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UN is more relevant than ever, says Ted Turner

Ted Turner, founder of the United Nations Foundation, says that the UN is "more relevant now than at any time in its history," especially in light of its role in addressing climate change, gender equality, birth control, marine health and the global refugee crisis. Ending the proliferation of nuclear weapons, adds Turner, has become even more critical "now that countries with unstable governments are developing these weapons." Southern Seasons magazine (Early Fall 2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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"Hours after violent protests and forced entry into American diplomatic sites in Egypt and Libya, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed in an attack as he was leaving the city of Benghazi."

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    The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, plus Germany, have proposed that the world body's atomic energy watchdog vote this week to rebuke Iran over its controversial nuclear program. Israel has asked the U.S. to pledge an attack on Iran if certain conditions aren't met, and Israeli officials said U.S. President Barack Obama refused to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an upcoming gathering of the UN General Assembly. Reuters (9/12), Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (9/11), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations, Herve Ladsous, said it was too soon for the world body to back a proposed "neutral force" to stop rebels committing atrocities in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 19,000 UN peacekeepers are located in the country's east, where at least 220,000 people have been displaced by fighting over the past six months. Bloomberg Businessweek (9/10), Reuters (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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