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12/11/2019

Hate speech, inequality, climate change and violence "denying millions of people their fundamental rights and freedoms," said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in an address marking International Human Rights Day on Tuesday. Guterres warned global leaders against oppressing human rights activists, a trend he says "is completely unacceptable."

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Voice of America
12/11/2019

A team of United Nations investigators has been unable to verify whether Iran was involved in a drone and cruise missile attack on Saudi Arabia oil facilities on Sept. 14, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the UN Security Council this week. Guterres also noted a lack of evidence that Yemen's Houthi militia possesses the type of drone technology used in the attack.

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Reuters
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12/11/2019

Progress against hunger in the Asia-Pacific region has slowed in recent years, and 479 million people remain malnourished, according to a report by several United Nations agencies.

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12/11/2019

Representatives from the United Nations Population Fund met with officials in Pakistan as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence that concluded Tuesday on International Human Rights Day. Discussions focused on how authorities in Pakistan could help eliminate gender-based and sexual violence by clarifying laws, refining processes and hiring more women.

12/11/2019

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres exhorted world leaders to battle climate change today, warning that large emitters must make changes for the benefit of all. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, the UN General Assembly president, and Patricia Espinosa, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, also urged attendees at the climate summit to work together.

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12/11/2019

Aung San Suu Kyi today denied allegations that Myanmar forces committed genocide against the country's Rohingya Muslims, calling the case against Myanmar "incomplete and misleading." Speaking at the in the International Court of Justice, Suu Kyi said military forces were responding to "coordinated and comprehensive armed attacks" and that the government is investigating accusations of wrongdoing against soldiers.

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12/10/2019

Requiring owners to be civil during meetings, paying attention to the reserves balance and calling for all complaints to be put in writing are among recommended best practices for condo boards, according to a lawyer specializing in condo law. Boards should never skip or cancel the annual meeting, as this meeting is required by law in New Hampshire and other states.

12/10/2019

Canada's Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that condo boards do not have the authority to consent to the installation of hidden cameras by the police in hallways without a warrant. The court cited privacy concerns since condo residents would not "reasonably expect" hidden camera surveillance in hallways. The ruling stems from a case where the police installed hidden cameras in the hallways of condo buildings for four months without a warrant during a drug trafficking sting operation.

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The Toronto Star
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12/10/2019

An increasing population of feral pigs, aka feral hogs, across the US means more communities will be dealing with the potentially dangerous animal as it searches for food in populated areas. There are currently around 6 million wild pigs in the US, and in one high profile case, a Texas woman was attacked and killed by a group of them shortly after exiting her car to enter a residence.

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The Daily Beast
12/10/2019

An HOA in Hanover, Va., is speaking out to officials against traffic a proposed nearby industrial park could bring and supporting an appeal for officials to mandate a different route for the 18-wheeler trucks that will use the park. "Four hundred tractor-trailers don't belong on a two-lane road with school buses, new drivers, families and all the rest of that type of traffic," an HOA member said.