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Myanmar + 1 other
Boost for Burma with new UK funding

Desmond Swayne announces new funding for Burma while on a visit to the country

The UK remains committed to supporting Burma to reach its potential as a peaceful and prosperous country that respects the human rights of its entire people, International Development Minister Desmond Swayne said while announcing new funding at a reception to mark 10 years of DFID’s presence in Burma.

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Iraq + 1 other
New UK aid package for Iraq focuses on vulnerable women and children

Justine Greening travelled to Iraq to see first-hand how UK support is helping people affected by the fighting

Britain is assisting desperate Iraqi civilians, including the most vulnerable women and children, with an additional £10 million of emergency humanitarian relief, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today during a visit to northern Iraq.

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Ukraine + 1 other
FCO minister deeply concerned by Russian convoy entering Ukraine

Minister for Europe, David Lidington

In response to reports that a Russian convoy has entered Ukraine without the Government of Ukraine’s consent or the involvement of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Minister for Europe David Lidington said:

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Factsheet: The UK's humanitarian aid response to the Syria crisis (26 August 2014)

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £600 million to provide humanitarian support including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.

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Uganda + 1 other
British High Commissioner to Uganda on universal bednet campaign

British High Commissioner speaks at closing event of campaign on 16 August.

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More UK aid flights into Erbil deliver food and essential kit for aid workers

Two more UK aid flights carrying emergency food and tents for displaced Iraqi families have arrived in northern Iraq

Two more UK aid flights carrying emergency food and tents for displaced Iraqi families and essential kit to ensure aid workers can distribute supplies quickly and safely have now departed Dubai for northern Iraq, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said this morning.

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Liberia + 4 others
Emergency research call launched to help combat Ebola outbreak

A rapid response call for research to combat the Ebola outbreak in west Africa is being launched today, Wellcome Trust director Dr Jeremy Farrar and International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced.

Expert teams from around the world are being invited to submit research proposals to better inform the management of Ebola outbreaks so that lives can be saved. This includes research which could produce evidence to help tackle the current outbreak.

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UK delivers tents for displaced families in northern Iraq

Britain has delivered hundreds of tents and supplies of high nutrition emergency food for displaced families in northern Iraq, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

Two Department for International Development-chartered Airbus cargo flights landed in Erbil today carrying 45 tonnes of “Plumpy’Doz” food from the World Food Programme (WFP) and 515 family-sized tents from DFID’s warehouse in Dubai.

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Funding boost for humanitarian workers on World Humanitarian Day

The UK is providing more than £1 million to improve the personal safety of humanitarian workers who put themselves at risk to help others, International Development Minister Desmond Swayne announced today.

The package of support includes funding for humanitarian worker safety in Iraq, extra training for staff operating in dangerous environments around the world and funding to help establish 3 new NGO staff safety hubs in Iraq, Libya and the Central African Republic (CAR).

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University of Edinburgh to help spread technology across Africa

UK Government funding helps to make latest agricultural technology available in Africa.

A University of Edinburgh research group will receive £10.8 million from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) to help make the latest agricultural technology available across 10 African countries, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael announced today.

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UK aid arrives for displaced Iraqis across northern Iraq

Britain has delivered thousands of kitchen sets to go to Iraqis in refugee camps in northern Iraq, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

Two Airbus flights landed in Erbil this morning carrying UK aid supplies that will now be distributed by UN agencies to people cut off from their homes in camps across the Dahuk region of northern Iraq.

There are approximately half a million displaced people in Dahuk - 200,000 since the beginning of August. Those arriving at camps have travelled for days without food and water in 50 degree temperatures.

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British aid for Yazidi refugees fleeing Mount Sinjar

Britain will boost its support for 12,000 Yazidi refugees who have escaped from Mount Sinjar and made it to a refugee camp across the Syrian border, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced.

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Iraq + 1 other
New UK aid supplies delivered to Iraq

The UK has delivered a fourth round of emergency assistance to northern Iraq following two further successful deliveries of UK aid overnight, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

Over four nights, the UK has successfully delivered a total of seven air drops of clean water, shelter and solar lamps with mobile phone chargers to help thousands of displaced Iraqi people.

Justine Greening said:

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Iraq + 2 others
Australia to join humanitarian airdrops in Iraq

08/13/2014 01:31 GMT

SYDNEY, August 13, 2014 (AFP) - Prime Minister Tony Abbott has confirmed Australian planes will join humanitarian airdrops in Iraq and did not rule out the possibility of greater military involvement.

Abbott, speaking in London after security talks, said Canberra was in discussions with international partners on how to protect displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Mount Sinjar by jihadist Islamic State militants.

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Iraq + 1 other
International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced British support for charities operating in Iraq.

Britain will give £3 million to help Mercy Corps, Save the Children, the International Rescue Committee and Action Against Hunger provide food, medical supplies, water and sanitation to over 100,000 people across northern Iraq. The funding will be fast-tracked so the 4 charities can start using it immediately.

Justine Greening said:

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UK to send NHS medics to help those injured by Gaza crisis

UK to send NHS medics to provide urgent expert health care to children and other vulnerable people injured by the crisis in Gaza.

The UK, which has already contributed over £17 million to help those affected by the conflict in Gaza, has activated its International Emergency Trauma Register to deploy a world class team of NHS staff directly to the region within the next 48 hours to help treat hundreds of those affected by the crisis.

Announcing the package, Prime Minister David Cameron said:

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Emergency UK aid for displaced people in Iraq

The UK is releasing an £8 million package of emergency humanitarian assistance for Iraq.

The UK is releasing an £8 million package of emergency humanitarian assistance to get lifesaving aid to tens of thousands of people across northern and central Iraq who have fled ISIL terrorists, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

This emergency help, which brings total UK support for those displaced in Iraq to £13 million, will include:

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UK government to double public donations for Gaza

The UK will match pound for pound the first £2 million donations to the DEC Gaza appeal

The British government will activate UK Aid Match for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

The DEC will see the first £2 million of donations from members of the public aid matched, meaning that every £1 donated is matched by UK aid.

Justine Greening said:

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Britain to extend assistance to combat Ebola in West Africa

The UK will provide additional funding to strengthen health systems in Sierra Leone and Liberia and contain the spread of Ebola in West Africa, Justine Greening announced today.