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10 million children in Mideast to get polio vaccine: UN

Millions of children in the Middle East will be vaccinated against polio this month after the crippling disease resurfaced in conflict-hit Syria, the United Nations said Sunday. Mass vaccinations have already been launched in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and……

Will the United Nations protect us from an asteroid?

Will the United Nations protect us from an asteroid? (via The Christian Science Monitor) At the moment, Earth has no coordinated, international plan for how to respond to an impending asteroid strike. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/AP) Earth is not alone. It has lots, and lots, of asteroids for companionship – companions that, should…

Pakistani teen activist Malala pleads to UN: Send books, not guns

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot by the Taliban for championing girls’ education has stood by world leaders at the United Nations and called for books not guns. “Instead of sending weapons, instead of sending tanks to Afghanistan and all these countries which are suffering from terrorism, send books,” she…

UN postpones Syria chemical weapons investigation over ‘safety’

The United Nations has postponed a planned new visit by chemical weapons experts to a site near Damascus on Tuesday over “safety” fears, a spokesman said. A sniper attack on the experts Monday forced the review of the plan to return to the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, said UN spokesman…

Syria declares it has defeated revolt

Syria’s regime declared on Saturday it has defeated those seeking to bring it down while reiterating support for a UN-Arab peace plan, as its troops reportedly shelled rebels in the city of Homs. Foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdisi, cited by the official SANA news agency, also said Syrian troops would…

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