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Switzerland + 1 other
Switzerland's official development assistance in 2013

Switzerland spent CHF 2.964 billion on official development assistance (ODA) in 2013, an increase of 3.4% compared with 2012. With an ODA of 0.47% of gross national income (GNI) in 2013, Switzerland ranks 8th among the 29 member states of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which is publishing its ODA rankings this Tuesday.

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CMA strengthened training on typhoon and rainstorm monitoring and forecasting techniques

Source:China Meteorological News Press

To strengthen the coordination between scientific research and meteorological service, CMA held a senior training course on typhoon and rainstorm monitoring and forecasting techniques on April 14.

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UNHCR allocates USD 1.7 million for transportation of refugees

Luanda - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will make available this year 1.7 million US dollars to support the transportation of Angolan refugees in D.R Congo and Zambia to their areas of origin.

A press note from the mentioned institution, which reached ANGOP on Tuesday, states that the resources are part of the initiative of the UNHCR dubbed “Seeds for Solutions”.

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Zambia + 1 other
Ten thousand former Angolan refugees integrated in Zambia

Luanda - At least 10,000 former Angolan refugees have been integrated in Zambia by the local authorities after the termination of their refugee status and the period for voluntary return to Angola.

This was said said on Tuesday in Luanda by Zambian MPs during a meeting with the Secretary of State for Cooperation, Angela Braganca, on behalf of Foreign Affairs minister, Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti.

Angop learnt that the meeting highlighted the historic and friendship ties between the two peoples.

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Peasants hit by drought get oxen

Ombadja - At least 75 heads of bovine cattle were given to 36 peasants, affected by drought in Ombadja municipality, southern Cunene province.

At the handing over act, the provincial governor of Cunene, António Didalelwa, explained that this distribution aims to replace the cattle to the families that lost their former animals due to the drought that hit the region, and improve the living standards of the population.

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Humanitarian organizations in South Sudan condemn violence against civilians - Press release by the Humanitarian Country Team

Juba, 18 April 2014: Country representatives of key non-governmental organizations, United Nations agencies and donors in South Sudan unite in condemning recent days’ attacks against civilians in Bentiu, Bor, and other parts of the country. Humanitarian partners are particularly outraged by deliberate and targeted killings of civilians in hospitals, churches, UN peacekeeping bases and other places where people’s rights should be sacrosanct.

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Monitoring Emergencies - Chile 4/17/2014

Valparaíso region. Wildfire update (12-17 April). 12,400 people evacuated and 959 are in 9 shelters. The fire is still active. Response: Health mobile posts continue to be deployed for medical attention and vaccinations; more than 10,000 people vaccinated against tetanus. Shelter conditions verified and twelve water tanks installed. The government approved urgent measures to help those affected. Red alert continues for Viña del Mar and Valparaíso. (o.s: Ministry of Health, Government of Chile, PAHO Office in Chile).

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Lebanon + 1 other
Plus d'un million de Syriens réfugiés au Liban

Trois ans après le début du conflit, le millionième réfugié syrien au Liban a été enregistré le 3 avril dernier par le Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR). Cependant, pour les acteurs humanitaires qui interviennent au Liban, une estimation est difficile à donner, tous les réfugiés syriens n'étant pas comptabilisés.

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Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the Legislative and Presidential Elections in Guinea Bissau

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European Union

The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission Catherine Ashton made today the following statement:

'I welcome the successful legislative and presidential vote on 13 April in Guinea Bissau and pay tribute to the people of Guinea Bissau, who have shown a strong commitment to electoral democracy by turning out in high numbers and peacefully exercising their democratic rights.

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RDC : la vie a repris après le M23, mais l'occupation a laissé des traces

04/18/2014 07:00 GMT

Par Albert KAMBALE

RUTSHURU, 18 avril 2014 (AFP) - La vie a repris un cours normal dans les zones de l'est de la République démocratique du Congo naguère contrôlées par le Mouvement du 23 mars (M23), mais la longue occupation du groupe rebelle a laissé des traces difficiles à effacer.

Assurément, "la situation est meilleure aujourd'hui que quand on était avec le M23", où l'on "nous faisait travailler de force" dit Félix, un habitant de Rutshuru.

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Civilians pay heavy price in worsening S.Sudan war

04/18/2014 06:47 GMT

by Jenny VAUGHAN

NASIR, April 18, 2014 (AFP) - Gebriel Mabil was sitting at home in Bentiu, South Sudan, when the war found him, a lone bullet tearing through the wall striking his seven-year-old son in the jaw.

His son Steven Kueth now sits in a bed in a Nasir hospital, covered in bandages and clinging to life with the help of breathing and feeding tubes.

"I worry about my son because I don't know if he will survive in his state," said Mabil, sitting in the hospital in Upper Nile State where his son was transferred after he was shot.

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Dust storm strikes three dead in Lucknow

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Times of India

TNN | Apr 18, 2014, 04.22 AM IST

LUCKNOW: The dust storm followed by strong winds and a short sharp shower on Thursday evening claimed three lives in Lucknow. While an infant died in a wall collapse in Kakori on the outskirts the state capital, a 13-old-girl was trapped and killed under a tree uprooted by the storm in Chinhat. In another accident, owner of a paan shop was killed when a tree fell on his kiosk near IT College in the heart of the city.

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CFE, 8th TSC discuss future DMHA collaborations

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii—The Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE) hosted Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons, commander of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC), Apr. 16 to discuss future collaborations in foreign and domestic disaster preparedness and relief.

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Education for All

Thanks to a three-year-long inclusive education project in Sierra Leone funded by the U.K. government, Handicap International is ensuring that children with disabilities have the chance to go school. In Sierra Leone, as in many other developing countries, children with disabilities are typically excluded due to long-held stigmas and a lack of disability-specific resources.

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Guinea + 2 others
HPIC Launching Response to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

An outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa has prompted HPIC to launch a coordinated response with its partners. This outbreak is the first of its kind in the area, and is considered a serious threat to the people of Guinea, Liberia, and potentially Sierra Leone.

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"We try to make the violence disappear": The challenge of teaching amid conflict

By Suzanne Beukes

In the Central African Republic, where an already weak education system has been further set back by prolonged conflict, one teacher shows her commitment to her pupils – and her country.

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Night raid alternative fails to end violence against children

Bashir D, 17, who was summoned for questioning by phone says he was beaten by an Israeli interrogation officer.

Ramallah, April 17, 2014—Recent attempts by Israeli military and intelligence officers to “summon” Palestinian children for questioning fail to address ill-treatment once they are in Israeli military custody.

The Israeli army declared in February that a new pilot program relying on written summonses would be implemented as an alternative to night arrests.

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UN concerned for Syrian civilians trapped in Homs

04/18/2014 04:16 GMT

UNITED NATIONS, April 18, 2014 (AFP) - Members of the UN Security Council expressed what they called grave concern Thursday over the plight of Syrian civilians caught in fighting in the old quarter of Homs in Syria, the council's president said.

The body "urged the immediate implementation" of a February resolution to improve humanitarian access in the country, said Joy Ogwu, Nigeria's ambassador, who is serving as the council's current president.

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Jordan + 1 other
Miserable Syrians in Jordan say they'd rather go home

04/18/2014 03:36 GMT

by Mussa HATTAR

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, April 18, 2014 (AFP) - Syrian refugees in Jordan say they are so miserable that they would rather face "inevitable death" in their war-torn country than live in conditions that have sparked riots.

With Syria's war now in its fourth year, many of the 100,000 refugees in the sprawling desert Zaatari camp in northern Jordan feel the world has forgotten their struggle to survive.

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Nepal activists flay reconciliation bill

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IRIN

KATHMANDU, 18 April 2014 (IRIN) - Human rights activists have strongly criticized the provisions of a proposed Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) bill, saying it could grant amnesty to Maoist combatants and government troops for alleged crimes committed during the country’s decade-long civil war.

“This draft bill will not advance [us] but create more obstacles to the peace process,” human rights lawyer Mandira Sharma told IRIN.

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