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New CSIS Report and Video: Family Planning and Linkages with U.S. Health and Development Goals

Janet Fleischman, Senior Associate, and Alisha Kramer, Program Manager
Global Health Policy Center, Center for Strategic and International Studies

“Investing in family planning is investing in the future.” These words from Ethiopian health official, Dr. Tewodros Bekele, summarize key findings of a new CSIS video and report about family planning in Ethiopia.

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Somalia + 2 others
Somalia Rainfall Forecast - Issued: 25 April 2014

Each cell on the map represents the forecasted accumulated rainfall over the next 3 days / Xubin walba oo naqshadda koorkeeda ah waxay muujinaysaa guud ahaan saadaasha roobka ee saddexda maalmood ee soo socota

The full forecast grid is available for download at http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/fews/africa/briefing.html

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Agricultural Land Redistribution and Land Administration in Sub-Saharan Africa: Case Studies of Recent Reforms

World Bank

The six case studies in this book were prepared as background studies for a synthesis report on land administration and reform in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Collectively they cover two main areas of land governance: reforms in redistributing agricultural land; and reforms in land administration. The problems in land ownership inequality and poor land administration are defined and the question of why reforms are necessary is addressed. The first two case studies focus on reforms in redistributing agricultural land in Malawi and South Africa.

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Somalia’s long-term stability depends on professional, well-resourced security forces

Mogadishu ,23 April 2014 - The long-term stability of Somalia hinges on well-resourced and professional security forces, top Somali Government officials have said.

Speaking at the end of a four-day National Security Conference organised by the Ministry of National Security, Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed appealed to the international community to help strengthen the security agencies of his government.

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UNAMID's Prisons Advisory Unit Conducts Training-of-Trainers

On 21 April 2014, UNAMID’s Rule of Law-Prisons Advisory Unit, in collaboration with the state Prisons Administration, organised a graduation ceremony for 65 newly recruited prisons personnel who participated in a month-long training programme on human rights and prisons duties. The occasion also marked a Training-of-Trainers (ToT) initiative that targeted 33 participants from the prisons system across all five states in Darfur.

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Yellow fever in the Democratic Republic of Congo - 24 Apr 2014

24 APRIL 2014 - On 12 March 2014, 2 events of yellow fever were reported in the North and in the South of DRC. Six laboratory-confirmed cases with yellow fever virus infection were reported. Of these, 3 were from Bondo health zone(1), Orientale Province, 2 from Buta health zone, Orientale Province and 1 from Kikondja health zone, Katanga Province. In total 139 suspected, probable and confirmed cases, including 6 deaths were reported.

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Stop Shooting at Gaza Civilians

Soldiers Kill, Wound Farmers, Demonstrators, Journalists

(Jerusalem, April 25, 2014) – The Israeli military should immediately stop shooting at Palestinian civilians inside Gaza, Human Rights Watch said today. Israeli military forces have killed 4 and wounded more than 60 civilians near the perimeter fence with Gaza since the beginning of 2014, according to UN figures. There have been no reports of armed Palestinian fighters killed in the same areas.

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Central African Republic - Executive brief 24 April 2014

According to an assessment undertaken by FAO and its partners, 94 percent of communities report that they do not have enough seeds to plant for the next agricultural season.