Friday, July 26, 2013

[RED DEMOCRATICA] Ban calls Syrian peace talks "imperative" as death toll passes 100,000


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Ban calls Syrian peace talks "imperative" as death toll passes 100,000
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says at least 100,000 people have been killed in the Syrian civil war. "The military and violent actions must be stopped by both parties, and it is thus imperative to have a peace conference in Geneva as soon as possible," Ban said. The Huffington Post/The Associated Press (7/25), BBC (7/25)
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"A budget passed along partisan lines by the House State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee seriously slashes all foreign affairs funding and does not provide for additional funding for the new Mali mission. Thankfully, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee [this week] sought to correct that by passing a budget that included a new $575 million Complex Foreign Crises Fund, a portion of which would be used to fund the Mali mission." UN Dispatch (7/25)
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UNHCR cites "significant shortcomings" of Australia's asylum-seekers plan
The United Nations refugee agency is "troubled" by Australia's decision to send asylum seekers arriving by boat to Papua New Guinea, citing "significant shortcomings" in the plan. "We're concerned that the net effect of the measures is that for all intents and purposes Australia ceases to be an asylum country under the convention for anybody coming to the country other than by air," says UNHCR's Richard Towle. ABC (Australia) (7/26), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (7/26)
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Food insecurity to increase by 2023, USDA says
Natural disasters, conflict and economic changes will boost food insecurity over the next decade in Malawi, Chad, Uganda and other countries. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture estimates that by 2023, there will be 868 million people who are food insecure, a 23% rise. (7/26)
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India could benefit from better weather forecasting, disaster prevention
The recent flood in the Himalayas shows that India needs to institute improved weather forecasting and disaster prevention plans, writes Erin Berger. "This is definitely an opportunity to understand how the disaster management framework of the country, science policy, and innovation instruments are coming together," says Jyotiraj Patra of the Integrated Action on Resilience and Global Sustainability. Thomson Reuters Foundation (7/26)
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Details emerge on charges against Morsi as protesters take to the streets
Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is being accused of allegedly arranging jail attacks during the 2011 uprising as well as liaising with Hamas. Pro- and anti-Morsi demonstrators took to the streets today. Meanwhile, the Obama administration says it doesn't need to determine whether the ouster was a coup, allowing the U.S. to continue to fund the Egyptian government. BBC (7/26), Al Jazeera (7/26), Reuters (7/26), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (7/25)
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Syrian rebels press U.S. for arms, seek political pressure for settlement
Syria's opposition met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday, asking for the U.S. to ship arms quickly and for it to put more pressure to bear on reaching a political settlement, writes Michelle Nichols. Meanwhile, Syrian rebels say they've taken over rural outposts in the north and south. Reuters (7/26), Thomson Reuters Foundation/Reuters (7/25), Reuters (7/25)
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Yeo: Senate shows backbone in funding international priorities, including new Mali peacekeeping mission
The Senate Appropriations Committee today considers a fiscal year 2014 budget that represents major strides in foreign affairs and global health investments, lauded Better World Campaign executive director, Peter Yeo. The measure includes provisions that would -- for the first time -- fund U.S. commitments toward the newest United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali. "At a time when we're asking the UN do more with less -- including stabilizing Mali, a nation terrorized by extremists -- the U.S. simply cannot abandon its commitments and its allies," Yeo said in a statement. "Fortunately, the Senate's bill positions the U.S. to protect our interests overseas," said Yeo.
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We have to bring the Syrian conflict to an end: Ban. UN Radio (7/25)
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