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DR Congo Ebola outbreak now a Public Health Emergency, UN health agency declares

UN News Centre - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 21:29
The second worst Ebola outbreak of all time, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was officially declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on Wednesday, with the head of the World Health Organization calling for countries to ‘take notice and redouble our efforts”.

Politicization of migrant ‘crisis’ in Hungary making them scapegoats, independent UN human rights expert warns 

UN News Centre - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 20:27
Expressing deep concern over how migration and migrants themselves are being politicized and scapegoated in Hungary, an independent United Nations human rights expert on Wednesday urged the Government to immediately end its “crisis” approach to the issue. 

Europe Is Back

Foreign Policy - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 19:59
Long deemed strategically irrelevant by the United States, the EU is poised to become a major geopolitical power. Washington should take note.

Limited Wars Are Forever Wars

Foreign Policy - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 19:24
A new book looks at why the U.S. military keeps trapping itself in endless conflicts.

Imran Khan Mustn’t Let Trump Make Pakistan a Scapegoat

Foreign Policy - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 19:14
Almost four decades after the first U.S.-Pakistani mission in Afghanistan, Islamabad risks getting caught in the crosshairs of great-power politics again. Only deft diplomacy will save it.

International Court of Justice orders Pakistan to review death penalty for Indian accused of spying

UN News Centre - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 18:24
In a ruling delivered on Wednesday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Pakistan to review a death sentence handed down in the case of a former Indian Navy officer accused by Pakistan of spying, finding that the country’s authorities acted in breach of the Vienna Convention, which lays out rules for diplomatic relations between countries.

America’s Road to Reputational Ruin

Foreign Policy - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 17:07
The decline in U.S. soft power didn’t start with Trump, but he accelerated it this week with his racist tweets.

The Case for Humanitarian Aid to North Korea

Foreign Policy - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 16:58
It won’t bring the regime in from the cold, but it will save lives.

Will Turkey Face Double Sanctions?

Foreign Policy - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 10:36
Plus: Hong Kong’s justice minister in China, Congo’s Ebola crisis, and the other stories we’re following today.

25 years after population conference, women still face challenges to ‘well-being and human rights’, says UN chief

UN News Centre - Wed, 17/07/2019 - 00:13
Many women and girls “still face enormous challenges to their health, well-being and human rights”, Secretary-General António Guterres told a High-level General Assembly meeting on Tuesday conevened to mark the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), a milestone in reproductive health and rights. 

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: inclusion in development, Asia monsoons, Ebola risk for youth, obesity and Yemen latest

UN News Centre - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 22:40
In today’s Daily Brief: Inclusion resonates widely at development meeting, UN offers help after monsoons devastate Asia, DR Congo Ebola effecting children, obesity plagues island communities, Yemen’s warring parties agree to ceasefire for key port

Warren Hammers Trump’s Pentagon Nominee—Despite Her Own Industry Ties

Foreign Policy - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 22:30
The presidential contender is leading the charge against the Defense Department’s revolving door but has a history of pushing the interests of firms in her home state.

Here’s How to Finally Solve Spain’s Governmental Standstill

Foreign Policy - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 22:26
A coalition between Pedro Sánchez’s Socialists and Albert Rivera’s Ciudadanos could prevent a fourth election in as many years—but voters are unlikely to buy it.

Inclusion, empowerment and equality, must be ‘at the heart of our efforts’ to ensure sustainable development, says UN chief

UN News Centre - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 22:15
The world’s people are demanding “transformative change that is fair and sustainable,” Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, calling on government leaders to use the upcoming slate of key United Nations meetings in September to “kickstart a decade of delivery and action for people and planet.” 

UN agency helps stranded Ethiopians return home, ending ‘harrowing migration ordeal’

UN News Centre - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 21:56
With the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), some 280 Ethiopians returned home on 10-11 July, after being facing traumatic experiences in Yemen.  

‘Severe’ new US asylum restrictions will put vulnerable families at risk, UN refugee agency says

UN News Centre - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 21:35
Deeply concerned about the new rule barring from asylum the majority of people crossing the southern land border of the United States, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has warned that the ‘severe’ measure will endanger vulnerable people in need of international protection from violence or persecution.

Human cost of Ukraine conflict is growing, Security Council told

UN News Centre - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 20:50
The human cost of the conflict in Ukraine is growing, the UN political chief told the Security Council on Tuesday, during a briefing on the current situation in the country.

Hun Sen’s Man in Washington (State)

Foreign Policy - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 19:47
Cambodia’s strongman has found an unlikely American voice.

Japan’s Trade War Is as Futile as Trump’s

Foreign Policy - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 19:17
Tokyo’s temper tantrum over history is mostly hurting itself.

Ursula von der Leyen’s Big Promises for Europe

Foreign Policy - Tue, 16/07/2019 - 18:52
A transcript of the nominee’s remarks at the European Parliament plenary session.