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UN hopes for zero Ebola cases by year's end
The number of Ebola cases globally has passed 20,000, with most recent cases found in Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization. The goal for year-end 2015 is zero Ebola cases, says Anthony Banbury of the United Nations' Ebola response team. Reuters (12/31), BBC (1/2)
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"These ten stories may be off the radar of the mainstream media, but for most of the planet these trends and events will have serious and lasting consequences for years to come." UN Dispatch (12/31)
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UN: Iraq violence in 2014 resulted in most deaths in years
At least 12,282 civilians were killed in Iraq in 2014, with most of the deaths occurring after June, said the United Nations on Thursday. 2014 was the deadliest period since the sectarian violence of 2006-07. "Yet again, the Iraqi ordinary citizen continues to suffer from violence and terrorism. ... This is a very sad state of affairs," said Nickolay Mladenov, head of the UN political mission in Iraq. Reuters (1/2)
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5 key issues for Africa in 2015
Leading topics for Africa in 2015 include efforts to stop polio and malaria, innovative approaches to energy and democratic elections in 13 African countries, writes John Campbell. Continued political instability and lower oil prices are among the challenges, he writes. Council on Foreign Relations online/Africa in Transition blog (1/1)
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India has ambitious plans for solar energy
The Indian government sees solar energy as the answer to reducing frequent power outages and hopes to attract $100 billion of foreign investment over seven years, says Upendra Tripathy of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. Plans call for increasing solar capacity to 100,000 megawatts, or more than 10% of the country's energy mix. Reuters (1/2)
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Analysis: UN agency is key to reducing aviation emissions
Greenhouse-gas emissions from aviation are expected to triple by 2050, says a report by the International Council on Clean Transportation. Experts are counting on the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organisation to create a mechanism to reduce emissions, writes Valerie Brown. Climate News Network (1/1)
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Time running out for rebel group in DR Congo to disarm
United Nations peacekeepers and Democratic Republic of Congo armed forces are ready to move against members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda if the rebels don't meet today's disarmament deadline. Voice of America (1/1)
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