Islamic State and Ebola are top concerns Obama at the UN

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September 22, 2014 President Barack Obama is expected to rally international support for a coalition against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria and get backing for his plan to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa, while at the UN this week. VOA reports: “America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this

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Syrian refugee food rations to be cut by 40%, due to lack of funds

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September 19, 2014 A top United Nations humanitarian official says he will have to slash food rations to Syrian refugees 40 percent next month because of a lack of funds. From VOA: John Ging of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, tells Reuters news agency that this is devastating news for the four

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Syria vaccine campaign suspended after fifteen deaths

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September 18, 2014 A vaccine campaign in the rebel-held parts of northwestern Syria left 15 people dead, reports the AP. An excerpt: The children, some just babies, all exhibited signs of “severe allergic shock” about an hour after they were given a second round of measles vaccinations in Idlib province on Tuesday, with many suffocating

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US to deploy 3,000 troops to fight Ebola outbreak

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September 17, 2014 The United States announced on Tuesday that it would send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up response including a major deployment in Liberia, the country where the epidemic is spiraling fastest out of control. From Reuters: The U.S. response to the crisis, to be formally

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Sierra Leone: Ebola hospital staff walk out due to lack of pay

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September 16, 2014 Health workers walked out of an Ebola ward in a district hospital in the east of Sierra Leone. They say that they have not been paid for two weeks. Al Jazeera reports: Up to 80 workers crowded the entrance compound to the hospital on Friday, deserting their posts and bringing operations at

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Psychological counselling offered to Gazan schoolchildren

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September 15, 2014 Some 500,000 children returned on Sunday to school in the Gaza Strip, where many will be given psychological counselling before regular studies begin after a devastating 50-day war between Palestinian militants and Israel. From Reuters: The opening of the school year had been delayed for three weeks because of damage to more

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Global Humanitarian Spending Hits Record High

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September 12, 2014 Last year was a banner year for humanitarian spending due to crises in places like Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. A new report shows $22 billion was spent in 2013. From Humanosphere: The UN’s coordinated appeals for 2013 totaled $13.2 billion in needed funding. Development Initiatives found that only

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Conflict keeping 30 million children from school

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September 9, 2014 Almost 30 million children are out of school in emergency or conflict affected countries following the targeting of schools and the displacement of millions of children forced from their homes and studies, the United Nations Children’s Fund said today. From the UN: “For children living through emergencies, education is a life line,”

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AU peacekeepers accused of raping women in Somalia mission

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September 9, 2014 African Union peacekeepers in Somalia rape women seeking medicine on their bases and routinely pay teenage girls for sex, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. From Reuters: HRW documented 10 incidents of rape and sexual assault, including the rape of a 12-year-old girl, by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops in

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Floods kill more than 300 in Pakistan and India

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September 8, 2014 Monsoon rains and flash floods across large areas of northern Pakistan and India have killed more than 300 people, while hundreds have been injured and tens of thousands have lost homes. From the AP: Five days of incessant rains in Indian-controlled Kashmir have left at least 120 people dead in the region’s

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Gates provides $25 million grant for HIV vaccine research

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September 5, 2014 Oregon researchers developing a vaccine that has shown promise in preventing HIV infection in primates said on Wednesday they have been awarded a $25 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  From Reuters: The grant follows research published by the scientists seeking to show their vaccine candidate halting the transmission

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