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From TheJournal.ie For the first time in history, 9 out of 10 children in the world go to school Progress

For the first time in history, 9 out of 10 children in the world go to school

World leaders are meeting in New York to talk about how some of the Millennium Development Goals have been met – but others are lagging behind.

From TheJournal.ie Number of children doing dangerous work drops - but not enough Child Labour

Number of children doing dangerous work drops - but not enough

There are still 85 million children involved in work that endangers their health and safety.

From TheJournal.ie Syria war has reached stalemate Syria

Syria war has reached stalemate

Neither side can win, the country’s deputy prime minister has said.

From TheJournal.ie Here is the lead single from a group of UN ambassadors' album Heal The World

Here is the lead single from a group of UN ambassadors' album

Five UN ambassadors are releasing an album in aid of peace. Seriously.

From TheJournal.ie UN chief: Report confirms chemical weapons "war crime" in Syria Syrian Crisis

UN chief: Report confirms chemical weapons "war crime" in Syria

Ban Ki-moon says UN invesigators have confirmed “unequivocally and objectively” that chemical weapons, including sarin, were used.

From TheJournal.ie Russia urges Syria: Give up your chemical weapons Syrian Crisis

Russia urges Syria: Give up your chemical weapons

The Russian plan for the Assad regime to surrender its weapons has been given a cautious reception in the White House.

From TheJournal.ie UN chemical weapons inspectors leave Syria Syria

UN chemical weapons inspectors leave Syria

The team will head to The Hague to assess the evidence gathered during their probe.

From TheJournal.ie Obama: 'No decision' yet on whether to strike Syria - but Assad definitely to blame Intervention

Obama: 'No decision' yet on whether to strike Syria - but Assad definitely to blame

Expectations of a Western military assault have risen today – but a lot will depend on a crucial vote in the British parliament on Thursday.

From TheJournal.ie UN chemical inspectors shot at in Syria Syria

UN chemical inspectors shot at in Syria

A UN spokesperson confirmed the attack.

From TheJournal.ie Irish soldiers ‘trained, ready, focussed and looking forward’ to Syria mission Golan Heights

Irish soldiers ‘trained, ready, focussed and looking forward’ to Syria mission

TheJournal.ie sits down with Captain James O’Hara to discuss his imminent deployment to the Golan Heights.

From TheJournal.ie UN envoy arrives in Syria for talks on chemical weapons probe Syria

UN envoy arrives in Syria for talks on chemical weapons probe

Meanwhile the US Defence Secretary has suggested that forces are being moved into place in case Obama opts for military action.

From TheJournal.ie Irish troops to deploy to Syria in early September Golan Heights

Irish troops to deploy to Syria in early September

A total of 115 members of the Irish Defence Forces will join the United Nation’s mission in the Golan Heights next month.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: What is going on in Syria? Conflict

Explainer: What is going on in Syria?

All the questions you might have about the conflict in Syria – answered.

From TheJournal.ie Column: There has never been a more dangerous time to be an aid worker Opinion

Column: There has never been a more dangerous time to be an aid worker

On World Humanitarian Day, Dominic MacSorely hails the men and women who have dedicated their lives, and sometimes lost them, in an attempt to reduce suffering across the world.

From TheJournal.ie 82 child soldiers rescued from militia in DR Congo Child Soldiers

82 child soldiers rescued from militia in DR Congo

The children, some as young as eight-years-old, were recruited by the group over the last six months.

From TheJournal.ie The secret to making tarantula taste good? Batter it. Bee Salad

The secret to making tarantula taste good? Batter it.

Spiders not to your liking? You could enjoy a grasshopper shish kebab instead.

From TheJournal.ie High-level meeting at White House amid heightened terror fears Al Qaeda

High-level meeting at White House amid heightened terror fears

National Security Advisor Susan Rice chaired the meeting as US embassies across the Islamic world close today due to terror concerns.

From TheJournal.ie Dubliner Samantha Power confirmed as US ambassador to UN Diplomacy

Dubliner Samantha Power confirmed as US ambassador to UN

The genocide expert and human rights champion sailed through on a 87-10 vote.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Thursday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Here are the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.

From TheJournal.ie Irish-born US diplomat criticises the UN's 'anti-Israel bias' United Nations

Irish-born US diplomat criticises the UN's 'anti-Israel bias'

Former journalist and human rights campaigner Samantha Power added that the UN Security Council’s failure to intervene in Syria is a ‘disgrace’.

From TheJournal.ie Malala Yousafzai marks her 16th birthday by addressing the UN UN

Malala Yousafzai marks her 16th birthday by addressing the UN

The Pakistani schoolgirl, who was shot in the head by Taliban last year, will address the United Nations of the importance of raising levels of education among girls across the world.

From TheJournal.ie Russia hands evidence of Syria nerve gas attack to UN Chemical Warfare

Russia hands evidence of Syria nerve gas attack to UN

The Syrian government has refused to let a UN inspection team into the country, but this week invited UN officials for talks on the investigation.

From TheJournal.ie Angelina Jolie calls on UN Security Council to act on war rapes War Zone

Angelina Jolie calls on UN Security Council to act on war rapes

The actress asked the UN Security Council to make dealing with war zone rape a top priority.

From The42 Lions fans unite: Braveheart, dragon, knight and... a leprechaun United Nations

Lions fans unite: Braveheart, dragon, knight and... a leprechaun

We really must think of a more warrior-like national icon to dress up as.

From TheJournal.ie North Korea to US: 'Let's talk, but only if you dump your nukes' North Korea

North Korea to US: 'Let's talk, but only if you dump your nukes'

North Korea says it will only talk without preconditions, or unless both sides give up their nuclear arsenal in advance.

From TheJournal.ie Not such a small world after all with population to reach 9.6 billion by 2050 World Population

Not such a small world after all with population to reach 9.6 billion by 2050

Growth will be mainly in developing countries, with more than half in Africa.

From TheJournal.ie The 5 at 5: Wednesday Take 5

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

From TheJournal.ie Dubliner Samantha Power to become US's new UN ambassador in reshuffle Appointments

Dubliner Samantha Power to become US's new UN ambassador in reshuffle

Pulitzer winner Samantha Power is taking over from Susan Rice, who is becoming Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor.

From TheJournal.ie McAleese Report into Magdalene Laundries criticised by UN United Nations

McAleese Report into Magdalene Laundries criticised by UN

UNCAT is worried the probe was not fully independent.

From TheJournal.ie Iraq hit by worst violence since 2008 United Nations

Iraq hit by worst violence since 2008

More than 1,000 people were killed during May, according to the United Nations.

From TheJournal.ie China and Laos criticised for sending refugees back to North Korea North Korea

China and Laos criticised for sending refugees back to North Korea

The United Nations says China and Laos have disregarded their international duty to care for the orphaned refugees.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland 'must ratify' protocols to UN convention on child protection Children's Rights

Ireland 'must ratify' protocols to UN convention on child protection

The Children’s Rights Alliance says Ireland has only signed up to one of three optional protocols to the UN convention.

From TheJournal.ie Uh-oh: UN says it's impossible to predict spread of new bird flu Healthscare

Uh-oh: UN says it's impossible to predict spread of new bird flu

‘Influenza viruses constantly reinvent themselves’, says the head of the WHO. ‘No one can predict the future course.’

From TheJournal.ie UN: People need to get their heads around eating insects Om Nom Nom

UN: People need to get their heads around eating insects

Mmmmm. Stir-fried beetles.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Should Ireland spend more on overseas development funding? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Ireland spend more on overseas development funding?

Current spending does not meet UN targets but should we be spending 0.7 per cent of GNP on overseas development funding when we are in a bailout?

From TheJournal.ie Syria: 3.1 million children need 'urgent' help Syria

Syria: 3.1 million children need 'urgent' help

The UN’s Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs believes that the number of displaced residents has doubled in the past few months.

From TheJournal.ie Processes to handle Northern Ireland legacy issues not 'adequate' United Nations

Processes to handle Northern Ireland legacy issues not 'adequate'

A UN committee against torture will hear of a need to address human rights abuses of the past, linked to violence during The Troubles.

From TheJournal.ie The UN's special envoy to Syria is quitting after only eight months Syria

The UN's special envoy to Syria is quitting after only eight months

Lakhdar Brahimi only took over from Kofi Annan in September – but is reported to have already handed in his notice.

From TheJournal.ie Google Palestine now exists Google.PS

Google Palestine now exists

The search engine replaced its Palestine Territories products and named them Google Palestine.

Typo of the Day: Austerity hits Ireland's budget for World Food Programme

We are living way beyond our means…