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UN urges people to eat insects to fight world hunger

UN urges people to eat insects to fight world hunger

Eating more insects could help fight world hunger, according to a new UN report. The report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization says that eating insects could help boost nutrition and reduce pollution. It notes than over 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diet with insects.

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Syria, Iran threaten retaliation against Israel

Deputy Iranian foreign minister says alleged Israeli strike will have 'serious implications' for Tel Aviv while Syrian envoy threatens to launch 'surprise attack'. Meanwhile Syria summons UN Golan commander to protest attack Syria and Iran have threatened to retaliate for an alleged Israeli air raid near the capital Damascus. Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul-Karim Ali says Damascus has "the option and the surprise to retaliate." He said he cannot predict when the retaliation will be, saying it is up to relevant authorities to prepare for it. "Israel, the Americans and the Arab regimes that have conspired together know that…

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Does UN arms trade treaty figure in Obama administration

By George Russell One day after President Barack Obama won re-election, his Administration agreed to a new round of international negotiations to revive a United Nations-sponsored treaty regulating the international sale of conventional arms, which critics fear could affect the Constitutionally protected right of U.S. citizens to purchase and bear firearms. Now, in the wake of the Newtown school massacre and the President’s January 16 promise to “put everything I’ve got” into a sweeping new series of gun control initiatives, the fate of that treaty, which enters a “final” round of negotiations this March, may loom as more important than…

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Israel may quit the UN Human Rights Council

Israel may quit the UN Human Rights Council

FM Lieberman says a UNHRC decision to establish a fact-finding mission to Judea and Samaria may lead to Israel severing ties with the body. By Gavriel Queenann Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Friday he may recall the Israeli ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council and cut ties with the body. His remarks came after the 47-member council voted to establish a fact-finding mission to probe the "effects of settlements on Palestinian human rights." Lieberman also said Israel may choose not to cooperate with the council in its investigation, adding that he plans to ask the US to quit the…

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World ‘dangerously unprepared’ for future disasters

World ‘dangerously unprepared’ for future disasters

Japan says it may cost $309bn to rebuild areas damaged by the tsunami in March Continue reading the main story Some countries' failure to pay into a UN disaster relief fund is leaving the world "dangerously unprepared" for future crises, Andrew Mitchell says. The international development secretary said several countries had not donated to the Central Emergency Response Fund, aimed at speeding-up relief delivery. Britain has increased its pledge for 2012 from £40m to £60m but the fund is expected to be £45m short next year. The international community must "wake up" to the challenge, Mr Mitchell said. The Central…

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UN adjusts annual living-standards report card to suit Occupy Wall Street protesters

UN adjusts annual living-standards report card to suit Occupy Wall Street protesters

Leo Rennert The United Nations has a terrible record when it comes to the credibility and objectivity of its reports on any number of issues on the globe. Its findings and recommendations tend to follow a heavily politicized, leftist, Third World agenda -- a reflection of the ideological bent of the UN's own bloated bureaucracy. However, there is one notable exception -- an annual UN report card that ranks countries on the basis of their performance in the areas of health, education and personal income. In UN-speak, the report card is known as the HDI -- the human development index.…

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Bolton states that the UN vote on a PA State means next to nothing.

Bolton states that the UN vote on a PA State means next to nothing.

by Gavriel Queenann Former United States envoy to the United Nations John Bolted said the PA statehood bid at the UN in September means "next to nothing" without a peace agreement with Israel, The Associated Press reported Friday. Bolton, who served as President George W. Bush's envoy to the UN, said the General Assembly is certain to support the PA bid due to the 'automatic majority' the Arab League and its factional allies can call to arms but added it will be meaningless without approval in the Security Council, where it faces a US veto. Visiting Israel on Friday, Bolton…

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Syria has built three more nuclear facilities

Syria has built three more nuclear facilities

The International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed that Syria has three nuclear installations, in addition to one that was destroyed several years ago by an unknown party. The London-based Arabic-language Al-Hayat newspaper on Sunday published communications between IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon which stated, among other things, that the UN agency had confirmed a report by a US agency that the facility destroyed in 2007 – allegedly by Israeli planes – was linked to three other sites in Syria. The communications do not name those sites, but they do say that Syria is clearly in violation…

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Police gearing up for September riots

Police gearing up for September riots

Commissioner Yohanan Danino says police faced with new reality marked by attempts to infiltrate borders, Facebook campaigns as forces fear Palestinian UN bid will spark violent outbursts Aviad Glickman Israel's police are gearing up towards September when the Palestinian Authority is slated to ask the United Nations to recognize Palestine. Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino said Sunday that police forces are preparing in case the declaration sparks violent riots. Speaking at a legal conference in Eilat, Danino said that attempts to infiltrate borders, calls on social networks and the current state in the Middle East pose a new reality which the…

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United Nations warned of the collapse of the US dollar

United Nations warned of the collapse of the US dollar

By Patrick Worsnip #imag1 UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations warned on Wednesday of a possible crisis of confidence in, and even a “collapse” of, the U.S. dollar if its value against other currencies continued to decline. In a mid-year review of the world economy, the UN economic division said such a development, stemming from the falling value of foreign dollar holdings, would imperil the global financial system. The report, an update of the UN “World Economic Situation and Prospects 2011” report first issued in December, noted that the dollar exchange rate against a basket of other key currencies had…

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