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Published:Thursday | November 20, 2014 | 11:00 AM
Prime Minister Perry Christie
Margaret Chan (left), director general of the World Health Organization, greets H.R.H. Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of the United Arab Emirates prior to the opening session of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Second International Conference on Nutrition, in Rome, on Wednesday. - AP
Dr Denzil Douglas, prime minister of St Kitts-Nevis. - File
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  • PM says increase in violent crimes is quite strange

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):

Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas says he is perplexed at the rate of violent crime in St Kitts Nevis in recent weeks.

Speaking on his weekly radio programme 'Ask the Prime Minister' on Tuesday, Dr Douglas also extended condolences to the relatives of those killed here so far this year.

Prime Minister said the sudden increase in violent crime in recent weeks is a phenomenon that is quite strange in light of the positive and welcome turnaround that the country has seen over the past three years.

"We must always remember, however, that the vast majority of Kittitians and Nevisians are law-abiding human beings who go about their daily lives, earning a living, taking care of their children, reaching out and interacting with friends and family, and worshipping their God," said Dr Douglas.

  • Governments pledge more to prevent malnutrition

ROME (AP):

More than 170 governments pledged yesterday to do more to prevent malnutrition around the globe, adopting voluntary guidelines to promote healthy diets and reduce levels of obesity, at the start of a three-day United Nations (UN) summit.

Currently, some two billion people, one-third of the world's population, suffer from nutritional deficiencies, including vitamin A, iodine, iron and zinc. Such deficiencies caused 45 per cent of all child deaths in 2013. At the same time, some 42 million children under age five are overweight and some 500 million adults were obese in 2010, UN figures show.

The guidelines to tackle malnutrition note that wars, natural disasters and epidemics such as Ebola have devastating effects on healthy diets and called for the safe distribution of food and medical supplies to people in need. Governments pledged to invest more in nutrition programmes, encourage breastfeeding, and develop farming policies that promote sustainable, safe and nutritious diets.

The guidelines also call on governments to protect consumers, especially children, from "inappropriate marketing and publicity of food" to reduce growing obesity levels. They noted that sedentary lifestyles combined with saturated fats and sugar were responsible for rising rates of obesity and disease.

  • PM concerned about backlash from new immigration rules

NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC):

The Government is prepared to start damage control as criticism mounts about the new immigration restrictions that took effect on November 1.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Perry Christie told reporters that while he stands behind the policy changes that were implemented to tackle illegal migration, he admitted that he was worried about the firestorm of international criticism.

He said Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell is expected to travel to Washington, DC, shortly to explain the changes.

His comments came as international human rights watchdog Amnesty International expressed concern about the impact the changes will have on immigrants and their children, particularly those of Haitian origin.

According to Christie, the government had to do what was best for its citizens by clamping down on illegal migration.