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Iraq + 1 other
Federal Government steps up humanitarian assistance for Iraq

Germany is releasing 20 million euros of additional funding for humanitarian assistance to help ease the suffering of people in Iraq. These funds will be available immediately and will be used mainly to provide winter relief to refugees and internally displaced persons.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement in Berlin (21 October):

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The large numbers of refugees in Iraq are in a dramatic humanitarian situation. Thinking of the upcoming winter makes it clear that we have to significantly step up our efforts.

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Liberia + 3 others
100 million euros for the fight against Ebola

The Federal Government has increased its support for the fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa to over 100 million euros, from which the Federal Foreign Office will receive 29 million euros for humanitarian assistance and evacuation measures. In his speech at the World Health Summit on 19 October, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier proposed sending a civilian EU mission to the areas hit by Ebola.

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Ukraine + 5 others
Ukraine Situation UNHCR Operational Update 24 September – 20 October 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of 16 October, 417,246 IDPs have been identified by Ukraine’s State Emergency Service. 95% come from the eastern regions of Ukraine.

  • Ukrainian Parliament adopted law on protection of internally displaced persons in addition to resolutions on IDP registration and provision of financial assistance, introduced by Cabinet of Ministers.

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Liberia + 2 others
Germany pledges further 85 million euros in Ebola aid

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Deutsche Welle

The federal government has upped its financial contribution for Ebola response efforts six-fold to 100 million euros ($127 million), calling the situation in West Africa "extremely worrying."

In the face of criticism that Germany is not contributing enough to international efforts to stem the spread of Ebola, Berlin announced Friday it would pledge 100 million euros, up from its earlier commitment of 17 million euros.

The announcement was made by deputy government spokeswoman Christiane Wirtz, speaking at a debate in parliament about Germany's Ebola response.

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Pakistan + 1 other
Germany and UNDP partner to support displaced persons with one million euros

Cyrill Nunn, German Ambassador to Pakistan, and Marc-André Franche, Country Director of UNDP in Pakistan, signed an agreement of 1 million euros at the German Embassy today to support the rehabilitation and return of displaced persons from the North Waziristan Agency of FATA. Tariq Orakzai, Director General of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also attended the signing agreement.

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World + 1 other
Government of Germany and UNAIDS sign new funding agreement

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UNAIDS

The Government of Germany and UNAIDS have signed a new funding agreement for 2015. The agreement was formalized by UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé and Ambassador Thomas Fitschen, Deputy Representative of the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, on 10 October.

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Ukraine + 1 other
Winterproof shelters - Aid convoy has arrived in Ukraine

07.10.2014 |This morning a convoy of lorries from Germany carrying equipment to be used to set up winterproof shelters and infrastructure in eastern Ukraine arrived in Ukraine. The convoy comprising 112 lorries crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border this morning at Jagodin.

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US-led warplanes pound jihadist sites as Kurds hold out in Kobane

10/9/2014 - 01:50 GMT

by Aris Messinis with Mohamad Ali Harissi in Beirut

US-led warplanes on Wednesday intensified bombing raids against jihadists advancing on the strategic Syrian border town of Kobane, in a desperate bid to help Kurdish forces who are holding out despite the Islamic State group's three-week assault.

US and Jordanian aircraft pounded IS positions near Kobane, destroying barracks, armed vehicles and a logistic command, even though the Pentagon admitted that air strikes alone were not enough to prevent the strategic town from falling.

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The United Nations calls for resolute action on Gaza

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl makes first official visit to Germany

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Ukraine + 1 other
Ger­many to send re­lief sup­plies to help refugees in Ukraine

Fed­eral Min­is­ter Müller calls plan "a con­crete ges­ture of di­rect help for peo­ple in the Ukraine"

In view of the loom­ing win­ter in the Ukraine and the plight of many peo­ple there, in par­tic­u­lar in the east of the coun­try, the Ger­man gov­ern­ment is despatch­ing fur­ther sup­plies.

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Ukraine + 1 other
Berlin hopes to send 200 troops to help OSCE Ukraine team

10/04/2014 12:36 GMT

BERLIN, October 4, 2014 (AFP) - Germany hopes to send 200 soldiers to Ukraine to help protect the OSCE mission monitoring the ceasefire in the restive east, the Bild newspaper reported Saturday.

Fifty members of the parachute regiment would be among the contingent, which must still be approved by Germany's parliament, the daily said, without naming its sources.

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Ukraine + 1 other
Ukraine’s refugees in Russia are there to stay, in new twist for conflict

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Washington Post

TULA, Russia — First the war in eastern Ukraine sent Anna Gurova’s family running to Russia. Now most of the residents on her old street have departed — and she said few of them plan to return, even if peace settles over the industrial region they once called home.

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Sierra Leone + 14 others
Defeating Ebola conference in London: International community pledges more health workers, funding and supplies

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Representatives from more than 20 governments, a dozen NGOs, the UN and a number of multinational companies have pledged emergency medical facilities, health workers to provide care and training to local staff, funding, equipment and logistics.

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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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Uganda + 2 others
USAID and Germany cooperate in Northern Uganda water and sanitation project

U.S. Mission Uganda announced the signing of a cooperation agreement between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to design and implement town sanitation

For Immediate Release Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Richard Sennoga +256772759993

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After abuses, German state reforms security measures at refugee facilities

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Deutsche Welle

The German state of North Rhine Westphalia has introduced new measures to improve security services in refugee housing. Earlier this week, allegations emerged that guards at one facility had abused several residents.

The many asylum seekers who had travelled to Germany for safety "need humane care...the assaults [that occurred earlier this week] are the opposite of human dignity," Ralf Jäger, the interior minister of the North Rhine Westphalia (NRW), told reporters in a press conference on Tuesday.

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EU trust fund starts delivering support to population

The projects will ensure better access to health for 760,000 people; create jobs and rehabilitate damaged infrastructure in Bangui; and empower women and work towards their economic inclusion.

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Germany + 2 others
Asylum-seekers 'abused' in German refugee centres

09/29/2014 15:32 GMT

by Frank ZELLER

BERLIN, September 29, 2014 (AFP) - German police Monday started an investigation into six private security guards at a refugee centre accused of assaulting and humiliating asylum seekers in ways that drew comparisons to abuse against Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

Police also questioned hundreds of refugees after disturbing photo and video footage emerged at the weekend, including an image showing a security guard pinning a handcuffed Algerian man to the floor with his boot on the man's neck.

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Liberia + 1 other
German armed forces prepare to fight Ebola

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Deutsche Welle

The German government came in for strong criticism for not doing enough to combat Ebola. That will now change: 2,000 volunteers are ready to be deployed to West Africa.