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SUNS # 8584 Tuesday 28 November 2017

United Nations : World food import bill set to rise this year, says FAO (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
The cost of importing food globally is set to reach USD 1.413 trillion in 2017, representing a 6 percent or USD 86 billion rise from last year, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has reported.

Trade : Uncertain future for "diabolic" free trade pacts between EU, Africa (PRIV)
(IPS, Brussels)
In the run-up to the fifth EU-Africa summit in Cote d'Ivoire, the future of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between Europe and its former colonies looks bleaker than ever.

United Nations : Will DNA database deter sexual abuse at UN? (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
The United Nations is fighting a losing battle against the widespread - and continued - sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) by UN peacekeepers and civilian staff resulting in relatively few convictions amidst daunting problems in tracking abusers and nailing down paternity claims.

Brazil : White elephants and the urban challenges of Brasilia (PRIV)
(IPS, Brasilia)
Two white elephants - a huge football stadium that draws almost no fans and an empty 16-building complex that was to be the new headquarters of the district government - reflect Brasilia's challenges as a metropolis, beyond its role as the capital of Brazil.

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