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Upsurge in big earthquakes predicted for 2018 as Earth rotation slows

Upsurge in big earthquakes predicted for 2018 as Earth rotation slows

"So far we have only had about six severe earthquakes. We could easily have 20 a year starting in 2018.”

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NZ extends $2.5m aid to Mindanao farm sector

NZ extends $2.5m aid to Mindanao farm sector

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said the aid would be used to restore the agricultural livelihood of residents affected by armed conflict, drought and flooding.

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The role of civil society in accountability systems: A human rights perspective

The role of civil society in accountability systems: A human rights perspective

Civil society has a crucial role to play in supporting progress in education, including by holding governments to account for tackling the numerous abuses that keep children out of school.

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Aid given in cash improves health and spurs school attendance, say researchers

Aid given in cash improves health and spurs school attendance, say researchers

A review published this week flies in the face of criticism from the anti-aid brigade, showing that cash handouts have measurable benefits.

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'Political watershed' as 19 countries pledge to phase out coal

'Political watershed' as 19 countries pledge to phase out coal

New pledges were made by Mexico, New Zealand, Denmark and Angola for the Powering Past Coal Alliance, which is led by the UK and Canada.

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Improved early warning systems protect the most vulnerable

Improved early warning systems protect the most vulnerable

Early results of Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems initiative presented at climate change conference.

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Q&A: 'There has been a shifting of goalposts at COP23'

Q&A: 'There has been a shifting of goalposts at COP23'

The coalition of African civil society groups is calling on developed countries to make more concrete commitments of funding for adaptation and to combat climate change before 2020.

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One in 10 children work, UN agency reports at start of conference to end underage labour

One in 10 children work, UN agency reports at start of conference to end underage labour

A United Nations co-organized conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is underway aimed at eliminating child labour.

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Pictures reveal Iran and Iraq earthquake, the deadliest of 2017

Pictures reveal Iran and Iraq earthquake, the deadliest of 2017

The tremor has killed at least 402 people and has devastated local communities.

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A shot across the bows from The Hague as ICC investigates Burundi

A shot across the bows from The Hague as ICC investigates Burundi

Judges of the ICC are sending a message to perpetrators of such crimes across the world: pulling out of this tribunal won't let you off the hook.

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