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With rebels at the door, Ukrainian children start school

09/01/2014 19:35 GMT

by Nicolas GAUDICHET

VOLNOVAKHA, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - "What are the first words of the Ukrainian anthem?" teacher Yulia Likhoshva asks her students.

It is Monday, the first day back at school for children across the country, and Likhoshva is kicking things off with a patriotic lesson on "United Ukraine."

But as the crowded classrooms in this school in eastern Ukraine go to show, there is little unity to be found outside the school walls.

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Israel plan to seize West Bank land 'alarms' UN's Ban

09/01/2014 20:01 GMT

UNITED NATIONS, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is "alarmed" by Israeli plans to expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land in the Bethlehem area in the south of the occupied West Bank, his spokesman said Monday.

Israel announced the move on Sunday, the army saying the step stemmed from political decisions taken after the June killing of three Israeli teenagers snatched from a roadside in the same area, known to Israelis as Gush Etzion settlement bloc.

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Sustained EU engagement at UN critical to support human rights reforms

In this open letter to the EU ahead of the COHOM meeting 1-2 September 2014, Amnesty International, FIDH and its member organization, the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma today call on the European Union and its member states to ensure continued international engagement on the human rights situation in Myanmar by again introducing a resolution on the country at the upcoming United Nations General Assembly in October 2014. A failure to retain a robust UNGA resolution on Myanmar would endanger progress on human rights, which has increasingly come under threat this year.

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Families hoping for a quick return to homes following landslide in Nepal

By Ramesh Tharu and Mark South in Kathmandu

One month on from the devastating landslide which destroyed a mountainside village and killed 150 people, communities nearby are still concerned about the effects the disaster may have.

The landslide, triggered by torrential monsoon rains, occurred in the early hours of 2 August overwhelmed the village of Jure in Sindhupalchok district, about 120 km east of Kathmandu and blocked a nearby river.

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Over 200 Patients Benefit from Amref Health Africa Outreach

Amref Health Africa South Sudan believes that the Outreach Programme can greatly help to address the backlog of surgical cases in state hospitals, as many patients cannot afford to access private medical services available in Juba or out of the country.

The latest Amref Health Africa clinical and surgical outreach mission provided in Warrap State handled 270 cases, including 151 operations. The number has more than doubled from the last outreach mission, which was conducted barely three months ago, underlining the need for increased frequency of the service.

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Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza emergency Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 29 August 2014, 8:00 hrs)

Five per cent of the housing stock is uninhabitable - around 18,000 housing units have been either destroyed or severely damaged, leaving more than 108,000 people without a home.

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African Green Revolution Forum to Call for New Push for Agriculture Transformation

African Leaders to Identify Investments and Actions Needed to Ensure Smallholder Farmers are Prepared for New Challenges to African Food Security Posed by Climate Change

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From one mother to the other: Yemeni women tackling malnutrition

01/09/2014

With malnutrition costing the lives of over 1.3 million Yemeni children every year, the solution ought to stem from within. That is why the efforts of our partner, International Medical Corps, training volunteers on the ground who then educate their own communities about how to tackle this problem, is essential.

Dr. Doah Kutbi Omer Kutbi tells us about the experiences of Ekhlas, a highly-motivated volunteer from the Lahij Governorate, in the south of the country.

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Des élections « impossibles » en février 2015

« Nous en sommes aujourd’hui tous conscients. Étant donné les conditions actuelles, l’échéance de février 2015 ne peut plus être respectée. Dans l’hypothèse la plus optimiste, il faudra attendre l’automne 2015, plutôt qu’entre juillet et septembre, au pire moment de la saison des pluies ». C’est ce qu’a déclaré à Radio France Internationale (RFI), Dieudonné Kombo-Yaya, président de l’Autorité nationale des élections (ANE), en charge d’organiser un vote crucial pour mettre à terme à une longue période de transition en Centrafrique.

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Egypt: Rab’a Witness Detained at Protest

Beaten, House Raided

(Beirut, September 1, 2014) – Egyptian security forces on August 29, 2014 arrested, at a demonstration, an academic who had provided information about the massacre of protesters in Rab’a Square in August, 2013, Human Rights Watch said today. Police also raided the man’s home and beat him, his lawyer and a relative told Human Rights Watch.

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Lutte contre les viols commis par des soldats: la RDC vante ses efforts

09/01/2014 18:44 GMT

KINSHASA, 1 septembre 2014 (AFP) - Les autorités de République démocratique du Congo ont cherché lundi à montrer les efforts entrepris pour lutter contre le fléau des viols commis par les troupes de l'armée régulière.

Pour prévenir ces violences, le gouvernement sensibilise les soldats sur la gravité du viol et ses conséquences sociales et psychologiques pour les victimes, et accentue "la lutte contre l'impunité", a assuré à la presse Geneviève Inagosi, ministre du Genre et de la Famille.

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Exodus from Hasakeh as Syria hunts jihadists: NGO

09/01/2014 18:20 GMT

BEIRUT, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - Raids by Syrian forces hunting suspected Islamic State infiltrators in the northeast town of Hasakeh have sparked an exodus of more than 60,000 civilians in three days, a monitor said Monday.

Hasakeh is split between zones controlled by President Bashar al-Assad's forces, Kurdish groups and militants from the radical IS group, which is sowing terror in both Syria and neighbouring Iraq.

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Shiite rebels rally in Sanaa after leader defies UN

09/01/2014 18:15 GMT

by Hammoud MOUNASSAR

SANAA, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - Tens of thousands of Shiite rebel activists demonstrated in the Yemeni capital Monday, heeding a call by their leader to press their campaign to oust the government in defiance of the UN.

The show of strength by the Zaidi Shiite rebels caused traffic jams on several major roads in Sanaa, an AFP correspondent reported, as sources said the president has sent an envoy for renewed talks with the rebels' leader.

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Switzerland steps up aid to fight Ebola epidemic in West Africa

Bern, 01.09.2014 - Switzerland is stepping up its aid to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Swiss Humanitarian Aid has committed an additional CHF 1 million to fund various direct operations in Liberia. A specially chartered plane will leave on Monday with 14 tonnes of medical supplies on board. In addition, the agreement between Swiss Humanitarian Aid and the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) has been activated. Two specialists will leave Switzerland on Monday on a mission to assess the needs on the ground.

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Lesotho PM heading home after 'coup'

09/01/2014 20:22 GMT

by Andrew BEATTY, Johannes MYBURGH

MASERUPRETORIA, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - Lesotho's exiled prime minister is heading home, an aide told AFP on Monday, as regional mediators sought to reinstall him to power days after an apparent coup.

"We are going home now, most probably we will be in Lesotho tomorrow," Samonyane Ntsekele, an advisor to Prime Minister Tom Thabane, said from Pretoria, where southern African states brokered a deal to end the crisis.

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New round of Mali peace talks opens in Algiers

Peace talks between Malian government and armed rebels opened Monday. This is the second round of negotiations since July aiming at clinching a lasting peace agreement.

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Rebels say no to Colombian military role in peace

09/01/2014 17:12 GMT

HAVANA, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - Leftist FARC guerrillas in peace talks aimed at ending a five-decade conflict rejected Monday a Colombian plan to put the military in charge of disarming the rebels.

"There is no way" that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia will accept a military role "to resolve issues that are of political nature by definition," top rebel negotiator Ivan Marquez told reporters.

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UN Human Rights Council to send mission to Iraq to probe IS crimes

09/01/2014 17:17 GMT

by Nina LARSON

GENEVA, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - The UN Human Rights Council on Monday unanimously agreed to send an emergency mission to Iraq to investigate Islamic State atrocities, as Baghdad warned the country was "facing a terrorist monster".

The 47 members of the United Nations' top rights body accepted without a vote a resolution urging the probe presented by Iraq and supported by more than 100 states.

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