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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 newswire3UN Condemns Assassinations in Burundi - The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the increasing number of attacks against high-level officials in Burundi and called for proper investigations to be carried out.
SOP newswire3UN: Syrian Truce Barely Alive - The United Nations envoy mediating a resolution to the crisis in Syria warned that the latest round of talks was overshadowed by a substantial deterioration of the cessation of hostilities.
SOP newswire3Counter-ISIL Effort Makes Gains in Iraq, Syria - The United States military is addressing the transnational nature of the threat that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant poses, but the most dangerous threat remains the core of ISIL in Iraq and Syria, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.
SOP newswire3Libya: UN Envoy Concerned by Terrorist Attacks on Oil Fields - The most senior UN official in Libya said he is concerned by recent incursions by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant into Libya`s oil crescent region and by attacks carried on oil fields.
SOP newswire3Ecuador: Quake Damage to Schools Impacts 120,000 Children - More than 280 schools have been damaged by the earthquake that hit Ecuador on 16 April, leaving up to 120,000 children temporarily without education.
SOP newswire3U.S. Airmen Support Earthquake Relief Efforts in Ecuador - The United States, in coordination with the Ecuadorian government, deployed 12 Air Force airmen to Ecuador this week to support ongoing international relief efforts for victims of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the South American country April 16.
SOP newswire3Dunford Explores Ways to Better-Integrate Counter-Extremism Efforts - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with British Chief of Defense Staff Gen. Sir Nicholas Houghton and other defense leaders in London yesterday to look at broadening efforts against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and other extremist groups.
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 newswire3Chairman Seeks to Solidify Military-to-Military Relations With Egypt - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visited Cairo this week for the second time in as many months to meet with senior Egyptian leaders in an effort to solidify military-to-military relations with this critical American partner in the Middle East.
SOP newswire3Security Council Deplores Maritime Tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea - The United Nations Security Council has deplored the recent maritime tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea that resulted in up to 500 deaths when an overcrowded boat capsized en route from Libya to Europe.
SOP newswire3Security Council Condemns Firing of Ballistic Missile by DPR Korea - The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile yesterday by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
SOP newswire3Iraqi Forces Must Maintain Pressure on ISIL - Now is not the time to stop and regroup in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford said after leaving Baghdad.
SOP newswire3Strikes Continue Against 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 newswire3Rising Political Tensions in Congo - The head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has expressed serious concern about rising political tensions in some parts of the country.
SOP newswire3Narrative, Momentum in Anti-ISIL Fight Has Shifted to Iraqis - The narrative and the momentum in Iraq has definitely shifted from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to Iraq and its coalition allies, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the conclusion of his latest trip here.
SOP newswire3Thousands Fleeing Burundi - One year after the crisis in Burundi began, the United Nations refugee agency today said that almost 260,000 people have fled the country.
SOP newswire3Joint Task Force Bravo Helps to Fight Wildfires in Panama - Members of Joint Task Force Bravo deployed to Panama last week to help fight wildfires that threatened lives in the country`s Darien province, a Pentagon spokesman said today.
SOP newswire3Hundreds Evacuated From Four Besieged Areas in Syria - Some 500 people were medically evacuated from several besieged areas in Ssyria.
SOP newswire3U.S. Military Delivers 30 Tons of Supplies for Japan Earthquake Relief - The U.S. military has delivered more than 30 tons of supplies to help the people of Japan following two powerful, deadly earthquakes there, a Pentagon spokesman said here today.
SOP newswire3UN Says Up to 500 Lives Lost After Boat Sinks in Mediterranean - The United Nations refugee agency said today that as many as 500 people may have lost their lives this past week when an overcrowded boat carrying refugees and migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea at an unknown location between Libya and Italy.
SOP newswire3UN Helping Ecuador Recover From Earthquake - United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O`Brien said that more than 21,000 people are in need of immediate shelter following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter Lauds Denmark`s Expansion of Counter-ISIL Role - Defense Secretary Ash Carter today welcomed the decision by the Danish Parliament to expand Denmark`s role in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter, Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Reaffirm Security Partnership - Defense Secretary Ash Carter met today with Saudi Arabia's defense minister, Deputy Crown Prince "Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where the two leaders affirmed the longtime security partnership between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, according to a statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook issued today.
SOP newswire3Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIL 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 newswire3Ash Carter Thanks U.S. Troops During Baghdad Visit - The men and women of the United States military have made enormous progress toward defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told troops in Baghdad yesterday.
SOP newswire3Afghanistan: UN Condemns Taliban Attack in Kabul - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan condemned the Taliban attack in Kabul that killed nine people.
SOP newswire3UN Envoy Announces Delay in Yemen Peace Talks - The United Nations envoy for Yemen has announced that the start of the Yemeni-Yemeni peace negotiations set to begin today in Kuwait has been postponed.
SOP newswire3Ecuador: UN Food Convoy Heads to Quake-ravaged Areas - The United Nations food relief agency has sent a convoy to assist some 8,000 people severely affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the coast of Ecuador.
SOP newswire3U.S. Forces in Japan Prepare to Support Earthquake Relief Efforts - U.S. forces in Japan are preparing to provide operational airlift in support of the Japanese government's relief efforts following yesterday's devastating earthquake near Kumamoto.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter Discusses ISIL, Iran with U.S. Airmen in United Arab Emirates - Defense Secretary Ash Carter discussed the two I`s " ISIL and Iran -- with U.S. airmen at Al-Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates yesterday.
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