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World + 69 others
CrisisWatch N°134 - 1 October 2014

The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.

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World + 3 others
US: Ban Landmines Everywhere, Including Korea

Pledge Not to Use Antipersonnel Mines Falls Short

(Washington, DC, September 23, 2014) – The Obama administration’s commitment to stop using antipersonnel landmines anywhere in the world except in the Korean Peninsula is a positive step, but doesn’t go far enough to join the Mine Ban Treaty, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Bangladesh + 6 others
Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (26 August - 1 September 2014)

More than one million people are affected by floods in Bangladesh, while in Sri Lanka, low rainfall in August has aggravated the drought, which has hit 1.8 million people.

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Embajada de Korea dona equipos a la Defensa Civil

La embajada de Corea donó modernos equipos a los miembros y voluntarios de la Defensa Civil –DC- para la capacitación de los talleres de Búsqueda y Rescate de Estructuras Colapsadas.

Los equipos fueron entregados dentro del marco de la cooperación de Koica que lleva a cabo con nuestra institución.

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Torrential rains kill five in south

Report
JoongAng Daily

Bus and car swept away by water, and one nuclear plant shut

Torrential rain hit the southeastern part of the country yesterday, causing five fatal accidents including a bus being swept away by rainwater that killed at least one of its passengers in Changwon, South Gyeongsang.

The Changwon police yesterday reported that a bus was washed into a flooded river and was completely submerged when it hit a bridge.

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Two N. Koreans swim across sea border to S. Korea

08/14/2014 02:21 GMT

SEOUL, August 14, 2014 (AFP) - Two North Koreans swam across the sea border with South Korea on Thursday, Seoul's Unification Ministry said, in a rare maritime defection across the tense boundary.

Two men -- in their 20s and 50s -- swam across the Yellow Sea border to the South's island of Gyodongdo at around 4:00 am (1900 GMT Wednesday), where they were spotted by local marines.

"The marines found them coming across the border... and both expressed a desire to defect. They are believed to be a father and a son," the spokeswoman said

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S. Korea offers $13.3 mn for UN aid projects in North

08/11/2014 03:09 GMT

SEOUL, August 11, 2014 (AFP) - South Korea said Monday it would provide $13.3 million in funding for UN humanitarian projects in North Korea -- its second indirect aid package for the North in a month.

Seoul's Unification Ministry seven million dollars would go to World Food Programme (WFP) projects in the North, and $6.3 million to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The decision came a month after the ministry approved $2.9-million in financial support for Seoul civic groups providing assistance to North Korea.

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S. Korea to fund humanitarian projects in North

07/15/2014 04:27 GMT

SEOUL, July 15, 2014 (AFP) - South Korea announced Tuesday state funding for humanitarian projects in North Korea for the first time since Seoul imposed tough economic sanctions on Pyongyang four years ago.

The South's Unification Ministry stressed the move did not impact the ban on direct state aid to North Korea that was introduced after the sinking of the South Korean naval vessel Cheonan in 2010.

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World + 15 others
Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, May 2014 - Issue 10

Highlights

  • Food price inflation in the region continued to ease in April, rising at a pace of 3.2 percent compared to 4.5 percent in March as price rises slowed in China, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

  • General inflation in the region fell to 5.1 percent, the fifth straight month inflation eased as moderate rises in food prices helped curb general inflation.

  • FAO is predicting global cereal production will plunge by 2.4 percent in 2014 from the record output in 2013 mainly because of decreases in wheat and coarse grains output.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Republic of Korea 30-May-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • The 2014 rice production forecast similar to last year’s average level

  • Cereal imports forecast to increase slightly in the 2013/14 marketing year

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China + 4 others
East Asia Regional Delegation Annual Report 2013 (MAA54001)

Period covered: January to December 2013

Overview

East Asia Regional Delegation

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China + 2 others
Peace, prosperity and disaster management

By Andy McElroy

SEOUL, 29 April 2014 – Cooperation in disaster management is a key element of building peace and prosperity in North-East Asia, a high-level regional conference has been told.

The International Forum for Trilateral Cooperation between China, Japan and the Republic of Korea –collectively home to 22 percent of the world’s population and responsible for 20 percent of global trade volume – heard that disaster management represented a “key area” of progress in regional relations.

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Le PAM apprécie la réponse des donateurs à l'appel des victimes de la faim en RDC

KINSHASA – Le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) tient à remercier les donateurs qui ont récemment mobilisé plus de 48 millions de dollars américains pour l’assistance alimentaire en République démocratique du Congo (RDC). Ces fonds proviennent de la Banque africaine pour le développement, la France, l’Irlande, le Japon, l’Arabie Saoudite, la Corée du Sud, la Suède, la Suisse, la Turquie, et les Etats-Unis.

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Donors respond to plea on behalf of hungry vulnerable families in DR Congo

KINSHASA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes contributions of more than US$48 million for food assistance in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The contributions were from by the African Development Bank, France, Ireland, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States of America.

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Philippines + 1 other
60 schools to be built by South Korean military contingents in Leyte

By: CONSUELO B. ALARCON

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, March 1 (PIA) – The South Korean government through its military contingents is planning to construct 60 elementary schools in Leyte, a province in Eastern Visayas hardly hit by super typhoon Yolanda.

This is in line with the rebuilding mission of the South Korean military contingents in Leyte called “Araw” led by Col. Chul Won Lee who has been here for two months now.

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East Asia Regional Delegation Development Operational Report Quarter 3 & 4 2013 (MAA54001)

1. Executive Summary

Overall Project/Program Status:

The support provided by the East Asia Regional Delegation (EARD) in respect to the objectives of these projects has been on target. A strong team supporting regional representation, resource mobilization, information/communications, and planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting (PMER) continues to scale up support and output, during this very busy time of year.

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Powdered milk sent to hungry babies in North

Report
JoongAng Daily

A South Korean civic group sent a large shipment of food aid for North Korean infants, a major humanitarian assistance approved by the Park Geun-hye administration.

A ship carrying 26,000 cans of powdered milk totaling 22.1 tons departed for North Korea yesterday from Incheon Port, west of Seoul. The amount can feed about 13,000 babies for a month, according to the civic group 1090 Peace and Unification Campaign, which is in partnership with the JoongAng Ilbo.

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