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Bangladesh's toxic tanneries 'are shortening children's lives'

Children as young as eight, producing leather in Bangladesh in demand across Europe and the US, are exposed to chemicals likely to shorten their lives, says a report.
from The Guardian on Mar 22, 2017.

Nearly 600m children will face 'extremely limited water resources'

Some 600 million children – or 1 in 4 worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040, says the UN Children's Fund.
from Unicef on Mar 22, 2017.

'One in three' still far behind, warns Human Development Report

One in three people worldwide continue to live in low levels of human development, as measured by the Human Development Index.
from UNDP on Mar 22, 2017.

UN-brokered system for Gaza reconstruction failing

The system for reconstruction of Gaza is failing to meet the needs of 1.8 million Palestinians, as a water and sanitation crisis escalates dangerously, warns a report.
from Oxfam on Mar 22, 2017.

'Tsunami of disruption' threatens consensus on aid, warns ex-UNEP head

People will die if “disastrous” proposals for cuts in US aid are agreed, the former head of the UN Environment Programme, Achim Steiner, said in London on Monday.
from Daniel Nelson on Mar 21, 2017.

El Niño-triggered floods kill 72 in Peru

The havoc caused by the El Niño flash floods in Peru has killed 72 and destroyed more than 100,000 properties.
from Down to Earth on Mar 21, 2017.

'Race against the rains' to save lives in South Sudan

One month since famine was declared in two areas of South Sudan, it is a race against the forthcoming rains to save lives, an international development charity has warned.
from Oxfam on Mar 21, 2017.

Central African Republic 'unhappiest country in the world'

Central African Republic comes last on the Global Happiness Rankings, accompanied by other countries with unrest and war, such as Syria.
from World Happiness Report 2017 on Mar 20, 2017.

Philippines' Duterte calls European critics 'crazies'

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte describes EU lawmakers as "crazies" as he rebuts criticism of his deadly drug war, while vowing again that all traffickers will be killed.
from Business Times on Mar 20, 2017.

Africa trade meeting has no Africans after US visa denials

This year's annual US university meeting between US business officials and officials from African countries has no Africans: all were denied visas.
from VoA on Mar 20, 2017.
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