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North Korea Facing 'Entrenched, Largely Forgotten' Humanitarian Crisis

22 Mar 09:02 | 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 15:08 | 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 »

Worrying Traces Of Resistant Bacteria In Air

21 Nov 2016 | World

Polluted city air has now been identified as a possible means of transmission for resistant bacteria.read more »

Zika No Longer An International Public Health Emergency, But Sustained Response Needed: WHO

21 Nov 2016 | World

Following a meeting of its Emergency Committee on Zika, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the infectious disease and its associated consequences no longer present a public health emergency of international concern.read more »

Social Media Activism Is Driving Corporate Agendas

18 Nov 2016 | World

A new study shows the ways firms in tightly controlled countries are being pressured by cyber activists and how they should respond.read more »

Water Conflicts Between Asian Nuclear Powers "Pose Global Threat"

1 Nov 2016 | World

The current political rhetoric between India and Pakistan underlines the risk of failing to manage correctly and cooperatively vital water resources shared between nations.read more »

Protecting People And Planet From 'Invisible Killer' Is Focus Of Health Campaign

21 Oct 2016 | World

The World Health Organization has launched a global awareness campaign on the dangers of air pollution – especially ‘invisible killers’ such as black carbon, ground-level ozone and methane read more »

Jailing Teen Blogger In Singapore 'Sends Wrong Message' On Free Expression

5 Oct 2016 | World

After a Singaporean teenage blogger was sentenced to jail for his social media posts, a human rights expert warned that it is "exactly the wrong kind of message that any government should be sending to anybody, but especially to young people."read more »

Some 385 Million Children Live In Extreme Poverty, Study Reveals

5 Oct 2016 | World

Children are more than twice as likely as adults to live in extreme poverty, with nearly 385 million children worldwide experiencing that condition, according to a new analysis from the World Bank Group and UNICEF. read more »

Vast Majority Of World – 6.76 Billion People – Living With Excessive Air Pollution

28 Sep 2016 | World

With some 6.5 million people dying annually from air pollution and 92 per cent of the world’s population living in places where levels exceed recommended limits, the United Nations rolled out its most detailed profile of the scourge ever in a bid to slash the deadly toll.read more »

North Korea Says Hostile US Polices Have Made Korean Peninsula 'World's Most Dangerous Hotspot'

26 Sep 2016 | World

The North Korean Foreign Minister told the United Nations General Assembly that while the Organization aspires towards sustainable development, the world is besieged by terrorism and a refugee crisis due to war and increasing global hotspots.read more »

Lifting Ivory Ban Won't Solve Elephant Poaching Problem

22 Sep 2016 | World

The deaths of many thousands of elephants at the hands of poachers in recent years has led some to conclude that the ban on ivory established in 1989 should be lifted, allowing for tight regulation of the ivory trade. read more »

Japanese Prime Minister Calls For Resolute Action Against North Korea's Nuclear Threat

22 Sep 2016 | World

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, urged the UN Security Council to show an “unmistakable attitude” towards the threat to international peace and security posed by North Korea, which he said has launched 21 ballistic missiles and conducted two nuclear tests this year alone.read more »

Security Council Strongly Condemns North Korea Nuclear Test

12 Sep 2016 | World

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea's nuclear test on 9 September and said it is a clear violation of repeated calls on the country to halt such activity.read more »

Security Council Condemns Latest North Korea Missile Launches

7 Sep 2016 | World

The United Nations Security Council has condemned the ballistic missile launches conducted by North Korea (DPRK) on Monday.read more »

UN Chief Hails China, US For Formally Joining Paris Climate Agreement

5 Sep 2016 | World

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the leaders of China and the United States for formally joining the Paris Agreement on climate change.read more »

Security Council Strongly Condemns North Korea Missile Launches

29 Aug 2016 | World

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea's (DPRK) launch of a ballistic missile from a submarine on 23 August, which follows a series of recent tests and launches.read more »

China Facing Epidemic Of Heart Disease, Stroke

16 Aug 2016 | World

A 20-year rise in cardiovascular disease (CVD) in China appears to have been spurred largely by increases in high blood pressure, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. read more »

Teenage Blogger Trial 'Deeply Worrying' Sign Of Singapore's Attempts To Curb Free Expression

16 Aug 2016 | World

Concerned over increased criminalization of expression, a human rights expert expressed serious concern about the upcoming trial of a 17-year old Singaporean for Facebook posts and blog comments that wounded the religious feelings of Muslims and Christians.read more »

Long-Term Health Effects Of Japan Atomic Bombs "Not As Dire As Perceived"

12 Aug 2016 | World

The detonation of atomic bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 resulted in horrific casualties and devastation. But public perception of the rates of cancer and birth defects among survivors and their children is in fact greatly exaggerated, say researchers. read more »

Climate Change Already Accelerating Sea Level Rise, Study Finds

11 Aug 2016 | World

Greenhouse gases are already having an accelerating effect on sea level rise, but the impact has so far been masked by the cataclysmic 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines, according to a new study.read more »

Experts Urge China To Stop Ill-Treatment Of Imprisoned Hunger Striker

5 Aug 2016 | World

Expressing deep concern about the critical health condition of a prisoner on hunger strike for three months, a group of independent human rights experts have called on the Government of China to stop all forms of ill-treatment and urgently provide him with specialized medical care, based on his full and informed consent.read more »

UN 'Deeply Troubled' By Latest North Korea Missile Launch

4 Aug 2016 | World

The United Nations is "deeply troubled" by the recent missile launches of North Korea (DPRK), a UN spokesperson said after one of the rockets, reportedly landed in or near Japanese waters for the first time.read more »

Asia's 'Most Prolific Executioner' Urged To End Practice

28 Jul 2016 | World

Human rights officials have expressed alarm at reports that up to 14 people face imminent execution in Indonesia, most of them for drug-related offences, calling on the authorities of “the most prolific executioner” in Southeast Asia to immediately reinstate a moratorium on the death penalty.read more »

Temperature In Kuwait Hits 54 Celsius, Sets Possible Record Amid Middle East Heatwave

27 Jul 2016 | World

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) will set up a committee to examine whether a 54 degrees Celsius temperature recently recorded in Kuwait, has set the new highest temperature for Asia, as well as for the entire Eastern hemisphere.read more »

Researchers Make New Projections For Spread Of The Zika Virus

26 Jul 2016 | World

New research from the University of Notre Dame places a new upper limit on the total number of people who could become infected by the Zika virus in the first wave of the current epidemic. read more »

Counter-Terrorism Official Urges Cohesive Response To 'Persistent' Threat Of Terrorism

25 Jul 2016 | World

With more than 30,000 foreign terrorist fighters from some 100 countries around the world, terrorism is a global threat requiring a comprehensive and unified response, a top counter-terrorism official said.read more »

12 New Sites Added To World Heritage List

18 Jul 2016 | World

From a national park to a fossil site and a naval dockyard, the United Nations cultural agency has inscribed 12 new sites of special cultural or physical significance on its World Heritage List.read more »

Giant Quake May Be Lurking Under Bangladesh And Beyond

12 Jul 2016 | World

A huge earthquake may be building beneath Bangladesh, the most densely populated nation on earth. Scientists say they have new evidence of increasing strain there, where two tectonic plates underlie the world's largest river delta.read more »

Poverty And Early Deaths Await Millions Of World's Most Disadvantaged Children

29 Jun 2016 | World

Some 69 million children under five years of age will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty, and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030, unless the world focuses more on the plight of its most disadvantaged children, according to a new report.read more »

Household Fuels Exceed Power Plants And Cars As Source Of Smog In Beijing

28 Jun 2016 | World

New research indicates that the Chinese government could achieve dramatic air quality improvements in Beijing and surrounding areas with more attention on an overlooked source of outdoor pollution -- residential cooking and heating.read more »

Radioactive Fallout On Tokyo From Fukushima Concentrated In Glass Microparticles

27 Jun 2016 | World

New research shows that most of the radioactive fallout which landed on downtown Tokyo a few days after the Fukushima accident was concentrated and deposited in non-soluble glass microparticles, as a type of 'glassy soot'.read more »

'Unprecedented' 65 Million People Displaced By War And Persecution In 2015

21 Jun 2016 | World

The number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution last year exceeded 60 million for the first time in United Nations history, a tally greater than the population of the United Kingdom, or of Canada, Australia and New Zealand combined, says a new report.read more »

'Preventable Calamities' And 'Worrying' Trends In More Than 50 Countries

14 Jun 2016 | World

In a wide-ranging opening speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the UN rights chief sheds a light on “preventable calamities” and worrying trends around the world, including detailed concerns about the situation in more than 50 countries.read more »

Report Finds Increase In International Transfers Of Small Arms

7 Jun 2016 | World

Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands are the most transparent top and major small arms exporters, a new report has found.read more »

Health Concerns About Global Baby Formula Boom

3 Jun 2016 | World

A new study from The Australian National University (ANU) has found a global boom in the sale of infant and baby formula, especially in China and Southeast Asia, raising concerns about the health of millions of mothers and their babies.read more »

Security Council Strongly Condemns Recent Failed Ballistic Missile Launches By North Korea

3 Jun 2016 | World

The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the most recent failed ballistic missile launches by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), reiterating that the Government should refrain from further actions in violation of the relevant Council’s resolutions.read more »

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