector. To support …

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2015 Winners of UN Climate Solutions Awards Announced

  NEW YORK, United States of America, October 27, 2015/ — Sixteen game-changing initiatives from around the world were announced today as winners of a prestigious United Nations climate change award. Winning activities include a seriously cool smartphone that puts social values first and an initiative that is enabling 40 …

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Netanyahu Holocaust remarks: Israeli PM criticised

  Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been criticised for saying a Palestinian leader persuaded the Nazis to carry out the Holocaust. Mr. Netanyahu insisted Adolf Hitler had only wanted to expel Jews from Europe, but that Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini told him: “Burn them.” However, the …

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Assad meets with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Moscow

DAMASCUS, Syria — President Bashar Assad has travelled to Moscow in his first known trip abroad since war broke out in Syria in 2011, meeting his strongest ally, Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The two leaders stressed that military operations in Syria– in which Moscow is the latest and most powerful …

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