19 Aug 2012

Outbreak of Ebola virus strikes DR Congo town of Isiro

“At least one person has died after an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials say.” Source: BBC News – Outbreak of Ebola virus strikes DR Congo town of Isiro

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13 Aug 2012

World powers weigh emergency meeting on food prices

” France, the United States and G20 president Mexico will hold a conference call at the end of August to discuss whether an emergency international meeting is required to tackle soaring grain prices caused by the worst U.S. drought in half a century.” Source: World powers weigh emergency meeting on

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10 Aug 2012

World must rethink biofuel policies to avoid food crises: U.N.

“The U.N.’s food agency wants to relaunch the debate on biofuel policies and look at ways to make them more flexible to reduce the risk of food crises, the director of its trade and markets division told Reuters on Friday.” Source: World must rethink biofuel policies to avoid food crises:

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10 Aug 2012

Syrian refugees near 150,000 as outflow grows: U.N.

“Growing numbers of Syrian civilians are fleeing fighting, especially in Aleppo, bringing the total to nearly 150,000 refugees registered in four neighboring countries since the conflict began, the United Nations said on Friday.” Source: Syrian refugees near 150,000 as outflow grows: U.N. | Reuters

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09 Aug 2012

New French government moves against Roma camps

“French police have been dismantling illegal Roma (Gypsy) camps after the new Socialist government promised action on public health grounds. “ Source: BBC News – New French government moves against Roma camps

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09 Aug 2012

Global food prices rise in July due to extreme weather

“Global food prices sharply rebounded in July due to wild swings in weather conditions, a UN food and agricultural body has said.” Source: BBC News – Global food prices rise in July due to extreme weather

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09 Aug 2012

US starts Agent Orange clean-up in Vietnam

“The US has begun a project to help clean up Agent Orange contamination at one area in Vietnam – the first such move since the war ended in 1975. “ Source: BBC News – US starts Agent Orange clean-up in Vietnam

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04 Aug 2012

North Korea floods: Death toll raised, WFP sends food aid

“The floods that hit parts of North Korea in recent weeks have killed 169 people and left 400 missing, the state news agency says, sharply revising earlier casualty figures.” Source: BBC News – North Korea floods: Death toll raised, WFP sends food aid

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04 Aug 2012

West Nile virus on the rise in the U.S., health officials say

“The United States is experiencing its biggest spike in West Nile virus since 2004, with 241 cases of the disease reported nationwide this year so far, including four deaths, health officials said.” Source: West Nile virus on the rise in the U.S., health officials say – CNN.com

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03 Aug 2012

UN: North Korea seeks immediate food aid after floods

“The United Nations says North Korea has requested immediate food aid after devastating floods last month.” Source: BBC News – UN: North Korea seeks immediate food aid after floods

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