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"Son preference" fuels discrimination against women

UN agencies say it violates women’s right and must stop

Gender-biased sex selection reflects and fuels a culture of discrimination and violence against women, five UN agencies have said.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the World Health Organization (WHO), said “son preference” must be addressed urgently by all segments of government and society as a matter of women’s human rights.
 

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Italy to sign immigration accord with Libya’s TNC

Italy will tomorrow sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Libyan Transitional National Council (TNC) to fight illegal immigration, Foreign Affairs Minister Franco Frattini has said.

The agreement will also address the issue of deportation of illegal immigrants, he said. Mr. Frattini confirmed that the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) will be fully involved.
 

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Racism and intolerance taking root in Europe - ECRI

Racism and intolerance are becoming rooted in European societies as the economic crisis gives strength to extremist messages, Europe's leading anti-racist body has warned.

In its annual report, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), says that racism is no longer limited to the fringes of society and that mainstream politicians are increasingly using xenophobic and anti-Muslim arguments and calling referenda targeting non-citizens and religious minorities.

"Legal means alone do not seem sufficient to counter this trend. More needs to be done," the report states.
 

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Green praises gateway refugees' contribution to life in UK

Immigration minister Damian Green has met some of the world’s most vulnerable refugees, who are now building new lives in the UK.

The refugees spoke to him about their experiences ahead of Refugee Week.

Mr. Green travelled to a project in Sheffield to learn more about the lives of the more than 3,300 people safely settled across the country through the Gateway Protection Programme (GPP), since it began in 2002.
 

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Pasta is world’s favourite food – Global survey

Oxfam: Let’s act “quickly to fix things and make sure that everyone has enough to eat”

Pasta is the world’s favourite food, narrowly beating meat or rice dishes and pizza, a new global survey by Oxfam into the way the world eats today has revealed.

The results of the independent poll across 17 countries show the spread of Western diets across the world. Although national dishes are still popular – such as paella in Spain, schnitzel in Germany and biryani in India – pizza and pasta are now the favourite foods of many, with more than half of the countries (nine out of 17) listing one or both in their top three foods.
 

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