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UN Agency Plan Tackles Hidden Cost of Gold

From smartphones to wedding rings, the hidden cost of everyday gold is its threat to human and environmental health, according to a new United Nations-driven initiative launched on Monday that aims to tackle mercury-based mining methods.

SOP newswire3Coalition Strikes Continue Against ISIS Targets in Iraq, Syria - Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continue to pursue the lasting defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in designated parts of Syria and Iraq, task force officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Mattis, Brazil's Foreign Minister Meet to Reaffirm Bilateral Relationship - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes of Brazil met today at the Itamaraty Palace in Brazil to reaffirm the long-standing bilateral relationship between their nations, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.
SOP newswire3U.S., Malaysia Commence 24th Cooperation Afloat Exercise - The U.S. and Royal Malaysian navies commenced the 24th iteration of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise here today.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Welcomes DR Congo President's Promise to Stand Down - The United Nations Secretary-General has commended the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabilas decision on Thursday, not to stand in elections scheduled to take place on 23 December.
SOP newswire3Safe Spaces Offer Security and Dignity for Youth - The worlds young people need safe spaces - both physical and digital - where they can "freely express their views" and "pursue their dreams" was the core message of United Nations Secretary-General Guterres to mark this years International Youth Day.
SOP newswire3Mattis Plans Trip to South America to Meet With Senior Defense Officials - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis embarks Aug. 12 on his first trip to South America while leading the Defense Department, Pentagon officials announced today.
SOP newswire3Nicaragua Must End Witch-hunt Against Dissenting Voices - Following weeks of civil unrest in Nicaragua, a group of 11 UN independent human rights experts urged the Government on Thursday to stop the violent repression of protestors, which has left at least 317 people dead and 1,830 injured, stressing that "no one should be detained for the exercise of their human rights."
SOP newswire3Millions at Eisk if Syria's War Moves to Last Redoubt of Idlib - Aid access to embattled Syrians may soon improve following recent military gains by the Government, but the war "cannot be allowed to go to Idlib," the head of the UNs Humanitarian Task Force said on Thursday.
SOP newswire3UN Horrified at Air Strike That Hit School Bus in Northern Yemen - The Head of the UN Childrens Fund (UNICEF) has strongly condemned the airstrike against a school bus in northern Yemen on Thursday, which according to news reports has killed more than two dozen children.
SOP newswire3Poland Hosts First Deployable Air Base System Exercise - Members of the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and Army participated in the first Deployable Air Base System proof of concept exercise at the 31st Tactical Air Base here July 16-Aug. 13.
SOP newswire3UN: Let Nagasaki Remain The Last City to Suffer Nuclear Devastation - Its essential that Nagasakis devastation should "not be forgotten" now or in the future, if the threat of nuclear war is to be lifted, said the Director of the Japanese citys Atomic Bomb Museum, ahead of a visit there on Thursday by the UN Secretary-General.
SOP newswire3Emergency Fuel Runs Dry in Gaza - To avert hospital closures and raw sewage overflowing onto the streets of Gaza, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator on Wednesday called on Israeli authorities to allow UN-purchased emergency fuel back across the border of the Palestinian enclave.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Expresses Full Support for US-Japan Dialogue with North Korea - At a joint press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, UN Secretary-General Guterres welcomed the ongoing talks between the United States and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK), as well as Japans renewed initiative of dialogue with the country.
SOP newswire3UN Urges Protection of Indigenous Peoples Rights During Migration - Marking the International Day of the Worlds Indigenous Peoples, UN Secretary-General Guterres put a spotlight on the factors pushing indigenous people to migrate "within their countries and across international borders" despite their "profound spiritual connection to their lands and resources."
SOP newswire3Afghan Government Will Prosecute ISIS-K Terrorists - Fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan terror group being held in Afghanistan will be prosecuted for their crimes, the commander of U.S. Central Command told Pentagon reporters today.
SOP newswire3Mattis Says Taliban Under Increasing Pressure to Reconcile - The South Asia Strategy -- now almost a year old -- is working, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon today.
SOP newswire3Coalition Strikes Target ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continued to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq between July 30 and Aug. 5, conducting 20 strikes consisting of 27 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Fresh Yemen Hospital Attack Raises Risk of New Cholera Epidemic - A deadly attack on one of the last functioning hospitals in Yemen in the key port city of Hudaydah has put hundreds of thousands of people at risk and damaged efforts to prevent a third cholera epidemic in the war-torn country, top UN officials warned on Friday.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Suicide Attack on Afghan Mosque - A suicide attack that took place inside a Shia mosque in Afghanistan during Friday prayers, killing 48 and injuring more than 70, has been condemned by the head of the UN Mission in the country who said it "may amount to war crimes."
SOP newswire3Ebola Outbreak in Congo - Protecting vulnerable people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from the latest Ebola Virus outbreak is going to be "very, very complex," given the huge logistical challenges and ongoing conflict there, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
SOP newswire3DNA Testing To Begin Immediately on Remains From North Korea - DNA testing will begin immediately on the 55 boxes of service members remains returned to the United States this week from North Korea, where they were contained since the fall of 1950, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency officials told reporters at the Pentagon today.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Violence in Zimbabwe - After reported attacks on demonstrators protesting election results in Zimbabwe that have left three dead, the United Nations called on the countrys leaders on Wednesday to reject any form of violence.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Attacks on Civilian Infrastructure in Yemen - Ongoing violence and attacks on civilian infrastructure in Hudaydah directly threaten hundreds of thousands of children and their families in Yemen, according to the head of the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) in a statement released on Wednesday
SOP newswire3UN Seeks to Protect Children in Occupied Palestinian Territory - Childrens rights continue to be violated in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Israel, according to three leading UN officials in the region who on Wednesday called on all parties responsible to take concrete and immediate steps to "allow children to live free of fear and to realize all their rights."
SOP newswire3Report Confirms Civilian Casualties in Defeat ISIS Campaign - A recent report confirms the unintentional deaths of 105 civilians in June as a result of coalition operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a total that includes 77 deaths reported by Amnesty International, the deputy commander for strategy and support for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve told Pentagon reporters today.
SOP newswire3Security Forces Continue Pursuit of ISIS Remnants - Iraqi security forces continue to pursue Islamic State of Iraq and Syria remnants in their country, destroying tunnels, weapons caches and explosives stockpiles, and arresting a number of suspected ISIS fighters, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve deputy commander for strategy and support told Pentagon reporters this morning.
SOP newswire3Agency Begins Process of Identifying Korean War Remains - All Americans welcome the return of remains from the Korean War.
SOP newswire3Coalition Strikes Continue Against ISIS Targets in Iraq, Syria - Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continue to pursue the lasting defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in designated parts of Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3NATO Stepping Forward on Training Mission to Iraq - NATOs Allied Joint Force Command in Naples is stepping out smartly to establish the alliance training mission in Iraq, said Navy Adm. James Foggo, the commander of the Joint Force Command, in a recent interview.
SOP newswire3UN Calls for Fair Election in Mali - On the eve of Malis crucial presidential election, the United Nations Secretary-General said that despite clear security challenges, voters in the arid African nation of around 18 million, needed to ensure that the key poll was first and foremost "an important celebration of democracy."
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