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ISIL Accused Of War Crimes, Genocide In Iraq

At least 11,600 Iraqi civilians were killed in war and ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant) terrorist attacks in 2014, and ISIL forces may be guilty of war crimes and genocide, according to an alarming United Nations report released Monday.

Ethiopian Schools Programme Receives $1 Million Funding Boost

Ethiopian development programme Seeds Of Africa (SoA) has received its largest ever donation: a $1million grant to fund a major education initiative.

China, India, to Train Asia-Pacific Officials On Disaster Risk Management

China and India will train government officials in the Asia-Pacific region on how to incorporate disaster management into national planning and finance measures.

Superstar Kidjo Wins Grammy for Collaborative Album Showcasing Songs of African Women

(GIN) - African singer, showstopper and activist Angélique Kidjo, won her second Grammy Award for the Best World Music Album which she dedicated to African women.

As Wars Heat Up, Rickety Flotillas Carry Asylum-Seekers to Their Graves

(GIN) - In the Bible it was known as the “Great Sea”. The Romans called it “Mare Nostrum (Our Sea). Of late, the Mediterranean has been called nothing more than a migrants’ graveyard.

Médecins Sans Frontières Calls For Evacuation Of Syrian Casualties

With conflict in Syria showing no sign of abatement, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Thursday demanded the evacuation of those injured in the city of Aleppo.

21st Century Ideological Threats Require Global Resolve

The High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) has declared the need for global reconciliation in the face of new and emerging ideological threats in the 21st century.

China Most Dangerous Country For Artists In 2014

China is the most dangerous place on Earth for artists, according to a report from an international arts advocacy group.

Parts of New York City To Disappear Underwater By 2100

Parts of Queens, Brooklyn and The Bronx may be swallowed by the sea in coming years, with an alarming new climate change report predicting a water-logged future for New York City.

New African Poetry Finds Its Voice On The Web

(GIN) – From the pages of private notebooks to the dog-eared copies of rare published editions, the works of modern African poets are emerging with great fanfare thanks to a dedicated handful of writers and teachers building a network of libraries and websites on the internet.

Reversing Course, U.S. To Aid Nigeria In Boko Haram Fight

(GIN) – After a published plea from Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan for U.S. combat troops in the fight against Boko Haram, the U.S. African Command appears ready to sweep aside its hesitation and jump in with both feet.

Sierra Leone Promises Probe into Auditors’ Claim of Massive Fraud with Ebola Funds

(GIN) - A full investigation will be conducted into multiple failures of accountability regarding the use of five million dollars in funds sent for the fight against Ebola, the government of Sierra Leone has pledged.

Yemen Crisis & Its Dangerous Impact on Youth

The political crisis engulfing Yemen is depriving the country’s youth of food and schooling, warns the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Supporting Smallholders for a World Without Hunger

Supporting small-scale farmers is no small-time feat, according to consultants at a conference on “Setting the Course for a World without Hunger – North-South Dialogue on the Role of the G7”.

U.N. Urgently Exhorts Indonesia to Halt Executions

In a time-sensitive appeal, a U.N. Human Rights Expert has urged the Indonesian Government to halt further executions of people convicted of drug-related offenses.

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