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Europe to Migrants: "Let them die, this is a good deterrence" - UN human rights expert

Allowing people to die at Europe’s borders just because of their administrative status is a complete disregard for the value of human life, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, said today urging the British authorities to reconsider its decision not support search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.

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Report: 93 percent of mining, oil & gas, logging, agriculture developments involve inhabited land

In an analysis of almost 73,000 concessions in eight tropical forested countries, more than 93 percent of these developments were found to involve land inhabited by Indigenous Peoples and local communities. According to the research, conducted by The Munden Project, the total amount of land handed over by governments to the private sector for mining, logging, oil & gas drilling, and large-scale agriculture includes at least 40 percent of Peru and 30 percent of Indonesia.

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Norway stops subsidising commercial seal hunt effectively ending commercial seal hunting in Europe

The Norwegian government has announced it will no longer waste money propping up an unnecessary commercial seal hunt citing the need to manage “economic priorities.”

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Countries urge El Salvador to change repressive abortion laws

El Salvador came under pressure from nine countries at the United Nations last night to amend its repressive and out-dated abortion laws. The effects of these laws amount to institutionalized violence, torture and other forms of ill-treatment against women and girls, said Amnesty International.

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Ignoring International Limits, U.S. Expands Fishing for Declining Bigeye Tuna

The National Marine Fisheries Service today issued regulations allowing Hawai‘i-based longline fishermen to ignore international agreements and continue fishing for bigeye tuna after reaching the cap allowed for U.S. fishing vessels. Highly valued for sushi, bigeye tuna has been increasingly in demand for the past decade; meanwhile scientists have sounded the alarm over unsustainable fishing levels and declining populations.

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World losing 2,000 hectares of farm soil daily to salt damage: UN University

Every day for more than 20 years, an average of 2,000 hectares of irrigated land in arid and semi-arid areas across 75 countries have been degraded by salt, according to a study by UN University's Canadian-based Institute for Water, Environment and Health, published Oct. 28.

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Nigeria: Victims of Abductions Tell Their Stories

Women and girls abducted by the Islamist group Boko Haram are forced to marry, convert, and endure physical and psychological abuse, forced labor, and rape in captivity, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The group has abducted more than 500 women and girls since 2009, and intensified abductions since May 2013, when Nigeria imposed a state of emergency in areas where Boko Haram is most active.

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Friends of the Earth Europe: EU Climate Deal Puts Polluters Before People

European governments are tonight claiming to have agreed ambitious action to cut greenhouse gas emissions, boost renewables and reduce energy use by 2030. But the targets set by the EU’s 28 heads of state are far below what is necessary and what could be done by Europe to combat climate change, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.

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Criminalization 'no solution' to irregular migration - UN Committee on Migrant Workers

Criminalizing people for crossing or attempting to cross borders does nothing to tackle the issue of irregular migration, but contributes instead to rising intolerance, xenophobia and the social exclusion of migrants, Francisco Carrion Mena, Chair of the UN Committee on Migrant Workers (CMW), said on Friday.

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Without swift influx of substantial aid, Ebola epidemic in Africa poised to explode

The Ebola virus disease epidemic already devastating swaths of West Africa will likely get far worse in the coming weeks and months unless international commitments are significantly and immediately increased, new research led by Yale researchers predicts.

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Growing use of drones in domestic law enforcement may violate human rights, warns UN expert

The increasing use of armed drones within domestic law enforcement risks depersonalizing the use of force and infringing upon the rights of individual citizens, a United Nations independent human rights expert warned today.

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Online mass-surveillance: "Protect right to privacy even when countering terrorism" - UN expert

United Nations human rights expert Ben Emmerson today urged Governments currently engaged on mass surveillance of the internet for counter-terrorism purposes to update their national legislations in line with international human rights law for new technology surveillance measures.

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Water as a Central Political Issue

Water is an essential and, in many regions of the world, rare resource. Geographers Prof. Dr. Hans Gebhardt and Prof. Dr. Marcus Nüsser are exploring the potential for conflict underlying short water supplies using the Near East and South and Central Asia as examples. Their research at Heidelberg University shows that it is often scarce water resources that are at the root of ostensibly political and religious conflicts – whether the scant supply is physical, sometimes also due to global climate change, or structural due to the unequal distribution of water by the political powers that be.

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Video: Soldiers detain developmentally-disabled child in Hebron, 19 Oct. 2014

Yesterday, soldiers briefly detained a developmentally disabled Palestinian boy, who is under the age of criminal responsibility, on suspicion that he had thrown stones. The boy, A. a-Rajbi, (full name withheld in interest of privacy) who will be 12 in a month, was detained after Palestinian children threw stones at soldiers on the main road of the Jabel Johar neighborhood in Hebron, close to the settlement of Kiryat Arba. A-Rajbi was handcuffed, blindfolded, and held on the floor of an army jeep for some 15 minutes until his father arrived and convinced the soldiers to release his son, who is mentally disabled and cannot speak.

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Governments still behind on commitments to avert biodiversity crisis

Despite increasing recognition of the biodiversity crisis and its impacts on human well-being, the scale of the government response is far from commensurate with the magnitude of the calamity, says IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, at the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 12), closing today in South Korea.

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From Crisis to Catastrophe: first comprehensive report on situation of minorities in Iraq since advance of ISIS

The situation of Iraq’s minorities is one of unfolding catastrophe, say Minority Rights Group International (MRG) and the Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights, in the first comprehensive report on religious and ethnic minorities published since the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in the country.

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Thousands of Lives to Be Devastated by Lower Sesan 2 Dam: International Groups Demand New EIA

Today, a group of 18 civil society organizations from Cambodia and the Mekong region issued a statement demanding that the project developers and the Cambodian Government conduct a new Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and release information on the redesign of the Lower Sesan 2 (LS2) Hydropower Dam in Stung Treng, Cambodia. The action supports recent community statements in which affected villagers refused to relocate and demanded opportunities for communities to participate in decision-making on the project.

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Olympic ski course in South Korea threatens protected, ancient mountain forest for a 3-day event

Friends of the Earth International campaigners are standing with Korean environmentalists in opposition to the construction of a ski course for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang province, South Korea.

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Warriors burn bridge, demand mining company behind Mount Polley toxic spill leave territory
Full story: APTN

Drone victims sue German government for facilitating U.S. strikes in Yemen

A Yemeni man, whose nephew and brother-in-law were killed in a 2012 drone strike, has travelled to Germany to sue the government for facilitating drone strikes of the sort in which his relatives died.

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IPCC launches full Working Group II report

Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is launching the full version of its contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability on Wednesday 15 October. This definitive assessment is the result of years of intensive work by leading experts in the field. It provides the most comprehensive look to date at the widespread impacts and risks of climate change and the opportunities for response. The full version of the Working Group II report includes a Summary for Policymakers, a Technical Summary, 30 assessment chapters, cross-chapter boxes, frequently asked questions, and high-resolution graphics.

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8 Great Scientific Solutions to Feeding the World

In honor of World Food Day on October 16, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is highlighting eight solutions for feeding the world from its FutureFood 2050 website. They include articles featuring Kofi Annan, M.S. Swaminathan, Sylvia Earle and more.

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World Food Day: Family farmers produce over 70% of the world’s food, their rights cannot be ignored

Speaking ahead of World Food Day*, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, calls on Governments to protect the rights of family and small holder farmers working worldwide. Family farming, Ms. Elver says, is a crucial element in the global fight against hunger, and key to the protection and sustainability of natural resources.

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Iraq: Evidence of war crimes by government-backed Shi'a militias

Shi’a militias, supported and armed by the government of Iraq, have abducted and killed scores of Sunni civilians in recent months and enjoy total impunity for these war crimes, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today.

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Ebola workers urge safety, solidarity

Hanna Majanen summed it up best: "It is the things you do automatically that are difficult. People will touch their face, rub their eyes and bite their fingernails. These are the things you forget.”

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Magnitude 7.4 Earthquake - 64km S of Intipuca, El Salvador

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake has occurred NEAR COAST OF NICARAGUA at: 12.61N 87.97W Depth 80km 14/10/2014 at 03:51:40 (Universal Time)

Earthquake location with respect to nearby cities:

Location with respect to nearby cities:

64 km (39 mi) S of Intipuca, El Salvador
83 km (51 mi) SSW of La Union, El Salvador
90 km (55 mi) SSE of San Rafael Oriente, El Salvador
90 km (55 mi) SE of Puerto El Triunfo, El Salvador
169 km (104 mi) SE of San Salvador, El Salvador

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Stemming Mass Wildlife Extinctions Must Drive International Biodiversity Treaty

As diplomats and citizens from all over the world continue gathering at the 12th Conference of the Parties for the 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity this week, they face the sobering reality that wild plant and animal species throughout the planet — indeed in every country — continue to vanish at rates not seen since the dinosaur die-off 65 million years ago. According to the Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat itself, in the recent report Global Biodiversity Outlook 4, “Extrapolations for a range of indicators suggest that based on current trends, pressures on biodiversity will continue to increase at least until 2020, and that the status of biodiversity will continue to decline.”

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'My freedom defends yours': Propaganda and truth about homophobia in Russia

The scene evoked the standoff between David and Goliath.

Except that in Kirill Kalugin’s case, he was surrounded by around half a dozen towering foes – muscle-bound men dressed in Russian paratrooper regalia, who locked elbows and cornered him as they hurled verbal abuse and shoved him around. They made it clear they didn’t like him or his message.

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The 2014 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Jean Tirole

The 2014 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel to Jean Tirole "for his analysis of market power and regulation".

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Gaza: Donors, UN Should Press Israel on Blockade

Donor countries at the October 12, 2014 conference on assistance to Palestine should press Israel to lift sweeping, unjustified restrictions on the movement of people and goods into and out of the Gaza Strip. The United Nations Security Council should reinforce previous resolutions ignored by Israel calling for the removal of unjustified restrictions.

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