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N.Korea to build more nuclear bombs after UN vote

north korea flag A defiant North Korea on Saturday vowed to build more nuclear bombs and to start enriching uranium for a new weapons programme after the UN Security Council imposed sanctions over last month’s nuclear test. The North Korea, describing Friday’s sanctions resolution as a “vile product” of a US-inspired campaign, said it would never abandon nuclear weapons and would treat any attempt to blockade it as an act of war. Full Story : YahooNews.com….

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U.S. will boycott U.N. conference on racism

US flagThe United States will boycott a United Nations conference on racism next week, the U.S. State Department said on Saturday, citing objectionable language in the meeting’s draft declaration. The United States and Israel walked out of that 2001 conference when Arab states tried to define Zionism as racist. Full Story : Reuters.com….

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US may boycott racism conference

unThe US is likely to boycott a UN racism conference, reports suggest, saying a text drawn up for the event criticises Israel and restricts freedom of speech. Full Story : BBC.com

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@ a glance : UN headquarters in Gaza hit by Israeli ‘white phosphorus’ shells

The main UN compound in Gaza was in flames today after being struck by Israeli artillery fire, and a spokesman said that the building had been hit by shells containing the incendiary agent white phosphorus. Full Story : Timesonline……..

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U.N. chief Ask Rich nations to help Africa

Africa PovertyUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the world’s rich nations to spend $72 billion a year to help Africa to fight poverty, improve health and ensure universal primary education. He pointed out the estimated $267 billion spent last year on agricultural subsidies by the world’s richest nations. In 2006, 34 of the 50 nations on the UN list of least developed countries are in Africa.

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Birth of Two New Nations.

Two new nationsRussia formally recognizes the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Leaders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which have had de facto independence since the early 1990s, thanked Russia. The US state department had said that recognition of the two provinces’ independence would be “a violation of Georgian territorial integrity” and “inconsistent with international law”. Russian president Medvedev called on all other countries to follow suit.‚ÄúThat was a no easy choice to make, but it is the sole chance of saving people‚Äôs lives,‚Äù he said. US and western European countries recognized Kosovo’s independence early this year amid strong protection from Russia. There are 192 member countries in United Nations, even though Kosovo and Vatican City are recognized as independent countries they are not members of UN. With the addition of two new countries there are 196 countries in the world now.

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UN faces new sex scandal in Haiti

Sri Lanka114 Sri Lankan soldiers who were on peace-keeping missions on Haiti are to be charged with sexual exploitation and abuse against children. After an investigation into pending charges against Sri Lankan troops in Haiti, the OIOS, the UN’s investigative arm has concluded that ‚Äúacts of sexual exploitation and abuse (against children) were frequent and occurred usually at night, and at virtually every location where the contingent personnel were deployed‚Äù Virtually all of the 114 troops were repatriated last November on ‚Äòdisciplinary grounds‚Äô. Virtually all of the 114 troops were repatriated last November on ‚Äòdisciplinary grounds‚Äô. The repatriation, described as one of the biggest single withdrawals of soldiers from a UN peacekeeping mission,

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