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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 newswireStart of landmark Darfur talks, top UN officials urge dialogue to spur peace - At the start of historic United Nations-backed talks to bring peace to Sudan's war-ravaged Darfur region, top officials from the world body
SOP newswireUN Security Council likely to extend Mission in Nepal - The Security Council is likely to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), the head of the operation said today,
Krzys WasilewskiWorld Chronicle - October 26, 2007 - President Putin of Russia attacked the Bush Administration for its plans to build an anti-missile shield in Central Europe.
SOP newswireConstitution of Communist Party of China - The following is the full text of the Constitution of the Communist Party of China (CPC) amended and adopted at the 17th CPC National Congress on Oct. 21, 2007:
SOP newswireUS pressure won't stop attack Turks say - ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkey warned Thursday that U.S. objections will not stop its troops from crossing into Iraq to pursue Kurdish separatists, while a steady stream of U.S.-made Turkish
Krzys WasilewskiBreaking News From Around the World - It seems that Great Britain has joined a growing number of U.S. partners fed up with the turmoil in Afghanistan.
Krzys WasilewskiThe World as it's happening TODAY - Global News - ANKARA, Turkey. In what appears to be a prelude to a full military conflict, Turkish air fighters have bombarded Kurdish settlements in neighboring Iraq.
SOP newswireNomad child, NATO soldier among new dead in Afghanistan - KABUL (AFP) - A nomad child in a tent was killed in a battle between US-led troops and rebels in Afghanistan Tuesday while the NATO-led force looked
SOP newswireTurkey is considering economic sanctions against Iraq - ANKARA - Turkey is considering economic sanctions against Iraq over the presence of Kurdish rebel sanctuaries there, Anatolia
SOP newswireThere is evidence US supplied arms and food to PKK - There is evidence US supplied arms and food to PKK. Turkey is very angry about this. But recent move by US and EU is
Krzys WasilewskiGlobal Community: The World as it's Happening Now - WARSAW, Poland. The naughty child of Europe – as Warsaw was dubbed in European capitals – has finally grown up.
SOP newswireClash blamed on Kurdish rebels, 35 killed - Turkey on Sunday pledged strong action against Kurdish separatists after 12 Turkish soldiers and 23 rebels were killed in a clash in the southeast of the country.
SOP newswireBush Announces Additional Sanctions Against Burmese Junta - The new measures include the designation of 11 junta leaders for sanctions by the Treasury Department and 12 additional individuals and
SOP newswireSecurity Council strongly condemns deadly bombings in Pakistan - Strongly condemning last Thursday’s attacks on the convoy of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in Karachi, the Security Council today
SOP newswireIn the U.K. Youths found guilty of manslaughter - The youths, who cannot be named for legal reasons, each received two years' imprisonment for manslaughter - one year to be served in custody and the other year to
SOP newswire17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Sunday adopted a resolution - Delegates to the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Sunday adopted a resolution on the amendment to the CPC Constitution to enshrine the
SOP newswire21 mega-cities threaten by Rising seas - BANGKOK, Thailand - Cities around the world are facing the danger of rising seas and other disasters related to climate change.
SOP newswireMiraculous escape: baby thrown out of window survives - On Wednesday evening 26-year-old Oksana gave birth to her first baby, a girl. She was then alone at home and nobody knows
SOP newswireForeign fighters seen the rise in Afghanistan - Foreign fighters are entering Afghanistan from Pakistan in greater numbers than at any time since the Taliban was ousted in 2001,
SOP newswireKosovo: Roma families return to former neighbourhood - More than 100 displaced Roma have returned to live in their former neighbourhood in a northern Kosovo town
SOP newswireGeneral Buyukanit in Rome; press conference expected in coming hours - General Buyukanit will be visiting NATO military bases in Naples and Rome during this visit, and with only hours left to go before an expected Turkish Parliament
SOP newswireTurkish Parliament, military plans are readied for northern Iraq action - Sources in Ankara note that strikes from the air are currently the most likely alternative. Experts note that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking
SOP newswireSuicide bomber kills own family in Afghan - KABUL, Afghanistan - A mother who tried to stop her son from carrying out a suicide bomb attack triggered an explosion in the family's home in southern
SOP newswireSuspected Militant in Afghanistan Detained by Coalition - Coalition forces detained a suspected militant during an operation today in Zabul province, Afghanistan, Combined Joint Task Force 82 officials reported .
SOP newswireBan Ki-moon hails Nobel laureates Al Gore - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the awarding of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to Al Gore and the
SOP newswireMyanmar envoy to meet with regional partners - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that he is sending his Special Adviser on Myanmar back to the region this weekend to meet with regional
SOP newswireUN reports widespread rights abuses in Iraq - The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) today issued a report documenting widespread human rights abuses and recommending
SOP newswireForeign Minister Sergey Lavrov Meets with Wolfgang Ischinger, the EU Representative in the Troika - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov received on October 8 Wolfgang Ischinger, the EU Representative in the Troika for the Kosovo talks.
John LillpopHappy Columbus Day? Or Happy Birthday, Cesar Chavez? - For those Hispanics like Blanca Alvarado who feel disenfranchised by Columbus Day, there is some good news.
SOP newswireAfghan mission, Japan may cut support - TOKYO - Japan would scale back its support of the U.S. in Afghanistan by ending naval assistance to vessels involved in ground missions there under a ruling party
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