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A warm welcome for displaced Ukrainians in Russia's Rostov region

KRASNY DESANT, Russian Federation, October 31 (UNHCR) – Lidia resents the presence of camera crews outside her house, saying she only did what anyone else would have done in her position, and the figures bear her out.

The widow, like hundreds of other people living in and around the Russian city of Rostov, took in families displaced by the fighting in eastern Ukraine, which is still simmering despite a ceasefire and autonomy pledge in September. Lidia opened her home in Krasny Desant to eight people from two families.

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Ukraine + 1 other
Russian Emergencies Ministry sends humanitarian aid to Luhansk and Donetsk regions

In response to many requests from the residents of the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics the Russian Emergencies Ministry has decided to put together another shipment of humanitarian aid.

In their requests residents and leaders of the republics tell about current social and economic state, which is on the edge of a humanitarian disaster and ask for urgent help especially when winter is coming.

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Serbia + 7 others
South east Europe builds resilience to natural hazards

BRUSSELS, 27 October 2014 - A new cross-border multi-hazard early warning system will be developed in the Western Balkans and Turkey to increase resilience to floods, landslides, droughts and heat-waves which often hit the region and to build on the lessons learnt from the devastating floods of May 2014.

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Afghanistan + 7 others
Volrep and Border Monitoring Monthly Update - September 2014

VOLUNTARY RETURN TO AFGHANISTAN

1 – 30 September 2014: In September 2014, a total of 1,719 Afghan refugees voluntarily repatriated to Afghanistan.
Of this, 1,253 came from Pakistan, 447 from Iran, 9 from Tajikistan, 9 from Kazakstan and 1 from the Russian Federation.

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Ukraine + 2 others
Ukraine displacement worsening as winter looms

Estimates as of Thursday 23 October are that Ukraine’s internally displaced population has risen to 430,000 people, some 170,000 more than at the start of September.

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Iraq + 1 other
Russian Emergencies Ministry jet delivers humanitarian aid to Iraq

A Russian Emergencies Ministry’s jet carrying a batch of humanitarian aid has taken off today from Ramenskoye airport for Iraq. The Il-76 flying to Baghdad is carrying food, two mobile power generators, 2.5 thousand blankets and 100 ten-bed tents. The total weight of the humanitarian aid provided by Russia is 27 tonnes.

The second jet with relief aid is due to fly to the town of Erbil on 23 October.

The relief goods are sent pursuant to the orders of the Russian leadership.

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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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Russian Emergencies Ministry jet to deliver humanitarian aid to Syria

A Russian Emergencies Ministry jet carrying a shipment of humanitarian aid has taken off today from Ramenskoye airport outside Moscow to the Syrian Arab Republic (the town of Latakia) on the order of the Russian Government. The Il-76 will deliver 17 tonnes of goods (tinned meat, sugar and baby food). There is also 2 tonnes of relief goods collected by Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society.

On its way back from Latakia to Moscow the Russian Emergencies plane is going to bring about 90 citizens, who want to leave the armed conflict area.

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Floods of Ukrainian refugees seek new life in Russia

By Olesya Astakhova

BELGOROD, Russia, Oct 7 (Reuters) - After three days trapped in a cellar by shelling, Svetlana and Sergei Divenko left their home in eastern Ukraine and fled to Russia with their two children and a single bag.

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Ukraine + 1 other
Crimea: Enforced Disappearances

Crimean Tatars, Other Pro-Ukraine Figures Among the Missing

(Berlin, October 7, 2014) – At least five people have been forcibly disappeared in Crimea since May 2014, including two on September 27, Human Rights Watch said today.

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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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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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Ukraine + 1 other
Commission Implementing Decision of 2.10.2014 amending Commission Implementing Decision C(2014) 6005 financing emergency humanitarian actions supporting Ukrainian crisis-affected population (ECHO/UKR/BUD/2014/01000)

COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION of 2.10.2014 amending Commission Implementing Decision C(2014) 6005 financing emergency humanitarian actions supporting Ukrainian crisis-affected population from the general budget of the European Union.

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,
Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

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Emergencies Ministry rescuers defused 14 explosive devices in Rzhev District

A combined rescue team of the Russian Emergencies Ministry is carrying out demining operations in Rzhev District, Tver Region. Some of the fiercest fighting had taken place in this area during the Great Patriotic War. Deadly unexploded mines and shells still can be found in the territory, where the Rzhev-Vyazma battle had happened. Echoes of that time still pose a threat to local residents, as now the area is agricultural land.

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World + 18 others
Unparalleled Global Pressures Tempered in General Assembly Debate by Appeals to Forge Bonds with Neighbours, Mitigate Man-Made, Natural Disasters

GA/11564

Sixty-ninth General Assembly
Plenary
14th & 15th Meetings (AM & PM)

Amid growing global tensions and turmoil, fostering neighbourly relations was vital to national development and prosperity and in keeping with the “surge of democracy” spreading throughout the world, the General Assembly heard today as debate continued into the weekend.

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Sudan + 8 others
European Union calls for an effective mechanism to monitor and report on the human rights situation in Sudan

Report
European Union

H.E. Ambassador Maurizio Enrico Serra Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations Office in Geneva delivered the European Union's Statement on human rights at the 27th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 16th September 2014. The statement is as follows:

Mr. President,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union.

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Ukraine + 5 others
Ukraine UNHCR External Update on the Situation of Displaced Persons 5 – 23 September 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of 18 September, almost 275,500 Ukrainians have been displaced throughout Ukraine. Almost 94% of them come from the eastern regions of Ukraine.

  • Within the reporting period, UNHCR distributed humanitarian aid worth more than 200,000 USD to the most vulnerable IDPs. Deliveries included assistance to rebuild destroyed homes.

  • More than 250,000 USD was provided in form of cash assistance to about 1,500 vulnerable IDPs in Kyiv, Lviv and Vinnytsia region.

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South Sudan + 15 others
24 September 2014: World - ECHO Flash Events

U.S.A. – Wildfires

• Over 36 000ha have been burnt by an active wildfire (named “King Fire”) near Sacramento, northern California, while it has also destroyed 68 structures, including 12 houses, as of 24 September. Evacuations are still in effect.

• A second large wildfire, “Happy Camp Complex”, has burnt over 53 000ha in Siskiyou County. It is currently 86% contained. (NICC, USDA)

Ukraine/Russia – Severe Weather

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World + 5 others
BRICS: Building Education for the Future

Stronger collaboration between five emerging economies that have made major strides in building better quality education systems, can accelerate progress in education, a new UNESCO report recommends.

BRICS (Brazil, Russian, India, China and South Africa): Building Education for the Future is the first in-depth analysis tracking the successes and challenges facing education in the countries. BRICS are currently providing education to over 40 percent of the world’s population.

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World + 7 others
A Sign of Things to Come? Examining four major climate-related disasters, 2010-2013, and their impacts on food security

Report
Oxfam
preview

Four recent extreme weather events – the 2010 heat wave in Russia, the flooding in Pakistan in the same year, the 2010–2011 drought in East Africa and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013 – were notable for their intensity, duration, and impacts on livelihoods and food security.