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G-24 calls for increased financing for developing nations battling inflation, high debts

The bloc called for increased channeling of Special Drawing Rights (SDR) from donor countries to needy countries The G-24 on Tuesday called for a variety of steps to increase the financing available to developing countries of the world amid tight external financing conditions, inflationary pressures, and high debt levels. The international group of 24 nations, …

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World Health Organization Raises Alarm as Viral Hepatitis Claims 3,500 Lives Daily

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 2024 Global Hepatitis Report, the number of lives lost due to viral hepatitis is increasing. The disease is the second leading infectious cause of death globally — with 1.3 million deaths per year, the same as tuberculosis, a top infectious killer. The report, released at the World Hepatitis Summit, …

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Pope Francis Mourns Volunteers Slain in Gaza, Urges Immediate Ceasefire in Renewed Plea for Peace

Pope Francis renewed his call for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. During his general audience, the Pontiff of the Catholic Church expressed his “deep sorrow” at the death of volunteers from the NGO World Central Kitchen. Francis once again called for “access to humanitarian aid” for “exhausted and suffering civilians”. “Unfortunately, we continue to …

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UN Assembly Unites: Resolution Backs Ongoing Efforts to Eliminate ‘Blood Diamonds’ Trade

The UN general assembly adopted Wednesday (Apr. 03) a resolution on the role of diamonds in fuelling conflict and expressing concern regarding the unprecedented challenges faced by the Kimberley Process. The representative of Russia, which produces nearly a third of the world’s diamonds, deplored the challenges. “Unfortunately, driven by the notion of their own exceptionalism, …

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Arab League officials condemn Israel for airstrike that killed aid workers

Representatives of the Arab League held an emergency meeting in Cairo on Wednesday to discuss the war in Gaza, and the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the region. The meeting comes after Israeli airstrikes on aid workers delivering food in Gaza killed at least seven people — a loss that prompted multiple charities to suspend food …

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Sweet stores report rise in demand for sugary treats during Ramadan

Fasting from dawn until dusk is a core practice during Ramadan, serving as a means of purifying the soul, fostering empathy for the less fortunate, and drawing closer to God. But amid the emphasis on spiritual growth and discipline, for some the allure of indulgent sweets and desserts remains strong. Sweet shops, like this one …

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Gaza War: UN Security Council Passes First Resolution Urging Ceasefire in Gaza Conflict

The UN Security Council on Monday (Mar. 25) passed a resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza for the month of Ramadan.** It also demanded the release of all hostages taken captive during Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack in southern Israel.  The vote comes after six months of deadlock at the council’s which has primary responsibility …

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UN chief says it’s time to ‘truly flood’ Gaza with aid and calls starvation there an outrage

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday reiterated calls for an immediate cease-fire in war-torn Gaza and to allow humanitarian aid to reach the starving population in the coastal enclave. “Looking at Gaza, it almost appears that the four horsemen of war, famine, conquest and death are galloping across it. That is why the time …

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