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More than 90 states lend support to creation of body to help protect world's ecosystems.
UN says rubbish causing dangerous levels of lead in blood and polluting city.
Environmental change is affecting the ability of species to survive.
Unless urgently addressed, an oil spill caused by Israeli raids on a Lebanese power plant could rival the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster that ravaged the Alaskan coast, a UN agency says.
Africa's 600-plus lakes are under unprecedented strain from rising populations and must be managed better if demand for fresh water is not to stir instability, a UN report said.
Iraq's ancient marshlands drained by Saddam Hussein are nearly half-restored, giving hope of saving traditional habitats for both people and animals.

The UN has launched an international appeal for funds to help save humankind's closest genetic relatives from extinction in the wild.

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UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
 
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