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Syria: Military assault against protesters must end

The Syrian government's brutal reaction to its people's demand for change has reached a new and outrageous low, Amnesty International said today, as army tanks continued to shell residential areas in the southern city of Dera'a. After the Syrian army deployed in Dera'a early on...

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Malaria: Preventable and curable, but still killing 800,000 every year

NEW YORK, 25 April 2011 – Malaria is the third single biggest killer of children globally. An estimated 800,000 people die every year from the disease, with approximately ninety per cent of these deaths occurring in Africa, where malaria accounts for about one in six of all childhood deaths....

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Cambodia-Thailand: 36,000 displaced by deadly border clashes

SAMRAONG, 25 April 2011 (IRIN) - At least 36,000 people were displaced on 23-24 April amid fresh fighting along the Thai-Cambodian border, officials say. The two countries are at loggerheads over ownership of an 11th century Hindu temple, registered as a UN World Heritage Site in 2008...

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Colombia

Más de 29.000 damnificados por las inundaciones en cinco regiones colombianas

Por Agencia EFE Bogotá, 23 abr (EFE).- Al menos 29.100 personas quedaron damnificadas por nuevas inundaciones y desbordamientos de ríos en Colombia, país que sigue envuelto en una "situación delicada" por efecto de las lluvias, dijeron hoy fuentes humanitarias en Bogotá. Con estos...

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Yemen

Yemen: Protesters vow escalation as Saleh promises to quit

Saleh, opposition accept power transfer plan Protesters sceptical, vow escalation (Adds Saleh quotes in paragraphs 9-11) By Mohamed Sudam and Mohammed Ghobari SANAA, April 24 (Reuters) - Yemeni protesters demanding President Ali Abdullah Saleh's immediate resignation vowed to step up street...

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Sudan

Sudan: WFP suspends activities in northern Jonglei after attack

The World Food Program (WFP) says it has temporarily suspended its activities in the northern part of Jonglei state following an attack that resulted in the killing of its staff in Duk county on Friday. WFP's Coordinator in Southern Sudan, Leo Van Der Velden, said that staff is being moved from...

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Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire: Aid agencies fighting to remain impartial

ABIDJAN/DAKAR, 22 April 2011 (IRIN) - The perceived impartiality of UN aid agencies and NGOs is still at risk and must be re-stressed in Côte d'Ivoire, say NGOs, given the UN peacekeeping force's direct role in the fighting. Aid agencies - both UN and NGOs - are deliberately distancing...

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Supercities face high quake risk

New York – More than half of the world’s supercities, with populations of 2-15 million, are at future risk of being affected by nearby magnitude seven or greater earthquakes, warned Eric Calais, Haiti-based seismologist with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). A significant number...

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Humanitarian coordination in slow-onset emergencies

INTRODUCTION There is a widespread recognition that the nature of humanitarian emergencies is changing. Although catastrophic, sudden-onset events like tropical storms, earthquakes and tsunamis will continue to happen, and will require rapid and well coordinated humanitarian interventions, many...

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Nigeria

Nigeria: Emergency aid for people fleeing violence in the north

Abuja/Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Nigerian Red Cross Society are responding swiftly to the urgent needs of thousands of people displaced in the city of Kano and elsewhere in the north of the country following post-election violence that erupted on 17...

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Somalia

Somalia: Trapped between conflict and natural disaster

21-04-2011 Operational Update Despite recent rains in Somalia's south, livestock and food production in the country as a whole continue to suffer from severe drought. Meanwhile, military offensives launched in late February in Mogadishu and at the frontiers with Kenya and Ethiopia forced...

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Philippines

Philippines: Cholera strikes remote ethnic group

MANILA, 21 April 2011 (IRIN) - Health officials in the Philippines are struggling to contain a cholera outbreak in a remote area on the western island of Palawan. "There was no potable water, no toilets. The tribesmen defecated everywhere, and used contaminated water to both wash and as a...

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Funding, technical, and analytical support to meet the HIV/AIDS challenge

Overview The World Bank was a leader in global HIV/AIDS financing in the early days of the emergency, and since 1989 has provided US$3 billion in International Development Association (IDA) financing, and US$914.72 million in International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) financing....

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Liberia: Ivorian women and girls compelled to trade sex for food, shelter

Ivorian Women and Girls Compelled to Trade Sex for Food, Shelter (Geneva, April 21, 2011) – Dozens of Ivorian refugee women and girls recently arrived in eastern Liberia say they have had to engage in sex to get adequate food, shelter, or money, Human Rights Watch said today. The Liberian...

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