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Egypt's Morsi calls Obama as Gaza conflict widens

Israel suffered civilian casualties from rocket attacks after Israeli airstrikes against what it said were Hamas launch sites and training facilities in Gaza. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi condemned the Israeli actions and called President Barack Obama and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Morsi reported that Obama said he would contact Israeli leaders. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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"The WHO projects that diabetes deaths will double between 2005 and 2030. ... The global health community has increasingly focused on the burden that Non-communicable diseases inflict on low and middle income countries."

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  • UN renews Bosnia peacekeeping force
    The UN Security Council has voted unanimously to renew the European peacekeeping force in Bosnia and Herzegovina for another year, despite increasing Serb opposition. Serb leaders are speaking of secession and challenging the 1995 Dayton peace accords, said Valentin Inzko, the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Security Council. The Boston Globe/The Associated Press (tiered subscription model) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Spotlight: U.S.-UN relations
  • U.S. official: Don't demonize UN in Internet talks
    Any refusal by the U.S. to negotiate Internet issues at the upcoming International Telecommunications Union conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will be self-defeating, warns U.S. Ambassador Terry Kramer. "Our messages need to be issues-orientated and fact-orientated -- not taking shots at the UN," he said. Kramer did say some issues are not up for negotiation, including a push by European telecoms to force providers such as Google and Facebook to pay fees for traffic. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Health and Development
  • WHO is rushing yellow fever vaccine to Darfur
    The World Health Organization is mobilizing to prevent the spread of a yellow fever outbreak in Sudan's Darfur region by delivering 2.4 million doses of vaccine. The vaccine is being provided by the International Coordinating Group on Vaccine, a partnership between drug manufacturers and the UN. Voice of America (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Spotlight: Girl Up!
  • U.S. teen advocate for girls meets Desmond Tutu
    Teenager Sri Muppidi, a teen adviser for the UN Foundation advocacy program Girl Up, met with Nobelist Archbishop Desmond Tutu in October as part of the UN's first International Day of the Girl Child. "The most exciting aspect about my trip to New York was meeting all of the other teen advisers for Girl Up," Muppidi said. "All of them were so inspiring, and I was encouraged to work harder and do my best to support Girl Up in my community." The chief focus of Girl Up is ending the tradition of child marriage. Pleasanton Weekly (Calif.) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Peacekeeping and Security
  • China makes leadership change official
    In a generational shift, Xi Jinping has been officially confirmed as the leader of China's Communist Party. Xi appeared in Beijing's Great Hall of the People with the new Politburo, including Li Keqiang, who will serve as premier. "The party faces many severe challenges, and there are also many pressing problems within the party that need to be resolved, particularly corruption," Xi said. BBC (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S., Afghanistan begin post-withdrawal security talks
    U.S. and Afghan officials are beginning what may be lengthy and difficult negotiations over a bilateral security agreement following the withdrawal of U.S. combat units by the end of 2014. Among the most contentious issues: jurisdiction over U.S. solders accused of crimes, night raids and drone operations, the status of U.S. bases inside the country, and cross-border threats from Pakistan. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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UN Foundation and Better World Campaign
  • UN Foundation board names Kathy Calvin next president, CEO
    The United Nations Foundation Board of Directors today named Kathy Calvin as the new president of the UN Foundation, effective Feb. 1. At a meeting of the Foundation's board, founder and Chairman Ted Turner announced a number of transitions designed to help the Foundation meet the challenges and opportunities of its global mission to support the United Nations. PRWeb (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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