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Football championship dilutes grief on Newtown anniversary

NEWTOWN, AP/UNB, CONN. DECEMBER 15, 2019 – Newtown marked the seventh anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School with vigils, church services and a moment of joy when the community’s high school football team — with a shooting victim’s brother as linebacker — won the state championship Saturday in a last-minute thrill. Read More »

Looking back: Deadly attacks on houses of worship in 2019

AP/UNB – DECEMBER 15, 2019 – On Dec. 1, a band of assailants opened fire on worshippers at a small-town Protestant church in Burkina Faso, an impoverished West African country where the Christian minority is increasingly a target of attacks. The victims included the pastor and several teenage boys; regional authorities attributed the attack to “unidentified armed men” who, according ... Read More »

Efforts on to bridge main issues on final day of COP25

Madrid, 13 Dec (TWN) – The climate talks under the UNFCCC are scheduled to end today, 13 Dec. However, judging from how far apart Parties still are on some of the major issues as of 12 Dec, many delegates and observers alike, expect a long drawn out night, that could spill over to Saturday, 14 Dec, before the talks come ... Read More »

India Citizens Report on what ails Ganga Rejuvenation

December 9, 2019 SANDRP The Hindustan Times editorial on Nov 27, 2019, has rightly said the following about “a recently-released Rejuvenating-Ganga River – A Citizen-Report, by the India Rivers Week, a consortium of seven NGOs”. “A key reason for the failure of the river cleaning projects (Ganga and Yamuna action plans), says a recently-released citizen’s report, Rejuvenating Ganga, by the ... Read More »

‘We all must step up’ joint action on disability inclusion

8 December 2019 – SDGs – The international community has agreed truly ground-breaking frameworks to advance the rights of persons with disabilities, including in the context of development, but there remains a significant gap between these ambitions and the reality experienced daily by millions of persons with disabilities, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a conference in Doha on Saturday. Read More »

Large flocks of migratory birds on JU campus winter vacation

Dhaka, Dec 6 – On the Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus, new dawn, accompanied by a real nip in the air, is welcomed by the sweet songs migratory birds of various species as the winter heralds in Bangladesh. Like in every year, a huge number of migratory birds have filled the lakes of the university from the early onset of winter ... Read More »