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Obese people more likely to smoke, says new gene research: WHO

New research indicates that people who are genetically prone to being overweight have a higher risk of taking up smoking – and they are likely to smoke more than average — UN scientists said on Wednesday. According to Dr. Paul Brennan from IARC, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, around 70 genes have been identified […]

Leading Palestinian legislator calls for ‘new international engagement’ in two-state solution

Describing a viable two-state solution to end the Palestine-Israel conflict as “very much in doubt”, a leading Palestinian legislator called on Wednesday for “new international engagement” to move the process forward. In an interview with UN News, Hanan Ashrawi, an Executive Committee Member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, described the deaths and injuries of Palestinians at […]

Gaza medics ‘struggling to cope with influx of wounded’: UN agencies

Medical teams inside Gaza are running out of supplies to cope with the wounded, following the deadliest day of protests against occupation along the border with Israel so far this year, UN aid agencies warned on Tuesday. Speaking after 58 Palestinians lost their lives and more than 1,300 were injured by Israeli security forces on […]

Jobs in the green economy will ‘more than offset’ losses in traditional industry by 2030 – UN labour agency

Action to combat climate change could create millions of new job opportunities and “more than” offset losses in traditional industries, the UN labour agency said on Monday. The International Labour Organization (ILO) made the announcement at the launch of its annual flagship report on the state of the global job market. Its forecast that 24 million new […]