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Kenya

Kenya: Government sued over alleged failure to respect constitutional right to food

NAIROBI, 31 May 2011 (IRIN) - Just as it declares a national disaster over drought, the Kenyan government is being sued over its alleged failure to respect a new constitutional right to food. High prices and poor rains have left some 2.4 million Kenyans at risk of severe food insecurity, according...

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China

China: Light rain to bring slight respite from southern drought

China's meteorological authority said Tuesday that drought-stricken regions along the lower and middle reaches of the Yangtze River will get some relief with the arrival of light rainfalls in the coming three days. Drizzles, moderate rains and thundershowers are forecast to hit central China...

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Sudan

Sudan: IOM steps up emergency assistance to thousands displaced by Abyei events

IOM is continuing with its emergency assistance to thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) who have fled the violence in the contested region of Abyei in Sudan. Up to yesterday, 30th May, IOM had registered 30,642 IDPs, most of them women, children and the elderly. Reports of a further...

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Yemen

Yemen truce ends, stoking worries of civil war

President refusing to step down Battle with al Qaeda and Islamist militants in Zinjibar Yemen chaos could hit global oil supplies By Mohamed Sudam SANAA, May 31 (Reuters) - A tenuous truce ending days of street fighting in the Yemeni capital has broken down between tribal groups and forces...

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World + 22 more

Grain losses in sub-Saharan Africa could total $4 billion, FAO/WB report

Stemming post-harvest waste crucial to African food security, Grain losses in sub-Saharan Africa could total $4 billion, FAO/WB reportRome/Accra, 31 May 2011 - Investing in post-harvest technologies to reduce food losses could significantly increase the food supply in sub-Saharan Africa, according...

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Chad + 3 more

Tchad : 1030 enfants retirés des forces et groupes armés depuis 2007

Ce bulletin est produit par OCHA en collaboration avec les partenaires humanitaires. Il est publié par le bureau de OCHA-Tchad et couvre la période allant du 20 avril au 25 mai 2011. Le prochain bulletin sera publié vers le 25 juin 2011. I. FAITS MAJEURS • Quelques 60 000 Tchadiens...

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Lebanon

Lebanon: Attack on peacekeepers not to deter UN's work

The attack that injured six United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon last week will not deter the world body from its work in the country, the commander of the force pledged today. The roadside bomb that ripped through a convoy of vehicles belonging to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) near...

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Afghanistan + 1 more

Pakistan: Humanitarian agencies preparing for mass displacement in North Waziristan

U.S. pressure to attack North Waziristan Pakistan faces strategic dilemma in region Humanitarian agencies preparing for mass displacement By Zeeshan Haider ISLAMABAD, May 30 (Reuters) - Humanitarian agencies active in Pakistan's northwest have been quietly told to prepare for up to 365,000...

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Sudan

Sudan: Fuel shortages, rains, poor state of roads impede humanitarian access - OCHA

This report is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers 29 and 30 May. The next report will be issued on 1 June. Highlights: · Distributions in key areas are underway, but humanitarian needs among the displaced remain high. · Humanitarian partners...

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Libya

Joint WHO, UN team facilitates humanitarian and medical support to Libya

A joint WHO/UN humanitarian team has been in Libya to negotiate ways of providing humanitarian support to the Libyan people and other nationalities displaced as a result of the conflict. The team held constructive negotiations in the Tunisian border city of Zarzis and the Libyan capital Tripoli to...

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oPt

OPT: Educated, unemployed youth - a recipe for trouble

JERUSALEM, 30 May 2011 (IRIN) - The lack of job opportunities for young people in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) has created an unemployment crisis that could further destabilize the Arab region, experts warn. "The largest generation, which was born in the 1980s, has reached working...

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Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau: UN calls on international support for security reform roadmap

The Special Representatives of the United Nations Secretary General in West Africa today called on international community to support the implementation of the Security Sector Reform and stabilization roadmap in Guinea-Bissau. During their twentieth high-level consultation in Dakar in order to...

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Monsoon rain affects more than 8,600

In Sri Lanka Southwestern monsoonal rain has affected several thousand people mainly in four districts in the country. More than 8600 persons have been affected by heavy rain, floods and landslides in the Kegalle, Galle, Gampaha, Colombo and Kalutara Districts, the Disaster Management Centre...

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World

On Peacekeepers’ Day, UN honours those serving and fallen heroes

27 May 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations family today paid tribute to the more than 120,000 military, police and civilian personnel serving in peacekeeping missions across the world and honoured those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace. “Their deployment is...

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Niger

Sahel: Gap between humanitarian relief and longer-term development must be bridged - UN

Thank you for coming to this briefing on the Sahel. I am joined on the podium by my colleague UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. Last July, we faced a food crisis that affected 10 million people, and when I visited Niger in October I saw how the national and international relief effort had helped...

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Libya

Libya: Indiscriminate shelling forces medical group out of western city of Zintan

LIBYA: MSF DENOUNCES INDISCRIMINATE SHELLING OF THE CITY OF ZINTAN Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Doctors Without Borders evacuated its team from the western Libyan city of Zintan on Friday 27 May, following repeated shelling. MSF denounces the indiscriminate shelling of the city of Zintan and...

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Pakistan

Pakistan: Grappling with challenges caused by insecurity

Military operations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, and a significant escalation in suicide attacks against the security forces and foreign interests in major cities, are taking a heavy toll on civilians. Military operations that have taken place this...

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Côte d'Ivoire + 1 more

UNHCR repatriates stranded Liberian refugees from Côte d'Ivoire

This week UNHCR resumed the repatriation of Liberian refugees who had been stranded at our Abidjan office compound during the post-election cri sis in Côte d'Ivoire. On Tuesday and Thursday, two chartered flights flew 264 Liberian refugees from the southern Ivorian city to Roberts International...

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Yemen

Yemen: Fears of humanitarian crisis as fighting intensifies

DUBAI, 27 May 2011 (IRIN) - The death toll has risen sharply in the last few days of fighting in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a and hundreds of people have reportedly fled their homes, raising the possibility of a humanitarian crisis, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian...

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