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[RED DEMOCRATICA] UN data: Conflict displaced 5.5 million in first half of 2014


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UN data: Conflict displaced 5.5 million in first half of 2014
In the first six months of 2014, armed conflicts displaced an estimated 5.5 million people, with 1.4 million of those fleeing to other countries, says a report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Syrians have become the largest group of displaced people. Voice of America (1/7), Reuters (1/7), Reuters (1/7)
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Report suggests smaller, refocused UN force in DR Congo
The United Nations peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should be reduced in size and refocused to be more efficient in protecting civilians, says a report from Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general. The report also calls for extending MONUSCO's mandate past March. Reuters (1/5)
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