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Japan’s energy imports rose after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami

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Japan’s trade deficit quadrupled in March as export growth slowed and energy imports continued to rise. A weak Japanese currency, which pushed up the cost of imports, also contributed to the widening gap. The deficit rose to 1.45 trillion yen ($14bn; £8.4bn), up from 356.9bn yen during the same month a year ago. Japan’s energy imports have More...

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On Thursday, April 17th, 2014
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Ban reiterates the need for 2015 global agreement on disaster risk

Sendai, Japan, which will host the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015. Photo: UNISDR Disaster risk reduction and climate change are closely linked, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed, More...

Chinese leaders are pushing for reforms to boost growth at home
On Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
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China’s economy expands by 7.4% in three months

Chinese leaders are pushing for reforms to boost growth at home China’s economy expanded by 7.4% in the first quarter of the year, better than what many were expecting. But it is a slowdown from 7.7% growth More...

China's demand for gold shows no sign of letting up
On Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
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China is hungry for gold

China’s demand for gold shows no sign of letting up China’s demand for gold is set to rise by about 20% over the next few years, the World Gold Council has estimated, as the population becomes more wealthy. The More...

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On Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
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Nepals Amnesties Bill Raises Grave Concerns for UN

Candles at a memorial event form the number 13,246, the official count of Nepalis killed as of May 2006. Photo: RP Humagai The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today voiced grave concern at a More...

On Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
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Afghans presidential poll partial results welcomed

Welcoming today’s announcement of the first batch of results in Afghanistan’s Presidential elections as a further step towards completing the electoral process, the United Nations Assistance Mission More...

Las Bambas is one of the largest mines in Xstrata's portfolio
On Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
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China group acquires Glencore Peru copper mine

Las Bambas is one of the largest mines in Xstrata’s portfolio A Chinese consortium is buying Glencore Xstrata’s copper mine in Peru in a $6bn (£3.6bn) all-cash deal, marking one of China’s largest More...

On Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
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UN mission calls for patience in Afghan as partial results come in

Welcoming today’s announcement of the first batch of results in Afghanistan’s Presidential elections as a further step towards completing the electoral process, the United Nations Assistance Mission More...

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On Saturday, April 12th, 2014
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Investigation into attacks on aid workers in Myanmar welcomed

The top United Nations official in Myanmar welcomed the Government’s condemnation of the recent attacks against UN and non-governmental organization (NGO) premises in Sittwe, and its commitment to see perpetrators More...

On Saturday, April 12th, 2014
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UN Rights Office regret the execution of Ramiro Hernandez

The United Nations human rights office today voiced deep regret at the execution of Mexican national Ramiro Hernandez Llanas in Texas on Wednesday, noting that the United States is in breach of international law More...



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