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Insurgents Kill Five Civilians In Attack In Afghanistan

Afghan police say five people were killed and two were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a car in an attack in one of the country's eastern provinces.

The attack on October 24 in Nangahar province occured as seven civilians were travelling through Khogyani district early in the morning.

A spokesman for the provincial police, Hazrat Hussain Mashraqiwal, said the attack was carried out by "insurgents," a term that usually refers to the Taliban.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary October 24-30, 2014

Second-season dryness continues in Haiti, flooding risks remain in Central America and South Sudan

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. As the rainy season in Senegal comes to an end and harvesting begins, reduced crop yields due to this summer’s poorly distributed rainfall and delayed onset of the rainy season in July could become evident.

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Training for female teachers in Ghazni

SCA has launched a two week training for female teachers of science in Ghazni. 39 female teachers teaching Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology subjects in different schools are attending the training.

The aim behind the training is to resolve difficulties in teaching according to the new syllabus, and to build the capacities of teachers in teaching methodology.

The training, which is attended by 20 teachers of mathematics and physics, and 19 teachers of chemistry and biology, will be concluded on the 28th of October.

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Khost & Paktika Update No. 35 - 22 October 2014

1. KHOST & PAKTIKA UPDATE

Displacement of refugees from North Waziristan and South Waziristan Agency into Khost and Paktika provinces continues. As the situation is prolonged, UNHCR with support from TLO conducted focus group discussions with both refugee families and host communities, including men and women to get a better understanding of the needs and priorities of the populations in Khost and Paktika.

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ADB $40 Million Grant For Flood Reconstruction in Northern Afghanistan

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing a $40 million emergency assistance grant to assist with the reconstruction of irrigation and rural road infrastructure at 15 provinces in northern Afghanistan that suffered heavy damage from severe flooding earlier this year.

Asian Development Bank:

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EASO: Quarterly Asylum Report, Quarter 2, 2014

Report
European Union

Introduction

The EASO Quarterly Asylum Report is produced b y EASO’s Centre for Information,
Documentation and Analysis. It aims to provide an overview of key asylum trends by analysing data on applications for international protection , pending cases and decisions made on applications by EU M ember States and Associate Countries.

The analysis is based on data submitted to Eurostat as per Article 4 of the Migration Statistics Regulation and extracted from Eurostat database on September 2014.

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Afghanistan: Cross-Border Movement from Pakistan (as of 14 Oct 2014)

Military operations (ongoing since June 2014) in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in Pakistan have led to the displacement of thousands of people to surrounding districts in Paktika and Khost provinces in Afghanistan. As of 14 October 2014, 33,481 displaced families had been assessed. Response is ongoing based on an estimated 27,000 families in need of humanitarian assistance.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Afghan Women Hope for More Gains Under New Administration

Report
Voice of America

Spozhmai Maiwandi

New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani signaled a new day for women in Afghanistan during his inauguration speech with a simple but emotional thank you to his wife for her support and a promise that she will have influence in his presidency.

Ghani’s public acknowledgement of his wife Rula sends a positive message to Afghan women but makes others throughout Afghanistan uneasy.

The most important issues facing Afghan women today are security, health, and education, as well as social and economic empowerment.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 15 - 21 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Afghanistan: Cross-Border Movement from Pakistan (as of 14 Oct 2014)

Military operations (ongoing since June 2014) in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in Pakistan have led to the displacement of thousands of people to surrounding districts in Paktika and Khost provinces in Afghanistan. As of 14 October 2014, 33,481 displaced families had been assessed. Response is ongoing based on an estimated 27,000 families in need of humanitarian assistance.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Afghans work to improve local justice mechanisms for poor, disenfranchised

KABUL, 15 October 2014 – More than 100 Afghans attended a two-day conference in Mazar-e Sharif, the capital city of Afghanistan’s northern province of Balkh, to discuss ways to improve law enforcement and justice mechanisms at local and regional levels.

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Regional Snapshot South Asia | Fiscal Year (FY) 2014

REGIONAL SUMMARY

Chronic conflict, earthquakes, and recurrent seasonal storms, floods, and droughts, as well as limited government response capacity, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations throughout the South Asia region. 2 In addition to staff in Washington, D.C., USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) maintains a permanent regional office for South Asia in Bangkok, Thailand, where the USAID/OFDA regional team for South Asia is based. USAID/OFDA also has a humanitarian advisor in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Asia's first IDP policy - from theory to practice

Report
IRIN

Under the new policy, many IDPs will be given new rights, including long-term security of tenure, but turning the policy into reality remains a daunting task and one that is just beginning.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Afghanistan 17-October-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Land preparation and winter wheat planting underway

  • Above-average wheat crop harvested in 2014

  • Wheat import requirements forecast at slightly above average levels in 2014/15 Wheat prices increase, partly supported by currency depreciation

  • Food security situation improves, but vulnerable groups in parts are still a concern