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South Sudanese refugees to receive “special privileges” in Sudan

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A commitment by the Government of Sudan to provide international protection and humanitarian assistance to South Sudanese who have fled the conflict in their country has been welcomed by the United Nations. The Government of Sudan said that the refugees will be granted what were described as “special privileges”. South Sudan is experiencing ongoing internal [...]

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Over 3 million people in South Sudan in acute need of food aid

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Tens of thousands of people affected by the conflict in South Sudan have lost their livelihoods and are unable to fend for themselves. An estimated 3.7 million people throughout the country are food insecure, according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Toby Lanzer. Speaking to UN Radio's Robert Ohia, Mr. Lanzer said his office is set [...]

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Negotiations urged with armed groups in Mali

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The Malian authorities are being urged to finalize negotiations with armed groups to reduce insecurity in the country. Mali has experienced ongoing instability since early 2012, following a military coup d’état, fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, as well as the seizure of its northern territory by radical Islamists. Speaking during a visit of [...]

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"Stresses" as displaced crowd into South Sudan UN bases

Listen / UN Military Police checking for weapons from people seeking shelter in the UNMISS compound in Bor, Jonglei state, South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS

The large number of displaced people crowding into United Nations bases in South Sudan is creating significant stresses, according to a senior UN humanitarian official. The ongoing insecurity has led to 830,000 people fleeing their homes. 85,000 of those are currently sheltering in UN compounds. The high temperatures are adding to the problem of overcrowding. [...]

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Cancer cases increasing worldwide, says WHO

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The worldwide number of cancer cases has risen to an estimated 14 million per year and is expected to rise to 22 million annually in the next two decades. That's according to the World Cancer Report 2014 released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized agency of the World Health Organization. [...]

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Cancer prevention measures urgently needed to stop a global disease crisis

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The global cancer burden is growing at an alarming pace with experts calling for the urgent implementation of efficient prevention strategies to curb the disease. The latest edition of the World Cancer report published by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) , shows that in 2012, the number of new cancer cases rose to 14 [...]

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Establishment of new development goals a step closer

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The establishment of the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs is moving a step closer this week as countries around the world gather at the UN in New York to discuss the future of global development. The SDGs are replacing the MDGs or Millennium Development Goals, the deadline for which is the end of next year. [...]

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New global development goals move a step closer

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Countries from around the world are gathering at the UN in New York this week to chart the future path of global development. The General Assembly's Open Working Group is tasked with defining the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. The SDGs are replacing the Millennium Development Goals. Those goals aimed at halving world poverty and [...]

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$2bn needed to break "crisis cycle" in Sahel

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An appeal for $2 billion is being made by the United Nations to break what's been described as a "crisis cycle" in the Sahel region. The humanitarian situation in the eight countries of the African region is deteriorating according to the UN. It says that more than 20 million people are struggling to feed themselves [...]

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UN appeals for $2bn to break Sahel "crisis cycle"

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An appeal for $2 billion is being made by the UN to tackle what's been described as a deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Sahel region of Africa. More than 20 million people across eight countries are struggling to feed themselves and over two and a half million require urgent lifesaving food assistance. It's hoped the [...]

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