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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 newswire2Lured From The Hills of Nepal and Sold to a Brothel in Mumbai - Lured from the hills of Nepal, Nisha found herself sold to a brothel in Mumbai at 11. Two years later, she had contracted HIV. She had been entertaining five to ten customers a day for those two years.
SOP newswire2Muslim Women Empowered by Information and Technology - Shabina is from Uttar Pradesh, Khatoon Sheikh comes from Maharashtara, Naghma Nadaf has roots in Karnataka, Safia Akhtar hails from Madhya Pradesh and Rashida Bano belongs to Gujarat.
Geoff Dean"The Bow" Viewed from Tokyo - Geoff considers "bowing" and wonders why Dick Cheney is so proud of not having done it.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban Condemns Decision To Expand Jerusalem Settlement - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplored the Israeli Government's decision to expand Jerusalem`s Gilo settlement.
SOP newswire3UN Calls On World To Aid Storm-Hit Phillipines - International aid agencies are seeking nearly $144 million in a revised appeal to support humanitarian efforts in the Philippines, which was hit by a series of storms since September.
SOP newswire3Mike Mullen Urges Karzai To Stop Corruption - Newly re-elected Afghan President Hamid Karzai must take significant measures to cut government corruption and establish its legitimacy, the top U.S. military officer said today.
SOP newswire3NATO Deputy Secretary General Visits China - The NATO Deputy Secretary General Claudio Bisogniero visited Beijing from 9 -11 November for high-level talks with the Chinese government.
SOP newswire3American Troops Prepare For Iraq National Election - As U.S. troops in Iraq prepare for national elections, an American commander in Anbar province said any potential uptick in violence is unlikely to derail the balloting.
SOP newswire2Palestinian Authority's Statehood Plan - For almost two years we have been witnessing a complex series of discussions, pronouncements, United Nations speeches, and high-level visits between Washington and European
SOP newswire2Riot-Affected Area in Mumbai - Nasreen with her family elders and four children (two sons and two daughters) had to live on the streets.
SOP newswire2Dr Asha Pande Awarded Chevalier Dans L'ordre - The award, she says, is recognition of her 27 years of dedicated service to promoting French here.
SOP newswire2Chinese Human Rights Violations on An Upswing Prior to Obama's Visit - Beaten, banned, and berated, house church Christians have endured increased religious persecution over the last two months in China.
SOP newswire3UN: Banditry Jeopardizing Humanitarian Work In Chad - Humanitarian assistance to tens of thousands of people in eastern Chad is under threat from banditry.
SOP newswire3Iraq National Elections Slated For January - Iraq is entering a crucial period with national elections slated for January, and the international community must help it deliver basic services in critically under-funded " sectors.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Ban To Fast In Solidarity With World's Hungry - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon intends to join a 24-hour fast over the weekend on the eve of the World Summit on Food Security in solidarity with the planet`s one billion people who do not have enough to eat.
SOP newswire3UN: Indigenous Groups Face Bias - Indigenous groups and Afro-Brazilians face serious discrimination, injustice and violence, the United Nations human rights chief said today.
SOP newswire3UN Calls For Probe Into Murder Of Mexican Journalist - The UN has condemned the murder of Mexican journalist Vladimir Antuna García, and called on authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice.
SOP newswire3UN: Yemenis Fleeing Embattled North - The United Nations refugee agency reported today that an increasing number of civilians are fleeing embattled Sa'ada province in northern Yemen.
SOP newswire2Cell Phone Technology and High School Chicks Will Doom Humanity - With liberal zombies and a conservative point of view, Hive Mind is slated for DVD and limited theatrical release November 21st.
SOP newswire3UN: Civilians In War Zones Must Be Protected - The United Nations human rights chief today called on the Security Council to put more muscle into protecting civilians in armed conflict.
SOP newswire2North and South Korea: We Want Reunification But They Won`t Let Us - We are more or less aware of the current North-South Korea relations, Korea reunification and North Korea`s nuclear development program which fills the pages of the world`s newspapers daily.
SOP newswire3UN Ready To Work With New Lebanese Government - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated the readiness of the United Nations to work with the new unity government in Lebanon.
SOP newswire3UN Calls For Global Day-Long Fast As Symbol Of War On Hunger - The UN called for a day-long, global hunger strike in solidarity with the planet`s one billion people who do not have enough to eat.
SOP newswire2Slum Scapes and India - From the quiet confines of the university library where she worked, to the mud-laden environs of her 'adopted' slum of Mehbullahpur, has been a challenging journey for 35-year-old Shakila Begum
Djelloul (Del) Marbrook (Editor/Mentor)A Clear Sign Al Qaeda is Losing Influence Among Muslims - Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Crusaders, Health care reform, Iraq, Islam, Israel lobby, Jihad, Joseph Cao, Joseph Lieberman, Kingdom of Jerusalem, Nic Robertson, Opium, Palestine, Paul Cruickshank, Poppies, Saudi Arabia, West Bank Settlements, Shi'ism, Wall Street, War, Washington, Yemen
SOP newswire3First Ever Rescue Of Abducted Children In Southern Sudan - The UN hailed the rescue of 28 children who had been abducted in southern Sudan, and urged that all those still being held be released immediately.
SOP newswire3UN Launches Campaign To End Violence Against Women - The United Nations kicked off a campaign today mobilizing people around the world to take part in a drive to stop the pandemic of violence suffered by women at the hands of men.
SOP newswire3UN: Flooding Drives Somalis From Their Homes - Around 16,000 Somalis have been forced from their homes by severe flooding in the south of the strife-torn country
SOP newswire3UN: Fighting Escalates In Yemen - The UN said it is concerned about the recent escalation of the conflict between Government forces and rebels in northern Yemen.
SOP newswire3UN: Deepening Food Crisis In Africa - Despite good global cereal harvests this year, millions of people in dozens of poor countries are in desperate need of emergency humanitarian aid.
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