• After many churches in Orissa state in India were burned in 2008 riots, Christians began attending house churches, where they are relatively safe and can learn about the Bible

    Christians in India Fear Increasing Hindu Nationalist Attacks

    by  • January 28, 2015 • 
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    Three world leaders visiting India in recent days have found reason to speak publicly about the importance of diversity and tolerance. First, it was the World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim, then United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. But the most pointed remarks came from President Barack Obama, who was an official guest at India’s...

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    UN Peacekeepers Who Turned Predatory in Haiti

    by  • January 20, 2015 • 
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      On Jan. 23, the members of the United Nations Security Council will head to Haiti. It’s safe to assume that they will focus on the political crisis: because parliamentary elections were not held by Haiti’s legislative deadline, the current government, headed by President Michel Martelly, is now ruling by decree. It’s also safe...

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    The US Names a Negotiator for the Next Set of Development Goals

    by  • January 26, 2015 • 
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    Tony Pipa, a US government official, will negotiate his

    Tony Pipa has been named the principal United States negotiator for the United Nations post-2015 development agenda, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals, which are being written and finalized this year to replace the soon-expiring Millennium Development Goals. The appointment reflects US efforts to become more fully engaged in the process of UN...

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    What Matters Most in Choosing the Next UN Chief? Politics, Geography and Maybe Gender

    by  • January 21, 2015 • 
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    Ban Ki-moon, his wife, Yoo Soon-taek, meet with former Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar in Lima, Peru.

    The post of United Nations secretary-general may or may not be “the world’s most impossible job,” as its first occupant, Trygve Lie, a Norwegian, once described it. In any case, UN members must choose a successor to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon well before the close of 2016. Some potential candidates are already campaigning for the...

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    As Drugs to Fight Ebola Get Tested, Questions Linger About Medical Incentives

    by  • January 15, 2015 • 
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    As anti-Ebola vaccines and treatments finally undergo fast-track testing, public health advocates say that governments’ repeated failure to create global norms for coordinating and financing medical advances is a major reason behind the struggle to produce medicine fast enough to end the scourge quickly. Medical officials fighting Ebola in West Africa say the development...

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