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Improved Economic Conditions Boost Air-traveller Numbers Worldwide

A record 4.1 billion passengers took to the skies in 2017 onboard some 37 million scheduled flights globally, the United Nations civil aviation agency reported Thursday, highlighting that the fastest growth was seen among low-cost carriers.

SOP newswireU.S. agriculture secretary urges wider opening of India's farm markets - Washington " India must play a leading role in reviving World Trade Organization (WTO) talks by offering more market access agricultural exports of the United States and other countries, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns says.
SOP newswireDecrying violence in Iraq, UN envoy urges national dialogue, international support - Continuing his denunciation of terrorist attacks in Iraq, the senior United Nations envoy to the country today called them 'a cancer in its body politic,' urged the country's people and leaders to hold a genuine national dialogue, and stressed that the international community must help at this critical time.
SOP newswireAnnan condemns attempts to seize power, As rebels advance to Chadian capital - With rebels advancing toward the capital of Chad from the country’s east, which borders the volatile Darfur region of Sudan, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned any attempt to seize power by force.
SOP newswireUN joins in 16-day campaign to fight violence against women - From bride burning and sexual violence as a weapon of war to genital mutilation, date rape and child marriage, gender-based violence will be the focus of a United Nations-backed 16-day-long campaign being launched tomorrow.
SOP newswireUN envoy for most vulnerable nations stresses importance of communications - The international media’s coverage of poorer nations remains one-dimensional and the world’s marginalized need much greater access to the tools of communications, the United Nations envoy for the
SOP newswireUN says it will support Congolese troops enforcing Kinshasa ultimatum if needed - United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will support the Congolese army if needed in enforcing a 48-hour
SOP newswireFinancial boycott sends Palestinian poverty numbers soaring, finds UN report - More than 1 million Palestinians, or one in four inhabitants of the occupied territories, are now mired in deep poverty as living standards deteriorate dramatically following the economic boycott of the Palestinian Authority
SOP newswireAnnan hails progress made by International Criminal Court - The International Criminal Court (ICC) has established itself at the heart of “a truly international system of criminal justice” within just a few years of coming into existence, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.
SOP newswireChadians displaced by Darfur border killings are too afraid to return home: UN agency - At least 15,000 Chadians who fled their homes over the past three weeks because of deadly violence close to the border with Darfur are still too afraid to return to their villages because armed
SOP newswireColombia: UN refugee agency welcomes draft law aimed at helping displaced people - The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed the introduction of a draft law to aid displaced people in Colombia, the country which has the largest population of agency concern with 3 million
SOP newswireCote d Ivoire: UN ecology chief calls for international funds to clean up toxic dumping - The United Nations environmental agency today called for urgent international funding to help Cote d Ivoire clean-up and rehabilitate sites contaminated by deadly toxic waste from abroad that was criminally
SOP newswirePeople smugglers have shipped more than 22,000 Africans to Yemen this year, UN says - More than 22,000 people have risked their lives to cross the Gulf of Aden in rickety smugglers’ boats from Somalia to Yemen this year, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.
SOP newswireSurging violence tearing social fabric of Iraq, UN envoy warns - The top United Nations envoy to Iraq today called on the Iraqi authorities to capture the perpetrators behind the wave of “despicable violent crimes” that have killed and injured
SOP newswireU.S. Soldiers Share Thanksgiving Tradition With Iraqis - YUSUFIYAH, Iraq, Nov. 24, 2006 – In 1620, natives of England sailed to the Americas in hopes of a better future, but suffered a devastating first winter. At the beginning of the following fall, 46 of the original 102 pilgrims who sailed on
SOP newswireIran takes steps 'in right direction' on nuclear issues - Iran has agreed to a request by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to provide access to materials related to its uranium enrichment activities, but cooperation is still too limited
SOP newswireCivilians in Israel, Palestine bear brunt of abuses, UN rights chief says - Wrapping up a visit to the Middle East, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said today that Palestinian and Israeli civilians were the primary victims of the alarming deprivation of human rights in the region.
SOP newswireU.S. General Says, NATO Must Honor Troop Pledges for Afghanistan - Washington „Ÿ NATOfs international force charged with helping to stabilize Afghanistan remains understaffed by as much as 15 percent, and the use of many of these forces comes
SOP newswireSaudi Arabia and UN agricultural arm agree to strengthen development cooperation - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Saudi Arabia have approved almost $60 million worth of joint development projects over the next five years across the Middle Eastern country, the FAO announced today
SOP newswireActivists Worry About Darfur Violence Spreading Through Region - Washington – The violence in Darfur, Sudan, is spreading to neighboring countries – Chad and the Central African Republic – according to award-winning actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow.
SOP newswire1.16 million Newborns in sub-Saharan Africa die each year UN report - Each year at least 1.16 million newborns die in sub-Saharan Africa within the first 28 days of life, making the region the world"s most dangerous to be born in, yet
Juliet MaruruFighting For freedom, Controversy, and Wambui Otieno Mbugua - Wambui Otieno Mbugua is not new to creating controversy on the Kenyan scene. Her first wedding to S. M. Otieno stretched boundaries because
SOP newswireInternational Donors Condemn Sri Lanka Cease-Fire Violations - Washington – Members of an international contact group working to achieve a peaceful settlement of the conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) expressed alarm at the rising violence in Sri Lanka, condemned
SOP newswireAnnan and Security Council condemn assassination of Lebanese Government minister - Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Security Council expressed shock and condemnation today at the assassination of Lebanon’s Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel, calling for restraint from all sides and urging national unity.
SOP newswireBosnia and Herzegovina: 11th Anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accord - Eleven years ago, the Dayton Peace Accords ended a savage war in Bosnia and Herzegovina that claimed over 100,000 lives, brutalized, injured and displaced millions more. The leadership of the United States and NATO's military intervention was critical in achieving peace. Barely a decade
SOP newswireNATO Leaders To Discuss Global Missions at Riga Summit - Washington -- The United States has made great efforts to strengthen diplomatic relations with Europe and is ready to work alongside European governments to
SOP newswireTop UN Relief Official Says Darfur Now Needs Humanitarian Aid - The number of people in need of aid to survive in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region has surged by hundreds of thousands to 4 million in just the past six months, according to the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator.
SOP newswireAnnan calls for strategy to prevent biological weapons falling into terrorists’ hands - Stressing that “the horror of biological weapons is shared by all,” United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for a comprehensive strategy that will tackle the possibility of such arms falling into the hands of terrorists.
SOP newswireAnnan calls for strategy to prevent biological weapons falling into terrorists hands - Mr. Annan noted that he had already proposed the convening of a forum that would bring together the various stakeholders " industry, science, public health, governments, and the public
SOP newswireAPEC Hanoi Declaration affirms support for Doha Development Agenda - Washington -- Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies outlined their commitment to advancing free trade and investment, enhancing human security and building stronger societies and harmonious communities in a joint statement issued in Hanoi, Vietnam, at the conclusion of the 14th APEC Leaders' Meeting November 19.
SOP newswireAnnan speaks with leaders of Syria and Iran about stability in Lebanon - In a bid to promote stability in Lebanon, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the leaders of Iran and Syria to advocate dialogue as a means to resolve differences in the country.
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