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Reflections by a Conservationist Watching 100 Tonnes of Ivory Burn in Kenya

The fires are now lit on 100 tonnes of ivory, and as the plumes of smoke swirl into the grey skies, Kenya is turning up the heat to stop the trafficking of elephant ivory.

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World's biggest investors step up action to protect millions of pensions from climate risk

Climate change is rapidly moving up the agenda for the world’s biggest investors as pension funds and insurers recognise the need for action to protect the savings and financial security of hundreds of millions of people, reveals the annual benchmark report on the industry from the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP).

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Leaked TTIP documents confirm major risks for climate, environment and consumer safety

Greenpeace Netherlands is releasing a package of leaked TTIP negotiation texts on Monday morning, at 11am CET, to provide much-needed transparency and trigger an informed debate on a treaty threatening to have far-reaching implications for the environment and the lives of almost a billion citizens in the EU and US. This is the first time the public will have the chance to compare the EU and US negotiating positions.

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New Initiative Launched to Halt Global Extinctions

Gathered in Montreal1, leading conservation organizations have announced a new global initiative to prevent the extinction of endangered species, in partnership with the governments of Brazil, Chile, and Madagascar.

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TTIP trade deal poses serious threat to EU farming, says new report

The controversial trade deal being negotiated between the EU and the US could spell disaster for European farming, finds a new report from Friends of the Earth Europe.

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Iran: Denial of adequate medical treatment to political prisoners unacceptable – UN rights experts

A group of United Nations human rights experts* today warned that over a dozen political prisoners in Iran, including some prominent human rights defenders, lawyers and political activists, are at risk of death in detention due to their worsening health conditions and the continued refusal by the Iranian authorities to provide them with medical treatment.

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North Korea's food production falls for first time since 2010 as water scarcity hits agricultural sector

North Korea's total food production - including cereals, soybeans and potatoes in cereal equivalent - is estimated to have fallen in 2015, the first drop since 2010, and is expected to worsen food security in the country, according to a FAO update issued today.

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Security Council deplores maritime tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea

The United Nations Security Council has deplored the recent maritime tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea that resulted in up to 500 deaths when an overcrowded boat capsized en route from Libya to Europe, emphasizing the need for better coordination of efforts to deal with the smuggling of migrants.

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Doctors Without Borders Resumes Search and Rescue Efforts for Refugees in Central Mediterranean

The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) resumed search, rescue and medical aid operations in the central Mediterranean Sea, conducting its first operation of 2016 this weekend.

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Researchers warn that lack of ambition on limiting global warming could have devastating effects

With the possible prospect of the world warming dangerously and uncontrollably, half of one degree Celsius may sound like a negligible temperature change unlikely to make much difference to life on Earth.

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Survival International campaign to pressurize the Brazilian government to save uncontacted tribe triumphs

After months of pressure from Survival supporters worldwide, the Brazilian Minister of Justice has finally moved to save the uncontacted Kawahiva tribe from genocide.

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UN ‘World Court’ turns 70; long-time registrar sees evolution of body’s decision-making

Having ruled on such diverse issues as plunder of natural resources in Africa to border disputes in South America and whale hunting in the Pacific, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) – the main judicial organ of the United Nations – turns 70 today and UN Radio has talked with long-time registrar Philippe Couvreur about the evolution of the tribunal’s vital work.

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US-Canada pact eases Arctic fears

A joint pledge by the US and Canada to reduce methane emissions for oil and gas activities in the Arctic and limit fossil fuel extraction is putting pressure on Russia to follow suit.

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Greece: Europe must shoulder the burden for 46,000 refugees and migrants trapped in squalor

With all eyes focused on the implementation of the recently agreed EU-Turkey deal, the plight of more than 46,000 refugees and migrants stuck in squalid conditions across mainland Greece, is in danger of being forgotten, said Amnesty International in a report released today.

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Investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanisms contained in trade agreements are incompatible with democracy says UN expert

Today before the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, UN expert Alfred de Zayas explained why the investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanisms contained in trade agreements are incompatible with democracy, the rule of law and human rights.

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Stop denying migrants their fundamental right to healthcare, says doctor

European countries must stop denying migrants their fundamental right to healthcare, argues a doctor in The BMJ today.

Europe is experiencing the largest mass migration of people since the Second World War, according to estimates from the Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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Nigeria: Two years on, Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram still unaccounted for despite promises of action

A group of United Nations and African human rights experts* today urged the Government of Nigeria to escalate its efforts to free all civilians kidnaped by Boko Haram. Speaking ahead of the second anniversary of the Chibok girls’ abduction, on 14 April, the experts also appealed to Boko Haram to immediately reveal the location of these girls, and release them together with hundreds of other captured civilians.

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Report: Illegally mined gold is now more important to organized crime in some countries of Latin America than narcotics

Throughout history, man has venerated gold. Gold was the first of the three gifts of the Magi to Jesus. For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, the values of world currencies were fixed in terms of gold (the Gold Standard). Olympic athletes vie for gold medals and the best footballer in the world is awarded the Ballon d’Or. An extremely well behaved child is ‘as good as gold’ and a generous person has ‘a heart of gold’.

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Doctors Without Borders Treats Hundreds After Greek-FYROM Border Violence

Medical teams for the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) treated hundreds of people today following violence at the border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). At least ten people have reported to MSF teams that they were beaten by FYROM police;around 40 people were injured by rubber bullets.

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Panama papers: UN rights expert calls for the end of financial secrecy to halt flow of illicit funds

The United Nations Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, today called on the international community to urgently put an end to financial secrecy. He warned that tax evasion and the flow of funds of illicit origin undermine justice and deprive Governments of resources needed for the realization of economic, social and cultural rights.

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Oxfam: 5 steps for Prime Minister to put UK house in order ahead of tax and corruption summit

Oxfam is calling on the Prime Minister to intervene to clean up Britain’s dirty offshore backyard after the Panama Papers revealed that UK-linked tax havens, in particular the British Virgin Islands, were used to register more than half of the companies involved in the leak.

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UN refugee agency warns of spike in asylum-seekers fleeing violence in Central America

The number of people fleeing violence in Central America has surged to levels not seen since the region was wracked by armed conflicts in the 1980s, the UN refugee agency warned today, urging action to ensure that unaccompanied children and others receive the protection which they are entitled to.

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Iceland Prime Minister quits over Panama Papers tax haven scandal
Full story: The Independent UK


As Israel halts cement deliveries into Gaza, UN envoy urges rapid resolution of situation

The United Nations Middle East envoy today the UN is working closely with Palestinian and Israeli authorities following Israel’s suspension of cement deliveries to private companies in the Gaza Strip “following allegations that a substantial amount had been diverted from its intended legitimate beneficiaries.”

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Transparency International calls for immediate action by world leaders to stop secret companies

A global investigation into the use of secret companies by the rich, powerful and corrupt has shown how a network of lawyers, bankers and others around the world hide illicit wealth. Transparency International calls on the international community to act immediately to adopt transparency laws to outlaw secret companies.

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Offshore links of more than 140 politicians and officials exposed

A new investigation published today by ICIJ, the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and more than 100 other news organizations around the globe, reveals the offshore links of some of the planet’s most prominent people.

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Call for tax havens to open up after huge offshore exposé

Today’s data leak from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) lays bare the extent to which corruption, tax evasion, and other criminality is made possible by the global offshore industry. Global Witness is calling for tax havens to end the secrecy that enables this abuse.

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Study: Severe water stress likely in Asia by 2050

Economic and population growth on top of climate change could lead to serious water shortages across a broad swath of Asia by the year 2050, a newly published study by MIT scientists has found.

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Norwegian Whale Meat Linked to Country’s Fur Industry

As the Norwegian whaling industry prepares for the start of the 2016 whaling season, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) today released a document that indicates Norwegian fur farms have used minke whale meat to feed animals raised for the country’s fur industry. In 2014, more than 113 tonnes of whale meat (equivalent to the amount of marketable meat from 75 minke whales) was delivered to Rogaland Pelsdyrfôrlaget, the largest manufacturer of animal feed for the Norwegian fur industry.

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Peruvian Government Publicly Recognizes Human Rights Violations Against Rape Survivor As Part of Landmark U.N. Abortion Case

The Peruvian government publicly acknowledged the human rights violations suffered by L.C., a rape survivor who was denied a medically-necessary abortion, as part of a historic United Nations (U.N.) ruling.

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