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Kiev, Ukraine | AFP | Saturday 11/22/2014 - 10:14 GMT

by Katherine HADDON

Ukraine said Russia has thousands of troops in its conflict-ravaged east and vowed to boost its own military capacity, ratcheting up tensions Saturday after Kiev's new coalition pledged to make joining NATO a priority.

The latest declarations from Ukraine's defence minister threaten to provoke fresh Russian anger as the government in the former Soviet state flags its allegiance to the West ever more clearly.

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Kiev, Ukraine | AFP | Saturday 11/22/2014 - 07:53 GMT

Four Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 10 others wounded in unrest in the east during the past 24 hours, security officials in Kiev said Saturday.

One civilian, a 60-year-old man, was also killed in the eastern region of Lugansk on Friday, the governor's office announced.

Ukrainian forces are locked in a struggle with pro-Moscow separatists for territory in eastern Ukraine.

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Garissa, Kenya | AFP | Saturday 11/22/2014 - 11:27 GMT

Somalia's Shebab Islamists on Saturday ambushed a bus in Kenya, killing 28 non-Muslim passengers in what they said was a revenge attack for police raids on mosques in the troubled port city of Mombasa.

"I can confirm... that 28 innocent travellers were brutally executed by the Shebab," regional police chief Noah Mwavinda told AFP.

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report Inter Press Service

By Oriol Andrés Gallart

BEIRUT, Nov 21 2014 (IPS) - Staring at the floor, Hassan, a 21-year-old Syrian refugee from Idlib in northwestern Syria, holds a set of identification papers in his hands. He picks out a small pink piece of paper with a few words on it stating that he must obtain a work contract, otherwise his residency visa will not be renewed.

Hassan (not his real name) has been given two months to find an employer willing to cough up for a work permit, something extremely unlikely to happen. After that, his presence in Lebanon will be deemed illegal.

22 Nov 2014 description
report Kuwait News Agency

VAN, Turkey, Nov 21 (KUNA) -- International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) Chairman and Amiri Diwan's Advisor Abdullah Al-Maatouq on Friday opened the Kuwaiti-funded "Humanitarian Leader" village in the eastern Turkish city of Van.

In 2011, a destructive earthquake hit the city, located on the eastern shore of Lake Van. It has a long history as a major urban area.

22 Nov 2014 description

Rabat, Morocco | AFP | Saturday 11/22/2014 - 04:45 GMT

by Zakaria Choukrallah

In a back alley in the Moroccan capital, the small household repair shop opened by Moctar Toure since escaping conflict in his native Ivory Coast is doing a brisk business.

At the gates of Europe, Morocco has long been a transit point for migrants from sub-Saharan Africa looking to make the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean.

But tighter immigration controls and economic malaise in Europe have made the kingdom a destination in its own right for many.

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report Xinhua

BEIJING, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- China's largest health rescue overseas has completed, with nine passenger planes and freighters uniting efforts in Ebola-hit countries, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

Between Aug. 10 to Nov. 16, the CAAC dispatched nine aircraft from domestic airlines including China Eastern Airlines and China Cargo Airlines to transport 282 medical staff and 767 tonnes of medical materials to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, CAAC deputy director Wang Zhiqing said on Wednesday.

22 Nov 2014 description
report Xinhua

CONAKRY, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- China has offered Guinea additional aid of 5 million U.S. dollars to help in the fight against Ebola outbreak, an official source has said.

An agreement in this regard was signed on Wednesday in Conakry by Chinese ambassador to Guinea Bian Jianqiang and Guinea's International Cooperation Minister Moustapha Koutoubou Sanoh.

22 Nov 2014 description
report British Red Cross

The Missing Maps project is urging volunteers to go online and help map some of the world’s most vulnerable countries. This work will make sure communities are better placed to withstand and recover from disaster.

British Red Cross logistician Megan Bassford explains why taking part could make a huge difference to people hit by crisis.

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report Human Rights Watch

Policy Amounts to Collective Punishment, Potential War Crime

(Jerusalem, November 22, 2014) – Israel should impose an immediate moratorium on its policy of demolishing the family homes of Palestinians suspected of carrying out attacks on Israelis, Human Rights Watch said today. The policy, which Israeli officials claim is a deterrent, deliberately and unlawfully punishes people not accused of any wrongdoing. When carried out in occupied territory, including East Jerusalem, it amounts to collective punishment, a war crime.

22 Nov 2014 description

Indonesia - Severe Weather (BNPB, BMKG, Media)

  • Heavy rains affected the island of Java in the last few days, causing river overflow and floods in the area of South and East Jakarta.
  • As of 20 November, there were 16 423 people affected by floods and 1 086 were displaced in Jakarta. The areas affected by floods are located along the Ciliwung river.
  • Moderate rain may still affect the area of Jakarta on 21-22 November.
22 Nov 2014 description
report Kenya Red Cross

Introduction

Following the heavy rains experienced since 14th November 2014 at Tana Delta, Bura and Hirimani Locations in Bura Division were among the area affected. The rains that were reported to last over 4 hours led to flash floods at Hirimani which is occasioned by flooding from the main canal situated near Bura Town.

The double effects of the heavy down pour and the overflowing waters from the canal resulted into heavy flooding in the surrounding villages.

22 Nov 2014 description
report Kenya Red Cross

Introduction

Following the conflict attack that broke out among the Pokot and Tukana communities in Kapedo two weeks ago, tension is still high in most areas.

KRCS Response

In response to the situation, 48 metric tons of food were procured targeting 46, 513 affected Households (HHs) in East Pokot and11, 856 in Turkana East. The targeting was done to provide food for a period of two weeks. The distribution begun on 17th November 2014, so far 11, 462 HHs have been reached.

22 Nov 2014 description
report Kenya Red Cross

Following the conflict attack that broke out among the Pokot and Tukana communities in Kapedo two weeks ago, tension is still high in most areas.

In response to the situation, 48 metric tons of food was procured targeting 58,369 Households (HHs), of which 46, 513HHs of East Pokot and 11,856 at Turkana East. The targeted communities were as a result of the recent attacks, which have been worsened due to the looming drought in area.

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Manama, Bahrain | AFP | Friday 11/21/2014 - 11:15 GMT

by Taieb Mahjoub

Bahrain went to the polls Saturday for its first legislative elections since a failed pro-democracy uprising in 2011, with the opposition boycotting the vote in the tiny Gulf monarchy.

The key US ally remains divided nearly four years after security forces in the Sunni Muslim-ruled kingdom crushed Arab Spring-inspired protests led by majority Shiites.