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27 Nov 2014 description

The Pa-Oh National Liberation Organization (PNLO) and its armed wing, the Pa-Oh National Liberation Army (PNLA), pledged to protect children from the effects of armed conflict by signing a “Deed of Commitment” (DOC) in Geneva on 17 November, according to a statement issued by NGO Geneva Call.

The PNLA/PNLO signed the DOC at a conference called the “Third Meeting of Signatories to the Deeds of Commitment”, where 35 armed non-State actors (ANSAs) from 14 countries gathered in Geneva from 17-20 November.

27 Nov 2014 description

11/27/2014 - 21:50 GMT |

Gunmen on camels have killed 15 civilians and wounded 10 others in an attack in Sudan's South Darfur, the region's government said in a statement.

The attack took place in the Hammadeh area 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of the state capital Nyala, the statement carried by official new agency SUNA said Wednesday.

"We have formed a commission of inquiry into the killing of the citizens in the Hammadeh area," state governor Adam Jar al-Nabi told SUNA.

27 Nov 2014 description

11/27/2014 - 20:49 GMT

Canada will send 40 military medics to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak, officials said Thursday while also encouraging Canadian health care workers to join the fight.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose said an estimated 350 international care workers and specialists are needed at Ebola treatment centers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

These countries are facing a shortage of doctors and nurses, as well as psychologists, water and sanitation engineers, and infection prevention and control staff, she said.

27 Nov 2014 description

11/27/2014 - 20:09 GMT

More than 100 people have been killed in several days of fighting between two clans in Sudan's oil-rich West Kordofan region, tribal leaders told AFP on Thursday.

The clashes started on Sunday over a land dispute between two sub-groups of the powerful Misseriya tribe in Al-Quwik area near the border with South Sudan.

The fighting between the Zioud and the Awlad Amran groups left 133 people dead, the head of the Misseriya, Mokhtar Babo Nimir, told AFP.

27 Nov 2014 description

11/27/2014 - 18:49 GMT |

Dozens of Chadian troops from the United Nations peacekeeping force in Mali have deserted their posts in a dispute over pay and conditions, military sources and the soldiers themselves told AFP on Thursday.

The soldiers, who are armed, left their station in the northern town of Aguelhoc on Tuesday night, some complaining that they hadn't been paid for up to four months, several sources told AFP.

27 Nov 2014 description

The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (the Forum) is concerned about the continued systematic closure of democratic space in Zimbabwe. The past months have witnessed a systematic use of torture, harassment and intimidation by state agents on citizens exercising their freedom of association and assembly and the freedom to demonstrate and petition. These attacks are indicative of the closing of the democratic space, which is contrary to section 58 and 59 of the constitution of Zimbabwe.

27 Nov 2014 description
report Deutsche Welle

Good news has been rare when it comes to the Ebola outbreak. Now, there's a glimmer of hope. One vaccine has yielded promising results in humans - even if it has its drawbacks.

For months, bad news - even bordering on the apocalyptic - was the norm when it came to Ebola in West Africa: Exponential infection rates, agonizing deaths, and an epidemic lasting much longer than expected.

For those waiting anxiously for a sign of hope, maybe - just maybe - here it is.

27 Nov 2014 description

The Bangladeshi government’s announcement that it will move two camps housing some 30,000 officially documented Rohingya refugees has heightened concerns among the Muslim minority, which fled persecution in neighbouring Myanmar. Observers welcome the possibility of improving camp conditions, but are concerned the move could also increase insecurity.

27 Nov 2014 description

A fast-spreading outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) is affecting several countries in West Africa. In February 2014, there was an outbreak of the virus in Guinea, which has since spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone, causing untold hardship and hundreds of deaths in these countries. As of 22 October 2014, a total of 9,895 cases, and 4,871 deaths had been recorded, which were attributed to the EVD. The virus has spread across borders in West Africa: there has been one case reported in Senegal and 21 cases with eight deaths in Nigeria.

27 Nov 2014 description
report Malteser

Armed conflicts continue to threaten the region of South Kivu in eastern central DR Congo, near the border with Rwanda and Burundi, causing massive displacement of population and leading to food insecurity. To ensure that the basic needs of the population are met, Malteser International is distributing emergency food rations in the region, together with the World Food Program of the United Nations.

27 Nov 2014 description
report African Union
  • Chairperson of the Peace and Security Council,

  • Members of the Council,

  • Assistant Secretary-General Ms. Kyung-wha Kang,

  • Ladies and Gentlemen,

27 Nov 2014 description

27 November 2014, Lima, Peru - Strengthening their call to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, the Pacific islands came together to strategise their united approach before the start of the climate change summit in Lima, Peru next week.

Coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in partnership with the High Level Support Mechanism on Climate Change (HLSM).

27 Nov 2014 description

A summary of the ICRC's activities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo between July and September 2014.

27 Nov 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

PUEBLO NUEVO, Honduras , Nov 27 2014 (IPS) - In the heart of the Pijol mountains in the northern Honduran province of Yoro, the Tolupan indigenous community of Pueblo Nuevo has a lot to celebrate: famine is no longer a problem for them, and their youngest children were rescued from the grip of child malnutrition.

27 Nov 2014 description

Excessive red tape prevents refugees from reuniting with their families

ECRE and the Red Cross EU Office, along with several national organisations, have released a report, Disrupted Flight - The Realities of Separated Refugee Families in the EU, on practices in 12 EU Member States in relation to family reunification.

27 Nov 2014 description

Morocco has dispatched royal donations to Sierra Leone and Liberia in support of international efforts aiming to stem the spread of the Ebola virus.

Upon HM King Mohammed VI's instructions, Morocco has dispatched royal donations to the republics of Sierra Leone and Liberia, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

27 Nov 2014 description

Abu Dhabi 27 November 2014: The UAE Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) signed an agreement today with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), to support the UNICEF Ebola Outbreak Response through providing the necessary humanitarian assistance.

27 Nov 2014 description

The commitment to Gavi will protect millions of people from some of the world's most deadly diseases.

Britain will continue to support global immunisation in poor countries against life threatening diseases including Meningitis, Diarrhoeal disease and Pneumonia, through new support for Gavi, known as the Vaccine Alliance.

The UK’s commitment to Gavi will save around 1.4 million children’s lives through the provision of cost-effective immunisation programmes, meaning that one child’s life is saved every 2 minutes.

27 Nov 2014 description

The SMM continued to monitor the situation in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, focusing on the implementation of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum.