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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 newswireCooling Tower destroyed to show good faith - North Korea has followed through with its promise to destroy the cooling tower at its main Yongbyon nuclear complex. Details on Pyongyang`s suspected uranium enrichment program, nuclear proliferation activities or the size of its nuclear arsenal remain unknown.
SOP newswireChina reopens Tibet to foreign tourists - China halted all tourism in Tibet after the March 14 anti-government protests and subsequent crackdown.
SOP newswireSarkozy says Jerusalem belongs to all faiths - The French President says Jerusalem is a holy city for Jews, Christians and Muslims. It cannot be held solely by one side, he said.
SOP newswireTwo Palestinians killed in West Bank raid - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office called the incident a violation of a cease-fire that took effect last week in and around the Hamas-ruled territory.
SOP newswireRefusal to freeze nuclear program leads to frozen Iranian assets - New EU sanctions on Iran include an asset freeze on the country's biggest bank, Bank Melli.
SOP newswireSudan facing new EU sanctions - EU leaders say they are "deeply concerned" by what they called Sudan's "lack of cooperation" with the International Criminal Court.
SOP newswireIran takes Nukes over International Incentives - The Iranian envoy to the IAEA said the Islamic Republic will continue its nuclear enrichment program, reiterating the country's claim that it is for peaceful purposes.
SOP newswireMajor Oil Producers Meeting Today - On Saturday, Saudi Arabia said it is ready to pump more crude oil, in a bid to stabilize prices.
SOP newswireChina hikes fuel price as much as 18% - Robert Broadfoot, of the Hong Kong-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy, calls Beijing's move a good start.
Krzys WasilewskiTeenagers Terrorize England - With school over for summer, hordes of wild and bored teenagers roam the streets of London and other cities, remorselessly hunting down new victims.
SOP newswireEuropean Union Lifts All Sanctions Against Cuban - European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel, has welcomed the unanimous decision.
SOP newswireBush-Maliki talks going well, they say - The two leaders spoke Thursday in a video conference call.
SOP newswireShi'ite militias are target of Iraqi crackdown - Over the past days Iraqi security forces have urged fighters in the area to hand over their weapons.
Krzys WasilewskiBreathing Journalism - It was for Nasteh Dahir and other journalists who died on duty that the BBC dedicated a sculpture, unveiled on Monday. The cone-like modern construction made of glass and steel was installed on the top of the famous Broadcasting House building in the heart of London...
SOP newswireUS-India Nuclear Deal meeting postponed - The proposed nuclear deal would allow India to trade nuclear fuel and technology.
SOP newswireHamas agrees to stop fighting in Gaza - Israel has agreed to a cease-fire deal with the Palestinian militant group Hamas, to end fighting in and around the Gaza Strip.
Garrett GodwinInternational Rising Gas Prices is in the Works: What Will Prices Be In 2012 - NEW YORK: Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon just accepted the choice by Saudi Arabia`s King Abdullah to set up a meeting of the world`s top oil producers
SOP newswireCondoleezza Rice pops up in Beirut - Security was extremely tight for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice`s first visit to Beirut since the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah.
SOP newswire2 Today Ukraine hosted a high level meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission - Today Ukraine hosted a high level meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission in Kyiv in the context of the Intensified Dialogue[1], where NATO Ambassadors were welcomed by Foreign Minister Volodymyr Ogryzko and Defence Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov.
SOP newswireBritain sending more troops to Afghanistan - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made the announcement Monday in London at a joint news conference with U.S. President George Bush.
SOP newswireEconomic stimulus package introduced by Chavez - The South American oil-exporting country's inflation rate is the highest in the region, climbing to 31.4 percent last month.
SOP newswireLebanon turns deaf ear to Israel - The Lebanese government said Wednesday that its disputes with Israel are governed by U.N. Security Council resolutions that are not subject to political negotiations.
Krzys WasilewskiKiribati: The First Victim of Global Warming? - For 100,000 people who live there, Kiribati is their whole world - the world that may soon disappear.
SOP newswire15 National League for Democracy members freed by Burma - Spokesman for military government, Nyan Win, said Tuesday that all 15 were released Monday night.
SOP newswireRepression running rampant in Iran - Arrests, detention and judicial harassment are common practice. Human rights advocates say journalists, lawyers, students and trade unionists are particularly targeted.
SOP newswireSouth Koreans fearing 'mad cow disease' fight US beef imports - Weeks of street protests opposing a deal to resume U.S. beef imports to South Korea have resulted in one death.
SOP newswireJimmy Carter claims success in mediation efforts - The center said Columbia and Ecuador have agreed to immediately restore relations, without preconditions, at the lower diplomatic level of "charge d'affaires."
SOP newswireMad Dad calls for boycott of Barnes and Noble - Dad vows: I am fighting this not only for my son, but for every parent and grandparent who joins me in being angry about Barnes and Noble's irresponsible and, I believe, illegal business practice.
SOP newswireWill Chaves soften snitch law? - It requires Venezuelans to act as informants to secret police and community monitoring groups loyal to the president. Anyone who refuses to provide information faces two to six years in prison.
SOP newswirePalestinian Authority cannot pay workers, blames Israel - Under an Israeli-Palestinian agreement, Israeli authorities collect taxes on behalf of the Palestinian government in the West Bank.
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