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Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (Mario) - Estimated Impacts Warning 6, 18 September 2014 2100 UTC

TROPICAL STORM 16W (FUNG-WONG), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 204 NM NORTHEAST OF MANILA, PHILIPPINES, HAS TRACKED WEST-NORTHWESTWARD AT 18 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. MAXIMUM SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT AT 181800Z IS 16 FEET. NEXT WARNINGS AT 190300Z, 190900Z, 191500Z AND 192100Z.

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Bombings, shelling kill 20 in Baghdad Shiite areas

09/18/2014 20:12 GMT

BAGHDAD, September 18, 2014 (AFP) - Two bombings and shelling in Shiite-majority areas of north Baghdad killed at least 20 people and wounded more than 50 on Thursday, security and medical officials said.

A suicide car bombing and shelling struck the Shiite shrine district of Kadhimiyah, while a car bomb exploded in the Tobchi area, the officials said.

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Mali bomb blast kills five Chadian UN peacekeepers: military source

09/18/2014 19:03 GMT

BAMAKO, September 18, 2014 (AFP) - Five United Nations peacekeepers from Chad were killed on Thursday when their truck drove over a mine in rebel-infested northeastern Mali, a Chadian military source told AFP.

"We lost five comrades today in the north towards Aguelhok. Their vehicle hit an explosive device. It's terrible," said the officer, who added that four Chadian soldiers were wounded.

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Seven Guineans killed in attack on Ebola workshop

09/18/2014 21:20 GMT

CONAKRY, September 18, 2014 (AFP) - Seven people who were part of a team sent to educate villagers in southeastern Guinea about Ebola have been found dead after they were attacked by angry locals, the government said on Thursday.

The bodies were recovered from the septic tank of a primary school in the village of Wome, government spokesman Albert Damantang Camara told AFP.

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Yemen clashes kill nearly 40 as UN envoy presses rebel talks

09/18/2014 20:03 GMT

SANAA, September 18, 2014 (AFP) - Fighting between Shiite rebels and Sunni Islamists backed by troops killed nearly 40 people outside Sanaa Thursday, as the UN envoy huddled in the rebel stronghold to try to end Yemen's political crisis.

Fighting raged between the rebels, known as Huthis or Ansarullah, and fighters of the Islah (Reform) party in Shamlan, just north of the capital, where rebels have been camped for weeks.

It has spread to Iman University of religion which belongs to top Islah cleric Abdulmajid al-Zindani, they said.

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Guinea + 2 others
Int'l Financial Institutions To Provide US$21.7 M To Meet Food Needs As Ebola Crisis Deepens

ROME/WASHINGTON - The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) will receive $21.7 million from two international financial institutions. This contribution will help support the increasing need for food assistance amid the worsening Ebola epidemic.

WFP will receive approximately US$18.7 million from the World Bank through grants to Guinea (US$7.1 million), Sierra Leone (US$6 million) and Liberia (US$5.6 million).

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Sierra Leone launches three-day, door-to-door Ebola prevention campaign

UNICEF backs nationwide effort to reach every household with lifesaving information

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 18 September 2014 – An ambitious public information campaign aiming to reach every household in Sierra Leone with life-saving messages on Ebola will take place 19-21 September in a bid to reduce the spread of the disease with the help of community members. UNICEF has provided the Government-led campaign with technical and financial support, including information materials.

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ACCORD trains Burundi youth leaders in election dispute management

In view of the upcoming 2015 elections in Burundi, and as continuation of the country's commitment to ensuring peaceful elections, ACCORD's Burundi Initiative and Training Unit has delivered two training workshops on the management of elections-related disputes for youth wings leaders of all registered political parties in Burundi's towns of Gitega and Ngozi.

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ACCORD's Training Unit collaborates with IGAD to train women mediators from Sudan and South Sudan

ACCORD recently partnered with the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to provide training aimed at empowering women mediators from Sudan and South Sudan. A total of 20 Sudanese and South Sudanese women participated in the five-day training, which focused on ensuring the inclusion of women in peace processes for IGAD taskforces.

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The Climate Change Summit: Why Humanitarians Should Pay Attention

Next week’s Climate Change summit in New York is intended to galvanize momentum from world leaders by focusing on tangible climate actions which can be taken now in advance of the 2015 Climate Change Conference in Paris next November. While the Summit is not part of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and while no negotiations related to the convention will take place, the Summit offers an opportunity to keep the issue of climate change alive. I hope that at least some of the leaders in New York next week will focus on mobility as a climate change adaptation strategy.

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A Day in the Bush

It is very early in the morning when a car leaves the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) base in Bambari, Ouaka region, in the center of Central African Republic (CAR), a country burning itself up with violence. The MSF team is heading to Yamale, a small village in the bush some 19 miles from Bambari. It isn’t far, but the trip takes two hours in the rainy season, as the road is thick with mud.

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Liberia + 4 others
UN announces mission to combat Ebola, declares outbreak ‘threat to peace and security’

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UN News Service

The Secretary-General said the effectiveness of the new UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response will depend crucially on support from the international community.

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UNDP to help Gaza families find homes

UNDP is to help assess the damage caused by the recent conflict and assist families displaced by the fighting to find temporary shelter.

As the process of recovery begins following the recent conflict in Gaza, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has announced that it will help the government begin rebuilding, as well as assist families whose homes were damaged or destroyed to find shelter.

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Pakistan Monsoon Update Issue 8, 18 September 2014

Summary:

  • Country wide flood losses stand at 318 persons dead, 1,806,192 population affected and 2,324,427 acres of cropped area affected in Punjab;

  • The flood water has entered upper Sindh along the Indus River. 122 camps have been deployed in the six likely affected districts to accommodate the population displaced / likely to be displaced from within the flood plains;

  • Multiple Sectors Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA) is ongoing in districts Mandibahauddin, Jhang,
    Hafizabad, Chiniot and Multan in Punjab;

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Liberia + 2 others
Ebola Crisis - Humanitarian Presence (as of 17 Sept 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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'We are here' - IFRC's experience with communication and feedback channels for affected populations in Haiti

Report
ALNAP

A new case study highlights the use of technology to enhance and expand communication and feedback loops as a distinctive feature of IFRC's work in Haiti following the 2010 Earthquake.

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Liberia + 4 others
Ebola Crisis - Quality of Core Services: Sub-National Coordination (as of 15 Sept 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Liberia + 4 others
Ebola Crisis - Quality of Core Services: Safe Burial (as of 15 Sept 2014)

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Liberia + 4 others
Ebola Crisis - Quality of Core Services: Referral Centres (as of 15 Sept 2014)

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Liberia + 4 others
Ebola Crisis - Quality of Core Services: Laboratories (as of 15 Sept 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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