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National Workshop on Sustainable Universal Salt Iodization (USI) Program in Bangladesh

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The Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC), with the financial and technical support of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), today convened a day-long national workshop on improving access to quality iodized salt for Bangladeshis.

Gezi, One year on : Hunting the protestors down

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One year after the « Gezi protests », none of those responsible for the violence committed against the protesters has been sentenced, assert our organizations in a report released today. On the other hand, 97 cases have been opened against 5653 peaceful demonstrators. The research also reveals that Turkish autorities have, year-round, adopted a series of laws which have been progressively shrinking the space for rights and freedoms in the country.

Syria: Free Prominent Rights Defenders - Armed Groups Should End Harassment, Abductions

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New York, May 27, 2014) – A prominent human rights defender and three of her colleagues believed to be in the custody of an armed opposition group should immediately be freed, 45 civil society organizations said today. Razan Zeitouneh, Wael Hamada, Samira Khalil, and Nazem Hammadi were abducted on December 9, 2013, in Douma, a city outside Damascus under the control of a number of armed opposition groups.


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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission and a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Commission, issued the following statement on the May 25 early presidential elections in Ukraine.

Motorola Solutions RhoMobile Suite Enables Grass Roots to Bring Delegates, Guests Experience to the Next Level

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London, 27 May, 2014 - Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announces that Grass Roots, the world’s leading provider of employee and engagement services, is using RhoMobile Suite to easily and cost-efficiently create mobile scanning applications to more effectively manage the movement of delegates and interact better with them at conferences.

Farm Credit Awards $40,600 to Northeast Farm Programs

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ENFIELD, May 27, 2014 — Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program recently awarded $40,600 to 16 organizations to promote northeast agriculture, support young and beginning farmer initiatives and encourage agricultural youth programs.

Synopsys and TSMC Collaborate to Validate DesignWare IP in TSMC 16-nm FinFET Process

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Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), a global leader providing software, IP and services used to accelerate innovation in chips and electronic systems, today announced the validation of DesignWare® IP in the TSMC 16-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology, demonstrating the ongoing collaboration between Synopsys and TSMC to provide designers with proven IP for their advanced system-on-chip (SoC) designs. The silicon success of the DesignWare USB 3.0 femtoPHY IP, Logic Libraries and Embedded Memories in TSMC's 16-nm FinFET process is evidence of both companies' deep expertise in delivering high-quality IP, enabling designers to integrate needed functionality with less risk and paving the way for the successful deployment of IP in TSMC's 16FF+ process. Designers developing SoCs in TSMC's 16-nm FinFET process can take advantage of the doubled transistor density, which reduces power consumption by up to 55 percent or increases performance by up to 35 percent compared to TSMC's 28-nm process.

CFTC Staff to Host a Public Roundtable to Discuss Position Limits for Physical Commodity Derivatives

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Washington, DC — The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today announced that staff will hold a public roundtable on Thursday, June 19, 2014, from 9:30 a.m.

The European Union lasting legacy of improved security capacity at major events: The House

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The European Union lasting legacy of improved security capacity at major events: The House Berlin, 27 May 2014.

First Workshop in Myanmar to mitigate Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear risks

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Naypyidaw, Myanmar, Thingaha Hotel, 26-27 May 2014. The first workshop held in Myanmar for the National Action Plan to mitigate Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) risks successfully concluded today. More than 20 high-level officials from different Union Ministries and international experts shared experience on mitigating risks related to CBRN materials and agents.

SEC Charges Former CFO of Dallas-Based Jewelry and Collectibles Company With Accounting Fraud

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The Securities and Exchange Commission today filed accounting fraud charges against a Dallas-based company and its former chief financial officer for manipulating its inventory accounts.

ITF briefs New York investors to highlight Chevron concerns

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The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is today holding an investor briefing with United States Stock Exchange analysts in New York to explain why energy giant Chevron’s Gorgon project in north-western Australia is over-budget and delayed.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Concludes Successful Africa Trade Mission

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker concluded her visit to Africa with a stop in Ethiopia, where she met with President Mulatu Teshome and private sector leaders to discuss ways to increase bilateral trade and investment between the U.S. and Ethiopia. Secretary Pritzker underscored the U.S. commitment to renewal of the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) as one tool that will continue to deepen trade relations between the U.S. and Ethiopia, and the entire African continent.

Pfizer Brings Frequent Heartburn Relief Over-the-Counter with New Nexium® 24HR

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) today announced the introduction in the U.S. of over-the-counter (OTC) Nexium® 24HR, making The Purple Pill® available for the treatment of frequent heartburn (two or more days a week) in adults (18 years and older).


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The AD9652 A/D converter’s -156 dBFS noise floor and 85 dBFS large signal spurious-free dynamic range allow low level signals to be captured in cluttered spectral environments.

Journey of Discovery Starts toward Understanding and Treating Networks of the Brain

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Work on DARPA’s Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS) program is set to begin with teams led by UC San Francisco (UCSF), and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The SUBNETS program seeks to reduce the severity of neuropsychological illness in service members and veterans by developing closed-loop therapies that incorporate recording and analysis of brain activity with near-real-time neural stimulation.

Cisco Announces the Manufacturing of UCS Servers in Brazil

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São Paulo, Brazil, May 27, 2014 - Cisco today announced the delivery of the first Cisco UCS® (Unified Computing System) server manufactured in Brazil. The company is starting the production of blade and rack servers of the UCS family, the system that unifies computing, networks, management, virtualization and storage access into a single integrated architecture. As part of Cisco® Brazilian investment plan announced in 2012, which includes the expansion of local manufacturing, the UCS production reinforces the company's long-term commitment to the country, allowing it to better serve the needs of the Brazilian market and increase product availability and competitiveness.

Forest City Enterprises Builds on its Relationship with ADP ® for Delivery of Human Capital Management Solutions to Better Serve its 3,000 Employees

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ROSELAND, N.J. – May 27, 2014 – ADP®, a leading global provider of Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, today announced that Forest City Enterprises, a national real estate property management and development company with hundreds of premier properties across the United States, has implemented an integrated HCM solution based on ADP Vantage HCM®.

ADP ® Sponsors Veteran’s Video Guide to Aid Transition from Soldier to Business Owner

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ROSELAND, N.J. – May 27, 2014 – To commemorate National Military Appreciation Month, ADP® today announced its sponsorship of a video series where military veteran entrepreneurs share their expertise about the tools and resources needed to start and grow a successful business.

Window open for LNG sales in 2020s, analysts say

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The speakers all agreed the proverbial "window of opportunity" is open for North American liquefied natural gas sales to Asian buyers, especially in the 2020s and beyond as demand is predicted to outpace currently contracted supplies.

Wipro Expands Presence in Ireland

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Dublin, Ireland, London, United Kingdom and Bangalore, India - May 27, 2014: Wipro Ltd.

Asia Pacific youth in integrity crisis

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Urgent action is needed to avert a crisis of values amongst young people in four countries in Asia Pacific, according to a survey released today by Transparency International.

Mobile Broadband Becomes an Imperative Strategy for Mobile Operators in Asia/Pacific, According to IDC

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Singapore and Hong Kong, May 27, 2014 – Mobile services market in Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) region is considered as a very dynamic market compared to other regions, from emerging to mature market. Many mobile operators have been struggling for quite some times to maintain growth in revenue, especially on voice services revenue. From 2012 to 2017, International Data Corporation (IDC) projects that the growth rate for voice services revenue in APeJ will slow down and achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.5%.

National Park Service and Autodesk Carry Out First Comprehensive Digital Survey to Preserve the USS Arizona and Memorial

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HONOLULU--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In honor of U.S. military veterans, the National Park Service (NPS) and Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) hosted a press conference today to unveil preliminary results from the first comprehensive survey of the USS Arizona and Memorial in 30 years and its resulting 3D models.

Phumeza takes TB Petition to World Health Assembly Delegates

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Phumeza Tisile takes the 'Test Me, Treat Me' Drug-Resistant TB Manifesto to the 67th World Health Assembly, Geneva, Switzerland.

Refugee cancer patients go untreated for lack of funds, warns the UN Refugee Agency

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The number of refugees with cancer is overwhelming health systems in Jordan and Syria, the UN Refugee Agency's top medical expert has warned, forcing UNHCR offices and partners to make agonising decisions over who does and doesn't receive care.

CSC Signs Contract Extension with Zurich Insurance Group for IT Desktop Outsourcing

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Zurich, 26. May 2014 – CSC (NYSE: CSC), a global leader in next-generation IT services and solutions, today announced it has signed a five-year multimillion extension to its master service agreement to provide desktop outsourcing to Zurich Insurance Group, a leading global, multi-line insurance provider. Under the terms of the contract extension, CSC will continue to provide electronic workplace desktop services to Zurich’s businesses in Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. The scope includes global service desk, local on-site support, and software packaging and distribution to more than 50,000 users.

Australia Supports Financial Inclusion in the Pacific

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Australian Secretary for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Varghese launched a AUD$14.15 million (FJD$24 million) three-year partnership today with the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme, aimed at increasing financial services for disadvantaged households across the Pacific.

To Anchor the Rule of law: 10 Demands on the Next President Concerning Human Rights

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The undersigned organizations reiterated today that bringing political stability to Egypt requires the coming president to adopt a political and economic program that makes it a priority to restore and support the rule of law in a state that respects human rights and public liberties. The coming president should make a clean break with the policies of impunity that were a major feature of the Mubarak regime and all national administrations that followed the revolution of January 25, 2011. We note that, as proven in the last three years, stability cannot be achieved solely through the election of a president by majority vote, even if the elections are fair and transparent.

Iraq: Civilians and medical facilities bear brunt of fighting in Fallujah

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News Release 14/87 Geneva/Baghdad (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is profoundly disturbed by the ongoing fighting in Anbar province, particularly in Fallujah, between the Iraqi security forces and armed groups. The fighting has severely disrupted the flow of food, water, fuel, medical and other supplies to civilians in the city. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are estimated to have fled their homes in Anbar province since hostilities erupted in December 2013.

Unions take action on ‘sea of shame’

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The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and its affiliated unions are launching a week of action today from ports on the Black Sea to combat what an updated report from the organisation finds are still shocking levels of crew abuse and unseaworthy vessels there.

VA Receives Donation for New Yellowstone National Cemetery

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The property, formerly known as “Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery,” is 10.64 acres and located at 55 Buffalo Trail Road, City of Laurel, Mont.  The property was donated by Yellowstone County on May 23, 2014.

Report launch: Would young people in Asia Pacific rather be honest or rich?

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The fight against corruption in Asia Pacific cannot succeed without the support of the region’s vast youth population. On 27 May, Transparency International will launch a new report showing how corruption affects young people and what integrity means to them.

Mali: Visit to detainees in Kidal

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News Release Bamako/Geneva (ICRC) – Fifty people detained in connection with recent clashes in Kidal have been visited by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Sri Lanka: Forum on international humanitarian law

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News Release 14/89 Colombo (ICRC): Sri Lanka will host the 24th South Asia Teaching Session on international humanitarian law, organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with the support of the Ministry of External Affairs Sri Lanka, from 26 to 31May.

Children without a birth certificate are ‘invisible’ during disasters

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May, London: Children who have not had their births registered are at greater risk of abuse, exploitation, violence and neglect in a disaster or emergency setting, leaving them “invisible” to authorities, reveals Plan International’s new report, Birth Registration in Emergencies.

Urgent action needed to ensure millions of children unregistered at birth are kept in the picture

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May, London: Millions of children around the world can't prove who and how old they are, meaning governments and development partners are unable to plan for their present and future needs, reveals Plan International’s new research paper, Birth Registration and Children's Rights: A Complex Story. According to the children’s charity, this poses serious implications for reducing poverty in developing nations.


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The overall India PC market continued to decline in Q1 2014, largely owing to poor end-user demand. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the overall India PC shipments for Q1 2014 stood at 2.03 million units, representing a year-on-year drop of -25.2% over Q1 2013.

Halt the execution of death row man convicted of “enmity against God”

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Iranian authorities must urgently halt the execution of Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani, who was sentenced to death in an unfair trial on the charge of “enmity against God” (moharebeh), said Amnesty International amid fears that he may be executed as soon as Sunday 1 June.