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Analysis: South Sudan at a crossroads

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IRIN

By Stephen Graham

NAIROBI, 2 October 2014 (IRIN) - The failure of peace talks and the end of South Sudan’s wet season could unleash fresh fighting between government forces and rebel factions, propelling millions of people in the world’s youngest nation back towards a man-made famine, analysts and humanitarian workers warn.

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Italy + 3 others
Italy and the EU must not abandon refugees at sea

London, 2 October 2014 – One year after the tragic shipwreck off the island of Lampedusa in Italy, wars such as that in Syria and protracted crises and chaos in Libya continue to push an unprecedented number of refugees to Europe. As the patients seen by Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) medical teams in Sicily are increasingly more vulnerable, the European Union (EU) must continue active search and rescue operations to save lives in the Mediterranean, MSF said today.

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Qatar Charity is Still Aiding the Displaced in Myanmar

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Qatar Charity

Qatar Charity recently completed its latest relief project in Myanmar to aid those displaced by continuing violence through the provision of relief items valued at QAR one million (USD 275,000). More than 36,000 people benefited from the food and non-food items provided.

The project targeted villages and camps in Arakan State affected by the riots, which started again in 2012. According to Qatar Charity reports, more than 80,000 households lack adequate shelter and suffer from non-existent sources of income making them reliant on foreign aid.

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10 migrants dead, dozens missing in shipwreck off Libya

10/02/2014 13:21 GMT

TRIPOLI, October 2, 2014 (AFP) - At least 10 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa drowned Thursday and dozens more were missing after their boat sank in the Mediterranean offshore Libya, the coast guard said.

Between 80 and 90 people were rescued after the boat went down in waters east of Tripoli, a coast guard officer said, adding that survivors said there had been up to 180 people on board.

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Serbia + 1 other
Russian humanitarian aid delivered in Serbia

A Russian Emergencies Ministry Il-76 plane carrying about 27 tonnes of relief goods has landed at the Nikola Tesla airport in the city of Belgrade. There are food stuffs, warm clothes and household appliances. The humanitarian aid was collected on the initiative of the Serbian Embassy in Russia by those who care about Serbs affected by a devastating flood that hit the country in May.

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Liberia + 3 others
Australia provides further assistance to fight Ebola

Australia will provide an additional $10 million to the international response to the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa.

This will bring Australia’s total contribution to the Ebola response to $18 million and is in addition to the more than $40 million provided to the World Health Organisation over the past year to support global health activities.

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Massive increase in people seeking refuge at Syrian border puts pressure on relief supplies in Turkey

By Andreea Anca, IFRC Europe Zone

Food support is the most pressing need for the Turkish Red Crescent Society as it responds to the tens of thousands of people entering Turkey from Syria. In cooperation with the Turkish authorities, the society has provided bottles of water, energy biscuits, first aid and psychosocial support. The organization has also deployed mobile kitchens and provided over 95,000 meals so far.

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Tide of tragedy in Med still rising, year on from Lampedusa

10/02/2014 12:00 GMT

by Laure BRUMONT

ROME, October 2, 2014 (AFP) - A year after more than 360 Africans perished on a burning, sinking ship off Lampedusa there is no end in sight to the stream of migrant tragedies in the Mediterranean, or the political row over how to stop them recurring.

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A Madagascar, avoir stoppé l’invasion acridienne n’exclut pas un grand risque de résurgence

2 octobre 2014, Rome - L'invasion acridienne qui s'est propagée à travers Madagascar, menaçant les principales cultures vivrières de base et les pâturages, a été contenue mais ce succès est mis en péril par un manque de financements, a déclaré la FAO aujourd'hui.

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Oxfam is tripling its aid in Ebola hit countries as the disease spirals out of control

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Oxfam

International agency Oxfam is planning to triple its Ebola prevention programme in Sierra Leone and needs at least £10 million to help 2.5 million people at risk of catching the disease, it said today at the donor conference in London.

It will be significantly stepping up its water and sanitation supply to Ebola treatment centres and community care centres, supply of hygiene materials and boosting its mass public information campaign.

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Ebola outbreak resources available

Comprehensive resources regarding the Ebola outbreak are available on a dedicated website from International SOS - www.internationalsos.com/ebola. The information includes advice for individuals, travel precautions, latest updates and breaking news. The Ebola resources are downloadable and available free of charge. Among the site’s features are:

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Bomb on passenger coach kills seven in Pakistan: officials

10/02/2014 11:17 GMT

PESHAWAR, October 2, 2014 (AFP) - A bomb blast on a passenger coach in northwest Pakistan on Thursday killed at least seven people and wounded another six, police said.

The bomb was planted beneath a passenger seat and exploded in the outskirts of Peshawar, the region's main city, while the bus was en route to the town of Hangu.

"At least seven people have been killed and six wounded, the bomb was planted under a seat," senior police official Najeeb Ur Rehman told AFP.

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First time crop farmers in arid Kenya reap big

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Adeso

In Garissa’s arid landscapes of Abaqdera, crop farming is a budding practice. First time farmers Isnino Bile and her colleagues are excited about their accomplishments so far.

“We had our first harvest during Ramadhan (in July) and I harvested five buckets of chilies, 10 jerry cans of tomatoes, and two-and-a-half bags of maize which I sold for KES 55,250 (USD 650),” says Isnino. She expects to make about KES 100,000 (USD 1,200) by the end of the harvest. This is no small feat for a small-scale farmer in Kenya, where the average GDP per capita is under USD 1,000 per year.

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EU trust fund to help rebuild Central African Republic

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Deutsche Welle

EU peacekeepers are set to stay in the Central African Republic for an extra three months to allow more time for the transition to UN peacekeeping operation. The EU has also established a trust fund to help the CAR.

The Central African Republic (CAR) is in urgent need of assistance. Last year the country descended into chaos as a coup pitched it into months of violent unrest. Within the past few weeks a new transitional government has assumed power and a contingent of UN blue helmets has arrived.

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Safe passage into Europe needed for refugees

Brussels, Rome, 2 October 2014 – A year after the tragic death of nearly 400 forced migrants – men, women, children – off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa, tens of thousands of lives have been saved. The details of how close the victims were to the coast spurred the Italian government to act. Proof, if any was needed, of how much can be done when states prioritise life above border security.

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Red Crescent steps up as tens of thousands of Syrians are forced to seek refuge in Turkey

Budapest/ Geneva, 29 September 2014 – The population movement crisis at Turkey’s borders deepens as tens of thousands Syrians are driven out of their homes because of the escalating confrontation in the northern Syrian border towns.

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Pakistan set to record highest number of polio cases: officials

10/02/2014 09:28 GMT

ISLAMABAD, October 2, 2014 (AFP) - Health officials in Pakistan on Thursday said the country was set to break its record for the highest number of polio cases in a year, as Islamist militants continue to prevent vaccination efforts.

"The number of polio cases, recorded this year has reached 187 and if it reaches 200, we will cross our own record of 199 in year 2000," Rana Muhammad Safdar, a senior official at the Pakistan National Institute of Health told AFP.

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Fiji Red Cross Society Drought Assistance

The Fiji Red Cross Society is providing much needed assistance to help the people of Naitasiri who are affected by the current drought. The assistance is through the provision of clean water to the affected areas.

The Fiji Red Cross team comprises of a Logistics Support Officer, who will also be operating the NOMAD unit and 2 Fiji Red Cross – Suva Branch volunteers.

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Formation de groupes armés au droit international humanitaire

Genève / Bamako (CICR) – Des membres du Mouvement national de libération de l’Azawad (MNLA) et du Haut Conseil pour l’unité de l’Azawad (HCUA) participent à une formation au droit international humanitaire (DIH), organisée par le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR), le 1er octobre 2014, à Kidal.

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Locust plague in Madagascar halted, but at great risk of resurgence

A locust plague that threatened the main staple food crops and pasture in the country has been successfully contained; however, progress is under threat due to lack of funds, FAO said.