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For the first time, LGBT rights will be formally institutionalized into the human rights mechanisms of the United Nations

The UN Human Rights Council today voted in a hotly contested decision to create a new “independent expert” to probe human rights violations against LGBT people worldwide.

The International Development Implications of Brexit

Both the European Union and the United Kingdom are important players in international development, in fact the EU is the single largest foreign aid provider; and the United Kingdom’s own aid programs, run by the Department for International Development, or DfID, are considered some of the more innovative agencies in this space.Also, the UK is one of just a few countries to actually have met a commitment to spend 0.7% of its gross national income on global development.

South Sudan Faces Unprecedented Food Crisis

Another dire warning regarding the humanitarian situation in South Sudan…“Up to 4.8 million people in South Sudan face severe food shortages in coming months, the highest level since a conflict erupted more than two years ago, U.N.

After Brexit, Thousands of Refugees Stuck in France May Actually Get Easier Access to the UK

This was probably not a contingency that “Leave” voters even considered a possibility. The Brexit fallout contains multitudes, and there is now a good chance that thousands of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants will soon have a far easier time making it to British soil. This could bring the Syrian refugee crisis to the UK in a way it has largely escaped until now.

These Innovations Yield Big Results for Nepalese Farmers (VIDEO)

Nepal is one of the poorest countries in Asia. And the poorest Nepalese are often rural subsistence farmers.

Latest from Istanbul

At time of publication, casualties were mounting in a terrorist attack at the Ataturk airport in Istanbul.

The UN is electing new members of the Security Council today. This is a big deal

UN Member States will elect five new members of the Security Council today. These elections are to replace five countries who are rotating out of the Security Council next year when their two year term as non-permanent members expire.

It’s Election Day!

For the Security Council, that is. Five new non-permanent members of the Security Council will take up their seats on January 1 next year.

What the evolution of human culture can teach us about international relations

Stewart Patrick is an international relations scholar with a background in studying human evolution. As you might imagine, that combination makes for some fascinating conversation.

Here’s what a new UN report says about trends in global drug use

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime just released its annual drug report. In summary, things are okay.

Another Hotel Attack in Africa

This attack comes just weeks after another al Shebaab strike on a hotel that left ten people killed. A junior minister was among 11 people killed in an attack by Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab militants on a hotel in the Somali capital, the foreign ministry said Sunday.

Big Implications at the UN for Brexit

In some ways, not much will change at the United Nations for the United Kingdom. It will, for example, remain on the Security Council as a veto-wielding permanent member.

Peace at Last!

A ceasefire between FARC and the Colombian government has been signed, ending 50 years of warfare. “‘May this be the last day of the war,’” said Farc chief Timoleón “Timochenko” Jiménez, his voice choked with tears.

The Global Dev Implications of Brexit

The vote today could have a significant impact on global development spending. “Aid projects are on hold, careers are in limbo, and new contracts are on the line as Britain votes on June 23 whether to leave or remain within the European Union.

Trouble in the South China Sea — What You Need to Know about this Escalating Conflict

You’ve probably heard about the dispute in the South China Sea. And if you have heard about it, you are probably aware that it involves disputed territorial claims between China and its neighbors, and that in defense of American allies in the region, the US navy is positioning military assets in the area.


Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives debated an amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act that would have banned the U.S.

A Hollow Victory in the Battle for Fallujah?

For two years, Fallujah has been occupied by the Islamic State. The city of 300,000 is situated just 40 miles outside of Baghdad.

Riots in Pretoria

Meanwhile, there were reports that an ANC member was shot dead in a meeting in Pretoria to pick ANC candidates.

“We are losing our lives sitting here.” Two Thousand Refugees Are Trapped on a Tiny Greek Island

To many, they are considered the lucky ones. By arriving on Greek shores before March 20, they are not subject to the automatic deportation back to Turkey mandated in the EU-Turkey migration deal.

DRC Declares Yellow Fever Outbreak

Meanwhile, the global yellow fever vaccine supply is under heavy stress. ”DR Congo on Monday declared a yellow fever outbreak in the capital Kinshasa, home to more than ten million people, and in two other western provinces.