U.S. among 40 countries skipping nuclear weapons ban talks
28 March 2017 | 4:42 am
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley says the United States and almost 40 other countries will not join negotiations at the U.N. aimed at agreeing on a nuclear weapons ban treaty.
A new report from the UN's International Labour Organization (ILO) shows that more than 27 million people are engaged in forced labour around the world. This Tuesday, Brussels is announcing new rules to ban goods made with forced labour or those imported into the bloc. The ILO report also raised alarm over the working conditions of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang.
Air pollution linked to carbon emissions causes millions of deaths every year. A coalition of health groups have called for a nonproliferation treaty to end fossil fuel use around the world.
A court in the state of Arizona has upheld a century-old ban on abortions. In response, the White House said it would continue to press Congress to codify the right to abortion recently overturned at the Supreme Court.
US President Joe Biden has declared the pandemic to be "over," but hundreds still die in the US daily. Patient advocates and researchers warn that public health and the economy are still at risk.
The Popular Front of India (PFI) is a Muslim political association the Indian government says is behind violent protests. While many welcome the ban, critics say similar Hindu interest groups should be banned as well.
More judges on India's top court would now be asked to decide whether a ban on the wearing of the Islamic headscarf in educational institutions stands. A lower court's ruling against the hijab already sparked an uproar.
Plastic waste has become a significant source of pollution in India. But the country is struggling to find an alternative to single-use plastics and establish an effective waste management system.
Two thirds of South Sudan's population may face severe food shortages during next year's April-to-July lean season due to floods, drought and conflict, United Nations agencies said on Thursday (November 3). Rachel Judah reports.
Gyms and public baths are now also off limits to Afghan women, the Taliban confirmed Sunday, days after banning them from parks and funfairs.
Humanitarian groups are warning that the situation in Mali risks deteriorating rapidly after Bamako announced a ban on NGOs financed by France. The move came in response to France's decision to cut off public funding to Mali because of its alleged involvement with the Russian paramilitary group Wagner.
Russia's lawmakers backed amendments to an existing law to ban discussions of LGBTQ relationships and issues in public or online among adults as well as children.
London's transport authority banned Qatar tourism ads due to the Gulf state's anti-LGBTQ laws. A spokesperson for Qatar accused London's city's mayor of "virtue signaling" for political points during the World Cup.
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