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West African Leaders Plan Peacekeeping Force to Counter ‘Coup Belt’ Reputation

West African leaders said on Sunday they would establish a regional peacekeeping force to intervene in member states to help restore security and constitutional order in a region that has witnessed several coups in the past two years. West and Central Africa has made strides in the past decade to shed its reputation as a […]

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UN says US$51.5 bln aid campaign hopes to help 222 mln hungry people

UN humanitarians said 222 million hungry people top the target list the US$51.5 billion aid campaign for 2023 aims to help. The 2023 Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO), launched by the United Nations in partnership with nongovernmental organizations and other partners, paints a stark picture of what lies ahead, the UN Office for the Coordination of […]

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Built to Disappear: World Cup Stadium 974

DOHA, QATAR — Of the seven stadiums Qatar built for the World Cup, one will disappear after the tournament. That’s what the games’ organizers have said about Stadium 974 in Doha — a port-side structure with more than 40,000 seats partially built from recycled shipping containers and steel. Qatar says the stadium will be fully […]

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Heightened Financing, Women and Youth Participation Vital for Peace Efforts, Speakers Tell Economic and Social Council, Peacebuilding Commission

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL PEACEBUILDING COMMISSION, JOINT MEETING (AM) Multiple Conflicts Fuel Food Insecurity, Forced Displacement, Humanitarian Needs, Stresses Economic and Social Council Chief Enhanced coordination, adequate resources and increased integration of women and youth are necessary for delivering on sustainable peace and development, delegates heard at a joint meeting of the Economic and Social […]

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Religious Freedom Designations

Around the world, governments and non-state actors harass, threaten, jail, and even kill individuals on account of their beliefs. In some instances, they stifle individuals’ freedom of religion or belief to exploit opportunities for political gain. These actions sow division, undermine economic security, and threaten political stability and peace. The United States will not stand […]