France sees labour reform protests

22 September 2017

Unions staged new protests Thursday against an overhaul of France's labour laws, hoping to build pressure on President Emmanuel Macron days before his flagship reforms are expected to enter into force.

The marches and strikes come a week after hundreds of thousands of people -- 200,000 according to police, half a million according to organisers -- demonstrated against the measures in the first major challenge to Macron since he was elected in May.

More rallies are expected Saturday, staged by hard-left political party France Unbowed, which will provide another measure of the resistance to 39-year-old Macron's pro-business agenda.

Police said some 16,000 people protested in Paris on Thursday, compared to 24,000 the week before.

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Global blueprints on refugees, safe migration should include protections for children — UNICEF

Global blueprints on refugees, safe migration should include protections for children — UNICEF

01 December 2017

The rights, protection and wellbeing of uprooted children should be central commitments of global migration policies, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday, as it released a new report prior to a meeting next week on safe, regular and orderly migration.

At UN, over $2 billion pledged to help hurricane-affected Caribbean nations ‘build back better’

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22 November 2017

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Vancouver conference delivers 46 new pledges to bolster UN peacekeeping missions

Vancouver conference delivers 46 new pledges to bolster UN peacekeeping missions

17 November 2017

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