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Turkey FM meets Hamas chief in Doha for Gaza talks: official

07/25/2014 15:50 GMT

ANKARA, July 25, 2014 (AFP) - Turkey's foreign minister on Friday met Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal in the Qatari capital Doha to help efforts to broker a ceasefire with Israel, a government official said.

Ahmet Davutoglu met Meshaal in Doha for "negotiations aimed at a fair ceasefire," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity. "The talks are proceeding in a positive direction."

The minister's unscheduled meeting comes after telephone talks with his counterparts from the United States and Qatar on Thursday night.

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Lebanon + 2 others
Canada supports refugee children in the Middle East

Canada will provide greater learning opportunities to vulnerable children from Syria and Lebanon

July 25, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

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Palestinian minister goes to ICC over Israel offensive

07/25/2014 12:24 GMT

PARIS, July 25, 2014 (AFP) - A French lawyer said Friday he had lodged a complaint at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on behalf of the Palestinian justice minister accusing the Israeli army of "war crimes".

More than 800 Palestinians have been killed in Israel's offensive in Gaza, launched on July 8 in response to Hamas militants firing rockets into the Jewish state.

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UNFPA Alarmed Over Devastating Impact of Gaza Violence on Women, Girls

UNITED NATIONS, New York—UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is deeply concerned about the impact of the ongoing Gaza conflict on women’s health and their access to safe births.

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On the 18th Day of the Israeli Offensive on Gaza: Israeli Warplane Attack Shelter of Displaced Civilians Killing 11 and Wounding Dozens

Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 18th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure protection for civilians in times of war, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction. Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities.

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Sierra Leone + 1 other
CAFOD responds to ebola outbreak in west Africa

Hundreds of people have died from the deadly Ebola virus in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. CAFOD’s partners are on the ground, helping communities to protect themselves.

An outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease has hit communities in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. To date, the World Health Organisation estimates that 786 people have been infected, and 442 people have died, making it the largest outbreak ever known.

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OSCE representative calls for immediate release of all journalists missing in eastern Ukraine

VIENNA, 25 July 2014 – OSCE Representative of Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today demanded the immediate release of journalists who were reported missing in eastern Ukraine.

“I am seriously concerned about the continuing abduction and disappearance of members of the media,” Mijatović said. “This practice of intimidation continues to create an environment of fear for journalists and media workers.”

“This trend has to change and it has to change immediately,” she said.

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Boletín Informativo No. 3688 - Perspectiva climática para Agosto, Septiembre y Octubre

De acuerdo con el boletín de perspectiva climática del Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología –INSIVUMEH-, para los meses de agosto, septiembre y octubre se espera en la mayor parte del país poca lluvia o ausencia de las mismas, principalmente en regiones del Oriente, Meseta Central y Caribe.

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Blasts targeting Shiites in Iraq's Kirkuk kill four

07/25/2014 14:00 GMT

KIRKUK, July 25, 2014 (AFP) - A series of blasts outside Shiite prayer halls killed four people and wounded 19 others on Friday in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, police and medical sources said.

The deadliest blast took place in a car park outside the Mustafa prayer hall, or husseiniya, in the city's southwest, where a car bomb killed four worshippers and wounded 15 others after they had finished prayers.

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Unión Europea destina cerca de 1.500 millones de guaranís en ayuda humanitaria para los afectados por las inundaciones en Paraguay

Asunción, 24 de Julio de 2014 – En respuesta a los graves daños causados por las recientes inundaciones en Paraguay, la Unión Europea ha decidido destinar más de 1.496 millones de guaranís1 (250 mil euros) para proporcionar ayuda inmediata de emergencia a la población más afectada. Más de cinco mil personas (1.000 familias) se beneficiarán del apoyo proporcionado por el departamento de Ayuda Humanitaria y Protección Civil (ECHO).

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No wonder Gazans are angry. The Red Cross can’t protect them

25-07-2014 Article

Article by Jacques de Maio, head of the ICRC's delegation in Israel and the occupied territories, published in the Guardian

Three ICRC vehicles are leaving Shujaia. They have rescued 11 people from the rubble but the intense combat has forced them back. As they depart an angry crowd of Palestinians attacks the vehicles with stones and sticks. “You are useless,” the crowd shouts. “You must protect us.”

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Abducted IOM staff released in South Darfur

07/25/2014 15:08 GMT

KHARTOUM, July 25, 2014 (AFP) - A Zambian aid worker was released in Sudan's troubled Darfur region on Friday after 19 days in captivity, peacekeepers said.

Felix Ngoma, who is on the staff of the International Organisation for Migration, was the latest kidnap victim in a region where crime and violence have risen dramatically.

He appeared to be unharmed, in good health and will soon fly home to Zambia, the African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said in a statement.

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OSCE meeting in Turkmenistan looks at export control, transshipment of weapons of mass destruction

ASHGABAT, 25 July 2014 –OSCE efforts to implement United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1540 on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery was a focus at an OSCE-supported roundtable discussion that concluded in Ashgabat today.

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China Flood 2014: Work Report 4

23.7.2014

Situation Update

Since 18 July, super typhoon “Rammasun” has swept several provinces in Southern China, the powerful windstorm brought along torrential rains and storm surge and caused extensive damage, it was particularly serious in Hainan province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. As of 23 July, flood victims totaled over 7.48 million people in these two provinces, 33 people died or remained missing.

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Israel/Gaza conflict, July 2014

Report
Amnesty

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

What does Amnesty International think of the resolution passed by the UN Human Rights Council on 23 July? What should happen next?

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Nigeria + 1 other
Liberian with Ebola-like symptoms dies in Nigeria: official

07/25/2014 13:15 GMT

LAGOS, July 25, 2014 (AFP) - A Liberian man hospitalised in Lagos with Ebola-like symptoms has died, an official said Friday, without confirming the virus was the cause of his death.

The 40-year-old Monrovia resident arrived in Nigeria's mega-city on Sunday and was admitted to hospital after suffering from severe vomiting and diarrhoea.

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It's time NGOs admit aid isn't going to 'save' Africa

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Guardian

Africa loses more to the west than it gains in aid. NGOs must challenge governments rather than congratulate them

Martin Drewry

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Mali + 7 others
Il faut mobiliser un soutien d'urgence pour affronter l'insécurité alimentaire croissante au Sahel

Un déficit de financement de 100 millions de dollars entrave la lutte contre la faim dans la région

25 juillet 2014, Rome – L'ONU a invité aujourd'hui la communauté internationale de donateurs à renouveler l'engagement de lutte contre la faim et l'insécurité alimentaire au Sahel en protégeant et en renforçant la résilience des familles pauvres et extrêmement pauvres de la région.

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Guinea + 2 others
West Africa Ebola death toll reaches 660: WHO

07/25/2014 12:17 GMT

GENEVA, July 25, 2014 (AFP) - The death toll in West Africa's Ebola outbreak has risen to 660, with the number of cases surpassing 1,000, the World Health Organization said Friday.

WHO spokesman Paul Garwood said that the extent of what is the deadliest outbreak of Ebola on record was still emerging.

"This is a trend, an overall picture. It's hard to get an exact picture on the scale of the situation at the moment," he told reporters.

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Ecuador + 1 other
Personal del PMA de Ecuador y Colombia comparten experiencias asistiendo a refugiados

Debido a la gran cantidad de refugiados colombianos que cruzan la frontera en busca de asilo huyendo de la violencia en su país, Ecuador es el país que alberga al mayor número de refugiados reconocidos en la región según ACNUR. El PMA trabaja con los gobiernos de Ecuador y Colombia para brindar asistencia alimentaria a estas personas viviendo en la frontera.