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Ban welcomes release of 21 peacekeepers

The 21 United Nations peacekeepers from the Philippines being held by Syrian rebels were released Saturday and are safely in Jordan. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that he "appreciates the efforts of all concerned to secure their safe release" and wished to emphasize "to all parties the impartiality of UN peacekeepers." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/9), France-Presse (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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"This year, there is some cool social media action you can take that will translate into REAL WORLD action benefiting women all over the world. It's called the Global Mom Relay."

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  • Child marriage threatens girls' health, education
    Child marriage is widespread, with the United Nations Population Fund calculating that in 42 countries, one-third of girls are married. High maternal death rates, limited access to education and exposure to violence are directly related to child marriage, according to a Human Rights Watch report. "The United Nations recognizes child marriage as a serious human rights violation that threatens the achievement of nearly all the Millennium Development Goals, a set of priority targets the international community agreed to achieve by 2015," Carole Presern writes. Detroit Free Press/The Associated Press (3/10), The Guardian (London) (3/8), The Huffington Post (3/6), The Japan Times (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sustainable energy needed for developing areas
    The development of sustainable energy sources for the poverty-stricken areas of the world will do much to improve the lives of 90% of the world, writes Andrew C. Revkin. "[T]he 'energy quest' that's needed to smooth the human journey in this century has two faces -- one figuring out how the haves can use energy more wisely, the other figuring out how to get the benefits that come with modern energy to the billions without sustainable options right now," he argues. He cites several companies who are moving toward this goal. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Dot Earth blog (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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