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WHO urges implementation of comprehensive monitoring framework to prevent and control noncommunicable diseases

  WHO urges implementation of comprehensive monitoring framework to prevent and control noncommunicable diseaseS MANILA, 23 October 2013 – The major noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)—cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases—are responsible for 80% of all deaths in the Western Pacific Region. To arrest this silent epidemic, the WHO Regional… Read More


  Progress in TB control can be substantially accelerated by addressing these challenges LONDON / GENEVA, 23 October 2013 – Tuberculosis (TB) treatment has saved the lives of more than  22 million people, according to the WHO Global tuberculosis report 2013 published today.  The report also reveals that the number… Read More

12th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women: Carrying Pacific Voices Beyond the Region

  Carrying Pacific Voices Beyond the Region:  The focus of the Triennial today is forward looking and starts by addressing the upcoming regional and international processes which provide an opportunity for the visibility of the issues that the 12th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women have been addressing for the past… Read More


    HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS (24 October, 2013) – The Director General of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Pacific Department, Xianbin Yao, along with ADB’s Regional Director, Andrea Iffland, will visit Honiara to meet with Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo and other senior government officials for discussions on ADB’s support… Read More

Stronger cooperation between Pacific and Republic of Korea

  Republic of Korea, 22 October 2013: The relationship between the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Pacific Island countries (PICs) has been further strengthened this week at the 2nd Korea-Pacific Islands Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) in Seoul, Korea. Senior Officials representing the ROK, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall… Read More

UN expert calls on governments to ensure access to quality and inclusive education

27  NOVEMBER 2012 PARIS ( UN NEWS CENTRE) —-  Governments must focus not only on facilitating access to education to their citizens, but also on guaranteeing that they have the right to high quality learning without discrimination, a United Nations independent expert said today. “We must make sure not just… Read More

The Pentagon says no-one on board mr Panetta's plane was at risk

Truck ‘driven at’ runway during Panetta’s Afghan visit

A member of Nato forces in Afghanistan has been injured in an incident involving a vehicle during a visit by US defence secretary Leon Panetta. A pick-up truck was driven onto a runway of the main British base in the southern province of Helmand, Camp Bastion, before it burst into… Read More

Victims of deadly Swiss coach crash mourned

Victims of deadly Swiss coach crash mourned

Belgium is mourning the deaths of 28 people – 22 of them children – in a coach crash in Switzerland. The coach, carrying 52 people back to Belgium following a skiing trip, struck a wall in a tunnel on Tuesday. Relatives of the victims have flown to Switzerland – with… Read More

ACCUSED: Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Reuters.

Strauss-Kahn case ‘on knife-edge’

LATEST: Former International Monetary Fund Leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn will have his pricey bail substantially reduced in his sexual assault case because of issues with his accuser’s credibility, a person familiar with the case says. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss matters not yet made public in court,… Read More

Osama was America's number one most wanted (Photo BBC.COM)

Osama Bin Laden, al-Qaeda leader, dead – Barack Obama

how to get her back Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has been killed by US forces in Pakistan, President Barack Obama has said. Bin Laden was shot dead at a compound near Islamabad, in a ground operation based on US intelligence, the first lead for which emerged last August. Mr… Read More