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UNICEF launches record $3.1 billion appeal
UNICEF on Thursday announced a $3.1 billion appeal to help children worldwide who are affected by conflicts, natural disasters and health emergencies. The 2015 appeal, which is $1 billion more than last year's, will fund basic humanitarian services and other programs. Reuters/Thomson Reuters Foundation (1/29), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/29)
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Ban: African leaders should respect terms of office
Leaders need to be prepared to leave office when their terms expire, Ban Ki-moon, United Nations secretary-general, told a summit of African Union leaders today. The UN chief also plans to encourage African leaders to work toward a solution to the violence committed by Boko Haram, said Stephane Dujarric, a UN spokesman. Yahoo/Agence France-Presse (1/30), Yahoo/The Associated Press (1/29)
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Report: Don't divert land for biofuels production
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Experts: Conflicts affecting millions remain under the radar
Many conflicts in the world go under-reported, preventing public opinion from spurring efforts to resolve these instabilities, according to the International Crisis Group, a think tank. "It's very difficult for political leadership ... to generate political momentum on issues where in Western countries there's not much media interest," says Jean-Marie Guehenno, the think tank's president. Reuters/Thomson Reuters Foundation (1/29), Reuters/Thomson Reuters Foundation (1/29)
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South Sudan parties resume peace talks
Peace talks to resolve the South Sudan civil war resumed Thursday, with President Salva Kiir meeting with rebel leader Riek Machar. Key issues include how to structure the government, Machar said. Talks are expected to resume Saturday. Voice of America (1/29), Al Jazeera (1/29)
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