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20140609 S SUDAN FOOD SECURITY

NEARLY 100,000 PEOPLE HAVE FLED TO MINGKAMAN SOUTH SUDAN, MAKING IT ONE OF THE LARGEST DISPLACEMENT CAMPS IN THE COUNTRY. THE UNITED NATIONS HAS WARNED THAT FOUR MILLION PEOPLE COULD BE ON THE BRINK OF STARVATION BY THE END OF THE YEAR. JOS...

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20140608 SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

LAUNCHING THE UNITED NATIONS DECADE ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL, SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON UNDERSCORED THAT SUSTAINABLE ENERGY IS THE GOLDEN THREAD THAT LINKS POVERTY ERADICATION, EQUITABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT. J...

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20140608 CONGO ETHNIC VIOLENCE

AT LEAST 30 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN AN INTER-ETHNIC ATTACK ON A VILLAGE IN THE SOUTH KIVU REGION OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. ACCORDING TO LOCAL SOURCES, THE OVERNIGHT ATTACK THAT LEFT WOMEN AND CHILDREN DEAD, MOST OF WHOM WERE S...

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20140606 SOMALIA WATER SHORTAGE

THE AFRICAN UNION MISSION IN SOMALIA (AMISOM), THROUGH ITS HUMANITARIAN COMPONENT, YESTERDAY HANDED OVER FOUR LARGE WATER WELLS TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE BANADIR REGION IN MOGADISHU. THE WELLS WILL BENEFIT 260,000 HOUSEHOLDS. THE PROJECT...

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20140605 REFUGEE INFLUX

WAVES OF SOUTH SUDANESE PEOPLE ARE FLEEING ACROSS THE ETHIOPIAN BORDER, WHILE THE UNITED NATIONS REFUGEE AGENCY STRUGGLES TO RUSH FOOD AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES TO THE SITE. ETHIOPIA NOW HAS OVER 164,000 REFUGEES FROM SOUTH SUDAN AND MORE PEOPLE...

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20140604 UNSOM 1ST ANNIVERSARY

THE UNITED NATIONS ASSISTANCE MISSION IN SOMALIA YESTERDAY MARKED ITS FIRST ANNIVERSARY, WITH A PHOTO EXHIBIT SET TO CELEBRATE SOMALI PEACE BUILDING PROCESS. THE CHIEF OF UNSOM, NICHOLAS KAY, PRAISED THE PROGRESS THE COUNTRY HAS MADE OVER T...

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20140603 WORLD FOOD PRICES

INTERNATIONAL PRICES OF FOOD INCREASED BY 4 PERCENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE YEAR, THE FIRST INCREASE OBSERVED IN THE LAST 18 MONTHS, SINCE THEIR RECORD HIGH IN AUGUST 2012. THE WORLD BANK GROUP IS CONCERNED THAT FOOD RIOTS COULD LEAD TO...

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20140602 AL SHABAAB HOSTAGES

SOME 30 CIVILIAN HOSTAGES WHO WERE ON FRIDAY MORNING KIDNAPPED FROM A VILLAGE NEAR KISMAYU TOWN WERE LATER RESCUED IN A DARING OPERATION INVOLVING AROUND 200 INTERIM JUBA ADMINISTRATION FORCES (IJA) AIDED BY AMISOM KENYA DEFENCE FORCES AIR ...

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20140530 CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC CRISIS

BUSINESSES REMAINED CLOSED YESTERDAY AND DAILY ACTIVITIES CAME TO A STANDSTILL WHILE YOUNG MEN ARMED WITH MACHETES ROAMED THE STREETS IN A VIOLENCE THAT SPREAD THROUGHOUT BANGUI, CAPITAL OF CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC. THIS FOLLOWS THE RECENT ...

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MINMIZING TOBCCO USE

AHEAD OF THE "WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY" (31 MAY), WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) CALLED ON COUNTRIES TO RAISE TAXES ON TOBACCO TO ENCOURAGE USERS TO STOP SMOKING AND PREVENT OTHER PEOPLE FROM BECOMING ADDICTED TO TOBACCO.  DR. DOUGLAS BET...

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20140526 POLIO CAMPAIGNS

EVER SINCE KENYA REPORTED A POLIO OUTBREAK IN MAY 2013, UNICEF AND ITS PARTNERS HAVE BEEN EXPLORING A NUMBER OF STRATEGIES TO REACH THE CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF FIVE THAT HAVE NOT BEEN VACCINATED. THE “MTOTO KWA MTOTO” OR CHILD- TO-CHILD I...

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20140525 SOMALIA MINE DISABILITIES

THE UNITED NATIONS MINE ACTION SERVICE (UNMAS) CONVENED A VICTIM-ASSISTANCE AND DISABILITY WORKING GROUP IN MOGADISHU, SOMALIA ON THURSDAY, IN THE FIRST EVER NEEDS ASSESSMENT MEETING TO MAP OUT A PLAN ON POSSIBLE SUPPORT TO THE PEOPLE LIVIN...

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20140523 NEWBORN DEATHS

MAJORITY OF NEARLY 3 MILLION CHILDREN WHO DIE BEFORE THEY TURN ONE MONTH OLD EVERY YEAR COULD BE SAVED IF THEY RECEIVE QUALITY CARE AROUND THE TIME OF BIRTH. THIS IS ACCORDING TO A MEDICAL JOURNAL, THE LANCET. NEW-BORN DEATHS ACCOUNT FOR 44...

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20140521 SEXUAL VIOLENCE 8 40PM

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF SOMALIA HAS BEGUN CONSULTATIONS ON HOW BEST TO ADDRESS ISSUES OF GENDER-BASED SEXUAL VIOLENCE. LED BY THE MINISTRY OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND WOMEN'S AFFAIRS, THE GOVERNMENT IS WORKING TOWARDS BUILDING THE CAPACITY OF ITS...

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20140520 S SUDAN CHOLERA OUTBREAK

THE CASELOAD OF CHOLERA IS RAPIDLY INCREASING IN SOUTH SUDAN AND THE DEADLY, HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS DISEASE APPEARS TO BE SPREADING. SINCE THE OUTBREAK OF CHOLERA IN THE CAPITAL JUBA LATE LAST WEEK, THE REPORTED CHOLERA CASELOAD HAS DOUBLED EVER...

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20140519 SOMALI NEW TOWNS

TRAINING IS UNDERWAY FOR ADMINISTRATORS IN TOWNS THAT HAVE RECOVERED IN THE RECENT MILITARY OFFENSIVE BY THE SOMALI NATIONAL ARMY (SNA) AND THE AFRICAN UNION MISSION IN SOMALIA (AMISOM). YEARS SPENT UNDER THE CONTROL OF EXTREMISTS SAW ADMIN...

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20140518 MATERNITY & PATERNITY BENEFITS JOSEPHINE

THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION (ILO) HAS SAID IN A NEW REPORT THAT MOST COUNTRIES HAVE ADOPTED MATERNITY PROTECTION PROVISIONS SINCE 1919, WHEN THE ILO ADOPTED THE FIRST MATERNITY PROTECTION CONVENTION, YET AT LEAST 830 MILLION WOMEN...

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20140517 IOM CASH FOR WORK

THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION ON MIGRATION (IOM) CASH-FOR-WORK STREET CLEANING PROJECT WITH LOCAL YOUTHS IN BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC IS UNDERWAY. THIS IS AIMED AT PROMOTING COOPERATION AND COEXISTENCE BETWEEN CHRISTIAN AND MUSLIM C...

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20140516 LIFE EXPECTANCY RISES

THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION (ILO) HAS SAID IN A NEW REPORT THAT MOST COUNTRIES HAVE ADOPTED MATERNITY PROTECTION PROVISIONS SINCE 1919, WHEN THE ILO ADOPTED THE FIRST MATERNITY PROTECTION CONVENTION, YET AT LEAST 830 MILLION WOMEN...

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20140515 SOUTH SUDAN

SOUTH SUDAN INFORMATION MINISTER MICHAEL LUETH IS CALLING UPON THE US AND THE UNITED NATION WHO ARE THREATENING TO SLAP A SANCTION UPON THE TWO WARRING PARTY LEADERS IF THEY FAIL TO OBEY THE CEASEFIRE DEAL AND AGREEMENT THEY MADE TO THE IGA...