U.N. report: Child abuse worldwide problem

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Millions of children worldwide are subject to trafficking, abuse, violence, child labor and other mistreatment, a U.N. report released Tuesday indicated.

UNICEF seeks full access to refugee camps

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, May 20 (UPI) -- The United Nations, demanding full access to Sri Lankan refugee camps, says the number of displaced persons in these shelters may reach 250,000 this week.

U.N. decries 8-year-old girl's marriage

UNITED NATIONS, April 14 (UPI) -- The director of the U.N. Children's Fund says the marriage of an 8-year old Saudi Arabian girl to a 47-year-old man violates the girl's rights.

Children paid heavy price in Gaza conflict

GAZA, March 9 (UPI) -- The head of the U.N. Children's Fund said Monday the recent Israeli-Hamas conflict in Gaza resulted in a heavy price being paid by children.

UNICEF: Under-five death rate drops

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The death rate for children under age 5 declined in 2007, but much remains to be done to save children's lives, UNICEF officials said Friday.

Child mortality rate drops

NEW YORK, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- UNICEF announced in New York that the annual number of children who die before the age of 5 has dropped to less than 10 million.

Breastfed babies have best survival rates

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A study, released in New York by the U.N. Children's Fund, indicates breastfeeding protects infants from diseases.

USDA plans voluntary cattle tracking

WASHINGTON, June 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture still has no system to track livestock during an outbreak of infection, such as mad cow disease.

Millions threatened by African drought

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- U.N. officials warned Tuesday drought in the Horn of Africa has put 8 million people, including 1.5 million children under the age of 5, in danger.

UNICEF: Girls still denied education

NEW YORK, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A UNICEF report says that girls are the overwhelming majority of the world's children denied even a primary education.

Winter setting aid deadline in Kashmir

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- United Nations officials say with winter coming on, the Kashmiri earthquake could turn from a catastrophe into a holocaust.

U.N.: Breastfeed essential first 6 months

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The U.N. Children's Fund says better infant feeding practices could prevent almost one-fifth of all child deaths in the developing world.

U.N. calls for southern Africa aid

UNITED NATIONS, May 25 (UPI) -- U.N. relief officials want to redirect attention to the nations of southern Africa, hard hit by food insecurity and an HIV/AIDS-caused labor shortage.

UNICEF chief retires after 10-year stint

NEW YORK, April 27 (UPI) -- UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy announced her retirement Wednesday as the former investment banker completed a second and final term.

S. Korea cautious on U.S. beef imports

SEOUL, March 6 (UPI) -- South Korea, which banned U.S. and Canadian beef because of mad cow disease, says it will resume beef imports only after it's satisfied with safety.

U.S. Ag secretary named to top UNICEF post

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan Tuesday appointed outgoing U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman to head the U.N. Children's Fund.

Senator questions USDA's mad cow policies

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Agriculture officials have agreed to meet with a senator's staff about alleged violations of mad cow disease safeguards, UPI has learned.

Bush names Neb. gov. agriculture secretary

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- President Bush Thursday nominated Republican Mike Johanns, a two-term Nebraska governor, as secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Nelson unlikely to join Bush Cabinet

OMAHA, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., is not interested in becoming President Bush's next agriculture secretary, the Omaha World-Herald said Friday.

Bush names Spellings education chief

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush named Texan Margaret Spellings as his nominee to replace former school superintendent Rod Paige as Secretary of Education.

Greens see hope in Veneman departure

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Conservationists were hopeful Monday the departure of Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman might lead to better protections for the nation's wildlands.

Secretary of State Powell resigns

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell submitted his resignation to President Bush, it was announced Monday.

Powell glad part of anti-terror team

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said in his resignation letter he was "pleased" to have been part of the team in the fight against terror.

Powell, three others resign

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell and three other Cabinet secretaries have resigned from the Bush administration, the White House announced Monday.

Food safety institute is inaugurated

MIAMI, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- The Food Safety Institute of the Americas, which will promote food safety programs across the Americas, was inaugurated Wednesday in Miami.
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