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Belgium/Liberia: War Crimes Arrest Major Step for Justice

First Indictment for Atrocities During Liberia’s 1989-96 War

(Brussels, September 19, 2014) – The Belgian authorities’ arrest of a Liberian for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity during Liberia’s first civil war is a major advance for justice, Human Rights Watch said today. It is the first arrest for crimes that violate international law committed during the conflict in Liberia from 1989 to 1996, which left tens of thousands dead.

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Bhutan continues to face the risk of glacial lake flooding

by Yusuke Taishi, Regional Technical Specialist

In Bhutan, about 5,000 meters above sea level, meltwater trickles down from glaciers to form some of the greatest rivers in the world and provide freshwater and energy to nearly 1.3 billion people throughout the Himalayas.

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Schools on wheels come to Taiz

Yemen Times

Mohammad Al-Khayat (author)

Shakeeb Jaber did not imagine a day when he would be able to read and write. But when the impossible became possible, the 12-year-old was over the moon.

“When I used to see children going to school, carrying their papers and notebooks, I used to feel ashamed, asking myself: Why can’t I go to school like them? I never imagined that I would be able to read and write until the Mobile School came along,” Jaber reminisces.

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Le traité contre les mines antipersonnel marque son dix-septième anniversaire avec un appel à intensifier la lutte contre les mines antipersonnel et l’assistance aux survivants d'explosions de ces armes

Genève, le 18 septembre 2014 - La présidence Mozambicaine de la Convention sur l'interdiction des mines antipersonnel, ou Convention d'Ottawa, a marqué dix-sept années depuis l'adoption de ce traité historique en rappelant les progrès considérables qui ont été réalisés et en faisant appel à l'intensification des actions dans le but de compléter la mission qui mettra fin aux souffrances causées par les mines antipersonnel.

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KF concludes its relief campaign in Kurdistan region of Iraq

ERBIL, 18th September, 2014 (WAM) -- The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation (KF) has concluded its relief campaign in Iraq's Kurdistan region, which continued for several days.

An official source at the KF said that over 500,000 displaced persons across Kurdistan benefited from the assistance. The KF team unveiled that the aid comprised food parcels, children and women kits, blankets, household items, in addition to one million pure water bottles.

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Residents grab guns to deter looters in Mexico resort

09/19/2014 01:44 GMT

by Pedro Juarez Mejia

CABO SAN LUCAS, September 19, 2014 (AFP) - Residents of Mexico's Los Cabos resort armed themselves with guns and machetes in hurricane-battered neighborhoods Thursday to defend their homes from looters, as troops were deployed.

The government sent extra federal police and soldiers to the Baja California peninsula to counter widespread looting that erupted after Hurricane Odile tore down homes earlier this week.

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Mercy-USA contributes US$275,000 to help Palestinians in Gaza

Washington, DC

Mercy-USA for Aid and Development and UNRWA recently announced a US$ 275,000 agreement to provide emergency relief assistance to Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip.

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Gaza Situation Report 61, 18 September 2014

September 08:00hrs – 18 September 08:00hrs | issue 61

Gaza Situation Reports will now be issued by UNRWA on a weekly basis on Wednesdays. The next report will be issued on Wednesday 24th of September.


  • 19 UNRWA school buildings continue to serve as Collective Centers for approximately 58,141 internally displaced persons (IDPs).

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After the floods, Srinagar faces threat of epidemics

Times of India

Sameer Arshad,TNN | Sep 19, 2014, 05.56 AM IST

SRINAGAR: A dog nibbled at a half-eaten horse on a road divider while a cow carcass floated alongside, just 4.3km from Srinagar Municipality headquarters in the city's inundated Bemina area. People are living in dread of outbreak of epidemics, with many people reporting severe gastroenteritis, 10 days after apocalyptical deluge hit Srinagar and marooned six lakh people besides washing away the government.

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Solomons tsunami victims still in shelters

19 months on from the tsunami that hit Temotu province in Solomon Islands, victims are still living in temporary shelters and awaiting funds to help rebuild their permanent homes.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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Six polio cases confirmed

By Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: The Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health confirmed another six polio cases on Thursday, raising the number of cases reported this year to 164.

A 13-month-old girl, of Mera Aka Khel in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency, has been reported to have contracted the virus.

The second victim is an eight-month-old boy, of Aka Khel, also of Khyber Agency.

Two cases, a 12-month-old boy is from Razmak tehsil in North Waziristan and the other, a seven-month-old girl is from Wana tehsil in South Waziristan.

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Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza Strip: Who does What (as of 04 September 2014)

On 7 July 2014, a humanitarian emergency began in the Gaza Strip, following a severe escalation in hostilities involving intense Israeli aerial and navy bombardment and Palestinian rocket firing.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Two new polio cases reported from Karachi

By Tanvir Ahmad Khan

KARACHI: Two new polio cases were confirmed from Karachi on Thursday, raising the total number of cases in Sindh to 14 this year, officials said.

The first case was from Union Council No.8 of Gadap Town where a 10-month-old child named Omer tested positive for polio. Omer had been vaccinated for the virus once before.

Omer’s case is one of the few across Pakistan where children had been administered at least one dose of the oral vaccine but still tested positive for the crippling disease.

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30 primary schools in Rawalpindi run by one teacher each

RAWALPINDI: When it comes to prioritise the areas for spending public funds, the ruling PML-N has always opted for flashy projects.

A similar trend is also seen in the Rawalpindi district where the provincial government has launched the Rs44 billion metro bus project but virtually closed its eyes towards the education sector.

At a time when the education department is enjoying the strength of around 20,000 schoolteachers, there are 30 primary schools in the district which are being run by only one teacher each, putting the future of the students at a stake.

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Liberia + 17 others
With Spread of Ebola Outpacing Response, Security Council Adopts Resolution 2177 (2014) Urging Immediate Action, End to Isolation of Affected States

Security Council
7268th Meeting (PM)

Secretary-General Opens Meeting with Briefings by United Nations Coordinator for Ebola, World Health Organization, Médecins Sans Frontières

Determining that the “unprecedented extent” of the Ebola outbreak in Africa constituted a threat to international peace and security, the Security Council this afternoon called on Member States to respond urgently to the crisis and to refrain from isolating the affected countries.