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  • UN chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, shakes hands with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah upon his arrival in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The two men were set to hold a joint news conference regarding the Israel-Hamas conflict. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his "hope and belief" that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel "in the very near future."

  • Palestinians urge U.N. Security Council resolution on ceasefire
    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The Palestinian U.N. envoy appealed on Tuesday for the United Nations Security Council to adopt a resolution calling for a ceasefire in fighting between Israel and Hamas militants as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon warned that violence had hit alarming levels. Jordan has drafted a text similar to a 2009 resolution, calling for an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza, council diplomats said.
  • Freida Pinto speaks at girls' rights summit in UK

    Indian actress Freida Pinto, smiles, during the Girl Summit 2014, at the Walworth Academy, in London, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. “Slumdog Millionaire” actress Freida Pinto has joined forces with girls’ rights campaigners calling for an end to the practice of female genital mutilation. The actress, who is an ambassador for an international children’s development organization, addressed a London summit Tuesday calling for more progress to abolish the practice and end child marriages. (AP Photo, PA, Oli Scarff) UNITED KINGDOM OUTLONDON (AP) — Actress Freida Pinto of "Slumdog Millionaire" fame has joined forces with girls' rights campaigners in calling for an end to the practice of female genital mutilation.

  • Worldwide FGM ban sought at 'Girl Summit'

    British Prime Minister David Cameron mets campaigners and activists at the 'Girl Summit 2014' at Walworth Academy in south London on July 22, 2014British Prime Minister David Cameron called on Tuesday for a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation and child marriage as he launched the first UN-backed "Girl Summit" on issues that affect millions around the globe. Cameron announced that parents in Britain would face prosecution for failing to prevent their daughters from being subjected to FGM, while setting out steps to tackle both practices in developing nations. "Our aim is to outlaw FGM and child marriage everywhere for everyone," Cameron told the summit in London, to applause from an audience of experts and campaigners from around the world. FGM, which affects tens of millions of women, particularly in the Horn of Africa, ranges from removal of the clitoris to the mutilation and removal of other female genitalia.

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