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Wealthy American Philanthropists Encourage Rich Chinese to Give Too

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Wealthy American Philanthropists Encourage Rich Chinese to Give Too

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Wealthy Americans Bill Gates and Warren Buffett say they are encouraged to see that China"s super-rich have enthusiasm for philanthropy. Philanthropy was at the top of the agenda for America"s richest man, Microsof...

UN launches $40bn woman and child health plan

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UN launches $40bn woman and child health plan

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The UN has launched a $40bn (£25.5bn) health initiative aimed at saving the lives of 16 million women and children over the next five years. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said women and children "play a crucial r...

Egyptian women taking the wheel in male-dominated taxi industry

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Egyptian women taking the wheel in male-dominated taxi industry

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In the heart of the bustling capital of Cairo, Egypt, a lone female taxi driver navigates her bright yellow cab through the unforgiving traffic. "I wanted to take this adventure, as I consider it an adventure, r...

Cricketer Marcus Trescothick backs World Mental Health Day sporting activities

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Cricketer Marcus Trescothick backs World Mental Health Day sporting activities

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Cricketing star Marcus Trescothick is calling on the public to get active on World Mental Health Day to help end discrimination. The special day this Sunday, October 10th, is part of the campaigning Time to Get Mo...

More nations sign on to UN-backed initiative to end use of child soldiers

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More nations sign on to UN-backed initiative to end use of child soldiers

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Eleven new countries have added their names to a growing United Nations-backed list of States that have pledged to halt child recruitment, support the release of children from armed groups and help reintegrate them...

Donors pledge billions to help UN-backed fund combat AIDS, TB and malaria

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Donors pledge billions to help UN-backed fund combat AIDS, TB and malaria

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Donor countries, private foundations, corporations and individuals meeting at the United Nations have pledged over $11.5 billion in new funding over the next three years for the global partnership to fight three ki...

The Solvable Problem of Energy Poverty

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The Solvable Problem of Energy Poverty

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The United Nations’ goals for fighting extreme poverty—an effort being assessed at a summit this week in New York—will fall short unless nations also work to bring electricity and modern, safe cooking technology to...

Escape Shaft Nearly Reaches Chile’s Trapped Miners

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Escape Shaft Nearly Reaches Chile’s Trapped Miners

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SAN JOSE MINE, Chile (Oct. 8) -- Drillers neared the lower reaches of a gold and copper mine where 33 men have been trapped for more than two months, preparing Friday for a breakthrough that would unleash a nationa...

‘Happy Coffins’ Make Funerals Less Grim

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‘Happy Coffins’ Make Funerals Less Grim

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Now for some more whimsical news! This from AOL. (Oct. 7) -- Come on, baby, don't fear the reaper. That's the message, not from Blue Oyster Cult, from a Singapore nonprofit that recently revealed a series of c...

Tigers now thriving in Sathyamangalam forest once used by Veerappan

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Tigers now thriving in Sathyamangalam forest once used by Veerappan

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Officials in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu have claimed that the number of tigers have risen in forests once used as a jungle hideout by the dreaded bandit, Veerappan. The forest department officia...

An appeal by an Islamic scholar to Grand Ayatollah Khāmene’i of Iran

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An appeal by an Islamic scholar to Grand Ayatollah Khāmene’i of Iran

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The following is a personal appeal by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed to the Supreme Leader of Iran, Grand Ayatollah Ali Hoseyni Khāmene'i, to show Islamic compassion during Ramadan, the month of fasting, and free the three...

Bumblebees prefer stripes and red flowers, research suggests

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Bumblebees prefer stripes and red flowers, research suggests

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This story from the BBC - Advice for all you Gardeners out there! " Gardeners are being encouraged to grow striped flowers to encourage bumblebee populations, after research suggested the insects are most att...

Global Activities Celebrate Climate Solutions

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Global Activities Celebrate Climate Solutions

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On October 10 of this year, known commonly as 10/10/10, people around the world rallied for the environment. In Afghanistan they planted trees, and in China university students engaged in a clean energy competition...

Ban Ki-moon outlines measures to strengthen UN peacebuilding efforts

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Ban Ki-moon outlines measures to strengthen UN peacebuilding efforts

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This from the UN:- 13 October 2010 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today outlined measures to strengthen the United Nations role in helping countries emerging from conflict to maintain peace and entrench stabili...

Good news for leukaemia: Pills ‘cure’ could enable patients to discontinue treatment

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Good news for leukaemia: Pills ‘cure’ could enable patients to discontinue treatment

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Some leukaemia patients may be effectively cured by taking modern cancer pills, giving a small minority of patients the option of discontinuing treatment, French researchers say. It had been thought that chronic ...

New hope for memory loss in old age, with study into potential new drug treatment

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New hope for memory loss in old age, with study into potential new drug treatment

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Memory loss can be one of the most distressing effects of getting older, but there's new hope from researchers who have discovered a compound that could be used to create drugs to help prevent memory loss linked to...

Asia-Pacific countries confer on upcoming G20 summit

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Asia-Pacific countries confer on upcoming G20 summit

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More the two dozen Asia-Pacific nations have gathered for a United Nations gathering which kicked off today to discuss crucial issues related to economic growth and recovery ahead of next month’s summit of the so-...

Action for Business group donates to historical appeal

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Action for Business group donates to historical appeal

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A great story, just in from our Facebook community.. Muslim and Jewish communities may be at loggerheads elsewhere in the world – but in Bradford a hand of friendship exists. And that co-operation has been illus...

Once a rising star, chef now feeds hungry

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Once a rising star, chef now feeds hungry

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Madurai, India (CNN) -- Narayanan Krishnan was a bright, young, award-winning chef with a five-star hotel group, short-listed for an elite job in Switzerland. But a quick family visit home before heading to Europe ...

World’s Biggest Page Turner

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World’s Biggest Page Turner

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Prestigious award given to school children creating 120 sq ft book about peace, featuring entries from the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela