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Despite drop in under-five mortality rate, 7,000 newborns die every day

20 Oct 09:23 | World

More must be done to stop babies from dying the day they are born, agencies said in a new report, which argued that life-saving know-how and technologies must be made readily available – particularly in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa – where they are most needed.read more »

Study links chocolate production to increased deforestation in poor nations

18 Oct 15:15 | World

There are a number of social, economic and environmental inequalities that arise in the production of chocolate. Evidence of human trafficking and child slave labor have been found in the supply chain.read more »

Why Do We Fall Asleep When Bored?

2 Oct 2017 | World

As humans, we often defy sleepiness and stay awake when attention is necessary, but also experience an inescapable desire to sleep in boring situations. The brain mechanisms governing the regulation of sleep by cognitive and emotional factors are not well understood. read more »

Agent Orange Still Linked To Hormone Imbalances In Babies In Vietnam, Study Suggests

28 Sep 2017 | World

Exposure to Agent Orange sprayed during the Vietnam War has been linked to increased levels of certain hormones in women and their breastfeeding children decades later, potentially putting them at higher risk of health problems, according to a new study.read more »

North Korea Denounces US President's 'Reckless And Violent' Comments

26 Sep 2017 | World

The Foreign Minister of North Korea (DPRK) has denounced United States President Donald Trump’s “reckless and violent words,” saying that the US leader himself is on a “suicide mission.”read more »

Global Hunger Rising Again, Driven By Conflict And Climate Change

18 Sep 2017 | World

The number of people hungry around the world is up for the first time in more than a decade, says a new report, pointing to violent conflicts and climate change as the major drivers. read more »

Much Of The Planet's Land Severely Degraded Owing To Increased Consumption

13 Sep 2017 | World

A new United Nations report warns that a third of the planet’s land is now severely degraded thanks to a doubling in the consumption of natural resources over the past 30 years.read more »

Security Council Approves Toughest Resolution Yet Against North Korea

12 Sep 2017 | World

The Security Council has unanimously agreed to impose tighter sanctions on North Korea (DPRK), imposing limits on oil exports, banning the country’s textile imports and access to gas liquids, and more closely inspecting cargo ships going in and out of its ports.read more »

North Korea Nuclear Risk 'Most Dangerous Crisis We Face Today'

6 Sep 2017 | World

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has “unequivocally” condemned the latest nuclear and missile tests by North Korea (DPRK), denouncing them as “profoundly destabilizing for regional and international security.”read more »

North Korea' Underground Nuclear Test Condemned

4 Sep 2017 | World

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the latest underground nuclear test by North Korea (DPRK) as "yet another serious breach of the country's international obligations."read more »

Women in India nearly 40 times more likely to die after assault as their US peers

1 Sep 2017 | World

Women in India are nearly 40 times more likely to die after being assaulted than are their female peers in the US, finds a comparative analysis of trauma data from both countries.read more »

Manganese in underground drinking water is cause for concern

25 Aug 2017 | World

Underground drinking water sources in parts of the U.S. and three Asian countries may not be as safe as previously thought due to high levels of manganese, especially at shallow depths, according to a study led by a researcher at the University of California, Riverside. read more »

Death rates from rheumatic heart disease falling since 1990

24 Aug 2017 | World

The risk of dying from rheumatic heart disease, a condition of damaged heart valves caused by bacterial infection that leads to rheumatic fever, has dropped around the world over the last 25 years, according to a new scientific study.read more »

What's the annual value of trees? $500 million per megacity, study says

23 Aug 2017 | World

In the megacities that are home to nearly 10 percent of the world's 7.5 billion people, trees provide each city with more than $500 million each year in services that make urban environments cleaner, more affordable and more pleasant places to live.read more »

North Korea's Latest Launch Of Ballistic Missile Condemned

31 Jul 2017 | World

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the launch of a ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).read more »

Drought In North Korea Threatens Food Supply

21 Jul 2017 | World

Amid the worst drought in nearly two decades in North Korea (DPRK), the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) is calling for emergency food assistance, as well as irrigation and farming equipment, to help farmers get through the lean season. read more »

High levels of antibiotic-resistance in Indian poultry farming raises concerns

20 Jul 2017 | World

A new study from India raises questions about the dangers to human health of farming chicken with growth-promoting antibiotics--including some of the same drugs used in raising millions of chickens in the United States and worldwide.read more »

New Assessment Identifies Global Hotspots For Water Conflict

18 Jul 2017 | World

More than 1,400 new dams or water diversion projects are planned or already under construction and many of them are on rivers flowing through multiple nations, fueling the potential for increased water conflict between some countries.read more »

Billions Around The World Lack Safe Water, Proper Sanitation Facilities

13 Jul 2017 | World

Some three in ten people around the world lack access to safe and readily available water at home, and almost six in ten to safely managed sanitation, a new report has warned, calling on countries to do more to fulfil these basic human needs.read more »

More Than Half Of China Cancer Deaths Attributable To Potentially Modifiable Risk Factors

6 Jul 2017 | World

A new report finds more than half of all cancer deaths in men in 2013 in China and more than a third of those in women were attributable to a group of potentially modifiable risk factors: smoking, alcohol, nutrition, weight, physical activity, and infections. read more »

Global Use Of Wastewater To Irrigate Agriculture At Least 50 Percent Greater Than Thought

5 Jul 2017 | World

The use of untreated wastewater from cities to irrigate crops downstream is 50 percent more widespread than previously thought, according to a new study.read more »

Record High Temperatures Grip Much Of The Globe, More Hot Weather To Come

21 Jun 2017 | World

Extremely high May and June temperatures have broken records in parts of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the United States, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said, warning of more heatwaves to come.read more »

Violence And Persecution Uprooted Record 65.6 Million People In 2016

20 Jun 2017 | World

Nearly 66 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes last year, the United Nation refugee agency reported, stressing the “very high” pace at which conflict and persecution is forcing people to flee their homes.read more »

Where Climate Change Is Most Likely To Induce Food Violence

9 Jun 2017 | World

Climate change is expected to lead to more violence related to food scarcity, but new research suggests that the strength of a country's government plays a vital role in preventing uprisings. read more »

Pollution 'Devastating' China's Vital Ecosystem, Research Shows

2 Jun 2017 | World

The startling extent to which man-made pollution is devastating China's vital ecosystem's ability to offset damaging carbon emissions has been revealed.read more »

New Approach Predicts Threats To Rainforests

29 May 2017 | World

With rain forests at risk the world over, a new collaboration is equipping conservationists with the tools to predict and plan for future forest loss.read more »

Security Council Strongly Condemns Ballistic Missile Test By North Korea

23 May 2017 | World

Strongly condemning North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch, the United Nations Security Council vowed to "fully and comprehensively implement all measures" imposed on the country and strongly urged all other UN Member States to do the same.read more »

UN Condemns North Korea's Ballistic Missile Launch

16 May 2017 | World

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged Pyongyang to return to the path of denuclearization saying the latest ballistic missile launch by North Korea (DPRK) is a threat to peace and security in the region.read more »

Rising Temperatures Threaten Stability Of Tibetan Alpine Grasslands

11 May 2017 | World

A warming climate could affect the stability of alpine grasslands in Asia's Tibetan Plateau, threatening the ability of farmers and herders to maintain the animals that are key to their existence.read more »

'All Indications Suggest DPR Korea Making Progress' On Nuclear Programme

4 May 2017 | World

The head of the international atomic agency has expressed serious concern about the nuclear program of North Korea (DPRK), saying all indications suggest that the country is moving ahead with its nuclear efforts.read more »

Afghanistan Casualties Remain High In First Quarter

28 Apr 2017 | World

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has urged all parties to the conflict to take immediate and concrete measures to better protect civilians from harm, as the latest data for 2017 shows continued high numbers of civilian casualties.read more »

Science Fiction Horror Wriggles Into Reality With Discovery Of Giant Shipworm

18 Apr 2017 | World

Our world seems to grow smaller by the day as biodiversity rapidly dwindles, but Mother Earth still has a surprise or two up her sleeve. An international team of researchers were the first to investigate a never before studied species -- a giant, black, mud dwelling, worm-like animal. read more »

New World Auction Record For Any Diamond Or Jewel

5 Apr 2017 | World

Sotheby's in Hong Kong has set a new world auction record for any diamond or jewel when The Pink Star, a 59.60-carat oval fancy vivid pink and internally flawless diamond, sold for $71.2 million. read more »

Over 100 Million People Face Severe Food Insecurity Worldwide

3 Apr 2017 | World

Despite international efforts to address food insecurity, around 108 million people worldwide were severely food insecure in 2016, a dramatic increase compared with 80 million in 2015, according to a report on food crises that offers benchmark for action needed to avoid catastrophe.read more »

600 Million Children Could Face Extreme Water Shortages

23 Mar 2017 | World

Warning that as many as 600 million children – one in four worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely scare water by 2040, UNICEF called on governments to take immediate measures to curb the impact on the lives of children.read more »

North Korea Facing 'Entrenched, Largely Forgotten' Humanitarian Crisis

22 Mar 2017 | World

Over two-thirds of the population in North Korea (DPRK) suffers from food insecurity, malnutrition, and a lack of access to basic health and sanitation services, according to a latest humanitarian report, which also appeals for $114 million to meet the urgent need of the most vulnerable.read more »

The Looming Threat Of Asian Tobacco Companies To Global Health

14 Mar 2017 | World

There are already one billion tobacco smokers worldwide, and this number is likely to rise further with Asian tobacco companies poised to enter the global market, according to SFU health sciences professor Kelley Lee.read more »

Latest Ballistic Launches By North Korea Raise Risk Of Regional Arms Race

9 Mar 2017 | World

Expressing strong condemnation of the most recent ballistic missile launches carried out by North Korea (DPRK), the United Nations Security Council reiterated that the country should refrain from any actions, including nuclear tests, in violation of the relevant Council resolutions.read more »

IAEA Chief Airs Concern Over North Korea's Nuclear Plan

7 Mar 2017 | World

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has expressed serious concern about the nuclear programme of North Korea.read more »

Study Shows China's Severe Weather Patterns Changing Drastically Since 1960

20 Feb 2017 | World

In one of the most comprehensive studies on trends in local severe weather patterns to date, an international team of researchers found that the frequency of hail storms, thunderstorms and high wind events has decreased by nearly 50 percent on average throughout China since 1960.read more »

North Korea's Ballistic Missile Launch "Strongly" Condemned

14 Feb 2017 | World

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has voiced strong opposition to the latest ballistic missile launch by North Korea, calling on Pyongyang to fully comply with its international obligations to denuclearize.read more »

Chinese Air Pollution Linked To Deaths

13 Feb 2017 | World

In the largest epidemiological study conducted in the developing world, researchers found that as exposures to fine particulate air pollution in 272 Chinese cities increase, so do deaths from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. read more »

Tigers Could Roam Again In Central Asia, Scientists Say

17 Jan 2017 | World

Caspian tigers, some of the largest cats that ever lived -- up to 10 feet long and weighing more than 300 pounds -- met a grim end in the middle of the 20th century. read more »

Air Pollution And Lack Of Physical Activity Pose Competing Threats To Children In China

11 Jan 2017 | World

Children and adolescents in mainland China are facing two serious and conflicting public health threats: ongoing exposure to air pollution and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle with little regular physical activity outside school.read more »

High Rates Of PTSD And Other Mental Health Problems After Great East Japan Earthquake

10 Jan 2017 | World

The devastating 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and resulting nuclear disaster in Japan had a high mental health impact -- with some effects persisting several years later, according to a comprehensive research review in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry.read more »

2016: Another Fatal Year For Elephants

23 Dec 2016 | World

Elephants continued to be slaughtered for their ivory this year. More than 18 tons of illegal ivory, plus 949 elephant tusks and more than 3,000 pieces were reportedly seized in 2016, with at least 15 large seizures in excess of 500 kilograms. read more »

Majority Of Trafficking Victims Are Women And Girls; One-Third Children

22 Dec 2016 | World

The vast majority of all human trafficking victims – some 71 per cent – are women and girls and one third are children, according to a new report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).read more »

Nearly 535 Million Children Living In Crisis-Hit Countries – UNICEF

12 Dec 2016 | World

As the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) marks the 70th anniversary of its work for the world's most vulnerable children, it issued a stark warning that nearly 535 million of them are living in harsh conditions, lacking access to decent health, education and protection services.read more »

Security Council Strengthens Measures Against North Korea's Nuclear Activities

1 Dec 2016 | World

Strongly condemning the recent nuclear test conducted by North Korea (DPRK) on 9 September, the Security Council has unanimously adopted measures that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described as "the toughest and most comprehensive sanctions regime ever" against that country.read more »

Rice Farming In India Much Older Than Thought

22 Nov 2016 | World

Latest research on archaeological sites of the ancient Indus Civilisation, which stretched across what is now Pakistan and northwest India during the Bronze Age, has revealed that domesticated rice farming in South Asia began far earlier than previously believed.read more »

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