Tuesday, July 16, 2013

[RED DEMOCRATICA] Meeting looks to continue Africa's progress against HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria


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July 16, 2013
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Meeting looks to continue Africa's progress against HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria
The African Union executive council is meeting in Nigeria to review progress in combating HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. United Nations Under-Secretary-General Babatunde Osotimehin told African leaders that they need to maintain momentum in the fight against these diseases to attain Millennium Development Goals. Premium Times (Nigeria) (7/15), Al Jazeera (7/15), ThisDay Newspapers (Nigeria) (7/16), France 24/Agence France-Presse (7/15)
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"There is a humanitarian crisis in the making along the border between the DRC and Uganda. The UN Refugee Agency says that 66,000 Congolese people are seeking refuge in Uganda after a Ugandan rebel group, active in the DRC, resumed hostilities." UN Dispatch (7/15)
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Security Council is split on alleged sanctions violations by Iran
The United Nations Security Council failed to agree that Iran's missile tests in 2012 violated UN sanctions. Diplomats say that Russia, supported by China, refused to reach a conclusion about a report that concluded that Iran violated sanctions, writes Louis Charbonneau. Reuters (7/16), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (7/15)
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UN Women Protection Advisers take on sexual violence in conflict areas
The United Nations is launching a Women Protection Advisers program to prevent sexual violence from occurring in conflict areas. WPAs are being deployed with peacekeepers in Central African Republic, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Somalia and South Sudan. Inter Press Service (7/16)
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Climate and Energy
Social media helping Kenyan farmers to better grow crops
Young farmers in Kenya are using social media to gain information about local weather and climate change and how they affect crops. As a result, they are better equipped to make decisions on planning and planting, writes Caleb Kemboi. Thomson Reuters Foundation (7/16)
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Peacekeeping and Security
Syrian rebels to get support from Pakistan Taliban
The Pakistan Taliban is sending fighters to assist the Syrian opposition in fighting government troops. Meanwhile, the Syrian government is attempting to stave off a decline in its currency as a result of the war. Al Jazeera (7/16), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (7/16)
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Fighting in DR Congo continues
Democratic Republic of Congo troops shelled M23 positions outside of the city of Goma on Monday in an attempt to move the rebels away from city. Meanwhile, Rwanda is complaining about bombs that landed on its side of the border and about the presence of a United Nations intervention force. Reuters (7/15), Reuters (7/15)
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UNICEF is appealing for nearly $22 million to support populations affected by the ongoing severe drought in Namibia and Angola. UN Radio (7/16)
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