I am grateful to the Government of Ethiopia for inviting me not once, but twice to this remarkable country during my term as High Commissioner. Inviting a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights once already shows that a Government is willing to openly discuss the human rights challenges in the country. Inviting me twice demonstrates real sincerity and is very encouraging indeed. During my last visit in May 2017, I had listened attentively to many voices – Government, opposition, civil society and detainees at the Kilinto remand centre. I found much to praise but also gave a frank assessment of the human rights issues and challenges in Ethiopia and called for my Office to be given access to Oromia and Amhara, the two regions most affected by the protests, many of which were suppressed violently. I am encouraged that the Government viewed my initial visit in the constructive, friendly spirit it was intended to convey. This is certainly not always the case with all States. So when I … [Read more...] about United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at the end of his official visit to Ethiopia
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WASHINGTON -- Those nutrition labels on the back of food packages may soon become easier to read. The Food and Drug Administration says knowledge about nutrition has evolved over the last 20 years, and the labels need to reflect that. As the agency considers revisions, nutritionists and other health experts have their own wish list of desired changes. The number of calories should be more prominent, they say, and the amount of added sugar and percentage of whole wheat in the food should be included. They also want more clarity on how serving sizes are defined. "There's a feeling that nutrition labels haven't been as effective as they should be," says Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. "When you look at the label, there are roughly two dozen numbers of substances that people aren't intuitively familiar with." For example, he says, most of the nutrients are listed in grams, the metric system's basic unit of mass. Jacobson says people don't really … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Nutrition labels to undergo changes for first time in 20 years
Last Updated Jan 8, 2016 1:14 AM EST For years now, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has had to fend off questions about whether he's eligible to serve as president even though he was born in Canada.Earlier this week, his 2016 GOP primary opponent Donald Trump gave Cruz some "free legal advice" -- to seek a declaratory judgment to resolve the issue. "You go in seeking the decision of the court without a court case. You go right in. you go before a judge. You do it quickly," Trump said on CNN. "I've used it on numerous occasions."While Trump has a way of making problems seem easily overcome -- see his proposal to build a wall with a "big, beautiful door" to solve the nation's immigration issues -- his legal advice for Cruz is off the mark. For one thing, Cruz's problem here is more political than legal, constitutional scholars say. Rand Paul: Is Ted Cruz eligible to run for president?John McCain: Ted Cruz's citizenship is "worth looking into"The issue arises from the fact that Cruz was born in … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Is Donald Trump’s “free legal advice” for Ted Cruz any good?
Ban, who is presiding over the final days of a conference aimed at setting an agenda and deadline for talks on a pact to replace the Kyoto Protocol in 2012, urged quick action as negotiators haggled over wording that would be acceptable to all. But a version of a revised text obtained by The Associated Press included guidelines for industrialized countries to cut their emissions overall by 2020 by between 25 percent and 40 percent - sure to anger the United States, which has repeatedly said it opposed inclusion of specific target ranges. The document also contained a new mention of "quantified national emission limitation and reduction commitments" for industrialized countries. Ban said the time to act was now. "The situation is so desperately serious that any delay could push us past the tipping point, beyond which the ecological, financial and human costs would increase dramatically," he said in a speech to delegates. "We are at a crossroad," he added. "One path leads to a … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo U.N. Measure Calls For More Emissions Cuts
ATLANTA, Mich. - After devoting four decades and tens of millions of dollars to saving the gray wolf, the federal government wants to get out of the wolf-protection business, leaving it to individual states - and the wolves themselves - to determine the future of the legendary predator. The Obama administration Wednesday declared more than 4,000 wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin have recovered from widespread extermination and will be removed from the endangered species list. Coupled with an earlier move that lifted protections in five western states, the decision puts the gray wolf at a historical crossroads - one that could test both its reputation for resilience and the tolerance of ranchers and hunters who bemoan its attacks on livestock and big game. Wednesday's announcement could open the door to hunting for wolves in the Great Lakes. However, no seasons have been set and federal officials say they will continue monitoring the population for five years. Similar … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Gray wolves soon to fend for themselves