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Economic crisis pulls 2.6 mn children below poverty line: UNICEF

Geneva - At least 2.6 million children have fallen below the poverty line in the world's richest nations since the economic crisis struck in 2008, UNICEF said in a hard-hitting report Tuesday.

ISIS leader demands female genital mutilation of 2 million girls

Mosul - A Jihadist leader associated with the militant Islamist group ISIS — the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham — has ordered that all women aged from 11 to 46 years in Iraq undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), according to a UN spokeswoman.

New ‘Star Wars’ call-to-action video reveals X-Wing

In continued support of UNICEF’s Innovation Lab and programs, director J.J. Abrams thanks fans and ups the ante for the last week of the campaign.

Star Wars: Force for Change — Two fans to star in ‘Star Wars VII’

J. J. Abrams is offering two “Star Wars” fans the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to appear in the latest “Star Wars” movie, currently filming in Abu Dhabi — and all in the name of raising money for disadvantaged children around the world.

Two UN staff members go missing in Pakistan

Karachi - Two local employees working for the United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF have gone missing in Pakistan's largest city of Karachi and police said Sunday they are thought to have been kidnapped.

Nana Mouskouri and Lenou to play a show in New York's Town Hall

New York - World famous Greek singer and UNICEF ambassador Nana Mouskouri will be playing a show at Town Hall in New York City on April 14.

Op-Ed: Man's inhumanity seen as children beheaded in C.A.R.

As new levels of violence are reached in the vicious civil war in the Central African Republic, children are being drawn into the conflict, forced to become soldiers in a fight they know little about, while many more end up suffering unspeakable deaths.

Russia's anti-gay adoption laws affect Canadian couple

Halifax - The only thing Pam and Adam Webber want more than the child they were excitedly awaiting, is a change in Russia’s international adoption laws.

Syrian conflict: 38% of Syrians needing humanitarian aid

That’s according to a new report from the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) which has called the situation in Syria a “humanitarian catastrophe”.

UN: 'Cruel and inhuman' abuse of Palestinian children by Israel

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has released a report alleging "widespread, systematic and institutionalized" mistreatment of Palestinian children detained and imprisoned by Israel, abuse described as "cruel and inhuman."

'Silent Death': Asian children drowning deaths skyrocket

Every 45 seconds a child in Asia drowns. It is the second leading cause of death for hundreds of thousands of Asian children regardless of water conditions.

Shoe museum inducts Canadian humanitarian's boots Special

Toronto - Nigel Fisher and his boots have walked through some of the most remote and dangerous places in the world, but now, visitors to the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto may catch a glimpse of them, where the long-time UNICEF humanitarian has been inducted.

Op-Ed: Childhood Hunger in America Today

Childhood hunger is an epidemic which is sweeping the world, and now has invaded the United States as well. Over 16 million children are hungry in America today, 129 million children in the world are underfed.

A childhood lost in Mali

Stories of children being forced into military service is nothing new. There are many stories about Sudan’s “Lost Boys”, and numerous reports of boys being kidnapped in countries like Somalia, Liberia, and the Congo and being forced into service.

Cyclone Giovanna causes devastation on Madagascar

The island of Madagascar, situated off the east coast of Africa, was hit by Cyclone Giovanna overnight on Feb.13 with high winds of up to 195km causing damage to buildings. So far five people have died but the death toll is expected to rise.

World Maths Day unites children around the world

On Tuesday millions of children from around the world played online arithmetic games to raise money for UNICEF and to get their name on the prestigious ‘Hall of Fame’ honour board.

A year after Haiti earthquake, children still suffering

Almost a year ago on January 12, 2010 an earthquake rocked the poor country of Haiti and brought the plight of its people front and center. Already one of the poorest nations in the world, Haiti was ill equipped to deal with millions being left homeless.

UNICEF releases 1st report card on inequality in rich nations

Florence - UNICEF has released its first report card that answers the question, 'how far behind are children being allowed to fall?' The report focuses on the world's 24 richest nations, the OECD countries.

UNICEF helps break gender gap and keep children in classrooms

In rural Ghana, UNICEF-supported child-friendly schools are breaking ground in keeping children in the classroom and ensuring that there is equal attention given to both boys and girls.

Angelina Jolie returns to Haiti fueling adoption speculation

Port-au-prince - Angelina Jolie returned to Haiti over the weekend to assess the progress of the work that has been accomplished since the earthquake hit this island country. Jolie has recently dispelled rumors that Jolie-Pitt have an adoption in progress in Haiti.

London Boy Raises over $160,000 for Haiti

Not many people knew the name Charlie Simpson. But this 7-year-old from London has raised more than $160,000 for the relief efforts in Haiti.

Hunger and obesity becoming epidemics worldwide

According to UNICEF, approximately 200 million children suffer from stunted growth due to hunger - but rich nations are struggling with the epidemic of obesity.

Chewing gum developed to help fight Vitamin A deficiency

Private companies want to edge into the market of providing nutrients to the world's hungry, and fortifying chewing gum with micronutrients is seen as one way to get a foothold on a huge market.

Giving Gifts of Magic For The Holiday Season Special

During the holidays there is often someone you just can't figure out what to get as a gift. Perhaps Gifts of Magic would be perfect. That's the name of this year's UNICEF campaign.

Orlando Bloom named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

UNICEF has announced actor Orlando Bloom has been appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. The appointment recognizes Bloom's commitment to the rights of children around the world.

Op-Ed: Canada's shame found in poor treatment of First Nations people

Canadian policies and legislation since the time of Confederation have served to collectively marginalize First Nations, Inuit and Metis people.

HIV babies falling through the cracks

After a UNICEF conference it has been found that an estimated 900 babies are at risk each year in Africa as their Mothers are not getting adequete treatment from the governemnt to prevent contracting HIV at birth.

Saudi 8-year old girl's marraige not annulled Special

Officials at UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) have expressed strong outrage over recent reports that Saudi Arabian tribunals have decided not to annul the marriage of an eight-year old girl to a 47-year-old man.

Child Rights protected in Sudan

The first-ever law recognizing children’s rights in Sudan was launched today by the Sudanese government, drawing praise from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

IKEA Donates $48 Million to UNICEF

UNICEF today announced that IKEA, through its corporate philanthropy arm, IKEA Social Initiative, is further expanding its support for children with a $48 million donation for UNICEF programmes in India.
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"No Child Too Far" campaign.
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 Star Wars: Episode VII  director J.J. Abrams  update regarding Star Wars: Force for Change
'Star Wars: Episode VII' director J.J. Abrams' update regarding Star Wars: Force for Change
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Life saving boots, worn by UNICEF Canada's NIgel Fisher.
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Tommi Laulajainen, former chief of communication for polio vaccine in Nigeria, UNICEF.
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Refugees of ISIS appear to have been able to escape ISIS terrorists. UNICEF photo.
Refugees of ISIS appear to have been able to escape ISIS terrorists. UNICEF photo.
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Caritas Bangladesh and UNICEF arranged technical education program for Bangladeshi poor children.
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