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Latest regional snapshot highlights floods in the Solomon Islands and China; typhoid in PNG

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Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: China, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands 1 SOLOMON ISLANDS Heavy rain has caused flash flooding in the Solomon Islands, with Honiara and other areas of Gudalacanal being the worst affected. The Mataniko River burst its banks on 7 Apr, washing away houses and damaging infrastructure. A total of 23 peop

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Drought set to compound impact of conflict on agricultural sector

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Source: World Food Programme Country: Syrian Arab Republic •Large rainfall deficits in the 2013-2014 season will have a major impact on Syria’s next cereal harvest. With three quarters of the rainfall season gone, it is unlikely that there will be a significant recovery in this agricultural season. This is part of a wider regional pattern of dry conditions across the Middle East. •Drought cond

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Latest Global Emergency Overview highlights crises in Syria and Sudan

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Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Nige

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Questions over Karamoja food security plan

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Posted by admin 9 days ago (http://reliefweb.int)
Source: IRIN Country: Uganda KAMPALA, 8 April 2014 (IRIN) - Aid agencies are giving out food relief in Uganda’s arid northeastern Karamoja region earlier than usual due to greater food insecurity, which locals and experts blame on the failures of a key government food security plan launched five years ago. The UN food agency, WFP, is providing targeted relief to 155,000 people from the most foo

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Security Council establishes UN peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic

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Posted by admin 7 days ago (http://reliefweb.int)
Source: UN Security Council Country: Central African Republic SC/11349 Security Council 7153rd Meeting (AM) Resolution 2149 (2014) Mandates 15 September as Date for Transfer of Authority The Security Council today established a new peacekeeping mission for the Central African Republic for an initial period of one year, authorizing an initial deployment of up to 10,000 military and 1,800 poli

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Who Audits the Auditors: Scandal at the Heart of the African Peer Review Mechanism

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Posted by admin 8 days ago (http://www.thinkafricapress.com)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: It is 5:20am on 30 January, 2014, and most of the residents of Ethiopia's capital are asleep. On the streets, a few vehicles prowl as night-time revellers – mostly girls in short skirts – make their way home after a long night of merriment. On Bole Avenue, some guards stand in front of the enticing window displays of the well-stocked shops as the artificial palm trees that

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The Samaritans: Good, But How Good?

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Posted by admin 8 days ago (http://www.thinkafricapress.com)
It seems like anyone who’s spent time in the world of overseas aid has stories of lavish conferences at five star hotels, where aid workers, often the privileged alumni of elite universities, discuss the problems of the world’s poorest. Of course, most aid workers go on to claim that their own organisation was an exception to this rule. But still, something about the new Kenyan mockumentary The S

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The Battle of Mobile Bay: An important moment in African American History

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The Battle of Mobile Bay was an engagement of the American Civil War in which a Federal fleet commanded by Rear Adm. David G. Farragut, assisted by a contingent of soldiers, attacked a smaller Confederate fleet led by Adm. Franklin Buchanan and three forts that guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay. Fought on August 5th, 1864, it was crucial because at the time the Union forces were conquering the c

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