22 Sep 2016

Obama orders climate change be considered in military planning

“‘Today, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum on Climate Change and National Security, establishing a policy that the impacts of climate change must be considered in the development of national security-related doctrine, policies, and plans,’ the White House said. ‘To achieve this, 20 federal agencies and offices with climate science,

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17 Sep 2016

More than a million refugees have fled South Sudan, UN says

“More than one million refugees have fled South Sudan’s ongoing civil war, overwhelming aid agencies and creating one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters.” Source: More than a million refugees have fled South Sudan, UN says | News24

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16 Sep 2016

New mosquito-borne disease detected in Haiti

“University of Florida researchers have identified a patient in Haiti with a serious mosquito-borne illness that has never before been reported in the Caribbean nation. Known as ‘Mayaro virus,’ it is closely related to chikungunya virus and was first isolated in Trinidad in 1954. Most reported cases, however, have been

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16 Sep 2016

Ravaged by conflict, Yemen’s coast faces rising malnutrition

“The U.N. estimates that about 100,000 children under the age of five in the city and the surrounding province, also called Hodeidah, are at risk of severe malnutrition. Life became harder for the people in this Red Sea city after March 2015, when the coalition of nine Arab Sunni countries

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16 Sep 2016

Number of people displaced by conflict ‘equivalent to UK population of 65m’

“The World Bank and the United Nations have highlighted the impact of conflicts on civilians in a report showing that the number of displaced people around the globe is equivalent to the UK’s population of 65 million.” Source: Number of people displaced by conflict ‘equivalent to UK population of 65m’

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10 Sep 2016

22 dead in Bangladesh factory fire

“At least 22 people have been killed and 70 injured, many critically, in a huge fire triggered by a boiler explosion at a Bangladeshi packaging factory, officials said Saturday as firefighters struggled to contain the blaze.” Source: 22 dead in Bangladesh factory fire | GulfNews.com

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09 Sep 2016

Nigeria Facing ‘A Famine Unlike Any We Have Ever Seen’

“No one knows how many more children are dying of starvation in refugee camps and areas too dangerous to access because of the extremists’ presence, according to Doctors Without Borders, which runs the emergency feeding center. The aid group first sounded the alarm of a humanitarian crisis of ‘catastrophic’ proportion

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08 Sep 2016

Zimbabwe denies opposition supporters food aid: Rights group

“Zimbabwe’s human rights commission is accusing the ruling party of denying opposition supporters access to government-funded food aid in some districts ravaged by drought.” Source: Zimbabwe denies opposition supporters food aid: Rights group

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07 Sep 2016

Refugees from Boko Haram return home, excited but fearful

“Excited but fearful, refugees from Boko Haram piled into yellow school buses with their bundles of belongings, returning after two years to homes that have been torched, wells destroyed, livestock looted and fields that still may not be safe from the Islamic insurgents.” Source: Refugees from Boko Haram return home,

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06 Sep 2016

DRC: cholera outbreak claims over 500 lives in 2016 alone

“Over 500 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been killed by a cholera outbreak since the beginning of the year, while aid agencies are stepping up efforts in the Central African Republic in response to a recent cholera outbreak to prevent the disease from spreading that has claimed

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