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Mexico Legalizes Medical Marijuana

A decree issued by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto today confirmed that Mexico has legalized cannabis for medicinal use after overwhelming support from Mexico’s Lower House of Congress. Peña Nieto was once a vehement opponent of cannabis legalization, but has since called for a re-examination of global drug policy after a nationwide public debate on […]

Argentina police believe they have found the biggest collection of Nazi artifacts in the country’s history.

Argentina police believe they have found the biggest collection of Nazi artifacts in the country’s history.

  In a hidden room in a house near Argentina’s capital, police believe they have found the biggest collection of Nazi artifacts in the country’s history, including a bust relief of Adolf Hitler and magnifying glasses inside elegant boxes with swastikas. Some 75 objects were found in a collector’s home in Beccar, a suburb north […]

Political will, financial support needed to bolster new approach to cholera in Haiti

Political will, financial support needed to bolster new approach to cholera in Haiti

The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has partnered with Haitian Agencies to combat cholera by providing clean water The United Nations deputy chief today called on Member States to fund the Organization’s new strategy to counter cholera in Haiti, stressing that the initiative is facing a critical shortage of resources. “Without additional resources, the […]

Ex-Panama dictator Manuel Noriega dies at age 83

Ex-Panama dictator Manuel Noriega dies at age 83

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega has died at the age of 83, Panama’s president, Juan Carlos Varela, tweeted late on Monday. The Panamanian President said in a tweet that “the death of Manuel A. Noriega closes a chapter in our history.” Noriega had been a staunch pro-American ruler and alleged CIA asset, but he was […]

With focus on natural disasters, UN risk reduction forum opens in Mexico

With focus on natural disasters, UN risk reduction forum opens in Mexico

Opening a major United Nations conference on risk reduction in Cancun, Mexico, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed cautioned that the world would not reach its development goals without tackling climate change and disaster risk. “Human and economic losses from disasters cannot continue at current levels if we are going to progress with the Sustainable Development Goals,” […]

UN expert urges Dominican Republic to place child protection at core of tourism strategy

UN expert urges Dominican Republic to place child protection at core of tourism strategy

Those who come to the Dominican Republic to sexually exploit children must know that they will be punished, a United Nations independent expert said, urging the Government to put child protection at the centre of its tourism strategy. At the end of her first official visit to the Dominican Republic, the UN Special Rapporteur on […]

UN agency supports recovery of some 7,000 farmers from Peru El Niño floods, landslides

UN agency supports recovery of some 7,000 farmers from Peru El Niño floods, landslides

In the wake of the heavy rains, floods and landslides that hit Peru earlier this year, the United Nations agriculture agency said today that it is working with the Government to assist some 7,000 mostly small-scale farmers to restore their capacity to produce crops and feed their families. Citing preliminary estimates, the Food and Agricultural […]

‘Get your dirty hands out of Venezuela’ – President Nicolas Maduro to Donald Trump

‘Get your dirty hands out of Venezuela’ – President Nicolas Maduro to Donald Trump

The United States should “get out of Venezuela,” the country’s leader, Nicolas Maduro, said after Washington slapped Venezuelan top judiciary officials with sanctions to “support” the Venezuelan people. The new sanctions package, targeting the chief judge and seven other members of Venezuela’s Supreme Court, was imposed by the US Treasury to “advance democratic governance” in […]

Brazil sees protests as President Michel Temer faces accusations of corruption and obstruction of justice

Brazil sees protests as President Michel Temer faces accusations of corruption and obstruction of justice

Brazil’s political crisis headed into a weekend dominated by protests and President Michel Temer’s attempt to secure enough allies to save himself after being accused of obstructing justice. Temer needs to maintain sufficient backing in Congress to ward off calls for his impeachment barely a year after he took over in the wake of his […]

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