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UN agencies race to storm-battered Caribbean with emergency relief

United Nations agencies are mobilizing to deliver relief to Caribbean nations battered by Hurricane Sandy -- particularly Haiti, where tens of thousands of homes were destroyed. An estimated 1.2 million Haitians are at risk of malnutrition, while Cuba and Jamaica were also affected. Caribbean Journal (Miami) (11/1), Devex.com/The Development Newswire (11/2), Los Angeles Times/World Now blog (tiered subscription model) (11/2), The Wall Street Journal (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story



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"This was the first time in Afghanistan that DNA tests were conducted for proving paternity. This accomplishment was an important one for Batool, but also for women in Afghanistan because the kinds of accusations and problems she faced are not uncommon."

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    A United Nations official investigating human rights issues in South Sudan has been kicked out of the country, bringing condemnation by the world body's mission in South Sudan as a "breach of the legal obligations." Officials said the move might be related to a UN report in August that accused the country's military of human rights violations. BBC (11/4), Sudan Tribune (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Are private schools good or bad for Africa?
    A Dubai-based company has opened its first private school in Africa -- a secondary school in Kenya -- and intends to open more such schools across the continent to compensate for government underinvestment. Still, private schools are controversial in that they are seen as sowing inequality, especially because tuitions are well beyond the reach of most Africans. The Guardian (London) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    "A new era of bacterial medicine could" be near, concludes The Economist after reviewing the results of a study on mice that treated bowel inflammation with bacteria. If such techniques are shown to work on humans, the publication says, "they may open avenues for the bacterial treatment of other conditions linked to gut bacteria," including obesity and diabetes. The Economist (11/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Pakistani parents arrested in daughter's acid killing
    A mother and father in Pakistan have been arrested in the death of their 15-year-old daughter, Anusha, who died after more than half her body was burned by acid in an attack by her parents for reportedly looking at a boy. BBC (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Signs are pointing to drug trafficking as the main impetus for the military coup that toppled the government of Guinea-Bissau. It is no coincidence that "[w]e are seeing more and more drugs regularly arriving in this country," especially over the past several months, said Pierre Lapaque, head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for West and Central Africa. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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