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World migrants rise above 230m mark: UN

Source : AFP / 12 Sep 2013

The number of migrants around the world rose above 230 million in 2013 with the United States, Western Europe and the Gulf oil states the biggest draws, the UN said Wednesday.

The number who have left their own country has risen from 154 million in 1990 to 232 million and the proportion of migrants in rich countries is growing, said a new UN report.


Tunisians disillusioned with democracy

Source : AP / 13 Sep 2013

Tunisians, who kicked off the pro-democracy uprisings of the Arab Spring in 2011 by overthrowing their authoritarian president, now yearn for stability and have lost faith in democracy and their elected leaders, according to a poll published Thursday.

The survey published by Pew Research Center shows dramatic drops from last year in favorability ratings of all prominent politicians as well as faith in most state institutions like the elected assembly and the judiciary.


Islam Rising Among UK Youth

Source : OnIslam & News Agencies / 11 Sep 2013

A new large scale British survey has revealed a notable increase in the number of young British people adhering to Islam coupled with a dramatic decline in those believing in Christianity in the same age group.

"The large number of young people identifying as Muslims – much larger than previous generations – suggests that Islam will soon be a much more significant force in this country than it is at the moment," Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, said on his group’s website on Tuesday, September 10.


Educating the world

Source : Al Jazeera / 10 Sep 2013

It is described as a basic right and a foundation for life-long learning, but the United Nations says millions of people around the world are still unable to read and write.

A statement released by the UN's education arm, UNESCO, to mark International Literacy Day said: "Literacy is much more than an educational priority - it is the ultimate investment in the future. We wish to see a century where every child is able to read and to use this skill to gain autonomy."


Smoking warning works, if on front of cigarette pack

Source : AFP / 5 Sep 2013

Big anti-smoking messages on the front of cigarette packets may help deter youngsters tempted by tobacco but have little effect when they are on the back of the pack, research has found.

Touching on a subject that has stirred controversy in countries where pro- and anti-tobacco lobbies are fighting over smoking controls, investigators looked at data from a large survey among British teenagers.


As millions go hungry, Asia battles food waste

By Alisa Tang / 31 Aug 2013

More than half a billion people in the Asia Pacific region suffer from hunger, yet an estimated 42 percent of fruit and vegetables and a fifth of the grains produced here are lost or wasted, U.N. food experts said as they kicked off a campaign to cut the region’s massive food waste and feed its growing population.

“The Save Food Asia-Pacific Campaign seeks to raise awareness about the high levels of food losses - particularly post-harvest losses - and the growing problem of food waste in the region,” Hiroyuki Konuma, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) assistant director-general, said in an FAO statement.


West’s quagmire on Syria: damned if you strike, damned if you don’t

By Eman El-Shenawi / 29 Aug 2013

It seems to be a case of "damned if you do, damned if you don't" for Western leaders mulling a strike on Syria this week.

Only a few months ago, Middle Eastern audiences had been condemning the West's "silence" on foreign intervention in the conflict.


Number of Syria child refugees hits one million, UNICEF says

Source : Presstv / 23 Aug 2013

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the number of child refugees who have fled the turmoil in Syria has reached one million.

“This one millionth child refugee is not just another number. This is a real child ripped from home, maybe even from a family, facing horrors we can only begin to comprehend,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on Friday.


Forty journalists, support staff killed in first half 2013: report

Source : Robert Evans / 22 Aug 2013

Forty journalists and back-up staff were killed on the job in the first half of this year and the circumstances of another 27 media deaths have yet to be clarified, a media safety group reported on Monday.

Killings often occurred because of the victims’ work in uncovering crime or corruption, while the highest single country total was eight - in Syria where journalists have been targeted by both government and rebel forces in the civil war there.


80 percent of Israeli Jews say peace deal impossible

Source : Agencies / 17 Aug 2013

Almost 80 percent of Israeli Jews believe a peace deal with the Palestinians is impossible, an opinion poll found on Friday, two days after the resumption of negotiations in Jerusalem.

Asked whether “this time, we will reach a final agreement that will put an end to the conflict,” 79.7 percent of respondents said no, and just 6.2 percent said yes.

Another 14.1 percent expressed no opinion.


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