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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 newswire3Centcom: Strike in Syria May Have Caused Civilian Casualties - A strike yesterday on an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant weapons facility near Raqqah, Syria, may have resulted in civilian casualties, according to U.S. Central Command`s own post-strike assessment.
SOP newswire3UN: Increasingly Complex Armed Conflicts Have Dire Impact on Children - The impact on children of the collective failure to prevent and end conflict is severe.
SOP newswire3UN Monitoring Situations in Italy and Myanmar After Earthquakes Hit Both Countries - In the wake of powerful earthquakes today in Italy and Myanmar, the United Nations relief wing is monitoring the situations, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon`s spokesperson said the UN and its partners stand ready to support both countries and local actors should any humanitarian support be needed.
SOP newswire3Counter-ISIL Strikes Hit Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire34.5 Million Need Food Aid in Boko Haram-hit north-east Nigeria - The number of people in need of food assistance in north-eastern Nigeria has nearly doubled to 4.5 million from March.
SOP newswire3Pentagon Press Secretary Reports on Counter-ISIL Fight, Condemns Attack on Turkey - Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said today that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has been degraded and methodically dismantled in Iraq and Syria as a result of Defense Secretary Ash Carter's strategic consolidation last summer of the coalition military campaign plan under a single command.
SOP newswire3Military Strikes Target ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3More Than 3 Million Displaced in Yemen - A joint report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration has found that the conflict in Yemen has resulted in the displacement of some 3,154,572 people, of which 2,205,102 remain displaced across the country and some 949,470 have attempted to return home.
SOP newswire3Honduras: Killing of Rights Defenders Highlight Perils They Face - With at least eight human rights defenders killed in Honduras this year, two United Nations and international rights experts today said the country is one of the most hostile and dangerous for rights defenders and urged the Government to take urgent steps to ensure their protection.
SOP newswire3Turkey: UN Chief Condemns Terrorist Attack on Wedding Party That Kills at Least 50 People - Ban Ki-moon condemned yesterday's terrorist attack on a wedding party in the Turkish city of Gaziantep an act that was reportedly carried out by a suicide bomber and killed at least 50 people.
SOP newswire3UN Concerned About Health of Detained Palestinian Hunger Striker - A senior United Nations official today expressed a deep concern about the deteriorating health of a Palestinian detainee on hunger strike for more than two months in protest of his detention after completing a 14.5-year prison sentence.
SOP newswire3UN Marks 'World Humanitarian Day' - World Humanitarian Day is an annual reminder of the need to act to alleviate suffering.
SOP newswire3Military Strikes Target ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3South Sudan: Hundreds of Children Recruited into Armed Groups - Reporting that 650 children have been recruited into armed groups in South Sudan since January, the United Nations Children's Fund called today for an immediate end to recruitment and an unconditional release of all children by armed actors.
SOP newswire3Photo of Boy Pulled from Rubble Reminder of Horrors Syrian Children Face - The heart breaking photograph of Omran Daqneesh, the little boy sitting alone in an ambulance with his face and body covered in blood and dirt after being pulled from a destroyed building has reminded the world, yet again, of the unimaginable horrors that Syrian children face every day.
SOP newswire3DoD: Syrian Regime Airstrikes Near Hasakah Put Coalition Forces at Risk - U.S. planes were scrambled yesterday over northeastern Syria after two Syrian air force SU-24 attack planes conducted strikes near Hasakah while coalition forces were conducting operations there as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, Defense Department spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said today.
SOP newswire3Syria: Citing Lack of Action, UN Envoy Cuts Short Humanitarian Taskforce Meeting - The United Nations envoy for Syria abruptly suspended the regular international humanitarian taskforce meeting in Geneva today shortly after it started, saying it made no sense to continue unless there is a pause in the fighting so aid convoys could reach besieged areas of the war-ravaged country.
SOP newswire3UN Urges Philippines to End Wave of Extrajudicial Killings Amid Major Drug Crackdown - Amid a recent massive anti-crime and anti-drug crackdown in the Philippines that has claimed the lives of more than 850 suspected criminals, two United Nations human rights experts today urged the Government to end the wave of extrajudicial executions and killings.
SOP newswire3UN Reports Reveal Mixed Progress on Efforts to End Child Refugee Detention - Asylum-seekers and refugees still [face] the risk of indefinite detention in one-third of the focus countries due to the absence in law of a maximum time limit in detention.
SOP newswire3Yemen: Ban Calls for End to Hostilities as Ground Fighting, Airstrikes Escalate - Alarmed by escalating airstrikes and ground fighting in Yemen and along the Saudi Arabia-Yemen border since, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon repeated his call on all the parties to the conflict to immediately cease all hostilities and for the Yemeni parties to return to the recently-ended direct talks facilitated by his envoy.
SOP newswire3Obama's Response to Flooding in Louisiana - President Obama has ordered federal aid to help state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by flooding.
SOP newswire3U.S. Airstrikes Hit ISIL Targets in Libya - U.S. Africa Command officials today announced results of precision airstrikes conducted Aug. 16, against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets in Sirte, Libya.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Congratulates Zambia on Peaceful Elections - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the people of Zambia for the peaceful and orderly presidential, parliamentary and local elections, as well as the referendum on the Bill of Rights, held on 11 August.
SOP newswire3Local Forces Clear Manbij in Syria After Seizing Control From ISIL - After seizing control on Friday of the Syrian city Manbij from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Syrian Arab Coalition element of the Syrian Democratic Forces are clearing the city to make it safe for returning civilians, the Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said today.
SOP newswire3UN Combats Spread of Cattle Disease in Europe - The International Atomic Energy Agency started a programme to train European laboratory staff on how to use nuclear-derived techniques to detect lumpy skin disease " a highly infectious cowpox virus spreading across the continent.
SOP newswire3UN: Ethiopia Will Need Global Support in Race to Prepare for Main Planting Season - Seasonal floods, resulting in crop damage and inundation of pastures, following a severe El Niño-induced drought in Ethiopia may be further exacerbated by its cool weather counterpart, La Niña, expected from October onwards, the United Nations agricultural agency has warned.
SOP newswire3Yemen: Ban Condemns Coalition Airstrike on Hospital that Killed 11 People - Reiterating his call on all warring parties in Yemen to immediately implement the cessation of hostilities, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the reported coalition airstrike yesterday on a hospital in the rural town of Hajjah that killed 11 people.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Massacre of Civilians in DR Congo - United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region Said Djinnit has strongly condemned the massacre of dozens of civilians during an overnight attack in Beni, located in restive eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter Hails Liberation of Key Syrian City From ISIL Control - With the key Syrian city of Manbij liberated after a months-long battle to expel Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, Defense Secretary Ash Carter today issued a statement congratulating those responsible.
SOP newswire3Louisiana National Guard Continues Flood Fight - Since operations began Aug. 12, the Louisiana National Guard has rescued nearly 3,400 people and 400 pets in 12 parishes from heavy flash flooding.
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