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Brussels - The International Crisis Group strongly condemns the detention of Mohamed ElBaradei in Cairo today. Media reports coming from the Egyptian capital say that ElBaradei, who serves on Crisis Group’s Board of Trustees, was prevented by the authorities from leaving a mosque after prayers this afternoon. He is apparently still being held, as the entire country now faces severe unrest with street protests building in opposition to the regime. (Full Story)
Toronto (0nt.) - While Canada has made progress in the past two decades in terms of lowering high-school dropout rates, those rates remain unacceptably high for boys and certain groups limited by poverty or other factors, according to a study from the C.D. Howe Institute. (Full Story)
GENEVA/NEW YORK – As the world marks the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on 13 October, UNICEF today urged governments and civil society partners to step up efforts to help mitigate the impact of disasters – especially on children – by helping communities to become resilient, and more able to respond to disasters and changing climate conditions. (Full Story)
NEW YORK – A brainstorming session to examine ways to make the case for education by showing its powerful impact on all Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be held on 22 September, as world leaders gather in New York to review progress on the MDGs. (Full Story)
The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the directors, German Gutierrez and Carmen Garcia, Tania Hallé (Project Accompaniment and Solidarity Colombia), Jorge Parra (The Coalition SOS Colombia)
and Sophie Schoen (Solidarity Across Borders). (Full Story)

Hindus have applauded Vatican and other Catholic leaders for reportedly speaking against the Roma (Gypsy) crackdown in France. “It is a step in the right direction”, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed said in a statement in Nevada (USA) today and added that other religious elite of Europe should also come out openly against the reported maltreatment of Roma communities in France, which smelled of xenophobia, racism, and intolerance.
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Hindus have blamed European Union (EU) and its various institutions for allowing French President Nicolas Sarkozy to continue with his reported maltreatment of Roma (Gypsy) communities, which smelled of xenophobia, racism, and intolerance. (Full Story)
URGENT ACTION. Action day to support political prisoners in Iran. Demonstrations will b held in 13 cities. Tens of political prisoners are in danger of execution.
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Washington, D.C. - ­ The framework for immigration reform released by a group of U.S. Senators today gives hope to the millions of non-citizens and their U.S. citizen family members who are suffering under a broken immigration system, Church World Service Executive Director and CEO John L. McCullough said. (Full Story)
Washington, D.C. - Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that Canada and the U.S. will work together to return spent inventories of highly enriched uranium (HEU), currently being held at the Chalk River Laboratories in Ontario, to facilities in the U.S. where it will be converted into a form unusable in nuclear weapons. (Full Story)
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