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Obama calls for action to prevent more tragic shootings

US President Barack Obama has urged Americans to “come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies” like the one that took place last Friday.

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Obama leads Americans in mourning Newtown victims

US President Barack Obama shed tears today as he led the country in mourning 20 children and six women who were shot dead by a lone gunman at Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Ban: Everyone has right to be heard

Today is Human Rights Day. The day presents an opportunity to celebrate human rights, highlight a specific issue, and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere.
The following is the message from the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to mark Human Rights Day.

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Women and girls forced to marry spend their lifetime in slavery – UN expert

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Contemporary forms of Slavery, Gulnara Shahinian has warned that women and girls forced to marry end up in servile marriages for the rest of their lives.

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UN Committee: Ban Female Genital Mutilation

UN General Assembly’s human rights committee has adopted a resolution against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

This is the first time the Assembly’s Third Committee, which addresses social, humanitarian and human rights issues, has adopted a resolution on FGM.

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