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Five Member States with nuclear weapons resolved to eliminate their arsenals

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 29-05-2010 12:09 GMT-0000
New York: The latest review meeting of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) wrapped up by reaffirming the resolve of the five Member States with nuclear weapons to eliminate their arsenals and calling for a United Nations-sponsored conference in 2012 to establish a nuclear-free Middle East.

Minorities faced continuous threats, discrimination and violent attacks in Pakistan

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 29-05-2010 12:02 GMT-0000
New York: Three United Nations human rights experts has called on the Pakistani Government to take every step to ensure the safety of religious minorities after the killing of at least 70 members of the Ahmadiyyah community, noting that numerous early warning signs had not been properly heeded.

FUNDS URGENTLY NEEDED IN SOUTHERN SUDAN TO PREVENT CRISIS TURNING INTO DISASTER

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 29-05-2010 11:58 GMT-0000
New York: The top United Nations humanitarian official has called on the international community to provide more funding to prevent the crisis in southern Sudan, a region already beset by food insecurity, displacements and inter-tribal violence, from spiralling into real disaster.

IMF Approves US$ 42.05 Million Disbursement Under Rapid Credit Facility for Nepal

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 29-05-2010 11:54 GMT-0000
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a disbursement of an amount equivalent to SDR 28.52 million (about US$ 42.05 million) under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF) for Nepal to help address the economic impact of the global economic crisis. The Board's approval enables the immediate disbursement of the full amount.

Turkey: Growth has resumed, but risks of external vulnerabilities remains

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 29-05-2010 11:51 GMT-0000
In a preliminary conclusion, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that the Turkish economy entered the global financial and economic crisis following a six-year growth surge that was fuelled by far-reaching policy reforms and greater political stability. The reforms of the past decade, particularly fiscal discipline, introduction of inflation targeting, and overhaul of financial sector oversight, together with political stability and opening of EU accession negotiations, significantly improved confidence in the management of the economy. These factors contributed to a high fiscal primary surplus, rapidly falling public debt, and moderate inflation.

CAMPAIGN TO DISTRIBUTE MOSQUITO NETS BEGINS IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 29-05-2010 11:36 GMT-0000
New York: In an effort to protect children and pregnant women in the Central African Republic (CAR) from malaria, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said it was working with the Government to provide each household across the country with at least one mosquito net treated with long-lasting insecticides.

Rapid Reconstruction, Inclusive Growth, Key to Sri Lanka's Post-War Development

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 29-05-2010 11:32 GMT-0000
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA - One year after a decades-old civil conflict ended in Sri Lanka, Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Haruhiko Kuroda said that a top priority of Sri Lanka's post-war development is to make sure that rapid reconstruction continues in the conflict-affected areas and the benefits of development reach everyone in the country.

NEEDS GROWING FOR MILLIONS FACING HUNGER IN SAHEL REGION

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 29-05-2010 11:21 GMT-0000
New York: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned of growing needs in the Eastern Sahel region of West Africa, one of the most destitute regions in the world, where some 10 million people are facing extreme hunger due to drought and poor harvests.

SOMALI CLASHES CONTINUE TO KILL AND UPROOT THOUSANDS

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 29-05-2010 11:15 GMT-0000
New York: Renewed fighting between Government troops and armed opposition groups have displaced over 17,000 people from the Somali capital, Mogadishu, over the past month, with more than 14,300 fleeing in the last two weeks alone, the United Nations refugee agency reported.

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