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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...

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...

French towns swap rubbish trucks for horse-drawn carts

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French towns swap rubbish trucks for horse-drawn carts

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Perpignan is one of 60 French towns that have struck upon a cheaper and greener way to collect household waste – ditching the dustbin lorry in favour of a horse and cart

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...

Afghanistan: Peace council holds inaugural session

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Afghanistan: Peace council holds inaugural session

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Afghanistan: Peace council holds inaugural session:- Calling the meeting a 'source of hope' for the Afghan people, President Hamid Karzai on Thursday hosted the inaugural session of a new peace council set up to...

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...

You’re hired! Rise in apprentices aged fifty plus as older employees seek new skills

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You’re hired! Rise in apprentices aged fifty plus as older employees seek new skills

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This uplifting story comess from our friends at The Optemist:- A new series of The Apprentice has kicked off with the oldest participant aged just 31. But new figures released by the organisation Age UK shows app...

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...

Russians Take Another Look at Global Warming

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Russians Take Another Look at Global Warming

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Russia, the world's largest producer of oil and gas, has always taken a skeptical view of climate change. In the wake of last summer's fires, public opinion is shifting. In the past, Prime Minister Vladimir Puti...

UK needs green economics minister, advisers urge

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UK needs green economics minister, advisers urge

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PositiveTv would like to add it's weight to the call to create this post too. The UK government should create a new ministerial post for green economics, an international policy group that includes MPs past and p...

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 ...

Nations agree on historic UN pact on sharing benefits of world’s genetic resources

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Nations agree on historic UN pact on sharing benefits of world’s genetic resources

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After nearly two decades of debate, governments from around the world today agreed to a new United Nations treaty on managing the planet’s wealth of genetic resources – from animals to plants to fungi – more fairly a...