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Troisième évaluation de la mise en œuvre de la Feuille de route en vue des élections de 2015

22 octobre 2014 - Pour la troisième fois depuis son adoption en mars 2013 lors d'un atelier organisé conjointement par le Gouvernement burundais et le Bureau des Nations Unies au Burundi (BNUB), la Feuille de route en vue des élections de 2015 fera l'objet d'une évaluation par les partis et acteurs politiques du Burundi, jeudi, 23 octobre 2014, à Gitega.

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Mali + 23 others
‘Population growth far outpaces food supply’ in conflict-ravaged Sahel

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Guardian

Chris Arsenault

Researchers say conflict and climate change mean the region’s resources will be unable to sustain the increasing population

The Sahel’s ability to produce food is not keeping pace with its growing population, and global warming will only exacerbate the imbalance, according to a new study.

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Third assessment of the Roadmap towards 2015 elections

22 October 2014 - For the third time since its adoption at a workshop organized in March 2013 by the Government of Burundi and the United Nations Office in Burundi (BNUB), the implementation of the Roadmap towards 2015 elections will be assessed on Thursday 23 October 2014 in Gitega.

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De nouveaux actes de violence déplacent près de 64 300 personnes en RCA

République centrafricaine - D’après la mission de l’OIM en République centrafricaine (RCA), les violences qui se sont généralisées depuis les affrontements du 7 octobre ont provoqué le déplacement de nouvelles personnes vulnérables à Bangui.

D’après une analyse préliminaire, le nouveau déplacement porte le nombre total de déplacés à plus de 64 300 à Bangui. La dernière analyse de suivi des déplacements fait état de l’arrivée de 4 300 déplacés supplémentaires à Bimbo, 25 km au sud-est de Bangui, issus de camps sévèrement affectés.

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Viet Nam: Freedom for all peaceful activists must follow blogger’s release

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Amnesty

The release from prison of one of Viet Nam’s most high profile prisoners of conscience is a positive step, but authorities must now free the scores of other peaceful activists behind bars, said Amnesty International today.

Nguyen Van Hai, better known by his pen name Dieu Cay (“peasant’s pipe”), was released from prison yesterday, having served four years of a 12-year prison sentence. Immediately after his release he was taken to the airport and put on a plane, eventually bound for the USA.

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Sierra Leone + 2 others
Two die in Sierra Leone riot sparked by Ebola tests

10/22/2014 - 11:33 GMT

by Rod Mac Johnson

Two people died in a riot in Sierra Leone sparked when health workers struggling to contain the Ebola epidemic tried to take a blood sample from an elderly woman, doctors told AFP on Wednesday.

A machete-wielding mob clashed with security personnel in the eastern town of Koidu and then went on a rampage on Tuesday, after preventing a medical team from taking the blood from the 90-year-old mother of a youth leader, doctors from the local government hospital said.

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République démocratique du Congo : le CICR est préoccupé par les violences contre les civils au Nord-Kivu

Genève / Kinshasa (CICR) – Après les deux attaques meurtrières perpétrées dans les villes de Beni et d’Eringeti, les équipes du Comité International de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) ont pu évacuer par avion 14 personnes blessées vers l'hôpital CBCA Ndosho à Goma.

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RDC : Ban condamne l'expulsion du Directeur du Bureau conjoint des Nations Unies aux droits de l'homme

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UN News Service

21 octobre 2014 – Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-moon, a condamné mardi la décision du gouvernement de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) d'expulser le Directeur du Bureau conjoint des Nations Unies aux droits de l'homme, Scott Campbell et il a exprimé sa préoccupation concernant les menaces visant d'autres employés du Bureau conjoint, liées à leurs fonctions officielles.

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World Olympians Association launches #TargetEbola fundraising campaign

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Oxfam

The World Olympians Association [WOA], the representative body for Olympians worldwide, has today launched the #TargetEbola campaign to help combat Ebola in Sierra Leone and other areas in West Africa.

Dr Francis Dove Edwin, two-time Olympian from Sierra Leone, has been appointed to the Presidential task force to help stop the spread Ebola in the country and he and his fellow Sierra Leone Olympians have asked the WOA to help raise funds.

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South Sudan + 3 others
East African leaders in South Sudan to push for peace

10/22/2014 - 10:03 GMT

Juba, Soudan du Sud | AFP | Wednesday 10/22/2014 - 10:03 GMT | 256 words

East African leaders met South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Wednesday in the latest push to end over 10 months of a civil war that has devastated the young nation.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ugandan Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda arrived in the war-torn nation's capital on a one-day visit to discuss the "on-going peace process", a spokesman in Kiir's office told AFP.

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Corruption disrupts government aid to Iraq's displaced

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IRIN

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, 22 October 2014 (IRIN) - Officials in Iraq are diverting and delaying payments earmarked for displaced families, according to senior people in the government department concerned.

A parliamentary investigation is under way following claims that corrupt officials within the Ministry of Displacement and Migration have been forcing displaced families to pay bribes in order to receive government cash support.

Salam al-Khafaji, deputy minister of displacement and migration, acknowledged there were problems and described the distribution system as "chaotic".

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World + 6 others
Ebola : l'ONU se félicite de l'arrivée d'un vaccin d'essai pour lutter contre le virus

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UN News Service

21 octobre 2014 – L'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) a annoncé mardi qu'un candidat vaccin contre le virus de l'Ebola sera bientôt mis à disposition dans le cadre des efforts pour lutter contre cette maladie. L'agence attend l'arrivée à Genève mercredi 22 octobre d'une livraison de ce vaccin de provenance du Canada.

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EU and FAO step up action against desertification in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific

€41 million effort should help end hunger, foster stability and adapt to climate change

22 October 2014, Brussels/Rome - The European Union (EU) and FAO in collaboration with the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) have launched a €41 million, 4.5-year programme to bolster sustainable land management and restore drylands and degraded lands in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

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Senegal + 6 others
"Des radios contre Ebola" - Préparer 48 radios de proximité d’Afrique de l’Ouest à la prévention contre Ebola (21 octobre 2014)

La nouvelle épidémie du virus Ebola qui sévit actuellement en Afrique de l’Ouest a déjà fait plus de 4 000 morts sur le continent africain. La progression du virus se poursuit et aucun vaccin efficace n’est pour le moment annoncé.

Dans ce contexte, l’attachement des populations isolées à certaines pratiques rituelles est identifié comme un facteur de propagation avéré.

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Liberia + 3 others
Ministry for Foreign Affairs granted additional funding for the fight against Ebola

Development Minister Sirpa Paatero has today signed a pledge of EUR 7.1 million in support for the UN Ebola Trust Fund through which UN agencies, led by WHO, are fighting against the spread of the disease in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

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Colombia + 1 other
Ecuador y Colombia elevan alerta por actividad volcánica y sísmica

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Redhum

Fuente: La Hora

Ecuador y Colombia elevaron hoy, 21 de octubre, el nivel de alerta por la posible erupción de los volcanes Chiles y Cerro Negro, que constituyen parte de la frontera entre ambos países, luego de fuertes sismos registrados en la víspera en la zona.

La Secretaría de Gestión de Riesgos de Ecuador resolvió activar la alerta intermedia de riesgo (naranja) tras los sismos de hasta 5,9 grados de magnitud en la provincia andina de Carchi, en el norte del país, aunque sin dejar víctimas o daños materiales importantes.

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UK Aid: Syria response (21 October 2014)

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £700 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.

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Latest from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine based on information received as of 18:00 (Kyiv time), 20 October 2014

The SMM continued to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum and within this context the work of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC). The Donetsk and Luhansk regions remained tense.

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CMC Calls for Immediate Halt to Use of Cluster Munitions in Ukraine

(22 October 2014) The Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) strongly condemns the use of cluster munitions by Ukrainian Government forces in attacks this month against separatist forces in Donetsk and other areas and calls for an immediate halt to use of the banned weapon. The report by CMC member Human Rights Watch shows evidence of widespread use of cluster munitions in the conflict, including possible use by pro-Russian separatists and Russian military.

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IGAD chief mediator says close to peace deal in South Sudan

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Sudan Tribune

October 21, 2014 (KHARTOUM) - Following a meeting with president Omer al-Bashir, the head of IGAD mediation team, Seyoum Mesfin, said they are now closer than ever before to a peace agreement ending the ten-month conflict in south Sudan.

The chief mediator at the East African Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and former Ethiopian foreign minister on Tuesday was in Khartoum to brief the Sudanese president about the recent developments achieved to end the South Sudanese crisis.