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Liberia + 3 others
Ethiopia Contributes to African Union Ebola Response Efforts

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African Union

Press Release Nº290/2014

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia–24 October 2014:The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has answered to the appeal made by the African Union Commission Chairperson, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma last week to Member States to urgently contribute human resources to the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

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Landcover Classification of Sherloke Area, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia (January-2014)

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UNOSAT

This map illustrates a land cover classification of a 07 January 2014 LANDSAT-8 image.The classification surrounds the Sherloke Camp in Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia. It has been divided into the following five classes: Dense Vegetation, Vegetation, Sparse Vegetation, Bare Soil/Burnt Areas and Burnt Areas.This is a preliminary analysis & has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT

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Syria air strikes kill 10 children, 5 women in Aleppo: monitor

10/24/2014 - 16:54 GMT

Ten children and five women have been killed in Syrian government air strikes in the northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group said Friday.

The children, aged from four to 10, and women were killed Thursday "in barrel bomb strikes by regime helicopters on a home and public hall in the village of Tal Qarrah in the north of Aleppo," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The bombing also destroyed civilian property and wounded several people, some of them critically, the Britain-based Observatory added.

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Special Representative Gnaedinger holds consultations on South Caucasus with Serbia’s Foreign Minister and incoming Chairperson-in-Office

BELGRADE, 24 October 2014 - Ambassador Angelo Gnaedinger, the Special Representative of the Swiss OSCE-Chairperson-in-Office for the South Caucasus, today held consultations about the OSCE engagement in the South Caucasus in 2015 with the incoming Serbian Chairmanship.

Ambassador Gnaedinger was received in Belgrade by Serbia’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić, the incoming Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE. Based on a joint workplan, Switzerland and Serbia are closely co-ordinating their consecutive Chairmanships of the OSCE in 2014 and 2015.

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Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos Remarks to the Global Leadership Award Dinner

UN Association of the United States/UN Foundation

New York, 22 October 2014

It is a privilege to accept this award on behalf of humanitarian workers everywhere.

My thanks to the UN Association of the United States and to the UN Foundation for this award and for your continued strong support to the United Nations in helping us to build a more equal, stable and secure world.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Houthi rebels pursue offensive against news media

A month after seizing the capital, Sanaa, and despite having signed a peace accord under UN aegis, Yemen’s Houthi rebels are continuing to advance on the centre and south of the country, occupying the headquarters of news media on the way and arresting or kidnapping journalists.

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Liberia + 3 others
IMO reiterates: no ban on travel or trade needed due to Ebola

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) today (24 October) reiterated that there should be no general ban on international travel or trade due to the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa, citing the recommendations of the third meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General on Wednesday, 22 October 2014.

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Making ACTED facilities more accessible for vulnerable people in South Sudan

In South Sudan’s capital Juba, ACTED is providing sanitation facilities – latrines, showers and laundry points – for 11,000 people who have been displaced by the ongoing crisis and are seeking refuge in a United Nations base. ACTED’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) team have participated in a training workshop organised by Handicap International to orient WASH professionals on disability and creating accessible facilities for people in vulnerable situations. Topics included different vulnerable groups and their needs, types of disabilities, its prevalence etc.

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AmeriCares Responds to Ebola Outbreak in Guinea

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AmeriCares

Stamford, Conn. – Oct. 24, 2014 – Nearly 30,000 pounds of safety equipment and medical supplies from AmeriCares is headed to Guinea for health workers fighting the Ebola epidemic. The shipment – AmeriCares first aid delivery to Guinea for the crisis – includes more than 350,000 masks, 35,000 gowns and other protective equipment to support the Ebola response in Guinea. This personal protective equipment will be distributed to Ebola Treatment Units and health clinics and will be used to train health workers in infection control procedures.

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Lebanon + 1 other
Lebanon to ask UN to stop registering Syria refugees

Beyrouth, Liban | AFP | Thursday 10/23/2014 - 16:52 GMT

Lebanon said Thursday it will ask the UN to stop registering refugees who enter the country from war-torn Syria, as it formalised a decision to all but close its borders to them.

"As far as the issue of restricting the number of (refugee) cases is concerned, the government agreed to stop welcoming displaced people, barring exceptional cases, and to ask the UN refugee agency to stop registering the displaced," Information Minister Ramzi Jreij said.

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Cyclone Hudhud – Relief supplies for most at risk

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CBM

CBM and partner Serango Christian hospital (SCH) are working to ensure that basic needs of people affected by Hudhud are met, especially families of persons with disabilities.

Relief supplies for most at risk

CBM will be supporting our partner Serango Christian hospital (SCH) to ensure that immediate needs among cyclone Hudhud affected families in Gajapati district of Odisha are met.

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Sierra Leone + 2 others
Church fights back against Ebola, Says Tearfund

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Tearfund

Church leaders in Ebola-affected Sierra Leone and Liberia are playing a vital role in helping people to stay safe, says Christian relief and development agency Tearfund.

Tearfund partners have found that church leaders are widely trusted and are able to use church services and other gatherings to help people understand how to stop the spread of Ebola.

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World + 3 others
WHO convenes industry leaders and key partners to discuss trials and production of Ebola vaccine

News release 26
24 October 2014

24 OCTOBER 2014 : GENEVA - The World Health Organization convened a meeting with high-ranking government representatives from Ebola-affected countries and development partners, civil society, regulatory agencies, vaccine manufacturers and funding agencies yesterday to discuss and agree on how to fast track testing and deployment of vaccines in sufficient numbers to impact the Ebola epidemic.

Key consensus commitments achieved during the meeting include:

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Kristalina Georgieva recognized as DRR Champion

By Biljana Markova

BRUSSELS, 24 October 2014 - The European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, today called for a change in “the global mind-set towards disaster risk reduction” as she was confirmed as a Champion of Disaster Risk Reduction by UNISDR.

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Sierra Leone: Ebola Virus Disease - Emergency appeal No. 3 (MDRSL005)

This revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of CHF 41.1m (increased from CHF 12.9m) to enable the IFRC to support the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) to respond to the worsening Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak for 6,348,350 people. This revised Appeal represents a significant scaling up of SLRCS activities to conduct contact tracing, safe and dignified burials, social mobilisation, communications, and psychosocial support to 11 operational areas in 10 districts.

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Latest from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine based on information received as of 18:00 (Kyiv time), 23 October 2014

This report is for media and the general public.

The SMM continued focusing on the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum. The situation remained volatile in Donetsk and Luhansk. In Kharkiv local authorities reported to the SMM that the number of registered IDPs had doubled since August. The SMM continued to receive reports of false bomb threats in Lviv.

In Donetsk city the SMM did not hear any shelling nor observe any unusual activity.

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OSCE supports discussions on Ukrainian civil society’s development, participation in state policy-making

KYIV, 24 October 2014 - The international conference “Civil Society and State: Dialogue and Partnership" will take place in Kyiv on 30-31 October 2014. The event is organized by the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine, in partnership with the country’s State Registration Service, the Ukrainian Parliament’s Commissioner for Human Rights and the Ministry of Justice.

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International election observers in Ukraine to hold press conference on Monday

KYIV, 24 October 2014 – The international observers monitoring the 26 October early parliamentary elections in Ukraine will present their preliminary post-election statement at a news conference on Monday, 27 October, in Kyiv.

The international observation mission is a common endeavour involving the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the European Parliament (EP) and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA).