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France is Killing All of Its Ducks. Here’s Why


Fine foie gras is about to become much more expensive. The French Ministry of Agriculture has made the drastic decision this week to slaughter all farmed ducks in the main foie gras region of the country.

Here’s How US Allies Are Trying to Convince Trump To Take Climate Change Seriously

The US is a month into Donald Trump’s presidency, with at least 47 more to go. His cabinet appointees have largely been confirmed, and they’re beginning to come into contact with their foreign counterparts.

Trump Unveils New Deportation Policy

This move will have broad international implications. “President Trump has directed his administration to more aggressively enforce the nation’s immigration laws, unleashing the full force of the federal government to find, arrest and deport those in the country illegally, regardless of whether they have committed serious crimes.

PHOTOS: Inside the World’s Largest Humanitarian Relief Depot

PHOTOS: Inside the World’s Largest Humanitarian Relief Depot The post PHOTOS: Inside the World’s Largest Humanitarian Relief Depot appeared first on UN Dispatch.

UN Officially Declares “Famine” in South Sudan

The last major famine to strike killed over 200,000 people in Somalia in 2011. ”War and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation in parts of South Sudan where famine was declared today, three UN agencies warned.

What We Know About Ebola’s “Superspreaders:” The tiny fraction of infected people who caused the most infections


New research on the 2014 ebola outbreak reveals important new details about how ebola spread so quickly across Western Africa–and what can be done to stop the next outbreak before it becomes a full blown pandemic.

Beware the Armyworm

The warning from FAO follows a three day meeting in Harare. “Zimbabwe is likely to be the country hardest hit by an outbreak of armyworms that is destroying crops and threatening food security in southern Africa, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday.

An Insider Describes How the Trump Administration is Shaking Up the State Department

Diplomacy runs in Bathsheba Crocker’s family. Sheba and her father Chester Crocker are the first parent-child combination to have both served as Assistant Secretaries of State.

Good News on Yellow Fever

The outbreak killed nearly 1,000 people in DRC and Angola. “Democratic Republic of Congo’s worst yellow fever outbreak in decades has ended two months after Angola declared its epidemic to be over, following a massive U.N.-backed vaccine campaign, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. No new cases have been reported in either country in six months, just over a year after the outbreak began in December 2015 in a slum in Angola’s capital, Luanda, before spreading into neighbouring DRC.

Kenyan Docs Go to Jail

Seven union leaders involved in an ongoing strike have been sentenced to a month in Jail. “The nationwide strike involving thousands of doctors and nurses began on December 5.

It’s A Future of Government Summiy and the Sustainable Development Goals Are Everywhere

(World Government Summit, Dubai) — The World Government Summit is a futuristic event. Some presentations border on science fiction, like the prospect of splicing a jellyfish (the natural world’s most efficient sponge!

The Amount of Sea Ice missing from the Arctic this winter is Roughly Twice the Size of France

Something is very wrong on our planet’s poles. Temperatures soared in the Arctic over the weekend as the storm system that brought snow and freezing rain to the US’s east coast this week pushed warm air into the Arctic.

America’s Relationship to the UN Looms Large In Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ Address to the World Government Summit in Dubai

(World Government Summit, Dubai) — This is the first major international conference since the election of Donald Trump and it is clear that the shifting political landscape in the United States is shaping the conversation here in the Middle East.

North Korea Clearly Wants to Test Trump

The timing is key. “North Korea launched a ballistic missile toward the sea off its eastern coast on Sunday, in what South Korea called the North’s first attempt to test President Trump’s policy on the isolated country.

PODCAST: Is “Gross National Happiness” the New GDP?

(World Government Summit, Dubai) – One of the key themes running through this conference is that happiness is not simply a matter of personal contentment, but should be treated as a public good.

Can Government Make You Happy?

(World Government Summit, Dubai) — The question of whether a government should be responsible for the happiness of its people is at least as old as 1776, when the Declaration of Independence made “happiness” a national aspiration alongside “life” and “liberty.”       In the centuries since, however, that question has largely been abandoned — or at the very least relegated to realm of personal well being.

Refugees in Limbo with Trump’s Executive Order

More than a week after President Trump turned airports into a battleground by signing an Executive Order aimed to drastically curtailing immigration into the US, the fallout continues.

WATCH: This Hotel is Staffed…By Refugees

This hotel in Vienna, Austria is among the most unique in the world. — mostly because of its staff.  It turns out refugees are good for business.

Dadaab Refugee Camp to Stay Open

The Kenyan high court has declared plans to close the world’s largest refugee camp and send more than 300,000 refugees to war-torn Somalia as “unlawful.” The court found that Joseph Nkaissery, Kenya’s interior cabinet minister, acted beyond his powers in ordering the closure of Dadaab, the world’s biggest refugee camp.

PODCAST: New evidence of systematic sexual violence committed against Rohingya people in Myanmar

Crimes against humanity are ongoing in Burma and they are being committed by the state against the Rohingya people.


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