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Pakistan to open "Malala Schools" in honor of schoolgirl advocate

Pakistan has announced plans to open special schools for poor children, naming them after the schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who is in Britain recovering from a shooting. The United Nations declared this past Saturday a global day of action for girls' education in her honor and has launched an education campaign called "I am Malala." The News International (Pakistan) (11/11), The Express Tribune (Pakistan)/Agence France-Presse (11/12), CNN (11/12), The Express Tribune (Pakistan) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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    Superstorms and extreme weather caused by climate change are "the new normal," according to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. "This may be an uncomfortable truth, but it is one we ignore at our peril. ... This should be one of the main lessons of Hurricane Sandy," Ban said. Reuters (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Evidence used to identify some of the al-Qaida and Taliban suspects on the United Nations sanctions list may have been gathered through torture, according to Ben Emmerson, the UN's special rapporteur on counter-terrorism. "The consequences of being on the Security Council's consolidated [sanctions] list are enormous, so checks and balances should be brought to international human rights standards," Emmerson said. The Guardian (London) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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