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Pakistani teen shot by Taliban to headline UN Youth Assembly to encourage education for all

A new report released to mark the 16th birthday of a Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls says 57 million children around the world are not going to school, and half live in conflict-affected countries. The U.N. education and cultural agency UNESCO and Save the Children released the study ahead of Friday's first public appearance at the United Nations by Malala Yousafzai, who returned to school in March after medical treatment in Britain for injuries she suffered in the October attack.

Central African Republic in chaos, abandoned: MSF

BANGUI (Reuters) - Armed groups in Central African Republic have forced thousands to flee and pushed government and medical services close to collapse four months after rebels seized the capital, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) said on Tuesday. Attacks and looting were common in Bangui, where a transitional government that includes some of the rebels has failed to keep order, MSF said in a report ahead of a visit by U.N. and European Union humanitarian chiefs on Thursday.

C. Africa headed for health meltdown

The Central African Republic faces a meltdown in health care affecting millions of people after a coup in Bangui by rebels of the Seleka coalition, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned in a report Tuesday. Following the March coup that plunged the poor, landlocked country of some 4.5 million people into chaos, vital health resources have been pillaged and aid is struggling to trickle through to those in need, said MSF.

N. Korea starts to lend farmland to city workers to solve food shortage

SEOUL, June 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has started to lend state-owned farmland to city laborers as part of efforts to solve chronic food shortages, a local group said Wednesday, "Since mid-May, the North started to lend state-owned cooperative farmland to city workers as part of its various efforts to solve serious food shortage problems for city workers," the North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity said in a press conference, citing inside sources in the North.

80pc households have no exposure to extension services: Survey

About 80 percent of farm households in the country do not have any exposure to government agricultural extension services, a seminar was told on Thursday.

CARP beneficiaries enjoy legal enterprise services

CARP beneficiaries and their organizations need not go to private lawyers for their legal services relating to their farm enterprises.The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has recently conceptualized and trained in-house legal and support services teams to undertake enterprise lawyering for them.These teams can assist the beneficiaries and their organizations in securing production credit, ensuring the legal requirements for market agreements, acquiring better understanding of agri-insurance contracts and other legal requirements for starting and maintaining an enterprise.<

NK human rights-UN

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS/LONDON, March 21 (Yonhap) -- A United Nations body voted Thursday to embark on a formal investigation into human rights violations in North Korea, a move viewed as largely symbolic but significant in sending a message to Pyongyang. In a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, the U.N. Human Rights Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for the establishment of a three-member Commission of Inquiry on North Korean Human Rights for a one-year mission. The time of its operation can be extended.

DR Congo rebels dismiss 'biased' UN rights report

The rebel force active in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has dismissed as "cruelly biased" a UN report that denounced a poor human rights record and led to UN sanctions against the group. The Movement of March 23 (M23) rebels have been fighting the army since May in the fertile but highly unstable North Kivu province. A UN report published late last year accused the rebels of serious atrocities such as rape, murder and forced recruitment. The UN experts also accused Rwanda and Uganda of backing M23, an allegation that the neighbouring countries deny.
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