Ailing U.N. News Service Gets $25 Million – NYTimes.com

Ailing U.N. News Service Gets $25 Million – NYTimes.com.

GENEVA — Media enterprises have not figured on the list of billion-dollar deals backed by the Hong Kong-based investor Jho Low in recent years, but his family’s charitable foundation is putting up $25 million to save an ailing United Nations-owned news service that is in the business, he says, of saving lives.

Integrated Regional Information Networks, or IRIN, has operated for nearly two decades under the wing of the U.N. office that coordinates humanitarian aid, reporting online about disasters and development to a small audience drawn mostly from aid groups, academia and the U.N.

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